US Pat. No. 10,468,439

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE, RANGING APPARATUS, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion device comprising:a first photoelectric conversion portion configured to generate electrons, the first photoelectric conversion portion being a first photodiode;
a second photoelectric conversion portion configured to generate holes, the second photoelectric conversion portion being a second photodiode;
a charge-to-voltage conversion portion including an n-type first semiconductor region configured to collect the electrons and a p-type second semiconductor region configured to collect the holes, the charge-to-voltage conversion portion being configured to convert a charge that is based on the electrons and the holes to a voltage; and
a signal generation portion configured to generate a signal corresponding to the voltage, the signal generation portion including an amplification transistor, wherein
the first photoelectric conversion portion includes a p-type third semiconductor region that constitutes an anode of the first photodiode,
the second photoelectric conversion portion includes an n-type fourth semiconductor region that constitutes a cathode of the second photodiode, and
the third semiconductor region and the fourth semiconductor region are electrically isolated from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,466,389

OPTICAL ELEMENT, MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF, AND OPTICAL APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical element comprising:a base having, on at least one surface, both a first portion and a second portion surrounding an outer periphery of the first portion;
an antireflection film continuously formed over the first portion and over a portion of the second portion, the antireflection film having an irregularity structure on a surface opposite the base; and
a light shielding film continuously formed over at least the second portion and a portion of the first portion to cover an outer peripheral edge portion of the antireflection film,
wherein the irregularity structure has an average height in a range from 10 nm to 50 nm in a region where the antireflection film and the light shielding film overlap each other over the first portion, and
wherein the light shielding film over the second portion has a thickness in a range from 3 ?m to 50 ?m.

US Pat. No. 10,469,730

IMAGING DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD FOR SIMULTANEOUSLY OUTPUTTING AN IMAGE PICKUP SIGNAL AND A PARALLAX IMAGE SIGNAL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging device comprising:an imaging element configured to include a plurality of pixels each including one microlens and multiple photoelectric converters and output an image pickup signal and a parallax image signal; and
a control unit configured to select one or more subject areas on the basis of the image pickup signal and to perform a control to read the parallax image signal from a reading area of the imaging element corresponding to each of the selected subject areas,
wherein the control unit selects a first subject area for the reading of the parallax image signals on the basis of a result of comparing the number of lines configuring the reading area corresponding to the first subject area and a threshold value, and
wherein the control unit further selects none, one or more additional subject areas for the reading of the parallax image signals on the basis of a result of comparing the total number of lines configuring the reading areas corresponding to the selected subject areas and the threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,464,353

PRINTING APPARATUS AND ADJUSTING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a conveying unit configured to convey a print medium in a conveying direction;
a conveying motor configured to drive the conveying unit;
a first printing unit having a plurality of printing elements for ejecting a predetermined color of ink, arranged in the conveying direction;
a second printing unit having a plurality of printing elements for ejecting the predetermined color of ink, arranged in the conveying direction;
a scanning unit configured to scan in a scanning direction intersecting the conveying direction, having the first and second printing units which are spaced apart by a predetermined distance in the scanning direction; and
a control unit configured to print an image on the print medium by performing an image forming operation and a conveying operation repetitively based on print data, wherein the image forming operation is an operation of forming an image on the print medium by ejecting ink from the first printing unit and the second printing unit while scanning the scanning unit in the scanning direction, and the conveying operation is an operation of intermittently conveying the print medium by the conveying unit;
a first pattern printing unit configured to perform, after a first forming operation of forming a test pattern on the print medium by ejecting the ink from the first printing unit by one scan, a first conveying operation of conveying the print medium by the conveying unit, and then perform a second forming operation of forming a test pattern on the print medium by ejecting the ink from the first printing unit by one scan, wherein the first pattern printing unit prints a plurality of first test patterns while making a drive amount of the conveying motor different from one to another when the first conveying operation is performed;
a first obtaining unit configured to, based on a first analysis result of the plurality of first test patterns printed by the first pattern printing unit, obtain a first drive amount of the conveying motor that is suited when an image is formed by the first printing unit;
a second pattern printing unit configured to perform, after a third forming operation of forming a test pattern on the print medium by ejecting the ink from the second printing unit by one scan, a second conveying operation of conveying the print medium by the conveying unit, and then perform a fourth forming operation of forming a test pattern on the print medium by ejecting the ink from the second printing unit by one scan, wherein the second pattern printing unit prints a plurality of second test patterns while making a drive amount of the conveying motor different from one to another when the second conveying operation is performed;
a second obtaining unit configured to, based on a second analysis result of the plurality of second test patterns printed by the second pattern printing unit, obtain a second drive amount of the conveying motor that is suited when an image is formed by the second printing unit; and
a determining unit configured to determine the first drive amount obtained by the first obtaining unit or the second drive amount obtained by the second obtaining unit, whichever is smaller, as the drive amount of the conveying motor used when an image is printed based on the print data by the control unit.

US Pat. No. 10,469,741

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:at least one memory configured to store instructions; and
at least one processor connected to the at least one memory and configured to execute the instructions to: calculate an amount of movement along an image capturing direction where neighboring images captured adjoin while the image capturing direction is sequentially changed;
calculate a coefficient of a projective transformation with respect to each image based on information about a posture of an image capturing apparatus when the image is captured;
perform the projective transformation on each image using the coefficient calculated based on the information about the posture to correct a trapezoidal distortion that occurs in each image;
perform alignment, based on the amount of movement, along the image capturing direction after the projective transformation is performed; and
combine the images on which the alignment has been performed by joining the images together in an order in which the image capturing direction is changed.

US Pat. No. 10,464,102

ULTRASONIC DETECTION DEVICE AND ULTRASONIC DIAGNOSTIC DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An ultrasonic detection device comprising:a capacitive electromechanical transducer for receiving an ultrasonic wave including at least one cell that includes a first electrode and a second electrode disposed opposite from the first electrode, a space being between the first electrode and the second electrode; and
an electric circuit for converting a current, which is output from the capacitive electromechanical transducer, into a voltage,
wherein frequency characteristic of output current of the capacitive electromechanical transducer with respect to an ultrasonic wave to be received has a first slope domain where a value becomes small as a frequency becomes low and a first flat domain;
wherein frequency characteristic of output voltage of the electric circuit with respect to a current to be input has a second slope domain where a value becomes small as the frequency becomes high and a second flat domain;
wherein the ultrasonic detection device has a range where the first slope domain overlaps with the second slope domain; and
wherein the frequency band of the first flat domain is higher than the frequency band of the first slope domain, and the frequency band of the second flat domain is lower than the frequency band of the second slope domain.

US Pat. No. 10,469,243

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, REPLACEMENT UNIT, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:a first terminal to which a reference voltage is input from an external apparatus;
a second terminal to which a pulse signal is input from the external apparatus; and
at least one processor to execute instructions, with the instructions being executed to operate as
a clock generating unit to generate a clock signal that has a frequency higher than a frequency of the pulse signal;
a counting unit to count a number of pulses of the clock signal and to determine a count value counted by the counting unit during a first cycle that is a cycle of the pulse signal to the second terminal; and
a transmitting unit to, during a period of data transmission to the external apparatus, increase or decrease an electric current that flows between the communication apparatus and the external apparatus via the first terminal according to a data value of data to be transmitted to the external apparatus,
wherein the transmitting unit further switches on the data to be transmitted to the external apparatus at least once during the first cycle, and determines a data switch timing during the first cycle based on the count value.

US Pat. No. 10,469,762

IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE, IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM, AND MOVABLE BODY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup device comprising:a pixel including a photoelectric conversion unit, a discharge unit, a first transistor connected to the photoelectric conversion unit and the discharge unit, a first holding unit, a second transistor connected to the photoelectric conversion unit and the first holding unit, a second holding unit, and a third transistor connected to the second transistor and the second holding unit;
a control line connected to a gate of one of the first transistor, the second transistor, and the third transistor;
a conductive line; and
a control unit configured to supply, to the control line, a control signal in which potential changes in a first direction and supply, to the conductive line, a signal in which potential changes in a second direction which is a direction opposite from the first direction,
wherein at least a part of a period that the potential of the control signal changes in the first direction overlaps with at least a part of a period that the potential of the signal changes in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,466,950

CAMERA DRIVEN WORK FLOW SYNCHRONISATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

13. An interactive display device comprising a processor, a memory coupled to the processor and including a program executable by the processor, and an interactive display arrangement, the program comprising code for performing a method of synchronising the interactive display device with at least one other interactive display device, each interactive display device operating in accordance with a shared multi-step video production workflow and being in communication with a video capture device, the method comprising:assigning a subset of the interactive display devices to a critical device group, each interactive display device in the critical device group being configured to control one or more operational parameters of the video capture device, and to perform such control in response to a received instruction;
determining that each interactive display device in the critical device group has entered a recording enabled state in which the interactive display device can activate a recording function of the video capture device and, in response to the determination, enabling a recording function of the video capture device to be activated by one or more of a group comprising: the video capture device and the interactive display device in the critical device group; and
disabling at least one user interface control in the interactive display arrangement of each of the interactive display devices in response to an activation of the recording function, wherein the at least one user interface control remains disabled in each of the interactive display devices to thereby restrict each of the interactive display devices to the recording enabled state until such time as the recording function is deactivated.

US Pat. No. 10,470,027

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus, comprising:one or more computers that cause the communication apparatus to:
accept a first instruction at the communication apparatus from a user;
perform, in response to accepting the first instruction, a first search process for searching, over a plurality of channels, a first other communication apparatus by a first method complying with a communication standard other than a Wi-Fi Neighbor Awareness Networking standard, and a second search process, which is performed after the first search process, for searching a wireless network and a second other communication apparatus which is in the wireless network, by a second method, wherein each of the wireless network, the second other communication apparatus, and the second method is compliant with the Wi-Fi Neighbor Awareness Networking standard; and
perform, after performing the second search process, the first search process without further accepting an instruction from a user.

US Pat. No. 10,466,438

LENS BARREL AND IMAGE-CAPTURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lens barrel comprising:an image-capturing lens unit;
a mount portion including a mount member including a plurality of bayonet claw portions, the mount member being connectable to an image-capturing apparatus; and
a plurality of protective protrusion portions, different from the bayonet claw portions, provided in the mount portion at multiple positions in a circumferential direction of the lens barrel, each protective protrusion portion protruding to an image side further than an image-side lens surface of a final lens disposed at a most image-side position in the image-capturing lens unit,
wherein the mount portion includes, inside the protective protrusion portions in a radial direction of the lens barrel, a plurality of light-shielding portions capable of shielding light passing though the image-side lens surface toward inner circumferential surfaces of the protective protrusion portions,
wherein the protective protrusion portions extend in an optical axis direction of the image-capturing lens unit and the circumferential direction, and
wherein the bayonet claw portions extend in the radial direction and the circumferential direction.

US Pat. No. 10,467,209

DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT CLIENT APPARATUS AND DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A document management client apparatus capable of communicating with a document management server capable of managing content that is a file or a folder by an index and searching for the content using the index, comprising:at least a processor; and
at least a memory coupled to the at least the processor and having stored thereon instructions;
wherein the index includes a keyword that represents a hierarchical structure of the folder and a content identifier of the content, and
wherein, when instructions stored in the memory are executed by the processor, the processor and the memory cooperate to act as:
an acquisition unit configured to, by transmitting a request to the document management server, acquire the keyword identified by a keyword identifier from the document management server that manages the keyword in association with the keyword identifier and manages the content identifier in association with the keyword identifier, and
a display unit configured to display the hierarchical structure of the content managed by the document management server on a basis of the keyword acquired by the acquisition unit,
wherein, in a case where a first folder displayed by the display unit is selected by a user operation to delete the first folder, the acquisition unit acquires a content information of the first folder and the keyword, and
wherein, on a basis of the information acquired by the acquisition unit, a second folder and a file that are associated with a lower layer which is hierarchically below the first folder are deleted.

US Pat. No. 10,468,247

FLUID DROPLET METHODOLOGY AND APPARATUS FOR IMPRINT LITHOGRAPHY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of generating a fluid droplet pattern for an imprint lithography process, the method comprising:determining a first fluid droplet pattern for dispensing a formable material onto a surface of a substrate in an imprint field, wherein the first fluid droplet pattern is based at least in part on a pattern of an imprint lithography template, wherein the first fluid droplet pattern is representative of first fluid droplets spaced apart on the substrate at a preset minimum pitch or an integer multiple thereof when the substrate and fluid dispense system are moved at a preset speed relative to each other while the fluid dispense system dispenses the formable material at a preset frequency;
dispensing the formable material to form the first fluid droplet pattern on the substrate;
determining a second fluid droplet pattern based on the first fluid droplet pattern, wherein the second fluid droplet pattern is representative of second fluid droplets spaced apart on the substrate at a non-integer multiple of the preset minimum pitch;
determining an adjusted speed between the substrate and fluid dispense ports relative to each other to generate the second fluid droplet pattern;
moving the substrate and the fluid dispense ports relative to each other at the adjusted speed; and
dispensing the formable material as the second fluid droplets through the fluid dispense ports at the preset frequency to form the second fluid droplet pattern on the substrate, wherein the first fluid droplet pattern and the second fluid droplet pattern are deposited in a single pass.

US Pat. No. 10,466,473

OPTICAL SYSTEM AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical system comprising:a first lens unit having a positive refractive power;
a second lens unit having a positive refractive power or a negative refractive power; and
a third lens unit having a positive refractive power or a negative refractive power,
wherein the first lens unit, the second lens unit, and the third lens unit are disposed in that order from an object side to an image side,
wherein, during focusing, the second lens unit is arranged to move to change an interval between adjacent lens units,
wherein the first lens unit includes a positive lens G1p that is disposed closest to the object side, a positive lens G2p that is disposed closer to the image side than the positive lens G1p, and a positive lens G3p that is disposed closer to the image side than the positive lens G2p, and
wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
LD/f<1.0;
0.200?D12/LD<0.500;
?dG2p>73.0; and
?dG3p>73.0,
wherein f is a focal length of the optical system, LD is a distance along an optical axis from a lens surface of the first lens unit that is closest to the object side to an image plane, D12 is a distance along the optical axis between an image side lens surface of the positive lens G1p and an object side lens surface of a lens that is disposed adjacent to the image side of the positive lens G1p, ?dG2p is an Abbe number of a material of the positive lens G2p, and ?dG3p is an Abbe number of a material of the positive lens G3p.

US Pat. No. 10,469,812

PROJECTION DISPLAY SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A projection control apparatus comprising:a projection unit configured to project a first image and a second image different from the first image; and
a storage medium storing instructions and a processor executing the instructions to function as:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a first captured image of a projection plane on which the first image is projected by the projection unit and a second captured image of a projection plane on which the second image is projected by the projection unit;
a determination unit configured to determine whether to change gradation of the first image to be projected by the projection unit based on gradation detected from the first captured image;
a second control unit configured to, in a case where the determination unit determines that the gradation of the first image is to be changed, change the gradation of the first image to be projected by the projection unit;
a specification unit configured to specify an image projection area of the projection unit within the first captured image acquired by the acquisition unit in a case where the determination unit does not determine that the gradation is to be changed;
an association unit configured to associate, in the second captured image, coordinates on the image projection area specified by the specification unit with coordinates managed by the projection unit based on the second captured image; and
a first control unit configured to calculate a distortion correction parameter for the projection unit by using an association result between the coordinates by the association unit,
wherein the first image, gradation of which has been changed by the second control unit, is projected by the projection unit, and the acquisition of the first captured image by the acquisition unit and the determination by the determination unit are performed until the determination unit no longer determines that the gradation is to be changed, and the image projection area is specified using the first captured image, of which the determination unit has not determined that the gradation is to be changed.

US Pat. No. 10,466,995

SELECTIVE SOFTWARE DISTRIBUTION FOR AN INDUSTRIAL PLANT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A production system, comprising:a plurality of pieces of production equipment arranged to operate in a predetermined operational sequence;
a plurality of controllers provided so as to correspond to each of the plurality of pieces of production equipment, each of the plurality of controllers configured to store an action description information including an action command defining the operational sequence and software configured to control the production equipment corresponding to each controller based on the action description information; and
a controller management apparatus configured to manage upgrade of a version of the software of the plurality of controllers,
wherein the controller management apparatus is configured to select a controller storing an action description information, which includes an action command same as an action command relating to a new version of the software, among the plurality of controllers, based on the action description information stored by the controller to perform the upgrade of the version of the software of the selected controller, and
wherein the controller management apparatus is configured to not select a controller storing an action description information, which does not include the action command same as the action command relating to the new version of the software, among the plurality of controllers, based on the action description information stored by the controller, and not perform the upgrade of the version of the software of the controller which is not selected.

US Pat. No. 10,466,752

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT OFFERS CHANCE OF ELIMINATING HANG-UP STATE, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:a processor;
a memory which stores a program to be executed by the processor;
a power controller which shifts the information processing apparatus to a first power state in which power is not supplied to the processor and power is supplied to the memory; and
a resetting circuit which resets at least the power controller,
wherein the power controller shifts the information processing apparatus from the first power state to a second power state in which power is supplied to the processor and the memory in a case where a predetermined condition for shifting the information processing apparatus from the first power state to the second power state is satisfied in the first power state, and
wherein, on a basis of an abnormal state of the processor to which power is supplied, the power controller causes the resetting circuit to reset at least the power controller, and causes power supplied to the processor to be stopped and to be restarted, and then
on a basis of the abnormal state of the processor again, the power controller causes power supplied to the processor to be stopped and to be restarted without causing the resetting circuit to reset the power controller.

US Pat. No. 10,457,049

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a liquid ejection head including a substrate, a flow channel member overlying the substrate and defining a flow channel through which a liquid flows, an ejection opening member overlying the flow channel member and defining an ejection opening through which the liquid is ejected, and an intermediate layer between the substrate and the flow channel member, the method comprising:forming the intermediate layer over the substrate;
forming a first photosensitive resin layer over the intermediate layer;
selectively exposing the first photosensitive resin layer to light, thereby curing the portion of the first photosensitive resin layer defining the flow channel member;
forming a second photosensitive resin layer over the first photosensitive resin layer;
selectively exposing the second photosensitive resin layer to light, thereby curing the portion of the second photosensitive resin layer defining the ejection opening member; and
removing the unexposed portions of the first and the second photosensitive resin layer at one time with a developer;
wherein before the removing with the developer, water absorption W of intermediate layer, water absorption W1 of the exposed portion of the first photosensitive resin layer, and water absorption W2 of the exposed portion of the second photosensitive resin layer satisfy the relationship: W?W1 >W2,
wherein the first photosensitive resin layer and the second photosensitive resin layer are exposed to light having the same wavelength, and
wherein the second photosensitive resin layer is more sensitive to the same wavelength than the first photosensitive resin layer.

US Pat. No. 10,462,432

METHOD FOR DRIVING IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for driving an image pickup apparatus that includes an image pickup element and an output signal processor, the image pickup element having a plurality of color pixels, each having a color filter of one of red, green, and blue, and a white pixel, the method comprising:outputting, from the image pickup element to the output signal processor, signals output by a first color pixel of the plurality of color pixels in n frames where each frame of the n frames is output from the image pickup element at a different time and n is an integer greater than two, and signals output by the white pixel in m frames, where each frame of the m frames is output at a different time from the image pickup element and m is an integer smaller than n; and
generating, by the output signal processor, image data using the signals output by the first color pixel contained in the n frames, and the signals of the white pixel contained in the m frames,
wherein the output signal processor generates image data using a signal obtained by averaging the signals output by the first color pixel contained in the n frames and a signal obtained by averaging signals of the white pixels contained in the m frame.

US Pat. No. 10,457,062

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head comprising:a recording element board including,
first and second discharge orifice rows where discharge orifices configured to discharge liquid are arrayed,
first and second pressure chamber rows provided corresponding to the first and second discharge orifice rows, and having recording elements configured to generate energy used to discharge liquid,
a first liquid supply channel provided along the first discharge orifice row and configured to supply liquid to the first pressure chamber row and a first liquid recovery channel provided along the first discharge orifice row, separated from the first liquid supply channel, and configured to recover liquid from the first pressure chamber row,
a second liquid supply channel provided along the second discharge orifice row and configured to supply liquid to the second pressure chamber row and a second liquid recovery channel provided along the second discharge orifice row, separated from the second liquid supply channel, and configured to recover liquid from the second pressure chamber row,
wherein a direction of flow of liquid within each of the plurality of pressure chambers included in the first and second pressure chamber rows, from the liquid supply channel via the pressure chamber and to the liquid recovery channel, is the same direction
wherein the liquid discharge head executes liquid discharging while causing the liquid to circulate in one direction in an order of, the outside of the pressure chambers, the liquid supply channel, the pressure chamber, the liquid recovery channel, and the outside of the pressure chambers, during a recording process,
wherein a discharge orifice portion is provided communicating with the discharge orifices and the pressure chamber,
wherein, in a case of satisfying
H?0.34×P?0.66×W>1.7
wherein H represents a height of the pressure chamber at an upstream side from a communicating portion with the discharge orifice portion in the direction of flow of the liquid, P represents a length of the discharge orifice portion in a direction of discharge of the liquid, and W represents a length of the discharge orifice portion in the direction of flow of the liquid that corresponds to a width of the first and the second liquid supply channels, and
wherein the direction of flow of liquid flowing inside each of the first and second pressure chambers is in a x-y axis direction and is opposite a feeding direction of a recording medium.

US Pat. No. 10,459,125

OPTICAL MEMBER, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING OPTICAL MEMBER, AND OPTICAL FILM OF OPTICAL MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing an optical member including a laminated body configured to reduce light reflection disposed on a substrate, comprising:1) preparing a polymer solution by mixing a solution of a linear polyimide polymer dispersed in a solvent and a solution of a branched melamine polymer dispersed in a solvent;
2) applying the polymer solution to a substrate or a thin film disposed on the substrate and forming a polymer layer of the linear polyimide polymer on the branched melamine polymer on the substrate or the thin film, wherein the polymer layer comprises 37% by weight or more and 55% by weight or less of the branched melamine polymer and 45% by weight or more and 63% by weight or less of the linear polyimide polymer based on a total weight of the linear polyimide polymer and the branched melamine polymer; and
3) forming a porous layer or a layer having a textured structure on the polymer layer.

US Pat. No. 10,459,382

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus forming a toner image on a sheet, the image forming apparatus comprising:an apparatus main body;
a guide configured to guide an attachable and detachable unit attachable to and detachable from the apparatus main body; and
a fixing unit configured to fix the toner image formed on a sheet to the sheet, the fixing unit including a shutter configured to open or close a sheet inlet of the fixing unit,
wherein in a case where the attachable and detachable unit is attached to the apparatus main body when the shutter is located at a first position at which the sheet inlet is closed, the shutter moves from the first position to a second position at which the sheet inlet is opened, according to an attaching operation,
wherein the apparatus main body includes a link mechanism that the attachable and detachable unit contacts, and a regulating portion configured to regulate movement of the shutter,
and in a case where the attachable and detachable unit is further pushed in an attaching direction when the shutter is located at the second position, the link mechanism allows to move the attachable and detachable unit in the attaching direction while keeping a position of the shutter at the second position by the regulating portion.

US Pat. No. 10,459,386

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus operable in a first mode, in which a job can be processed at a first printing speed, and a second mode, in which the job can be processed at a second printing speed faster than the first printing speed, the apparatus comprising:(A) a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
(B) at least one processor that executes the instructions:
(a) to receive a reservation of a period in which the image forming apparatus will operate in the second mode;
(b) to control the image forming apparatus to operate in the second mode, rather than the first mode, in accordance with the reservation;
(c) to set a function in which the image forming apparatus operates in the second mode to be one of disabled and enabled; and
(d) to enable the reservation to be received based on the set function being changed from disabled to enabled.

US Pat. No. 10,459,390

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING REDUCED SENSITIVITY TO LEAK LIGHT AND CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:an image former configured to form an image on a sheet based on an image forming condition;
a transfer belt, onto which the image former forms a measurement image;
a sensor, including a substrate, a light emitting element provided on the substrate, a light receiving element provided on the substrate, and a shielding member provided between the light emitting element and the light receiving element on the substrate, and configured to measure a reflected light from the measurement image on the transfer belt and output a signal value according to an intensity of the reflected light, wherein the light emitting element is configured to emit a light based on a driving current;
a memory configured to store reference data related to a relationship between a plurality of driving currents and a plurality of correction values, wherein the reference data is used for correcting an error of the signal value occurred by a leak light of the sensor;
a controller configured to:
perform a driving current control in which the driving current is adjusted;
control the light emitting element of the sensor based on the driving current adjusted in the driving current control to obtain a measurement image signal value corresponding to the reflected light from the measurement image;
determine a correction value from the driving current adjusted in the driving current control based on the reference data stored in the memory; and
control the image forming condition based on the correction value and the measurement image signal value.

US Pat. No. 10,460,166

ROBUST SEGMENTATION OF RETINAL PIGMENT EPITHELIUM LAYER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A computer implemented method for determining a retinal pigment epithelium, the method comprising:identifying a plurality of regions by calculating a degree of polarization uniformity value using captured image data of an eye, the captured image data being polarization-sensitive OCT data of the eye;
fitting, by a processor, a plurality of curves to at least some of the identified regions, each fitted curve defining at least one first depolarising region at a predetermined distance above the fitted curve and at least one second depolarising region at the predetermined distance below the fitted curve;
for each of the fitted curves, determining, by the processor, a curve score, wherein contribution of a corresponding at least one second depolarizing region is weighted higher than contribution of a corresponding at least one first depolarizing region;
comparing, by the processor, the determined curve scores;
selecting, by the processor, one of the fitted curves using a result of the comparing to determine a position of a healthy retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) of the eye;
generating an en face RPE thickness map using the determined position of the healthy retinal pigment epithelium; and
evaluating at least one of size and the number of at least one of diseased regions in the en face RPE thickness map.

US Pat. No. 10,460,430

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DETECTING AND REDUCING AN UNNECESSARY LIGHT COMPONENT IN AN IMAGE BASED ON MULTIPLE VIEWPOINTS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory storing instructions which, when the instructions are executed by the processors, cause the image processing apparatus to function as:
a detection unit configured to detect an unnecessary component generating region, which is a region of an image in which an unnecessary component is generated, based on a first viewpoint image and a second viewpoint image with different viewpoints, the image being obtained by combining the first viewpoint image and the second viewpoint image, the detection unit being configured to detect the unnecessary component generating region based on a plurality of correlation values between a first region of interest in the first viewpoint image and a plurality of second regions of interest in the second viewpoint image; and
a reduction unit configured to perform processing of reducing the unnecessary component,
wherein the detection unit is configured to detect the unnecessary component generating region based on comparison between of the plurality of correlation values and a threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,459,156

LIGHT GUIDING MEMBER AND ILLUMINATION DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light guiding member comprising:an incident surface;
an exit surface extending in a first direction;
a light guiding surface opposed to the exit surface, and being configured to guide light entering the incident surface to the exit surface;
a side surface connecting the exit surface and the light guiding surface; and
a held portion formed on the side surface,
wherein the light guiding surface includes a plurality of deflection portions arrayed in the first direction, and
wherein at least one of a density or a depth of each of the plurality of deflection portions differs between a first region on the light guiding surface, which corresponds to a region at which the held portion is present in the first direction, and a second region on the light guiding surface adjacent to each of both sides of the first region in the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,462,493

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR OPTIMIZING ENCODING/DECODING OF COMPENSATION OFFSETS FOR A SET OF RECONSTRUCTED SAMPLES OF AN IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of encoding at least a part of an image comprising a plurality of samples, each sample comprising at least two components, the method comprising:encoding a first chroma component and a second chroma component of at least one sample of the image to provide at least one encoded sample;
determining a set of filtering parameters for performing sample adaptive offset loop filtering on the image part, the set of filtering parameters comprising:
a sample adaptive offset type parameter indicating whether edge-type, band-type or no sample adaptive offset loop filtering is used for the at least one sample, said sample adaptive offset type parameter being a common filtering parameter for filtering both the first and second chroma components; and
at least one further filtering parameter, which is a dedicated filtering parameter for filtering an individual one of the first and second chroma components.

US Pat. No. 10,458,913

DETERMINATION APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING TYPE OF RECORDING MEDIUM AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS USING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus for determining a type of a recording medium, comprising:a detection unit configured to detect a characteristic value indicating a physical characteristic of a recording medium;
a measurement unit configured to measure information regarding a moisture content contained in the recording medium; and
a control unit configured to determine the type of the recording medium,
wherein the control unit is configured to convert the characteristic value into a detected value, correct the detected value based on the information measured by the measurement unit, and determine the type of the recording medium based on the corrected detected value.

US Pat. No. 10,456,918

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a model acquiring unit configured to acquire a three-dimensional shape model of a target object;
a display control unit configured to cause a display unit to display the three-dimensional shape model;
a setting unit configured to set a first orientation of the three-dimensional shape model of the target object and a second orientation of the three-dimensional shape model of the target object that is different from the first orientation on the basis of the three-dimensional shape model displayed in the display unit;
a storage unit configured to store a transformation parameter that transforms the first orientation into the second orientation; and
a unit configured to calculate a first position and orientation of the target object by associating the three-dimensional shape model with an imaged target object,
to transform the associated three-dimensional shape model using the transformation parameter, and
to calculate a second position and orientation of the target object by associating the transformed three-dimensional shape model with the imaged target object,
to determine the position and orientation of the target object based on the first position and orientation and second position and orientation of the target object.

US Pat. No. 10,462,311

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising a processor and a memory storing a program which, when executed by the processor, causes the communication apparatus to function as:a communication control unit configured to control a communication unit so as to connect to one of a plurality of external apparatuses;
a transfer unit configured to transfer a data item to an external apparatus to which the communication unit has connected;
a storage control unit configured to, in a case that a transfer of the data item to the external apparatus to which the communication unit has connected is failed, store transfer failure information in which the data item is associated with the external apparatus to which the communication unit has connected, in a storage unit; and
a transfer control unit configured to control, in a case that the communication unit has connected to a first external apparatus after a transfer of a data item by the transfer unit is failed, a transfer of a data item included in the transfer failure information,
wherein the transfer control unit performs control so as to, if a data item included in the transfer failure information is associated with the first external apparatus, automatically transfer the data item to the first external apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,462,318

IMAGE READING APPARATUS WITH A RESINOUS CONDUCTIVE SHEET

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image reading apparatus, comprising:a document feeding unit configured to convey a document;
a transparent member;
a reading element configured to read, through the transparent member, an image on a first surface of the document conveyed by the document feeding unit; and
a conductive sheet, which is a resinous sheet and is grounded, provided in a first region on a surface of the transparent member,
wherein a fluorine-containing organic compound is coated in a second region on the surface of the transparent member to be brought into contact with the first surface of the document, the second region being positioned downstream with respect to the first region in a first direction in which the document is conveyed, and
wherein the first region includes a region free from a region where the fluorine-containing organic compound is coated.

US Pat. No. 10,462,333

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD QUANTIZING FIRST, SECOND AND THIRD COLOR DATA USING FIRST AND SECOND THRESHOLD MATRICES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for printing an image on a print medium with use of inks of multiple colors including at least a color material of a first chromatic color, a color material of a second chromatic color different from the first chromatic color, and a color material of a third chromatic color different from the first chromatic color and the second chromatic color, the image processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors that function as:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire first, second, and third pieces of multivalued data respectively corresponding to the inks of the first, second, and third chromatic colors; and
a generation unit configured to generate first, second, and third pieces of quantization data respectively corresponding to the inks of the first, second, and third chromatic colors on a basis of the first, second, and third pieces of multivalued data acquired by the acquisition unit, and stored first and second threshold value matrices each configured to include arrayed multiple threshold values defining an arrangement of threshold values according to position of pixels respectively in one or more memory, the arrangement of threshold values in the second threshold value matrix being different from the arrangement of threshold values in the first threshold value matrix,
wherein:
the generation unit (i) generates the first quantization data on a basis of the first pieces of multivalued data acquired by the acquisition unit and the first threshold value matrix, (ii) generates the second quantization data on a basis of the second pieces of multivalued data acquired by the acquisition unit and the second threshold value matrix, and (iii) generates the third quantization data on a basis of the third pieces of multivalued data acquired by the acquisition unit and the second threshold value matrix.

US Pat. No. 10,462,348

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS CAPABLE OF ESTABLISHING COMMUNICATION WITH MULTIPLE DEVICES, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus that can establish predetermined communication with another apparatus present on the same network, the communication apparatus comprising:a communication interface; and
a processor configured to perform the operations of following units:
while the communication apparatus has joined a first network,
a first receiving unit configured to receive, via the communication interface, a first signal, the first signal being transmitted from a first external apparatus that has joined the first network and the first signal including information pertaining to the first external apparatus;
a second receiving unit configured to receive, via the communication interface, a second signal, the second signal including information of a second network formed by a second external apparatus;
a determining unit configured to determine whether the second external apparatus meets a predetermined condition on the basis of the information of the second network received by the second receiving unit; and
a display control unit configured to display, in a display unit, a selection screen for selecting an apparatus with which to establish the predetermined communication,
wherein the display control unit displays the information of the first external apparatus and the information of the second external apparatus determined to meet the predetermined condition in the selection screen as information of candidate apparatuses with which the predetermined communication may be established.

US Pat. No. 10,462,355

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS TO GENERATE COMBINED IMAGES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the display processing apparatus to function as:
a specifying unit configured to specify an unspecified item from items displayed in a first area,
a display control unit configured to display the specified item distinguishably from an unspecified item in the first area and to display an item corresponding to the specified item in a second area in response to the unspecified item being specified,
an acceptance unit configured to accept a first operation to target the specified item displayed in the first area from among the items displayed in the first area, and
a control unit configured to perform control,
to contain an image corresponding to an item in the first area which is specified by the specifying unit into a series of images which is configured to be sequentially played back, in response to the unspecified item being specified, and to remove an image corresponding to the specified item on which the first operation is performed from the series of images and not to display the item, which relates to the specified item on which the first operation is performed, in the second area in response to the first operation being performed in the first area.

US Pat. No. 10,462,363

OPTICAL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical apparatus comprising a plurality of first image capturing optical systems facing different directions,wherein each of the first image capturing optical systems includes a reflective element configured to bend an optical path to an image sensor,
wherein optical paths in the first image capturing optical systems intersect with one another on an object side of each reflective element,
wherein each of the first image capturing optical systems includes, in order from the object side, a first lens unit having a negative refractive power, and a second lens unit having a positive refractive power, the second lens unit including the reflective element configured to bend the optical path to the image sensor, and
wherein in each of the first image capturing optical systems, a condition of 3.205?L/f?5.50 is satisfied, where L is a distance between the first lens unit and the second lens unit, and f is a focal length of a whole optical system.

US Pat. No. 10,459,558

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:a printing unit configured to print an image;
a touch panel display which is able to display a first screen being not able to scroll and a second screen being able to scroll, wherein the second screen includes plural buttons corresponding to applications of the information processing apparatus;
a detection unit configured to detect that an instruction object touches the touch panel display;
a first determination unit configured to determine whether a touch determination condition is satisfied, the touch determination condition for executing a process corresponding to a display item touched on the touch panel display;
a second determination unit configured to determine whether a flick determination condition for scrolling the second screen is satisfied; and
a control unit
configured to carry out processing associated with the touched display item in a case where the display item in the first screen is touched,
configured to execute the process corresponding to the display item touched in a case where the display item displayed on the second screen is touched and the first determination unit determines that the touch determination condition is satisfied, and
configured to scroll the second screen in a case where the display item displayed on the second screen is touched and the second determination unit determines that the flick determination condition is satisfied.

US Pat. No. 10,462,635

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 wearable computer device, 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:
store information for identifying the information processing apparatus, wherein the stored information includes a device name and address information;
detect, by the predetermined wireless communication, the wearable computer device, which a user is wearing, wherein the stored information is different than information for identifying the detected wearable computer device;
receive information of a pairing terminal paired with the detected wearable computer device directly from the detected wearable computer device by using the predetermined wireless communication, and
in response to a reception of a request, transmit data according to the received information of the pairing terminal,
wherein the data is transmitted via a communication different from a communication between the detected wearable computer device and the pairing terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,459,325

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for generating data used to form on a recording medium an uneven layer having a plurality of projections, the image processing apparatus comprising:a first brightness information obtaining unit configured to obtain first brightness information regarding a first brightness of a predetermined area of an object observed in a first viewing direction and regarding a second brightness of the predetermined area of the object observed in a second viewing direction, the second viewing direction being a direction having an azimuth angle different from an azimuth angle of the first viewing direction; and
a first recording amount data generation unit configured to generate first recording amount data that indicates a recording amount of recording material used to form the uneven layer on the recording medium, the uneven layer having the projections each having a base in a shape that changes in accordance with the first brightness information,
wherein a change in a brightness in accordance with a change in an azimuth angle of a viewing direction is controlled based on a projection included in the uneven layer, the projection having a base with a lateral length and a longitudinal length different from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,462,400

SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,459,329

PROJECTION-TYPE DISPLAY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A projection-type display apparatus, comprising:a light source unit capable of emitting first color light, second color light, third color light, and near infrared light;
a first reflection-type light modulation element for modulating the first color light;
a second reflection-type light modulation element for modulating the second color light;
a third reflection-type light modulation element for modulating the third color light;
a color combining unit configured to combine the first color light coming from the first reflection-type light modulation element, the second color light coming from the second reflection-type light modulation element, and the third color light coming from the third reflection-type light modulation element and guides combined light to a projection optical system;
a color separation unit configured to guide the first color light coming from the light source unit in a direction different from a direction of the second color light and the third color light coming from the light source unit;
a first polarization-separation unit configured to guide the first color light coming from the color separation unit to the first reflection-type light modulation element and guides the first color light coming from the first reflection-type light modulation element to the color combining unit; and
a second polarization-separation unit configured to guide the second color light coming from the color separation unit to the second reflection-type light modulation element, guides the third color light to the third reflection-type light modulation element, and guides the second color light coming from the second reflection-type light modulation element and the third color light coming from the third reflection-type color modulation element to the color combining unit,
where in the color separation unit is configured to guide the near infrared light coming from the light source unit to the first polarization separation unit,
wherein the color combining unit is configured to guide the near infrared light coming from the first polarization-separation unit to the projection optical system, and
wherein the first color light is green light, the second color light is red light, and the third color light is blue light.

US Pat. No. 10,451,957

IMAGING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE IMAGING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:a blade member configured to open and close an exposure opening;
a drive member configured to drive the blade member;
a first urging member configured to force the blade member, and to change the blade member to a charge state according to a rotation of the drive member;
a motor configured to drive the drive member;
an image sensor located at a position corresponding to the exposure opening;
a controller configured to control the motor and the image sensor;
a blade moving member configured to move between an open position for opening the exposure opening and a closed position for closing the exposure opening;
a cam member having a driving cam that contacts the drive member; and
an engaging member configured to lock the blade moving member at the closed position and operate in association with the cam member,
wherein the drive member drives the blade moving member so that the blade moving member moves from the open position to the closed position,
wherein the first urging member changes the blade member to the charge state when charged as a result of the drive cam contacting the drive member,
wherein the controller rotates the motor in a first direction as reading of a signal corresponding to first imaging starts for one frame using the image sensor, and changes the blade member to the charge state according to a charging of the first urging member,
wherein the controller rotates the motor in a second direction reverse to the first direction after a change of the blade member to the charge state by the first urging member is completed, completes reading the signal corresponding to the first imaging before opening the exposure opening, and stops rotating the motor in the second direction,
wherein the controller performs a charge operation that charges the first urging member by the cam member as a result of the motor being rotated in the first direction, and stops the motor when the cam member has a first phase,
wherein the controller provides a releasing operation that rotates the motor in the second direction after standing by a first predetermined time after the charge operation is completed, and stops the motor when the cam member has a second phase,
wherein the releasing operation includes a discharge operation that releases the charge of the first urging member, and an unlock operation that unlocks the blade moving member at the closed position by the engaging member after the discharge operation,
wherein the blade member closes the exposure opening from when the charge operation starts to when the unlock operation starts, and
wherein the controller completes electric charge reading from the image sensor before the unlock operation starts.

US Pat. No. 10,451,984

PRODUCTION METHOD OF ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic member, comprising:an electro-conductive support; and
a photosensitive layer formed on the electro-conductive support, a surface layer of the electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising a copolymer of a hole transporting compound having a chain-polymerizable functional group and a compound represented by formula (1), the copolymer being obtained by a reaction between the chain-polymerizable functional group and a double bond of the compound represented by formula (1)

where R1 and R2 individually represent a linear or branched alkyl group having 10 or more carbon atoms.

US Pat. No. 10,455,095

IMAGE COMMUNICATION APPARATUS HAVING A MAINTENANCE OPERATION MODE, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image communication apparatus, comprising:a printer that prints an image based on image data;
a controller that shifts the image communication apparatus to an operation mode, wherein a service person performs printing for a purpose of maintenance in the operation mode, and wherein in a case where the printer prints the image in a state that the image processing apparatus is in the operation mode, a specific pattern is printed on the image by the printer; and
a facsimile interface that receives image data; and
a memory,
wherein, in a case where the facsimile interface receives the image data in a state that the image communication apparatus is in the operation mode, the memory stores the image data and the printer does not perform printing based on the image data received by the facsimile interface until the operation mode is released.

US Pat. No. 10,455,114

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image reading apparatus comprising:a feeder that feeds a document sheet of a document;
a reader that reads the document sheet fed by the feeder; and
a controller that suspends feeding of the document sheet by the feeder in accordance with detection that the document sheet fed by the feeder is bound to another document sheet,
wherein the controller performs a process for prompting a user to remove a binding material of the document sheet in accordance with the detection.

US Pat. No. 10,452,329

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT CONTROLS DISPLAY OF AN ERASURE MODE SETTING SCREEN BASED ON A TYPE OF STORAGE DEVICE IN THE APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:a storage device;
a display;
a memory that stores instructions; and
at least one processor that, upon execution of the stored instructions:
causes a first screen to be displayed on the display in a case where the storage device is a semiconductor device that supports an erasure command for causing the semiconductor device to execute erasure processing, and causes a second screen that is different from the first screen to be displayed on the display in a case where the storage device is a magnetic device,
wherein the first screen is a screen on which is selectable a predetermined erasure mode among a plurality of erasure modes for executing erasure processing based on the erasure command, and the second screen is a screen on which is selectable a predetermined erasure mode among a plurality of erasure modes for executing predetermined erasure processing that does not use the erasure command; and
erases data stored in the storage device based on an erasure mode selected on the first screen or the second screen.

US Pat. No. 10,455,177

METHOD FOR DRIVING IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A driving method for driving an imaging apparatus comprising a plurality of pixels disposed in a matrix, and each pixel including:a photoelectric conversion unit;
at least two charge holding units each configured to hold an electric charge generated by the photoelectric conversion unit, the at least two charge holding units including a first charge holding unit and a second charge holding unit;
a floating diffusion;
a first transfer unit configured to transfer an electric charge generated by the photoelectric conversion unit from the photoelectric conversion unit to the first charge holding unit;
a second transfer unit configured to transfer an electric charge generated by the photoelectric conversion unit from the photoelectric conversion unit to the second charge holding unit;
a third transfer unit configured to transfer an electric charge from the first charge holding unit to the floating diffusion;
a fourth transfer unit configured to transfer an electric charge from the second charge holding unit to the floating diffusion; and
an amplification transistor configured to output a signal based on at least one of an electric charge held in the first charge holding unit and an electric charge held in the second charge holding unit,
the driving method comprising:
performing a plurality of first transfer operations for transferring an electric charge stored in the photoelectric conversion unit to the first charge holding unit simultaneously in the plurality of pixel rows, while the third transfer unit is shifted from an off state to an on state after the third transfer unit is maintained in the off state; and
performing a plurality of second transfer operations for transferring an electric charge stored in the photoelectric conversion unit to the second charge holding unit simultaneously in the plurality of pixel rows, while the fourth transfer unit is shifted from an off state to an on state after the fourth transfer unit is maintained in the off state;
wherein a length of a time period in which electric charges to be transferred by performing the plurality of first transfer operations are stored in the photoelectric conversion unit is different from a length of a time period in which electric charges to be transferred by performing the plurality of second transfer operations are stored in the photoelectric conversion unit,
wherein the plurality of second transfer operations is performed in respective periods between two of the plurality of first transfer operations, and
wherein a number of times the plurality of first transfer operations is performed is different from a number of times the plurality of second transfer operations is performed.

US Pat. No. 10,452,943

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a storage that stores a first feature amount of an entire image and coordinates information of an area included in the entire image; and
a processor that perform:
extracting a second feature amount of a local image;
deciding a position of the local image in the entire image based on the stored first feature amount of the entire image and the extracted second feature amount of the local image;
recognizing positions of text regions from the local image; and
displaying the local image and an area corresponding to the stored coordinates information stored in the storage, wherein the displayed area overlaps with the displayed local image, and wherein a position of the displayed area corresponding to the stored coordinates information is corrected based on the recognized positions of the text regions.

US Pat. No. 10,441,163

OPHTHALMIC DIAGNOSIS SUPPORT APPARATUS AND OPHTHALMIC DIAGNOSIS SUPPORT METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:an acquiring unit configured to acquire a volume image of a retina;
a detection unit configured to detect a plurality of candidate lesions in the volume image by analyzing the volume image;
a determining unit configured to determine a distribution of the plurality of candidate lesions based on a result of the detection of the plurality of candidate lesions; and
a setting unit configured to set, based on the distribution of the plurality of candidate lesions, a single line used for displaying a tomographic image of the retina, the single line being a straight line that passes through a macula lutea and the plurality of candidate lesions.

US Pat. No. 10,442,189

PRINTING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING PRINTING APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus having a first power state and a second power state in which power consumption is lower than power consumption in the first power state, the printing apparatus comprising:a human sensor which includes a plurality of elements, each of the plurality of elements outputting a signal corresponding to a temperature;
a storage which stores background temperature data including a plurality of temperature values; and
a controller which determines whether the printing apparatus shifts from the second power state to the first power state, based on the background temperature data and the plurality of signals output from the human sensor,
wherein the controller selects one or more signals among the plurality of signals output from the human sensor based on a comparison between the plurality of temperature values of the background temperature data and the plurality of signals output from the human sensor, and updates at least one of the plurality of temperature values of the background temperature data using the selected one or more signals, wherein the controller does not use the other signals to update the plurality of temperature values of the background temperature data.

US Pat. No. 10,444,494

LENS APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS USING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lens apparatus comprising:an optical unit;
a hold member holding the optical unit;
an adjustment member for a decentering adjustment of the optical unit in a direction orthogonal to an optical-axis;
a fixed exterior unit on an outer peripheral side of the optical unit;
a decentering absorption member contacting an inner periphery of the fixed exterior unit and permitting movement of the optical unit in the direction orthogonal to the optical-axis, the decentering absorption member being configured to restrict a relative movement of the hold member with respect to the decentering absorption member; and
an adhesive positioned between the hold member and the decentering absorption member.

US Pat. No. 10,442,191

PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINTING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:an ejection head including nozzles from which ink is ejected;
a print control unit configured to perform a printing operation by ejecting liquid from the ejection head; and
a reserving unit configured to reserve liquid supplied to the ejection head,
a circulating passage for circulating liquid between the reserving unit and the ejection head;
a recovery control unit configured to perform a recovery operation to recover an ejection state in the ejection head before the printing operation is performed by the print control unit;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire information relating to a degree of concentration of ink in the circulating passage; and
a setting unit configured to set a control mode among a plurality of control modes based on the acquired information so as to set
(i) a first control mode where a first recovery operation is performed and the printing operation is performed under a first printing condition, in a case where the degree represented by the information is lower than a predetermined degree; or
(ii) a second control mode where a second recovery operation for recovery at a lower level than a level at which the first recovery operation is performed, or the recovery operation is not performed, and the printing operation is performed under a second printing condition, in a case where the degree represented by the information is not lower than the predetermined degree,
wherein the second printing condition corresponds to at least one of (a) a higher target temperature, at which the ejection head is maintained during the printing operation, than a target temperature for the ejection head during the printing operation under the first printing condition and (b) a lower ejection frequency of the nozzles than an ejection frequency of the nozzles in the first printing condition.

US Pat. No. 10,442,192

PRINT ELEMENT SUBSTRATE, PRINTHEAD, AND PRINTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A print element substrate comprising:a plurality of nozzles;
heaters arranged in correspondence with the plurality of nozzles;
a plurality of temperature sensors including a first sensor and a second sensor;
a first generating unit configured to select the first sensor from the plurality of temperature sensors, and in a first period and a second period that follows the first period, generate a first temperature signal;
a second generating unit configured to select the second sensor from the plurality of temperature sensors, and in the second period and a third period that follows the second period, generate a second temperature signal;
a processing unit configured to receive the first temperature signal and the second temperature signal, and based on values of the received signals, output a signal indicating a discharge state; and
a switching unit configured to output to the processing unit the first temperature signal from the start of the second period until a predetermined timing of the second period, and at the predetermined timing, to switch a signal to be outputted to the processing unit from the first temperature signal to the second temperature signal.

US Pat. No. 10,442,201

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a liquid ejection head which includes:a substrate in which a supply port supplying a liquid is penetrated, energy generation elements each of which generates energy ejecting the liquid,
a first layer covering the energy generation elements, and
an ejection port member in which ejection ports each of which ejects the liquid are formed,
the energy generation elements, the first layer, and the ejection port member being provided on a first surface of the substrate, the method comprising:
a step of preparing the substrate having the first layer on which the energy generation element and the first layer are provided; and
a step of forming the supply port by etching the substrate with an etching liquid or an etching gas from a second surface which is a surface opposite to the first surface so as to enable the etching liquid or the etching gas to reach the first layer,
wherein the first layer is divided by at least one region which is located between a portion of the first layer covering the energy generation element and a portion of the first layer to which the etching liquid or the etching gas is reached, and
wherein the liquid ejection head further includes a second layer filled in the region.

US Pat. No. 10,442,202

MANUFACTURING METHOD OF BONDED-SUBSTRATE ARTICLE, MANUFACTURING METHOD OF LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD, BONDED-SUBSTRATE ARTICLE, AND LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A manufacturing method for a bonded-substrate article where a first substrate has a first bonding region and a second bonding region that are both bonded to a second substrate, and the second substrate has a third bonding region and a fourth bonding region that are both bonded to the first substrate, the method comprising:first bonding, where the first bonding region of the first substrate and the third bonding region of the second substrate are bonded at a first temperature; and
second bonding, following the first bonding, where the second bonding region of the first substrate and the fourth bonding region of the second substrate are bonded at a second temperature,
wherein the first temperature is lower than the second temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,442,203

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD, AND LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:a liquid ejection unit having a board including an ejection port surface configured to eject liquid, and a flow path member including a supporting surface that supports the board on the back side of the ejection port surface, the flow path member being configured to supply liquid to the board;
a first cover member including a first surface provided at the side of the ejection port surface and having an aperture part exposing the ejection port surface and a joint part joined to the liquid ejection unit, a second surface covering a part of a side surface of the flow path member, and a bent part bent between the first surface and the second surface; and
a second cover member at least covering another part of the side surface, wherein
a part of the second surface of the first cover member and a part of the second cover member overlap with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,445,035

CONTROL METHOD AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control method of a terminal device that accepts operations from a user and stores, without accepting user input of predetermined connection information and without acquiring the predetermined connection information from a communication device, the predetermined connection information, and communicates with a communication device using the stored predetermined connection information, the method comprising:connecting the terminal device and the communication device using the stored predetermined connection information;
acquiring particular connection information different from the stored predetermined connection information from the communication device by connection between the terminal device and the communication device using the stored predetermined connection information;
connecting, in a case where the communication device is in a state where connection can be performed using the particular connection information, the terminal device and the communication device using the acquired particular connection information;
communicating, after the communication device and the terminal device are in communication by the stored predetermined connection information, image data with the communication device by the connection between the terminal device and the communication device using the particular connection information,
wherein a communication method used for establishing a connection using the stored predetermined connection information and a communication method used for establishing a connection using the particular connection information are the same;
wherein the stored predetermined connection information includes at least information that the user cannot optionally change;
and wherein the particular connection information acquired via the connection by the stored predetermined connection information is connection information that can be used for connection between the terminal device and the communication device only once.

US Pat. No. 10,445,041

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

14. An image forming apparatus capable of performing hold printing that holds a received print job and performs the print job in accordance with instructions to perform printing from a user, the image forming apparatus comprising:a user interface that displays the held print job, wherein
the user interface displays a print job whose print setting value is changed to that different from the print setting value set by a user in the print job by highlighting the print job.

US Pat. No. 10,447,870

INFORMATION TERMINAL CONFIGURED TO TRANSMIT DATA WITH USE OF WIRELESS COMMUNICATION, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control method for controlling an information terminal, the control method comprising:transmitting information relating to authentication to an image processing apparatus by a first communication method for short-range wireless communication,
wherein the image processing apparatus performs processing for the authentication with use of the transmitted information relating to the authentication and, according to success of the authentication with use of the transmitted information, the image processing apparatus transitions to a status in which at least one function included in the image processing apparatus can be used via an operation unit of the image processing apparatus;
obtaining, from the image processing apparatus by the first communication method, connection information for communicating with the image processing apparatus by a second communication method different from the first communication method, according to the success of the authentication with use of the transmitted information; and
transmitting, by the second communication method, data to be set in at least one function included in the image processing apparatus to the image processing apparatus, according to establishment of communication by the second communication method,
wherein, in response to receipt of the data and based on a type of the received data, the image processing apparatus displays a transmission setting screen in which the received data is set.

US Pat. No. 10,447,872

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS INCLUDING TOUCH DETECTION UNIT AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:a memory and at least one processor configured to function as:
a display control unit configured to perform control to display a group of items on a display screen, wherein the group of items are formed from some of a plurality of items ordered in an item line from a first item to a last item, wherein a plurality of functions are respectively assigned to the plurality of items, and wherein each of the plurality of functions is for making a second area, which is on the display screen and is different from a first area in which the group of items are displayed, into a display appearance corresponding to a different one of the plurality of items,
a detection unit configured to detect a touch operation on an item in the group of items displayed on the display screen, and
a control unit configured to perform control,
wherein, in a case where a touch on an item at a first position is detected by the detection unit and the touched item is a fully-displayed item, the control unit performs control not to move the group of items based on the touch on the fully-displayed item,
wherein, in a case where the touch on an item and releasing of the touch from the touched fully-displayed item at the first position is detected and the touched fully-displayed item is positioned at an end on one side of the group of items displayed on the display screen and is neither the first item nor the last item in the item line, the control unit performs control to move the group of items so that a hidden item in the item line on the one side comes to be displayed on the display screen and that the touched fully-displayed item, from which the releasing of the touch is detected, is moved from the first position to a second position and to start executing a function which is, among the plurality of functions, assigned to the touched fully-displayed item before the moving of the group of items is finished, and
wherein, in a case where the touch on an item and releasing of the touch from the touched fully-displayed item at the first position is detected and the touched fully-displayed item is either the first item or the last item in the item line, the control unit performs control not to move the group of items such that the touched fully-displayed item, from which the releasing of the touch is detected, is not moved from the first position to the second position and to start executing a function which is, among the plurality of functions, assigned to the touched fully-displayed item.

US Pat. No. 10,446,594

IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup device comprising:a substrate which includes source regions and drain regions of transistors included in a plurality of pixel circuits and disposed in the substrate;
a semiconductor layer disposed on the substrate;
a first electrode disposed on the semiconductor layer;
a second electrode disposed between the semiconductor layer and the substrate;
a third electrode disposed on the semiconductor layer;
a fourth electrode disposed between the semiconductor layer and the substrate; and
an interlayer film including a wiring line provided between the second electrode and the substrate,
wherein a continuous portion of the semiconductor layer includes a light receiving region and a charge hold region,
the light receiving region is configured to generate and accumulate signal charges, the light receiving region being disposed between the first electrode and the second electrode,
the charge hold region is configured to hold signal charges generated in, accumulated in and transferred from the light receiving region, the charge hold region being disposed at a position different from the light receiving region,
the charge hold region is disposed between the third electrode and the fourth electrode,
each of the plurality of pixel circuits is configured to read a signal based on a hole generated through photoelectric conversion,
when the hole is transferred from the light receiving region to the charge hold region, a voltage supplied to the second electrode and represented by Vp and a voltage supplied to the fourth electrode and represented by Vm satisfy a relationship expressed by Vp>Vm,
the continuous portion of the semiconductor layer includes a transfer region disposed between the light receiving region and the charge hold region,
the image pickup device further comprises a transfer electrode configured to control a potential of the transfer region,
when the hole is accumulated in the light receiving region, the voltage supplied to the second electrode and represented by Vp and a voltage supplied to the transfer electrode and represented by Vt satisfy a relationship expressed by Vp when the hole is transferred from the light receiving region to the charge hold region, the voltage represented by Vp, the voltage represented by Vt, and the voltage supplied to the fourth electrode and represented by Vm satisfy a relationship expressed by Vp>Vt>Vm.

US Pat. No. 10,447,875

PRINTING APPARATUS, METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR CONVEYING SHEETS INTERMITTENTLY TO PRINTHEAD WHILE FORMING OVERLAPS STATE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a feeding roller configured to feed a sheet;
a feeding motor configured to drive the feeding roller;
a conveyance roller configured to convey the sheet conveyed by the feeding roller;
a conveyance motor configured to drive the conveyance roller;
a printhead configured to print an image by discharging ink on the sheet conveyed by the conveyance roller;
a carriage mounting the printhead to move in an intersecting direction which intersects a direction the sheet is conveyed;
a printing control unit configured to perform a printing operation for printing an image on the sheet by repeating an operation of intermittently conveying the sheet by the conveyance roller and an operation of discharging ink by the printhead when the conveyance roller stops;
a detection unit, arranged between the feeding roller and the conveyance roller, configured to detect a leading edge of the sheet; and
a conveyance control unit configured to, during a period in which the conveyance motor is intermittently driven for the printing operation on a preceding sheet, drive the feeding motor intermittently in synchronization with the conveyance motor before a leading edge of a succeeding sheet is detected by the detection unit, and drive the feeding motor continuously without synchronizing with the conveyance motor after the leading edge of the succeeding sheet is detected by the detection unit in order to cause the leading edge of the succeeding sheet to overlap the preceding sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,445,582

TREE STRUCTURED CRF WITH UNARY POTENTIAL FUNCTION USING ACTION UNIT FEATURES OF OTHER SEGMENTS AS CONTEXT FEATURE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of determining a classification of a composite action including a plurality of action units in a video clip, the method comprising:extracting a plurality of features from the video clip;
determining a corresponding feature in the plurality of features for each of temporal segments of the video clip;
determining an initial estimate of an action unit for each of the temporal segments using a potential function for each segment modeling dependency between a concatenation of features and a classification of a corresponding action unit by inputting a feature from a current temporal segment and a feature from at least one of preceding temporal segments or subsequent temporal segments as the concatenation of features;
aggregating the potential functions into a probability distribution; and
determining the classification of the composite action using the probability distribution by jointly inferring the classification of the composite action and classifications of the action units of the temporal segments based on the initial estimate of each action unit for each of the temporal segments.

US Pat. No. 10,441,233

IMAGING CONTROL APPARATUS, X-RAY IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging control apparatus for an X-ray imaging apparatus which performs X-ray imaging in accordance with a plurality of pieces of imaging information displayed in an information display area of a display unit, comprising:a display control unit configured to control a display position of prepared imaging information in a completed state of preparation for X-ray imaging and a display position of unprepared imaging information in an uncompleted state of preparation for X-ray imaging in accordance with a reference position set in the information display area; and
a determination unit configured to determine whether the unprepared imaging information displayed in the information display area falls within the information display area by using the information display area and the display position of unprepared imaging information, wherein
the display control unit changes the display position of prepared imaging information and the display position of unprepared imaging information so as to make the unprepared imaging information fall within the information display area when the unprepared imaging information does not fall within the information display area, and
the display control unit does not change the display position of prepared imaging information and the display position of unprepared imaging information when the unprepared imaging information falls within the information display area.

US Pat. No. 10,445,590

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD AND MONITORING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:a processor; and
memory communicatively coupled to the processor, for storing computer-executable instructions that, when executed by the processor, perform operations of:
an acquirement unit configured to acquire a current image and a background image, wherein the background image is obtained according to images acquired in a predefined duration time previous to the current image;
a foreground object detection unit configured to detect a foreground object from the current image according to the background image;
a parameter determination unit configured to determine a first parameter and a second parameter, according to luminance information of the foreground object in the current image and luminance information of a portion corresponding to the detected foreground object in the background image,
wherein the first parameter represents a ratio of a number of visual elements, which have a dominant luminance direction changed from the background image to the detected foreground object of the current image, to a number of foreground visual elements in the portion corresponding to the detected foreground object, and the second parameter represents a difference value between variance of the luminance values of the foreground visual elements of the detected foreground object in the current image and variance of the luminance values of corresponding visual elements of the portion corresponding to the detected foreground object in the background image; and
a foreground object identification unit configured to determine that the foreground object is a false foreground object if the ratio as the first parameter is larger than a first predefined threshold and the difference as the second parameter is less than a second predefined threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,441,238

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising:a scintillator configured to convert radiation into light;
a sensor panel in which a plurality of pixels each comprising a light detector configured to detect the light is arranged; and
a processing unit,
wherein the processing unit comprises:
a conversion unit configured to output a detection signal in accordance with a signal generated in the light detector by the incident light and radiation that has transmitted through the scintillator without being converted into light; and
a reset control unit configured to determine that the light detector detects the transmitted radiation based on a magnitude of the detection signal and reset the conversion unit if the light detector is determined to detect the transmitted radiation.

US Pat. No. 10,447,904

LENS MOUNT FOR USE IN ATTACHMENT/REMOVAL OF INTERCHANGEABLE LENS, INTERCHANGEABLE LENS, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A lens mount provided in an interchangeable lens as arranged to enable a removable attachment of the interchangeable lens to an image pickup apparatus body including a bayonet-lug portion,the lens mount comprising:
a fixed mount part including a lens-side mount surface arranged to contact a mount surface formed on the image pickup apparatus body and a first screw portion, and configured to be fixed to a fixing portion provided on the interchangeable lens; and
a movable mount part including a lug portion arranged to engage with the bayonet-lug portion and a second screw portion arranged to cooperate with the first screw portion,
wherein when said movable mount part is rotatable about an optical axis from a state in which the mount surface and the lens-side mount surface are in contact with each other and the bayonet-lug portion and said lug portion do not overlap each other, said movable mount part moves toward the fixing portion along the optical axis, as said second screw portion cooperates with said first screw portion, whereby said lug portion is brought into engagement with the bayonet-lug portion, and
wherein the movable mount part moves toward the fixed mount part along the optical axis, as said second screw portion cooperates with said first screw portion.

US Pat. No. 10,447,911

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, NETWORK CAMERA AND PROCESSING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photographing processing apparatus which is connected to a network, comprising:a global positioning system (GPS) receiving unit;
a processor;
a memory storing instructions, which when executed by the processor, causes the photographing processing apparatus to:
acquire position information from a position information providing device via the network; and
transmit the position information acquired, via the network, wherein a receiving device which received the position information transmitted sets a name of a shortcut for accessing the photographing processing apparatus based on the position information transmitted,
wherein when failing to acquire the position information from the position information providing device, the execution of the instructions by the process further causes the photographing processing apparatus to transmit second position information acquired from the GPS receiving unit.

US Pat. No. 10,444,839

TERMINAL, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A terminal comprising:a detector configured to detect an operation to a surface of the terminal;
a deformable part arranged in the surface and configured to be deformable;
a display configured to perform display to the surface; and
a controller configured to perform a control of the deformable part based on the detected operation so that a place in the surface is deformed in a case where a function of an icon displayed at the place in the surface by the display is not allowed for an object that is displayed by the display and dragged or to be dragged to the icon.

US Pat. No. 10,447,914

IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD, LENS APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD, USING SELECTIVE COMMUNICATION METHODS FOR IMPROVED FOCUS ADJUSTMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus capable of interchanging a lens unit comprising:an imaging element configured to capture the image by accumulating charge generated by photoelectrically converting light flux that passes through an imaging optical system including a focusing lens; and
at least one processor or one circuitry which function as:
a control unit configured to control communication with the lens unit,
wherein the control unit is configured to change from a first communication method to a second communication method, when a predetermined operation instructing a focus adjustment for capture of still image is performed by the user,
wherein the first communication method includes a predetermined periodical communication of a first communication and a second communication,
wherein the second communication method does not include the predetermined periodical communication, and
wherein the control unit is further configured to change from the second communication method to the first communication method, when the predetermined operation and an operation instructing capture of still image is released by the user, while operating in the second communication method.

US Pat. No. 10,447,915

IMAGE SENSOR AND IMAGING APPARATUS WITH FIRST AND SECOND FOCUS DETECTION DATA AT A TOP AND BOTTOM OF CAPTURED IMAGE DATA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image sensor comprising:a pixel unit in which a plurality of unit pixels for converting an optically formed subject image into an image signal is arranged in a matrix form;
a first focus detector that performs focus detection by detecting a phase difference based on the image signal to generate first focus detection data;
a second focus detector that performs focus detection by detecting a phase difference based on the image signal to generate second focus detection data; and
an output unit that adds at least one of the first and the second focus detection data to at least a top of captured image data based on the image signal, and output the captured image data,
wherein the second focus detector performs more detailed phase difference detection than phase difference detection by the first focus detector to generate second focus detection data.

US Pat. No. 10,447,918

IMAGING CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging control apparatus comprising:a touch detector configured to detect a touch operation on a display unit; and
at least one memory and at least one processor which function as:
a display control unit configured to perform 2-area enlargement display for displaying live view images respectively captured in a first and a second imaging areas at horizontally different positions by an imaging unit, side by side on the display unit;
and
a control unit configured to perform control,
upon a move operation for movement in a horizontal direction while in contact with the display unit, when the first and the second imaging areas respectively corresponding to ranges displayed in a first and a second display areas in the 2-area enlargement display are separated from each other, to change a position of the first imaging area and not to change a position of the second imaging area in response to the move operation, and
upon the move operation in the horizontal direction, when the second imaging area adjoins the first imaging area in a direction in which the first imaging area is to be moved by the move operation, to change the positions of the first and the second imaging areas in response to the move operation.

US Pat. No. 10,448,178

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS, DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:one or more hardware processors; and
one or more memories which store instructions executable by the one or more hardware processors to cause the display control apparatus to perform at least:
acquiring information about directivity of a microphone that collects sound from a sound-collection target area; and
controlling to cause a display unit to display a superimposed image in which an area image and a range image are superimposed on one another, the area image representing the sound-collection target area, and the range image having a shape representing a sound collection range according to the directivity of the microphone identified by the acquired information and the range image representing loudness of sound in the sound collection range.

US Pat. No. 10,447,923

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a memory;
at least one processor, the processor executing the following functions in accordance with a program stored in the memory;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a first image captured with a first exposure time and a second image captured with a second exposure time shorter than the first exposure time;
a determination unit configured to change either the first image or the second image as an image to be used for the calculation of a motion vector in accordance with a result of a detection of flicker based on the first image and the second image; and
a calculation unit configured to calculate a motion vector based on said image.

US Pat. No. 10,447,927

ELECTRONIC DEVICE FOR DETECTING OBJECT PROXIMITY AND CONTROLLING A DISPLAY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic device comprising:a motion detector configured to detect motion of the electronic device;
a proximity detector configured to detect proximity of an object to the electronic device;
a display;
a memory; and
at least one processor that function as:
a control unit configured to control display preparatory processing for performing display on the display so as to start in response to predetermined motion of the electronic device being detected based on motion detected by the motion detector; and
a display control unit configured to control display so as to be performed on the display in response to proximity of an object being detected by the proximity detector,
wherein the predetermined motion is detected, in a case where motion in which acceleration in a vertical direction of the electronic device changes by greater than or equal to a threshold value and acceleration in a horizontal direction of the electronic device changes within a predetermined width is detected by the motion detector, within a predetermined period that includes a point in time at which positive and negative of acceleration in a front-back direction of the electronic device is reversed.

US Pat. No. 10,447,928

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:at least one processor or circuit configured to function as:
a trajectory estimation unit that estimates an imaging trajectory during taking of a first moving image, from the first moving image;
a trajectory correcting unit that corrects a trajectory variation in the estimated imaging trajectory;
a generating unit that generates a second moving image corresponding to the corrected imaging trajectory, from the first moving image; and
a setting unit that sets at least one reference point from the first moving image,
wherein the trajectory correcting unit corrects the imaging trajectory so as to cause the reference point in frame images constituting the second moving image to have a position residing within a predetermined range in the frame image, and
wherein the generating unit generates the second moving image spanning a shorter time than that of the first moving image.

US Pat. No. 10,445,626

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR READING IMAGE IN READING REGION BASED ON SIZE OF SHEET ACCOMMODATED IN SHEET ACCOMMODATION UNIT OR READING IMAGE IN READING REGION BASED ON DETECTED SIZE OF DOCUMENT, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus configured to feed a sheet from a sheet holding unit designated by a user among a plurality of sheet holding units and print an image on the fed sheet, the image processing apparatus comprising:an auto document feeder configured to feed a document placed on a document tray;
a document size detector disposed on the document tray;
a document reader configured to read the document fed by the auto document feeder;
a storage configured to store a predetermined size which is not correctly specifiable based on a detecting result of the document size detector;
a controller configured to determine whether the sheet size of the sheet held in the sheet holding unit designated by the user is the predetermined size stored in the storage,
wherein, in a case where a sheet size of a sheet held in the sheet holding unit designated by the user is not the predetermined size stored in the storage, the controller causes the document reader to read the fed document in a first reading region of a size detected by the document size detector, and
wherein, in a case where the sheet size of the sheet held in the sheet holding unit designated by the user is the predetermined size stored in the storage, the controller causes the document reader to read the fed document in a second reading region of the sheet size of the sheet held in the sheet holding unit designated by the user; and
a printer configured to print an image of the document read by the document reader on the sheet fed from the sheet holding unit designated by the user,
wherein the predetermined size includes FOLIO.

US Pat. No. 10,447,680

COMMUNICATION CONTROL APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A video transmitting method for transmitting video data to a client device based on RTSP (Real Time Streaming Protocol) and RTCP (Real-time Transport Control Protocol), the method comprising:receiving an RTSP packet from the client device;
executing authentication processing for the client device by using data contained in the RTSP packet from the client device;
determining a session timeout regarding retaining a communication session with the client device using the RTSP based on both status of communication using the RTSP and status of communication using the RTCP in a case where the client device is successfully authenticated by executing the authentication processing, and determining the session timeout regarding retaining the communication session with the client device using the RTSP based on the status of communication using the RTSP and not based on the status of communication using the RTCP in a case where the client device is not successfully authenticated by executing the authentication processing; and
transmitting the video data to the client device based on the communication session according to RTSP.

US Pat. No. 10,447,941

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capture apparatus having an interval capturing mode for intermittently performing automatic image capturing every set capturing interval, the apparatus comprising:at least one processor or circuit executing a program stored in a memory to perform operations of: an exposure control unit configured to determine, in accordance with subject luminance, exposure settings including shutter speed and capturing sensitivity,
wherein the exposure control unit (a) determines, based on information relating to the capturing interval, the exposure settings for each intermittent capturing in the interval capturing mode, and (b) determines, for a same subject luminance within a range of subject luminance being less than or equal to a predetermined threshold, the exposure settings such that a lower shutter speed and a lower capturing sensitivity are set, in a case where the capturing interval is a second capturing interval than in a case where the capturing interval is a first capturing interval, and
wherein the second capturing interval is longer than the first capturing interval.

US Pat. No. 10,447,176

VIBRATION TYPE ACTUATOR CONTROL APPARATUS, APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING VIBRATION TYPE ACTUATOR CONTROL PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A vibration type actuator control apparatus configured to control driving of a vibration type actuator configured to move a moving body that is one of the vibrator and a contact body that contacts a vibrator, the vibration type actuator including the vibrator in which a vibration is excited when a two-phase drive signal having a phase difference is applied to an electro-mechanical energy conversion element, the vibration type actuator control apparatus comprising a drive signal generator configured to generate the two-phase drive signal,wherein the drive signal generator changes a phase difference of the two-phase drive signal from an initial phase difference when the moving body is moved from a stopped state, the initial phase difference being determined based on a phase difference shift indicative of a shift from a phase difference set so as to stop the moving body.

US Pat. No. 10,447,953

IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING SYSTEM, AND MOVING OBJECT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:a first substrate including a plurality of first pixels arranged thereon, the plurality of first pixels each including a first photoelectric conversion unit and a first transistor configured to output a first signal based on a charge generated in the first photoelectric conversion unit; and
a second substrate including a plurality of second pixels arranged thereon, the plurality of second pixels each including a second photoelectric conversion unit and a second transistor configured to output a second signal based on a charge generated in the second photoelectric conversion unit,
wherein the first substrate and the second substrate are stacked via an insulation film interposed therebetween,
wherein an orthogonal projection of the first photoelectric conversion unit onto a plane in parallel with an interface between the first substrate and the insulation film and an orthogonal projection of the second photoelectric conversion unit onto the plane at least partially overlap each other, and
wherein an input node of the first transistor and an input node of the second transistor are separated from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,447,189

ELECTRIC MOTOR CONTROL DEVICE, ELECTRIC MOTOR SYSTEM AND ELECTRIC MOTOR CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electric motor control device comprising:at least one processor or circuit programmed to function as:
a generating unit configured to generate a drive waveform to an electric motor;
a position detecting unit configured to detect a rotational phase of the electric motor and to output a detected signal;
a speed detecting unit configured to detect information of a rotational speed of the electric motor based on the detected signal output by the position detecting unit; and
a control unit configured to control a phase relationship between the rotational phase of the electric motor and a phase of the drive waveform and set an amplitude of the drive waveform corresponding to a difference between a target speed and the information of rotational speed detected by the speed detecting unit to control a speed of the electric motor,
wherein characteristics of the amplitude of the drive waveform corresponding to an output of the electric motor have a first region in which a relationship between an integrated value obtained by integrating an output voltage of the electric motor and a setting value of the amplitude is linear and a second region in which the relationship between the integrated value and the setting value of the amplitude is non-linear,
wherein the control unit holds data indicating the characteristics and performs correction on the setting value of the amplitude based on the data in the second region to suppress non-linearity of the setting value of the amplitude of the drive waveform and the output of the electric motor.

US Pat. No. 10,444,377

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging system, comprising:a first radiation imaging apparatus, which is configured to be capable of taking a first radiation image based on first examination information;
a second radiation imaging apparatus, which is configured to be capable of taking a second radiation image based on second examination information; and
a control unit, which is configured to control imaging of the second radiation image in the second radiation imaging apparatus based on progress information related to imaging of the first radiation image in the first radiation imaging apparatus when predetermined examination information is duplicated between the first examination information and the second examination information.

US Pat. No. 10,444,641

HOLDING DEVICE, TRANSPORT DEVICE, LITHOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A holding device which holds a substrate comprising:a base including a hole and an exhaust flow path communicating with the hole;
a moving member configured to, in response to the substrate being disposed on the moving member, move downwardly in a gravity direction due to a weight of the substrate, the movement of the moving member downwardly in the gravity direction due to the weight of the substrate causing the moving member to contact the base and thereby cover the hole with a surface of the moving member; and
a determination unit configured to determine whether the substrate is disposed on the moving member on the basis of a change in pressure of the exhaust flow path exhausted by an exhaust unit, the change in pressure of the exhaust flow path having been caused by the movement of the moving member downwardly in the gravity direction due to the weight of the substrate disposed on the moving member.

US Pat. No. 10,444,646

LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A lithography apparatus for forming a pattern on a substrate, the lithography apparatus comprising:a holding unit configured to hold the substrate on a holding surface; and
a cleaning member including a polishing unit and configured to bring the polishing unit into contact with the holding surface to clean the holding surface, wherein
the cleaning member includes a supply port which is arranged in the polishing unit and through which gas is supplied, and a suction port which is arranged in a periphery of the polishing unit and through which gas is sucked,
wherein the cleaning member includes a flat portion that is arranged in a periphery of the polishing unit,
wherein the flat portion includes a surface that is in parallel along the holding surface and separated from the holding surface while the polishing unit contacts the holding surface.

US Pat. No. 10,447,980

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method comprising:displaying a plurality of images as a first group of images;
making a user to select a first image from the first group of images;
displaying a plurality of images including the first image selected by the user as a second group of images;
making a user to select a second image from the second group of images; and
displaying a plurality of images as a third group of images including the second image selected by the user in a case where the first image and the second image are different from each other, and not displaying the third group of images in a case where the first image and the second image are same.

US Pat. No. 10,447,984

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:an image capturing unit configured to capture an image including an embedded image that is printed on the basis of image data in which at least a color component has been modulated according to additional information;
an adjustment unit configured to adjust a white balance of the image captured by the image capturing unit on the basis of an adjustment value associated with the embedded image; and
a processing unit configured to process image data of the image captured by the image capturing unit whose white balance has been adjusted by the adjustment unit to read the additional information in the image captured by the image capturing unit.

US Pat. No. 10,444,656

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a rotatable image bearing member configured to bear a toner image;
a charging member configured to electrically charge a surface of said image bearing member;
a charging voltage source configured to apply a charging voltage in the form of a DC component biased with an AC component to said charging member;
electrostatic image forming means configured to form an electrostatic image on the charged surface of said image bearing member;
a developing member configured to form the toner image by supplying toner to the electrostatic image formed on said image bearing member;
a developing voltage source configured to apply a developing voltage to said developing member;
transfer means configured to transfer the toner image from said image bearing member onto a toner image receiving member at a transfer position;
a cleaning member contacting said image bearing member on a side downstream of the transfer position and upstream of a contact position with said charging member with respect to a rotational direction of said image bearing member; and
a controller capable of causing said charging voltage source and said developing voltage source to apply the charging voltage and the developing voltage to said charging member and said developing member, respectively, for moving the toner from said developing member onto said image bearing member so as to execute a supplying operation for supplying the toner to said cleaning member during non-image formation,
wherein said controller carries out control so that a peak-to-peak voltage of the AC component of the charging voltage satisfying the following relationship is applied to said charging member so as to execute the supplying operation:
2Vth(V)?Vpp1(V)?(2Vth+200)(V),
where a discharge start voltage of the DC component of the charging voltage between said image bearing member and said charging member is Vth (V), and the peak-to-peak voltage of the AC component of the charging voltage applied during execution of the supplying operation is Vpp1 (V),
wherein a peak-to-peak voltage of the AC component of the charging voltage applied during image formation is larger than the peak-to-peak voltage Vpp1 (V).

US Pat. No. 10,444,665

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a cartridge that includes a roller, a frame supporting the roller so that the roller is rotatable, and a portion-to-be-positioned; and
an apparatus main body to which the cartridge is detachably attachable, the apparatus main body including:
an opening through which the cartridge passes when the cartridge is attached to the apparatus main body;
an opening and closing member configured to open and close the opening;
a positioning portion for positioning the cartridge with respect to the apparatus main body by contacting with the portion-to-be-positioned of the cartridge;
a first sandwiching portion configured not to move together with the opening and closing member; and
a sandwiched unit movable between a first position and a second position different from the first position, the first position being a position where the portion-to- be-positioned of the cartridge is pressed against the positioning portion of the apparatus main body by the sandwiched unit being sandwiched between the first sandwiching portion and a second sandwiching portion provided on the frame, the second position being a position where the sandwiched unit is not sandwiched between the first sandwiching portion and the second sandwiching portion, wherein the second sandwiching portion is a concave of the frame recessed toward the roller in a cross section perpendicular to a rotational axis direction of the roller.

US Pat. No. 10,444,666

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH REMOVABLE DEVELOPER CONTAINER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a conveying unit configured to feed a sheet to convey the sheet along a conveying path;
an image forming unit configured to form an image on the sheet using a developer;
a mount to which a container is mounted, the container containing the developer;
a replenishing unit configured to replenish the image forming unit with the developer from the mounted container;
a controller configured to judge whether or not replacement of the mounted container is necessary, and
in a case where the mounted container is replaced with another one without replacement of the container necessary during image formation operation by the image forming unit,
(i) suspend feeding of the sheet by the conveying unit,
(ii) discharge the sheet remaining in the conveying path, and
(iii) disable an image forming operation of the image forming unit; and
a display configured to
display a screen for prompting replacement of the mounted container if replacement of the container is necessary, and
display a screen for prompting re-mounting of the replaced container in a case where the mounted container is replaced with another one without replacement of the container necessary.

US Pat. No. 10,444,668

DEVELOPING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing device selectively mountable to one of a plurality of image forming apparatuses including a first image forming apparatus for forming an image at a first image forming speed and a second image forming apparatus for forming an image at second image forming speed, said developing device comprising:a rotatable developer bearing member configured to develop an electrostatic latent image formed on an image bearing member;
a developer container configured to accommodate a developer;
a feeding member configured to feed the developer in said developer container;
a discharge opening provided in said developer container and configured to permit discharging of the developer from said developer container;
a covering portion movable relative to said developer container and capable of changing a level of a lower end of said discharge opening depending on the image forming apparatus to which said developing device is mounted;
a first positioning portion configured to engaged with said covering portion to determine a position of said covering portion such that the lower end of said discharge opening is at a first level; and
a second positioning portion configured to engage with said covering portion to determine the position of said covering portion such that the lower end of said discharge opening is at a second level which is different from the first level.

US Pat. No. 10,444,673

GUIDE MEMBER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS COMPRISING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a photosensitive member on which an electrostatic latent image is to be formed;
a charging member configured to charge the photosensitive member;
a developing member configured to develop the electrostatic latent image formed on the photosensitive member with toner charged to a predetermined polarity;
a transfer member configured to form a transfer area with the photosensitive member and transfer a toner image from the photosensitive member onto a recording material in the transfer area;
a first power source configured to apply a voltage of a polarity opposite to the predetermined polarity to the transfer member;
a guide member located upstream of the transfer area in a direction in which the recording material is conveyed, and configured to contact a back surface of the conveyed recording material to guide the recording material;
a second power source configured to apply the voltage of the polarity opposite to the predetermined polarity to the guide member; and
a pair of conveying rollers located upstream of the guide member in the direction in which the recording material is conveyed, and configured to convey the recording material toward the transfer area,
wherein the guide member includes a guide region configured to contact the back surface of the recording material, and the guide region is entirely located on a side of the photosensitive member of a common imaginary tangent line in a developing area formed by the photosensitive member and the developing member, and
wherein at least a part of the guide member protrudes toward the developing member beyond an imaginary line at a conveyance nip area formed by the pair of conveying rollers.

US Pat. No. 10,444,674

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND SHEET FEEDING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A system comprising:an image forming apparatus configured to form an image on a sheet;
a door rotatably supported by a body of said image forming apparatus;
a first conveying guide provided on said door;
a second conveying guide provided in said body, wherein when said door is closed, a sheet conveying path for conveying the sheet is formed by said first and second conveying guides;
a sheet conveying apparatus, provided downstream of said image forming apparatus, said sheet conveying apparatus being detachably connected to said image forming apparatus and configured to convey to a post-processing device the sheet discharged from said image forming apparatus;
a cover provided on said sheet conveying apparatus, wherein in a case where said sheet conveying apparatus is connected to said image forming apparatus, said door is openable after said cover is opened;
a grip provided on said door;
a first illumination device configured to illuminate said grip in response to an operation of opening said cover; and
a second illumination device configured to illuminate said second conveying guide in response to an operation of opening said door.

US Pat. No. 10,444,164

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUISITION METHOD AND OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUISITION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An object information acquisition method for acquiring information relating to a composition of a detected object from results of a measurement using radiation, the method comprising:a step of acquiring by a computer a result of measuring the detected object using radiation;
a step of estimating by a computer a chemical composition ratio of the detected object, using an equation that contains a value derived from the measurement result as a constant and contains a value derived from the chemical composition ratio of the detected object as a variable, and then solving the equation; and
a step of outputting the estimated chemical composition ratio or a physical property value acquired based on the estimated chemical composition ratio as information relating to the composition of the detected object,
wherein the value derived from the measurement result includes an absorption characteristic value, which is a value relating to absorption characteristics of the detected object with respect to radiation, and a phase characteristic value, which is a value relating to refraction characteristics of the detected object with respect to radiation, and
wherein the step of estimating the chemical composition ratio of the detected object comprises:
a step of setting a plurality of candidates for the chemical composition ratio, and
a step of estimating the chemical composition ratio of the detected object by a procedure in which an approximate solution of the equation is determined from among the plurality of candidates.

US Pat. No. 10,444,681

IMAGE HEATING DEVICE AND HEATER USED FOR IMAGE HEATING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A heater used for an image heating device, the heater comprising:a substrate;
a first conductive element provided on the substrate along a longitudinal direction of the substrate;
a second conductive element provided at a position different from that of the first conductive element of the substrate in a widthwise direction of the substrate perpendicular to the longitudinal direction;
a heat generating element which is provided between the first conductive element and the second conductive element and generates heat with power supplied via the first conductive element and the second conductive element; and
an electrode for suppling power to the heat generating element, the electrode being provided on the second conductive element,
wherein a width in a widthwise direction of the heat generating element overlapping with the electrode in the longitudinal direction is narrower than that of other regions of the heat generating element in the longitudinal direction, and wherein a heat generation amount of a region of the heat generating element overlapping with the electrode in the longitudinal direction is set to be greater than a heat generation amount of other regions of the heat generating element in the longitudinal direction.

US Pat. No. 10,444,682

FIXING DEVICE THAT DETECTS A ROTATIONAL STATE OF A ROTATABLE MEMBER BASED ON A TEMPERATURE LOWERING RATE OF A DETECTED TEMPERATURE OF A TEMPERATURE DETECTING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device comprising:a first rotatable member;
a second rotatable member in contact with an outer surface of said first rotatable member, and configured to form a nip in cooperation with said first rotatable member so that a recording material, on which a toner image is formed, is nipped and fed in the nip;
a heat generating member configured to heat said first rotatable member;
a temperature detecting member configured to detect a temperature of said heat generating member;
a motor configured to drive one of said first rotatable member and said second rotatable member; and
a controller configured to control said fixing device, said controller causing said motor to rotate in a state in which a predetermined amount of electrical power is supplied to said heat generating member, and then, supply of the electrical power to said heat generating member is stopped, and, on the basis of a temperature lowering rate of a detected temperature of said temperature detecting member during rotation of said motor, said controller detects, after stopping supply of the electrical power to said heat generating member, a rotational state of said one of said first rotatable member and said second rotatable member.

US Pat. No. 10,444,685

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus having a plurality of power states including at least a first power state in which a supply of power to a device is stopped and a second power state in which power is supplied to the device, the apparatus comprising:a human detecting sensor;
an interface configured to set a sensitivity of the human detecting sensor;
a controller configured to (1) output, based on output of the human detecting sensor, first information corresponding to a distance between the human detection sensor and a human, and (2) output, based on output of the human detecting sensor, second information corresponding to a moving amount of a human; and
a power controller configured to shift a power state of the information processing apparatus to the second power state from the first power state if the second information is greater than a second predetermined value and if the first information is greater than a first predetermined value,
in a case where a first sensitivity is set by the interface,
wherein the power controller does not shift the information processing apparatus to the second power state from the first power state if the first information is greater than the first predetermined value, in a case where a second sensitivity is set by the interface.

US Pat. No. 10,442,645

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming portion configured to form images on first and second surfaces of a sheet that is conveyed to an image forming position where the images are to be formed on the first and second surfaces of the sheet;
a moving portion provided upstream of the image forming position in a conveyance direction of the sheet and configured to move the sheet in a width direction perpendicular to the conveyance direction while nipping the sheet;
a re-conveyance portion configured to invert the sheet having the image formed on the first surface by the image forming portion such that the first surface and the second surface change places and convey the sheet to the image forming position again;
a conveyance path configured to guide the sheet in the conveyance direction;
a detection portion configured to detect a first position and a second position, the first position being a position of an edge portion, in the width direction, of the sheet at a position upstream of the image forming position in the conveyance direction in a case where the image is to be formed on the first surface, the second position being a position of an edge portion, in the width direction, of the sheet at a position upstream of the image forming position in the conveyance direction in a case where the image is to be formed on the second surface; and
a control portion configured to execute a mode of controlling the moving portion not to move the sheet displaced from a standard position in the width direction in an image formation process on the first surface, and controlling the moving portion to move the sheet in the width direction to a position displaced from the standard position based on both the first position detected by the detection portion in the image formation process on the first surface and the second position detected by the detection portion in an image formation process on the second surface such that a position of a center of the sheet on the conveyance path in the width direction at the image forming position when the image is formed on the first surface and a position of a center of the sheet on the conveyance path in the width direction at the image forming position when the image is formed on the second surface coincide.

US Pat. No. 10,444,696

CARTRIDGE HAVING A ROTATABLE GUIDE MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge comprising:a frame;
a developing roller rotatably supported by the frame;
a guide member provided at a side of the cartridge, the guide member being rotatable between a first position relative to the frame and a second position relative to the frame;
a restricting lever movable between a restricting position and a non-restricting position, wherein the restricting lever is operatively connected to the guide member such that (i) when the restricting lever is in the restricting position, movement of the guide member relative to the frame is restricted, and (ii) when the restricting lever is in the non-restricting position, movement of the guide member relative to the frame is unrestricted; and
a spring configured to urge the restricting lever toward the restricting position from the non-restricting position.

US Pat. No. 10,444,697

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS MAIN BODY AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM USING AN ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING PROCESS TO FORM AN IMAGE ON A MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus main body that allows a first cartridge and a second cartridge to be inserted into an attachment position thereof, the first cartridge including a first projecting portion and a second projecting portion, the second cartridge including a third projecting portion, which has a shape different from that of the first projecting portion, and a fourth projecting portion, the image forming apparatus main body comprising:a movable member that has a first portion and a second portion, and the first portion and the second portion disposing so as to provide a first gap portion between them in a first direction,
wherein, in a case where the first cartridge is inserted into the image forming apparatus main body, by the first projecting portion having contacted the first portion, the movable member is moved in the first direction crossing an insertion direction of the first cartridge so as the enter the first projecting portion into the first gap portion, and allows the second projecting portion to pass through a space where the movable member located so as to allow the first cartridge to be moved to the attachment position of the image forming apparatus main body, and
wherein, in a case where the second cartridge is inserted into the image forming apparatus main body, by the third projecting portion having contacted the first portion, the movable member is moved in the first direction so as to enter the third projecting portion into the first gap portion, and allows the fourth projecting portion to pass through the space where the movable member located so as to allow the second cartridge to be moved to the attachment position of the image forming apparatus main body.

US Pat. No. 10,442,138

THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECT MANUFACTURING METHOD AND THREE-DIMENSIONAL SHAPING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing method for generating slice data in a shaping apparatus configured to manufacture a three-dimensional object including a shaping object by sequentially stacking shaping materials based on the slice data generated and stored to a storage unit for each layer, the information processing method comprising the steps of:acquiring cross-sectional data on a cross-section corresponding to a target layer of the shaping object in order to generate the slice data of the target layer;
judging the presence/absence of a support required region, which requires a support for supporting the shaping object, in the target layer, based on (a) the cross-sectional data of the target layer, and (b) upper layer slice data, which is the slice data of a layer directly above the target layer and which is stored in the storage unit;
determining, when the support required region is present in the target layer, a type of the support to be disposed in the support required region according to a load correspondence value which indicates the magnitude of a load applied from the top; and
generating, as the slice data of the target layer, image data including a structure region indicating the cross-section of the shaping object in the target layer and a support region indicating the cross-section of the support, based on the cross-sectional data and the determined type of the support.

US Pat. No. 10,448,031

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for playing back one or more partial videos from among a plurality of partial videos corresponding to a plurality of spatial sub regions that are spatially contiguous to one another, the method comprising:obtaining meta information relating to the plurality of partial videos,
wherein the meta information includes all of (i) spatial size information which represents, by a number of pixels, both of a width and a height individually for each of the plurality of spatial sub regions, (ii) a Sequence Parameter Set (SPS) for each of the plurality of partial videos, each of the plurality of partial videos encoded according to a predetermined encoding scheme, and pieces of encoded video data obtained by the encoding of the plurality of partial videos according to the predetermined encoding scheme each included in one or more Network Abstraction Layer Units (NALUs), and (iii) spatial position information which represents a spatial position of a spatial sub region, for each of the plurality of spatial sub regions that are spatially contiguous to one another;
determining, based on operation information according to a user operation which is input after the obtaining the meta information and which is regarding designation of a Region Of Interest (ROI), ROI information for identifying one or more partial videos to be played back from among the plurality of partial videos; and
playing back, based on encoded video data included in obtained one or more NALUs, the one or more partial videos, identified according to the ROI information, from among the plurality of partial videos.

US Pat. No. 10,444,702

CARTRIDGE, ROTARY UNIT, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A coupling member usable with a cartridge detachably mountable to an electrophotographic image forming apparatus configured to receive and transmit a rotational force and rotatable about a rotational axis thereof, comprising:a first portion having a protrusion for receiving the rotational force;
a second portion having two recessed portions for transmitting the rotational force and an intermediate portion; and
a third portion configured to connect the first portion and the second portion,
wherein each of the two recessed portions is formed by at least a first surface and a second surface,
wherein the first surfaces are parallel to the rotational axis and the first surfaces are parallel with each other,
wherein the second surfaces are parallel to the rotational axis and the second surfaces are parallel with each other,
wherein the first surfaces and the second surfaces intersect with each other, and
wherein the intermediate portion is a portion disposed between the second surfaces.

US Pat. No. 10,445,477

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, WEB SERVER, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus having a web browser for calling and executing a web application from a web server, the information processing apparatus comprising:a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the set of instructions to function as:
a receiving unit configured to receive (i) a first type of application including a group of execution files of programs being capable of executing in the information processing apparatus, (ii) a first license file of the first type of application, (iii) a second type of application, including a group of setting files for registering a web application and a URL of the web application, for calling the web application, and (iv) a second license file of the second type of application;
an application management unit configured to manage a usage property of the first type of application using the first license file and a usage property of the second type of application using the second license file;
an instruction receiver configured to receive an instruction for calling the first type of application or an instruction for calling the web application via the second type of application; and
a transmission unit configured to transmit, to the web server, a request for accessing to the URL included in the second type of application based on the URL of the web application included in the second type of application, in a case that the instruction receiver receives the instruction for calling the web application via the second type of application.

US Pat. No. 10,444,735

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a memory storing instructions; and
a processor which is capable of executing the instructions causing the information processing apparatus to:
perform a check whether there is information indicating that forming is impracticable with reference to content of data to form a 3-dimensional object;
perform acquisition of a feature amount and forming setting related to 3-dimensional forming of the data;
perform, before a forming apparatus starts to form the 3-dimensional object by using the data, transmission of the acquired feature amount and forming setting to an external server that evaluates the forming; and
supply information regarding forming evaluation which is based on the feature amount and the forming setting and is acquired from the external server,
wherein the forming evaluation from the external server includes an image of a forming result and a user comment related to the forming result,
wherein the image of the forming result is an image indicating a result of forming which is similar to the 3-dimensional object and is previously obtained by using the feature amount and the forming setting, and
wherein in a case it is determined that there is no information indicating that the forming is impracticable in the check, the transmission to the external server is performed.

US Pat. No. 10,442,950

FILM FORMED ON A SLIDING SURFACE OF A COMPONENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A film formed on a sliding surface of a component and containing fluororesin, the film comprising:a surface structure in which convex portions are joined with each other like a mesh,
wherein each of the convex portions comprises a particle aggregation portion, which is formed by particles of fluororesin.

US Pat. No. 10,445,512

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the set of instructions to:
set one of a first setting and a second setting, wherein in a case where the first setting is set, upper case letters and lower case letters of user information are distinguished, and, in a case where the second setting is set, upper case letters and lower case letters of user information are not distinguished;
accept, upon registration of user identification information in a database based on the setting, an input of the user identification information;
cause a display to display an operation screen corresponding to the accepted user identification information in a case where the accepted user identification information corresponds to the user identification information registered in the database; and
restrict, in a case where a plurality of pieces of identification information registered in the database had been treated as a plurality of pieces of identification information of a plurality of users in a state where the first setting had set and are treated as identification information of the same user in a state where the second setting is set, the display of the operation screen upon acceptance of any one of the plurality of pieces of identification information in the state where the second setting is set.

US Pat. No. 10,438,360

VIDEO PROCESSING APPARATUS, VIDEO PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A video processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor; and
a memory that is coupled to the at least one processor and stores one or more computer-readable instructions, wherein the computer-readable instructions cause, when executed by the at least one processor, the at least one processor to operate to:
detect a position of a region of a tracking target included in a video image;
detect a position of a specific object included in the video image, the specific object having a predetermined feature; and
in a case where a relative position of the specific object with reference to the position of the region of the tracking target satisfies a predetermined condition, associate the region of the tracking target with the specific object,
wherein the predetermined condition includes that a distance between the position of the region of the tracking target and the position of the specific object in a same frame of the video image is less than a threshold, and
wherein the at least one processor operates to, in a case where the region of the tracking target and the specific object are associated with each other by the at least one processor, track the tracking target by using at least either the detected position of the region of the tracking target or the detected position of the specific object.

US Pat. No. 10,434,771

RECORDING APPARATUS AND RECORDING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:a recording head including a first discharge port array and a second discharge port array each including a plurality of recording elements configured to generate energy for discharging ink and a plurality of discharge ports provided to correspond to the recording elements, the first and second discharge port arrays being shifted and arranged in a first direction so that part of the discharge ports arranged at an end portion of the first discharge port array in the first direction and part of the discharge ports arranged at an end portion of the second discharge port array in the first direction are located at same positions in the first direction;
a moving unit configured to execute relative movement between the recording head and a recording medium in a second direction crossing the first direction; and
a control unit configured to control timing of discharge from the second discharge port array,
wherein the plurality of discharge ports, in each of the first and second discharge port arrays, is obliquely arranged at a predetermined tilt with respect to the first direction, and
wherein the control unit is configured to adjust the timing of discharge from the second discharge port array by a first adjustment amount according to the predetermined tilt such that the part of the discharge ports of the first discharge port array and the part of the discharge ports of the second discharge port array are capable of discharging the ink to the same positions in the second direction on the recording medium.

US Pat. No. 10,434,772

PRINTHEAD AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printhead comprising:a print element substrate that includes a print element; and
a circuit board electrically connected to the print element substrate,
wherein an ink leakage detection unit that includes a first electrode and a second electrode and that is configured to detect ink leakage is provided on the circuit board,
at least one of the first electrode and the second electrode is electrically connected to a terminal of the print element substrate,
the circuit board includes:
a rigid circuit board electrically connected to the print element substrate, and
a flexible circuit board that is arranged between the rigid circuit board and the print element substrate, and that is electrically connected to the print element substrate, and
the ink leakage detection unit is provided on at least one of the rigid circuit board and the flexible circuit board.

US Pat. No. 10,439,389

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE, SEMICONDUCTOR SYSTEM, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A semiconductor device comprising:a semiconductor element;
a connection terminal configured to output a signal based on an output of the semiconductor element;
a protection circuit connected to the connection terminal; and
a voltage limiting element connected to the connection terminal,
wherein the protection circuit is connected to a first power supply line having a first potential and a second power supply line having a second potential lower than the first potential,
wherein a potential supplied to the voltage limiting element is higher than the second potential and lower than the first potential,
wherein the semiconductor element includes a first impurity region formed in a semiconductor substrate,
wherein the voltage limiting element includes a second impurity region formed in the semiconductor substrate,
wherein the semiconductor substrate is provided with the protection circuit, and
wherein a PN junction exists between the first impurity region and the second impurity region.

US Pat. No. 10,438,630

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS TIME-LINE DISPLAY, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory including instructions stored thereon that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the display control apparatus to:
set time intervals at which frames are extracted from a moving image; and
perform control such that a plurality of frames are extracted from the moving image at the time intervals, and the plurality of extracted frames are displayed in a line,
wherein in a case where a moving image includes a first section which was recorded at a first recording frame rate which is the same as a reproduction frame rate, and a second section which was recorded at a second recording frame rate different from the reproduction frame rate, the control is performed such that, from the first section, a plurality of frames are extracted at first frame intervals, and that, from the second section, a plurality of frames are extracted at second frame intervals different from the first frame intervals, whereby the pluralities of frames extracted from the first section and the second section, respectively, are displayed in a line,
wherein the control is performed to display in a line the plurality of frames extracted from the first section at first display position intervals according to the first recording frame rate, and to display in a line the plurality of frames extracted from the second section at second display position intervals according to the second recording frame rate, the second display position intervals being different from the first display position intervals.

US Pat. No. 10,438,376

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS REPLACING COLOR OF PORTION IN IMAGE INTO SINGLE COLOR, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing method executed by an apparatus for processing an input image, the image processing method comprising:binarizing the input image to generate a binary image;
extracting a plurality of foreground areas based on the generated binary image;
determining whether each of the plurality of foreground areas is subject to a color replacement;
selecting, for each foreground area determined to be subject to the color replacement, one color from among a plurality of predetermined colors, based on colors of a plurality of pixels included in each determined foreground area; and
replacing colors of the plurality of pixels included in each determined foreground area with the selected one color to generate a revised image.

US Pat. No. 10,438,382

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:an information acquiring unit that acquires three-dimensional data representing characteristic information on an object at a plurality of voxels;
a shape information acquiring unit that acquires information on a surface shape of the object;
a distance calculating unit that calculates, for each of the voxels, a distance between a surface of the object and a position inside the object corresponding to the voxel, based on the information on the surface shape;
a filtering unit that performs, for each of the voxels, filtering processing, including blur processing in accordance with the calculated distance; and
an image generating unit that generates a two-dimensional image, based on the three-dimensional data after the filtering processing.

US Pat. No. 10,438,140

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, VISIT PLAN CREATING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:at least one memory storing instructions; and
at least one processor that, upon execution of the instructions, configures the at least one processor to acquire, from one or more sensors in each of a plurality of apparatuses installed at different locations, data indicative of an operation status of each of the plurality of apparatuses serviceable by a plurality of servicemen; and
determine, based on the data acquired from the one or more sensors in each of the plurality of apparatuses meeting a condition, that an apparatus of the plurality of apparatuses is a first type of apparatus requiring a scheduled prioritized visit by any one of the plurality of serviceman within a predetermined period and that an apparatus of the plurality of apparatuses is a second type of apparatus when the condition is not met,
determine, for each of the second types of apparatuses based on the data acquired from the one or more sensors, a likelihood value that the second apparatus will require an unscheduled prioritized visit;
determine, a distance relationship between each of the first types of apparatuses and each of the second types of apparatuses based on an obtained physical location between each first type of apparatus and each second type of apparatus;
generate, a visit order for each of the first type of apparatuses during the predetermined period,
based on the determined distance relationship between second types of apparatuses having a likelihood value exceeding a predetermined threshold and each of the first types of apparatuses.

US Pat. No. 10,437,127

ELECTROCHROMIC APPARATUS AND METHOD OF DRIVING ELECTROCHROMIC DEVICE, AS WELL AS OPTICAL FILTER, LENS UNIT, IMAGING APPARATUS AND WINDOW MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrochromic apparatus comprising an electrochromic device and a drive unit operating for normal drive and heating drive of the electrochromic device,the electrochromic device comprising a pair of oppositely disposed electrodes and an electrochromic layer arranged between the pair of electrodes,
the electrochromic layer including at least an electrochromic material and a solvent,
each of the paired electrodes having at least a pair of power supply sections on a surface thereof,
the pair of power supply sections including a first power supply section and a second power supply section arranged oppositely relative to the first power supply section on the surface,
wherein the drive unit is configured to operate for the heating drive such that the electrochromic layer is heated by applying an alternating voltage between the pair of power supply sections of each of the paired electrodes so as to put any oppositely disposed positions of the paired electrodes in phase with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,440,220

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS PERFORMING CONTROL OF OPERATION FOR COMMUNICATION USING FIRST COMMUNICATION METHOD BASED ON CONNECTION USING SECOND COMMUNICATION METHOD, AND CONTROL METHOD OF THE COMMUNICATION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus capable of performing communication using a first communication method and communication using a second communication method different from the first communication method, comprising:at least one processor that controls units including:
a starting unit configured to start operation as a slave apparatus for communication using the first communication method;
a communication unit configured to communicate, using the first communication method, with an external apparatus, communication information for performing communication using the second communication method after starting the operation as the slave apparatus for communication using the first communication method;
an establishment unit configured to perform establishment processing for establishing a connection of the communication apparatus using the second communication method after communicating the communication information with the external apparatus using the first communication method;
a stopping unit configured to stop the operation as the slave apparatus for communication using the first communication method on a basis of establishment, based on the establishment processing, of the connection of the communication apparatus using the second communication method; and
a restarting unit configured to restart the operation as the slave apparatus for communication using the first communication method on a basis of disconnection of the connection of the communication apparatus established using the second communication method on a basis of the establishment processing.

US Pat. No. 10,437,919

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, DOCUMENT PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM, FOR DELETING A CONVERSION PROCESS WHEN A REQUEST TO GENERATE DOCUMENT DATA IN A FIRST FORMAT HAS BEEN CANCELED

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

10. An information processing method comprising:generating document data in a first format;
requesting a conversion service that performs a conversion process that converts data from the first format to a second format asynchronously with the generating step, to convert processing-target document data in the first format into the second format, and receiving, from the conversion service, identification information of the conversion process corresponding to the processing-target document data in the first format; and
requesting the conversion service to delete the conversion process identified by the identification information when the generation of the processing-target document data in the first format in the generating step is canceled.
US Pat. No. 10,437,165

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

9. A toner comprising: a toner particle including a binder resin, a wax A, and a crystalline material, whereinthe binder resin includes a styrene acrylic copolymer,
the amount of the styrene acrylic copolymer in the binder resin is at least 50% by mass,
the ratio of the wax A to the total amount of the wax A and the crystalline material is at least 50% by mass,
a melting point of the wax A is from 60.0° C. to 100.0° C.,
the wax A is an ester compound of a diol having 2 to 6 carbon atoms and an aliphatic monocarboxylic acid having 16 to 22 carbon atoms,
a solubility parameter of the wax A is at least 8.81 (cal/cm3)1/2,
in differential scanning calorimetry of the toner,
where a peak temperature of a maximum exothermic peak when cooling from 150° C. to 0° C. is performed at 1.0° C./min is denoted by Tc(1), and
a peak temperature of a maximum exothermic peak when cooling from 150° C. to 0° C. is performed at 20.0° C./min is denoted by Tc(20),
the Tc(1) and the Tc(20) satisfy a relationship of 0.0° C.?Tc(1)-Tc(20)?7.0° C.

US Pat. No. 10,437,171

DEVELOPING DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing device comprising:a developer bearing member configured to bear developer;
a developing flame configured to accommodate developer to be borne by the developer bearing member and rotatably support the developer bearing member;
a supporting portion including a fixed end fixed to the developing frame and a free end extending from the fixed end to the upstream side in the rotation direction of the developer bearing member; and
a regulating portion provided at the free end of the supporting portion and configured to regulate the thickness of the developer borne on the developer bearing member by contacting with the developer bearing member,
wherein the regulating portion includes
a first contact portion contacting the developer bearing member,
a second contact portion contacting the developer bearing member on the downstream side of the first contact portion in the rotation direction of the developer bearing member,
a first opposed surface portion apart from and opposed to the developer bearing member on the upstream side of the first contact portion in the rotation direction of the developer bearing member, and
a second opposed surface portion apart from and opposed to the developer bearing member on the downstream side of the first contact portion and on the upstream side of the second contact portion in the rotation direction of the developer bearing member, and
wherein when, in a plane orthogonal to the rotation axis direction of the developer bearing member, the fixed end and the free end of the supporting member are connected by an imaginary straight line, a contact position where the first contact portion contacts the developer bearing member is located on the downstream side, in the rotation direction of the developer bearing member, of a point of contact of a tangent line parallel to the imaginary straight line with the outer periphery of the developer bearing member.

US Pat. No. 10,440,250

DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS HAVING AN INTERFACE TO WHICH A RECORDING MEDIUM HAVING A COMMUNICATION FUNCTION OF TRANSMITTING STORED DATA IS ATTACHABLE, DATA PROCESSING METHOD FOR SUCH DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR STORING INSTRUCTIONS FOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A data processing apparatus comprising:a communication interface to which a recording medium having a communication function of transmitting stored data is attachable; and
a controller configured to record data captured in accordance with an imaging instruction in the recording medium in a case where the recording medium is attached, and
configured to specify a transmission mode of the recording medium in the case where the recording medium is attached and stop data transmission performed by the recording medium in accordance with the imaging instruction in a case of an automatic transmission mode for spontaneously transmitting data.

US Pat. No. 10,436,944

OPTICAL ELEMENT AND OPTICAL DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical element comprising an optically effective surface and an optically non-effective surface, a light-shielding coating film being formed on the optically non-effective surface, wherein:the optically non-effective surface includes a concave step corner section; in a section obtained when the optical element is cut along a plane crossing the concave step corner section and perpendicular to a ridge line of the concave step corner section, a line corresponding to a surface of the concave step corner section has a shape in which two line segments are smoothly connected to each other via an arc-shaped curve; and when that end of each of the two line segments which borders on the curve is designated as an inner end of the line segment while an opposite end is designated as an outer end of the line segment, the light-shielding coating film is formed on a surface of the concave step corner section of the optically non-effective surface so as to have a raised area that increases in film thickness continuously or stepwise from the inner end to the outer end and then decreases continuously or stepwise on at least one of the two line segments in the section.

US Pat. No. 10,440,286

IMAGE CAPTURE CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capture control apparatus comprising:a finder unit configured for observing an optical image of an object;
a display unit having a plurality of items that overlap with the optical image and are observable through the finder unit, and capable of switching whether to light up the items or not;
at least one memory and at least one processor which function as:
a detection unit configured to detect a specific object in the optical image; and
a control unit configured to perform control to:
light up, in the display unit, an item indicating a position for performing specific processing, among the plurality of items,
light up the item in a first form, in a case where the detection unit does not detect the specific object, and
light up the item in a second form in which visibility of the specific object is greater than when lighting up the item in the first form, in a case where the detection unit detects the specific object,
wherein the control unit performs control to display the item at a lower luminance than in the first form, in the case where the detection unit detects the specific object.

US Pat. No. 10,434,655

ROBOT APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING ROBOT APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A robot apparatus comprising:a robot arm;
a first visual sensor that is not supported by the robot arm, configured to measure a measurement range including a movable range of the robot arm, the first visual sensor having a predetermined positional relationship with a base end unit of the robot arm;
a second visual sensor that is supported by the robot arm; and
a control device configured to control position and orientation of the robot arm,
wherein
the control device obtains first measurement data by measuring a plurality of features arranged in the measurement area by means of the first visual sensor,
the control device obtains second measurement data by measuring the features by means of the second visual sensor in a state in which the robot arm is positioned at each of a plurality of calibration positions and orientations on the basis of calibration orientation data,
the calibration orientation data is for controlling the position and orientation of the robot arm to the plurality of calibration positions and orientations for respectively measuring the features by means of the second visual sensor,
the control device calculates a calibration value that relates a measurement value of the first visual sensor to a command value provided to the robot arm using the first measurement data and the second measurement data.

US Pat. No. 10,436,706

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for, using a plurality of signals obtained by a plurality of reception units receiving an acoustic wave propagating from a point of interest in an object, acquiring object information at the point of interest, the information processing apparatus comprising:a speed-of-sound acquisition unit configured to acquire information representing speed of sound in a medium on a propagation path of the acoustic wave;
a correction unit configured to acquire a correction amount for the information representing speed of sound and correct the information representing speed of sound based on the correction amount; and
an information acquisition unit configured to determine a propagation time of the acoustic wave by linearly approximating propagation paths from the point of interest to the plurality of reception units based on the corrected information representing speed of sound, and to acquire the object information at the point of interest based on the plurality of signals and the propagation time.

US Pat. No. 10,439,531

SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveying apparatus for conveying a sheet, the sheet conveying apparatus comprising:a conveyance roller configured to convey the sheet;
a motor configured to drive the conveyance roller;
a phase determiner configured to determine a rotation phase of a rotor of the motor; and
a controller configured to control a drive current flowing through a winding of the motor so that a value of a torque current component generating torque in the rotor, which is expressed in a rotating coordinate system based on a rotation phase determined by the phase determiner, becomes a torque target value of the torque current component, and to perform field weakening for weakening an intensity of a magnetic flux penetrating through the winding by controlling a value of an excitation current component that is a current component expressed in the rotating coordinate system,
wherein, in a case where the controller controls the drive current, the controller sets the torque target value to reduce a deviation between an instructed phase representing a target phase of the rotor and the rotation phase determined by the phase determiner, and
wherein, in a period in which the rotor rotates at a predetermined speed, the controller sets an excitation target value of the excitation current component such that a degree of the field weakening during a first period, which is after a timing of arrival of a leading edge of the sheet at a predetermined position upstream of the conveyance roller in a conveyance direction in which the sheet is conveyed, is greater than a degree of the field weakening during a second period, which is before the timing.

US Pat. No. 10,440,569

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:a first communicator for performing wireless communication by a first communication method for which a communication partner apparatus accesses a storage unit included in the communication apparatus;
a second communicator for performing wireless communication by a second communication method having a higher communication speed or a larger communication range than the first communication method; and
at least one processor that implements units, wherein the units comprise:
a transmission unit configured to, in a case where the first communicator receives a first command from the communication partner apparatus and a first communication parameter for connecting to the communication apparatus via the second communicator is stored in the storage unit, transmit the first communication parameter to the communication partner apparatus via the first communicator;
a generation unit configured to, based on a communication of a second command by the first communicator, generate a second communication parameter, different from the first communication parameter, for connecting to the communication apparatus via the second communicator; and
a control unit configured to control to perform communication with the communication partner apparatus using the first communication parameter after the generation unit generates the second communication parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,440,337

PROJECTION APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHODS THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A projection apparatus, comprising:a projection unit configured to project an image onto a screen including a target image;
a switching unit configured to switch to one of a first image for indicating a position deviation between a projection area in which the projection unit projects an image and the target image, and a second image for increasing contrast of the target image; and
a control unit configured to control the projection unit so as to project an image in the projection area based on an image to which the switching unit has switched,
wherein the first image is an image that has a predetermined relationship with colors of the target image.

US Pat. No. 10,440,343

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR PERFORMING TONE CONVERSION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor or circuit configured to function as the following units:
a separation unit configured to separate a high-frequency component and a low-frequency component from an input image signal;
a first generation unit configured to generate a color signal component for a luminance signal from the low-frequency component;
a second generation unit configured to generate a color signal component for a chrominance signal from the low-frequency component;
a third generation unit configured to generate a color signal component used in common for a luminance signal and a chrominance signal by combining an output of the first generation unit and an output of the second generation unit;
a first tone conversion unit configured to perform first tone conversion processing on an output of the third generation unit;
a color-and-luminance separation unit configured to generate a luminance signal and a chrominance signal from a signal after being processed by the first tone conversion unit;
a second tone conversion unit configured to perform a second tone conversion on the high-frequency component; and
a combining unit configured to combine an output of the color-and-luminance separation unit and an output of the second tone conversion unit.

US Pat. No. 10,437,530

COMMUNICATION TERMINAL, METHOD OF CONTROLLING COMMUNICATION TERMINAL AND NON-TRANSITORY STORAGE MEDIUM FOR ADDING USER AUTHENTICATION INFORMATION TO PRINT DATA IN HANDOVER ENABLE OR DISABLE STATE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication terminal configured to communicate with an image processing apparatus, the communication terminal comprising:a display device;
a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions, the instructions, when executed, causing the communication terminal to perform operations comprising:
receiving a user operation of a user credential input, and, based on the input, setting a user credential that is used for logging into the image processing apparatus;
receiving a user operation for changing a setting, and, based on the received user operation, setting whether to hand over a setting of the user credential that is used for login to a print setting;
performing control to display, on the display device, a setting screen for receiving a print setting regarding print data to be transmitted to the image processing apparatus; and
performing control to display, on the display device, in response to receipt of a user operation to display a reception screen for receiving a setting of authentication information to be added to the print data in a handover enabled state, in which it is set to hand over the setting of the user credential that is used for login to the print setting, the reception screen for receiving the setting of the authentication information to be added to the print data and on which the user credential that is used for login is preset for the setting of the authentication information to be added to the print data, and to display, on the display device, in response to receipt of a user operation to display the reception screen in a handover disabled state, in which it is set not to hand over the setting of the user credential that is used for login to the print setting, the reception screen for receiving the setting of the authentication information to be added to the print data and on which the user credential that is used for login is not preset for the setting of the authentication information to be added to the print data.

US Pat. No. 10,437,531

CONTROL METHOD OF INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE CONTROLLING FIRST APPLICATION PROGRAM, SECOND APPLICATION PROGRAM, AND THIRD APPLICATION PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control method of an information processing device capable of controlling a first application program for communicating with another device different from the information processing device, a second application program for communicating with the other device, and a third application program for installing the second application program in the information processing device, wherein the second application program is launchable in the information processing device in a state where the second application program is already installed in the information processing device, in a case where a first user operation is performed on a screen displayed by the first application program and in a case where a second user operation is performed on a screen displayed by the third application program, the method comprising:saving predetermined information about a device set in the first application program as a communicating device with which the information processing device communicates by the first application program in a storage region by the first application program;
executing,
in accordance with the first user operation having been accepted in a state where the second application program is already installed in the information processing device, processing of launching the second application program, and
in accordance with the first user operation having been accepted in a state where the second application program is not yet installed in the information processing device, processing of launching the third application program for installing the second application program in the information processing device;
acquiring, after the second application program is launched in accordance with the second user operation to the screen displayed by the third application program, the predetermined information saved in the storage region by the first application program by the second application program being launched in accordance with the second user operation; and
executing, by the second application program based on the acquired predetermined information, in a case where the second application program is launched in accordance with the second user operation having been accepted after the second application program is installed in the information processing device by the third application program, setting processing of setting the communicating device set in the first application program as the communicating device with which the information processing device communicates by the first application program in the second application program as a communicating device with which the information processing device communicates by the second application program,
wherein first determination processing is executed for determining whether the second application program is already installed in the information processing device in a case where the first user operation has been accepted,
wherein processing for launching the second application program is executed in a case where the first determination processing determines that the second application program is already installed in the information processing device and where the first user operation has been accepted,
wherein processing for launching the third application program is executed in a case where the first determination processing determines that the second application program is not yet installed in the information processing device and where the first user operation has been accepted,
wherein second determination processing is executed for determining whether the communicating device with which the information processing device communicates by the second application program is already set in the second application program in a case where the second application program is launched in accordance with the second user operation having been accepted,
wherein the setting processing is executed in a case where the second determination processing determines that the communicating device with which the information processing device communicates by the second application program is not yet set in the second application program, and
wherein a program for executing the first determination processing and a program for executing the second determination processing are installed at different timings.

US Pat. No. 10,437,536

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS IN A MAINTENANCE MODE, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:a USB interface capable of connecting to and disconnecting from a removable storage medium; and
at least one processor coupled to a memory device and programmed to provide:
a setting unit configured to perform a setting for prohibiting use of the USB interface, wherein the use of the USB interface includes accessing removable storage medium connected to the USB interface; and
a controller configured to (i) activate the information processing apparatus without loading a USB driver of the USB interface in a first activation mode in accordance with a first activation operation by a user, in a case where the setting for prohibiting the use of the USB interface is set by the setting unit, and (ii) activate the information processing apparatus with loading of the USB driver of the USB interface in a second activation mode in accordance with a second activation operation by the user, in a case where the setting for prohibiting the use of the USB interface is set by the setting unit,
wherein the USB driver is not loaded in the first activation mode in a case where the setting for prohibiting use of the USB is set by the setting unit.

US Pat. No. 10,436,256

DRIVE TRANSMISSION DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A drive transmission device comprising:a first rotating member that rotates with driving power received from a driving source;
a second rotating member that rotates with driving power from the first rotating member;
a driving-side engagement member for transmitting the driving power of the first rotating member to the second rotating member, the driving-side engagement member being provided with a power receiving portion for receiving the driving power of the first rotating member, the power receiving portion engaging with a power applying portion formed in the first rotating member;
a driven-side engagement member for transmitting the driving power of the first rotating member to the second rotating member; and
a biasing member that is configured to (i) bias the driving-side engagement member with a first biasing power in a direction which corresponds to a central line of rotation of the first rotating member and in which the driving-side engagement member and the driven-side engagement member engage with each other, and (ii) bias the driving-side engagement member with a second biasing power in a rotating direction of the first rotating member,
wherein the driving-side engagement member and the driven-side engagement member engage with each other in a state in which the first rotating member is rotating, such that the driving power is transmitted from the first rotating member to the second rotating member via the power applying portion and the power receiving portion,
wherein a gap is formed between the power applying portion and the power receiving portion in relation to the rotating direction of the first rotating member,
wherein the driving-side engagement member is biased with the second biasing power which is the biasing power in the rotating direction of the first rotating member,
wherein the power applying portion and the power receiving portion are separated in the rotating direction by the second biasing power when the driving-side engagement member and the driven-side engagement member are not in engagement, and
wherein the driving-side engagement member and the driven-side engagement member engage with each other in a state in which the first rotating member is rotating, such that the power applying portion and the power receiving portion engage with each other while resisting against the second biasing power.

US Pat. No. 10,438,059

IMAGE RECOGNITION METHOD, IMAGE RECOGNITION APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image recognition method, the image recognition method comprising:detecting at least one part of an identification target from an identification target image;
setting an inquiry region based on the detected at least one part of the identification target from an identification target image;
acquiring a first feature amount of the set inquiry region;
selecting at least one first instance image corresponding to the identification target image from learning images based on the acquired first feature amount of the set inquiry region;
extracting a specific region of the identification target from the identification target image as a first extracted specific region based on the selected at least one first instance image;
acquiring a second feature amount of the first extracted specific region;
selecting at least one second instance image corresponding to the identification target image from the learning images based on the acquired second feature amount of the first extracted specific region;
generating a detector based on (i) the at least one first instance image selected based on the acquired first feature amount of the set inquiry region, and (ii) the at least one second instance image selected based on the acquired second feature amount of the first extracted specific region; and
extracting a specific region from the identification target image as a second extracted specific region using the generated detector,
wherein the identification target is a person, and the first extracted specific region is a first skin region of the person and the second extracted specific region is a second skin region of the person.

US Pat. No. 10,439,863

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor causing the information processing apparatus to act as;
a first obtainment unit that performs a first obtainment process including transmitting, using Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), a search packet for requesting a plurality of types of device information including first device information and second device information, and obtaining the plurality of types of device information in a response packet transmitted from a device that receives the search packet, wherein a condition in which the first device information and the second device information are allowed to be obtained does not depend on settings of the device or functions of the device;
a second obtainment unit that performs a second obtainment process including transmitting a request packet for requesting third device information that is different from the plurality of types of device information obtained by the first obtainment process, and obtaining the third device information in a response packet transmitted from the device that receives the request packet, wherein a condition in which the third device information is allowed to be obtained depends on settings of the device or functions of the device; and
a storage control unit that stores, in a memory, the obtained device information by the first obtainment process and the second obtainment process;
wherein the request packet transmitted in the second obtainment process is a packet for requesting a single type of device information, and is transmitted separately from the search packet transmitted in the first obtainment process.

US Pat. No. 10,438,067

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that selects images for digest reproduction from a plurality of images, the apparatus comprising:at least one processor or circuit configured to perform the operations of the following units:
(a) an information acquisition unit configured to acquire, for every image, shooting information including information on a lens used in shooting the images;
(b) an image evaluation unit configured to derive evaluation values for images based on the shooting information and an evaluation criterion; and
(c) an image selection unit configured to select images for digest reproduction by ranking images based on the evaluation values,
wherein the image evaluation unit derives the evaluation values of the images using different evaluation criteria based on a characteristics of the lens used in shooting the images.

US Pat. No. 10,433,721

OPHTHALMIC APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An ophthalmic apparatus, comprising:an acquisition unit configured to acquire a confocal image and a nonconfocal image of an eye to be inspected based on a return light from the eye to be inspected, wherein the confocal image is generated from a beam of a central part of the return light and the nonconfocal image is generated from a beam of a surround part surrounding the central part of the return light;
a first detection unit configured to detect a plurality of photoreceptor cells of the eye to be inspected from the confocal image, wherein the first detection unit detects a plurality of outer segments of photoreceptor cells;
a second detection unit configured to detect a plurality of photoreceptor cells of the eye to be inspected from the nonconfocal image, wherein the second detection unit detects a plurality of inner segments and outer segments of photoreceptor cells;
a first comparison unit configured to compare the plurality of photoreceptor cells detected by the first detection unit and the plurality of photoreceptor cells detected by the second detection unit with each other; and
a display unit configured to display a symbol on each of the plurality of photoreceptor cells within one of the confocal image or the nonconfocal image displayed on a screen based on a comparison result obtained by the first comparison unit, wherein the symbol that is displayed on the photoreceptor cell detected from both the confocal image and the nonconfocal image, and the symbol that is displayed on the photoreceptor cell detected from the nonconfocal image but not detected from the confocal image differ in a color and/or a shape.

US Pat. No. 10,433,723

CONTROL APPARATUS, IMAGING CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmic imaging apparatus comprising:an imaging unit including an optical system configured to obtain a tomographic image of a fundus of a subject's eye by detecting an interference light beam of a measurement light beam from the fundus of the subject's eye and a reference light beam;
a detection unit configured to detect a relative position between the imaging unit and an anterior eye portion of the subject's eye;
a control unit configured to start, based on a result of detection by the detection unit, at least one of adjustment of an optical path length difference for driving an optical member disposed in the optical system for adjusting an optical path length difference between the measurement light beam and the reference light beam in such a manner that the tomographic image is obtained, and focus adjustment for driving an focus optical member disposed in the optical system to a focus position of the fundus of the subject's eye; and
an adjustment unit configured to relatively adjust a positional relation between the imaging unit and the anterior eye portion of the subject's eye,
wherein the control unit is configured to adjust, by controlling driving of the adjustment unit based on the result of detection by the detection unit, a relative positional relation between the imaging unit and the anterior eye portion of the subject's eye in such a manner that the imaging unit performs tracking for the anterior eye portion of the subject's eye, while the control unit is performing the at least one of the adjustment of the optical path length difference and the focus adjustment.

US Pat. No. 10,430,935

IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING SYSTEM, MOVABLE BODY, AND CHIP

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus, comprising:an imaging unit configured to output an image signal;
a first image processing unit; and
a second image processing unit,
wherein the first image processing unit includes
a first input portion configured to receive the image signal,
a first signal processing unit configured to generate a first image signal from the image signal input to the first input portion, and a second image signal including a smaller number of signals than signals included in the first image signal and corresponding to a first imaging region,
a first output portion configured to output the first image signal to outside of the first image processing unit, and
a second output portion configured to output the second image signal to the outside of the first image processing unit, and
wherein the second image processing unit includes
a second input portion configured to receive the first image signal from the first output portion,
a second signal processing unit configured to generate a third image signal from the first image signal input to the second input portion, the third image signal including a smaller number of signals than the signals included in the first image signal and corresponding to a second imaging region that is a part of the first imaging region, and
a third output portion configured to output the third image signal to outside of the second image processing unit.

US Pat. No. 10,429,916

CONTROL APPARATUS THAT CONTROLS A MEMORY AND POWER SAVING CONTROL METHOD FOR THE MEMORY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus comprising:a storage device having a memory array which stores data, a memory array driver which controls reading the data from the memory array and writing the data to the memory array, and a power controller which controls power supply to the memory array driver,
wherein the storage device is shifted in accordance with a first control signal from a first power state to a second power state, and
wherein power is supplied to the memory array driver and the memory array in the first power state, and power is supplied to the memory array but not to the memory array driver in the second power state;
a register that outputs a second control signal; and
a control circuit configured to output the first control signal and a clock signal that is input to the storage device, wherein the first control signal is input to the storage device,
wherein the control circuit stops outputting the clock signal that is input to the storage device based on receipt of the second control signal output by the register, and then outputs the first control signal to the storage device.

US Pat. No. 10,427,867

PACKING MEMBER AND CARTRIDGE PACKED IN THE PACKING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A packing member for packing a cartridge, the cartridge including a photosensitive drum on which an electrostatic latent image is to be formed and the cartridge being detachably mountable to an image forming apparatus, wherein the packing member is molded with a resin material, the packing member comprising:(i) a first portion including (a) an opening as an entrance for the cartridge, (b) a recessed portion for accommodating the cartridge, (c) a first limiting portion for limiting a position of the cartridge in a first direction perpendicular to an axial direction of the photosensitive drum, and (d) a second limiting portion for limiting a position of the cartridge in a second direction perpendicular to the axial direction of the photosensitive drum and crossing to the first direction; and
(ii) a second portion for openably covering the opening,
wherein the first limiting portion and the second limiting portion contact portions of the cartridge excluding a region where the electrostatic latent image is to be formed on the photosensitive drum such that a gap is formed between a surface of the photosensitive drum and an inner surface of the recessed portion.

US Pat. No. 10,430,960

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus configured to output data indicating a shape of a three-dimensional object including a plurality of bundles each including a plurality of fibers, the image processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more memories storing instructions, when executed by the one or more processors, causing the image processing apparatus to function as:
a first acquisition unit configured to acquire image data acquired by imaging the three-dimensional object;
a second acquisition unit configured to acquire shape data indicating a general uneven shape of the three-dimensional object;
a generation unit configured to generate first region data indicating a region corresponding to a general uneven shape of each of the plurality of bundles included in the three-dimensional object and second region data indicating a region corresponding to an uneven shape of the fibers included in each of the bundles by analyzing the image data; and
an output unit configured to output the shape data after correcting the shape data by adding the general uneven shape of each of the plurality of bundles included in the three-dimensional object to the general uneven shape of the three-dimensional object and adding the uneven shape of the fibers included in each of the bundles on the general uneven shape of each of the plurality of bundles included in the three-dimensional object based on the first region data and the second region data.

US Pat. No. 10,430,962

THREE-DIMENSIONAL SHAPE MEASURING APPARATUS, THREE-DIMENSIONAL SHAPE MEASURING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM THAT CALCULATE A THREE-DIMENSIONAL SHAPE OF AN OBJECT BY CAPTURING IMAGES OF THE OBJECT FROM A PLURALITY OF DIRECTIONS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus for calculating a three-dimensional shape of an object based on an image, acquired by capturing images of the object from a plurality of directions, the control apparatus comprising:(A) at least one memory that stores instructions; and
(B) at least one processor that executes the instructions stored in the at least one memory to function as:
(a) a first acquiring unit configured to acquire a group of images, including (i) an image acquired by capturing an image of the object irradiated with first pattern light, an amount of the first pattern light changing periodically, in a predetermined direction, and (ii) an image acquired by capturing images of the object irradiated with second pattern light, an amount of the second pattern light changing periodically, in the predetermined direction, and having a phase difference from the first pattern light, by controlling an image capturing unit and a projection unit for each of the plurality of directions;
(b) a second acquiring unit configured to acquire one image acquired by capturing an image of the object irradiated with third pattern light, that provides for identification of a position of at least one period, of a plurality of periods, included in one of the first pattern light and the second pattern light, by controlling the image capturing unit and the projection unit for each of the plurality of directions; and
(c) a calculation unit configured to (i) calculate the three-dimensional shape of the object, based on the group of images and the one image, for each of the plurality of directions.

US Pat. No. 10,426,352

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An object information acquiring apparatus comprising:a plurality of receiving elements that receive an acoustic wave that has propagated from an object, and that convert the acoustic wave to an electric signal;
an adaptive beamformer that performs adaptive beamforming of adjusting reception directionality using the electric signal;
a delay-and-sum beamformer that performs delay-and-sum beamforming having preset directionality using the electric signal; and
at least one CPU and memory, the at least one CPU and memory cooperating to function as an amplitude modulator that performs amplitude modulation of modulating an output signal of one of the adaptive beamformer and the delay-and-sum beamformer, using an output signal of the other one of the adaptive beamformer and the delay-and-sum beamformer, and
the at least one CPU and memory cooperating to function as a generator that generates, on the basis of a signal outputted by the amplitude modulator, image data on the interior of the object.

US Pat. No. 10,426,353

PHOTOACOUSTIC APPARATUS, SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

8. An apparatus comprising:a light irradiation unit configured to irradiate an object with light;
a reception unit configured to receive a photoacoustic wave generated by irradiation of the object with the light and output a received signal, wherein the reception unit has a restriction on a reception frequency band for the photoacoustic wave;
a processing unit, including a processor connected to a memory, configured to:
obtain an initial acoustic pressure distribution in the object by using the received signal; and
obtain an optical fluence distribution in the object by using an equation representing propagation of the light which includes a sum of the initial acoustic pressure distribution and a correction term including a background absorption coefficient distribution of the object;
wherein,
when a value of the initial acoustic pressure distribution at a position r in the object is set as ?p0(r), a value of the optical fluence distribution at the position r is set as ?(r), a value of the background absorption coefficient distribution at the position r is set as ?aB(r), a value of the diffusion coefficient distribution at the position r is set as D(r), a value of a Gruneisen coefficient distribution in the object at the position r is set as ?(r), and a source term of the light at the position r is set as s(r),
the processing unit
obtains the optical fluence distribution that satisfies the following expression (4),
??·{D(r)??(r)}+{?p0(r)+?(r)?aB(r)?(r)}/?(r)=s(r)  (4),
obtains object information by using the initial acoustic pressure distribution and the optical fluence distribution;
outputs the object information to a display unit, and
causes the display unit to an image of the object information.

US Pat. No. 10,426,354

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An object information acquiring apparatus comprising:a probe supporting a plurality of receiving elements such that directivity axes of the plurality of receiving elements converge, each of the plurality of receiving elements configured to receive an acoustic wave, generated by irradiation of light onto an object, and to output an electric signal, the probe provided to be spaced apart from the object at measurement;
an amplifying unit configured to amplify electric signals output from the plurality of receiving elements;
a scanning unit configured to change relative positions of the probe with respect to the object;
a controlling unit configured to determine time-dependent gains applied to the electric signals by the amplifying unit when the plurality of receiving elements receives the acoustic wave; and
a processing unit configured to acquire characteristics information on the object, using the electric signals that have been amplified by the amplifying unit,
wherein the controlling unit determines, for a plurality of relative positions of the probe with respect to the object, the time-dependent gains applied to the electric signals on a basis of distances between the plurality of receiving elements and the object.

US Pat. No. 10,430,967

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors that operate to:
acquire features used for deriving a positional attitude of an imaging device from an image captured by the imaging device;
set a plurality of partial regions included in the image as a plurality of candidate regions to which a feature is to be added;
evaluate the plurality of set candidate regions;
determine a position and/or an orientation of a feature to be newly added based on the plurality of evaluated candidate regions; and
output the determined position and/or the orientation.

US Pat. No. 10,431,995

ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND CHARGE CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic device comprising:a processor and a memory configured to function as a first unit that performs an enumeration process with power received from an external apparatus connected to the electronic device via a universal serial bus (USB) cable, wherein before the enumeration process is completed, a current flowing from the external apparatus to the electronic device is limited to a first value;
a second unit that performs a battery authentication process with power received from the external apparatus after the enumeration process is completed, wherein after the enumeration process is completed, a current flowing from the external apparatus to the electronic device is limited to a second value larger than the first value; and
a charging unit that charges a battery authenticated by the battery authentication process with power received from the external apparatus after the battery is authenticated by the battery authentication process.

US Pat. No. 10,430,974

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for generating data for overlappingly forming a first image including a boundary between a plurality of areas representing different gloss characteristics and a second image having a plurality of areas including a plurality of pixels, on a recording medium, the apparatus comprising:at least one memory and at least one processor that function as:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire first image data representing gloss characteristics of the first image and second image data representing color characteristics of the second image; and
a conversion unit configured to convert colors represented by respective pixels of the areas in the second image into one color out of the colors represented by the respective pixels of the areas, based on the first image data,
wherein the areas in the second image correspond to areas obtained by dividing the first image into a plurality of areas, and include a part of the area corresponding to the boundary in the second image.

US Pat. No. 10,429,714

DRIVER FOR ELECTROCHROMIC ELEMENT, METHOD FOR DRIVING ELECTROCHROMIC ELEMENT, OPTICAL FILTER, IMAGING DEVICE, LENS UNIT, AND WINDOW COMPONENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrochromic element comprising:a pair of electrodes;
an electrochromic layer disposed between the pair of electrodes;
the electrochromic layer comprising two kinds of organic compounds; and
a driver connected to at least one of the pair of electrodes,
wherein the driver increases transmittance of the electrochromic element with applying a voltage before decreasing the transmittance of the electrochromic element,
wherein the driver is configured to saturate a change in the transmittance of the electrochromic element by applying a voltage V1, and
the V1 is a voltage which is equal to or higher than an oxidation voltage of one of the organic compounds, and which is lower than a back reduction voltage of the other organic compounds.

US Pat. No. 10,432,804

DISPLAY CONTROL FOR AN IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus having a plurality of applications for using functions of the image processing apparatus which arranges, in a first area displayed on an operation unit of the image processing apparatus, a first software key for executing an application among the plurality of applications, the image processing apparatus comprising:at least one memory storing instructions; and
at least one processor that, upon execution of the instructions, configures the at least one processor to
display, on the operation unit, a second area where a second software key generated by executing a job corresponding to the application is arranged, wherein the second software key is for re-executing the application by a first user operation according to a setting content of the executed job; and
display, on the operation unit, an item for arranging, in the first area, the first software key for executing a job according to a setting content of the second software key, and a menu screen including the item when the second software key is selected by a second user operation different from the first user operation.

US Pat. No. 10,430,507

REPORT CREATING SUPPORT APPARATUS, METHOD FOR THE SAME, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging diagnosis report creating support apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more memories coupled to the one or more processors and having instructions stored thereon which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the report creating support apparatus to:
cause a display unit to display a plurality of evaluation values for an evaluation item associated with an imaging diagnosis target, wherein the plurality of evaluation values are arranged in order in accordance with a state of the imaging diagnosis target, and the evaluation item is an item related to an imaging finding;
in a case where a mouse cursor is moved to a position at one of the displayed evaluation values, determine a number of the evaluation values to display adjacent to an indicated evaluation value at the position of the mouse cursor;
while the mouse cursor is at the position of the indicated evaluation value, obtain a subset of evaluation values from the displayed evaluation values adjacent to the indicated evaluation value based on the determined number, and cause the display unit to display in a popup, based on the obtaining, the subset of evaluation values and the indicated evaluation value, and wherein a graphic illustrates a criterion for the indicated evaluation value in the popup and a graphic illustrates a criterion for the displayed subset of evaluation values adjacent to the indicated evaluation value in the popup, in such a manner that the popup is displayed at the position of the mouse cursor; and
in a case where one of the subset of evaluation values or indicated evaluation value is selected in the popup or display by clicking, store, as an imaging diagnosis report for the imaging diagnosis target, the selected evaluation value for the item in the one or more memories.

US Pat. No. 10,429,233

OBJECT INFORMATION OBTAINING DEVICE, DISPLAY METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image generating apparatus, comprising:a light source configured to emit light;
an acoustic wave detecting unit configured to detect a photoacoustic wave generated in an object in response to irradiation with the light and output an electric signal in response to detection of the acoustic wave; and
an arithmetic unit configured to generate photoacoustic signal data based on the electric signal and generate image data based on the photoacoustic signal data,
wherein the arithmetic unit is configured to:
cause a display unit to display a plurality of candidates in image reconstruction processing, those of which are ready to be specified by a user,
perform image reconstruction processing specified by the user on the photoacoustic signal data configured to generate the image data; and
cause the display unit to display an image based on the image data,
wherein the arithmetic unit is configured to cause the display unit to display a plurality of candidates in image reconstruction processing including a time-domain image reconstruction processing, a Fourier-domain image reconstruction processing and a model base image reconstruction processing, those of which are ready to be specified by a user, and to display a state of progress in the corresponding image reconstruction processing.

US Pat. No. 10,426,422

RADIOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, RADIOGRAPHIC SYSTEM, RADIOGRAPHIC METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiographic apparatus that obtains a radiographic image of a subject, the radiographic apparatus comprising:a detection unit including a first pixel configured to detect radiation and a second pixel configured to detect the radiation at a frame rate higher than a frame rate of the first pixel; and
a body movement detection unit configured to, while the subject is irradiated with the radiation, detect body movement of the subject by comparing a plurality of pieces of radiographic data detected by the second pixel with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,429,753

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOCONDUCTOR, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic photoconductor comprising:a support;
an undercoat layer;
a charge generation layer; and
a hole transport layer in this order,
wherein the undercoat layer comprises a polymerized product of a composition that comprises an electron transport substance haying a polymerizable group and a crosslinking agent,
and
the charge generation layer comprises a gallium phthalocyanine crystal and an amide compound represented by formula (N1):

 where R1 represents a methyl group, andwherein PN/PA is 0.005 or more and 0.080 or less, where PA represents an amount of the electron transport substance in terms of percent by mass based on a total mass of the undercoat layer and PN represents an amount of the amide compound represented by formula (N1) in terms of percent by mass based on a total mass of the charge generation layer.

US Pat. No. 10,426,423

RADIOGRAPHING SYSTEM AND RADIOGRAPHING METHOD FOR REDUCING SCATTERED RADIATION COMPONENT FROM RADIOGRAPHIC IMAGE AND GENERATING LONG-SIZED IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiographing system comprising:a plurality of radiation detecting apparatuses that can detect radiation and output radiographic images, the plurality of radiation detecting apparatuses being provided to overlap with one another;
a scattered radiation correction unit configured to perform reduction processing of a scattered radiation component in a defective region of at least one of the output radiographic images, the defective region including a structure of one or more of the radiation detection apparatus;
a composition processing unit configured to generate a long-sized image on a basis of the radiographic images acquired from the plurality of radiation detecting apparatuses; and
an image correction unit configured to perform correction processing on the defective region in the long-sized image, thereby reducing the structure of the radiation detecting apparatus in the long-sized image using a pixel value of an image region other than the defective region.

US Pat. No. 10,429,754

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member, comprising:a support;
a charge-generating layer on the support;
a charge-transporting layer on the charge-generating layer; and
a protective layer on the charge-transporting layer, the protective layer comprising components (?), (?), and (?):
(?) a polymer of a hole-transportable compound represented by formula (A)

where Z1 to Z3 independently represent an optionally substituted aryl group, and a substituent of the aryl group comprises a linear or branched alkyl group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms, a halogen atom or a polymerizable functional group, provided that the hole-transportable compound represented by the formula (A) has one or more polymerizable functional groups each serving as the substituent;
(?) a polycarbonate resin having a structural unit represented by formula (B)

where R11 to R14 independently represent a hydrogen atom, a methyl group or an ethyl group, and X1 represents a single bond, an oxygen atom or a divalent hydrocarbon group; and
(?) a hole-transportable compound represented by formula (C)

where Ar1 and Ar2 independently represent a substituted or unsubstituted phenyl group, Ar3 represents an n-valent aromatic group and n represents an integer of 1 to 3, provided that component (?) is free from any polymerizable functional group, wherein
a content of component ((3) in the protective layer is 0.01 to 4.0 mass % with respect to a content of component (a) in the protective layer,
a content of component (?) in the protective layer is 0.001 to 3.0 mass % with respect to the content of component (a) in the protective layer, and
the charge-transporting layer contains component (?).

US Pat. No. 10,426,425

CONTROL DEVICE, CONTROL SYSTEM, RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An X-ray radiation imaging control device comprising:a display control unit configured to output, to a display unit, information indicating display content to be displayed on the display unit in order to cause the display unit to display imaging conditions for X-ray radiation imaging and an X-ray radiation image obtained by X-ray radiation imaging under at least one of the imaging conditions;
a determination unit configured to determine the presence or absence of abnormality concerning X-ray radiation imaging based on a dose index value derived from image data for the X-ray radiation image; and
a storage control unit configured to cause a storage unit to store the information indicating display content that is output to the display unit by the display control unit at a timing based on the abnormality in the case where the presence of abnormality is determined by the determination unit.

US Pat. No. 10,429,757

TONER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A toner comprising a toner particle containing a binder resin and a release agent, whereinthe toner particle has a surface layer that contains an organosilicon polymer; and
for a luminance histogram, obtained by acquiring a backscattered electron image of a 1.5 ?m-by-1.5 ?m square of the surface of the toner particle in scanning electron microscopic observation of the toner particle surface, and classifying a luminance of each pixel constituting this backscattered electron image into 256 levels from a luminance of 0 to a luminance of 255, and moreover placing the luminance on an abscissa and the number of pixels on an ordinate in this luminance histogram,
(i) two peak values P1 and P2 and a minimum value V between P1 and P2 are present, and the peak containing P2 is a peak originating from the organosilicon polymer,
(ii) the luminance giving P1 is from 20 to 70,
(iii) the luminance giving P2 is from 130 to 230,
(iv) a percentage for P1 and a percentage for P2 with respect to the total number of pixels in the backscattered electron image are each at least 0.50%, and
(v) formulas (1) and (2) below are satisfied
(A1/AV)?1.50  (1)
(A2/AV)?1.50  (2)where Bl is the luminance giving V, A1 is the total number of pixels in a luminance range from 0 to (Bl?30), AV is the total number of pixels in a luminance range from (Bl?29) to (B1+29), and A2 is the total number of pixels in a luminance range from (Bl+30) to 255.

US Pat. No. 10,429,761

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS USING ULTRAVIOLET AND INFRARED RADIATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming portion for forming an image on a sheet by using a developer including toner;
a feeding belt for feeding the sheet on which the image is formed by said image forming portion;
an infrared irradiating portion for irradiating, with infrared radiation, the image on the sheet fed by said feeding belt;
an ultraviolet irradiating portion for irradiating, with ultraviolet radiation, the image on the sheet having been irradiated with the infrared radiation by said infrared irradiating portion to fix the developer on the sheet by ultraviolet radiation; and
a controller for controlling operations of said feeding belt and said infrared irradiating portion,
wherein said controller causes said infrared irradiating portion to irradiate said feeding belt with the infrared radiation while causing said feeding belt to rotate in a stand-by state in which said controller waits for an execution instruction of an image forming operation in a state in which the image forming operation is capable of being started.

US Pat. No. 10,426,431

PROTECTION CIRCUIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A protection circuit comprising:a first enhancement-type MOS transistor of a first conductivity type having a drain, a source, and a gate;
a second enhancement-type MOS transistor of a second conductivity type having a drain connected to the source of the first enhancement-type MOS transistor, a source, and a gate to which a first bias voltage is supplied;
a diode element having one end connected to the drain of the first enhancement-type MOS transistor, and another end connected to the gate of the first enhancement-type MOS transistor; and
a current source having one end connected to the gate of the first enhancement-type MOS transistor and the other end of the diode element, and another end to which a second bias voltage is supplied,
wherein a forward-direction threshold voltage of the diode element is greater than a threshold voltage of the first enhancement-type MOS transistor,
wherein the first enhancement-type MOS transistor switches off on the basis of the voltage present at the source thereof, when a first voltage signal of a first polarity having an absolute value greater than a prescribed value is applied to the drain of the first enhancement-type MOS transistor,
wherein the second enhancement-type MOS transistor switches off on the basis of the voltage present at the source thereof, when a first voltage signal of a second polarity having an absolute value greater than a prescribed value is applied to the drain of the first enhancement-type MOS transistor, and
wherein the first and second enhancement-type MOS transistors switch on when a second voltage signal having an absolute value smaller than a prescribed value and smaller than the absolute value of the first voltage signal is applied to the drain of the first enhancement-type MOS transistor.

US Pat. No. 10,429,766

DEVELOPING APPARATUS HAVING A LARGE CAPACITY TONER STORAGE CHAMBER, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing apparatus comprising:a frame including:
a first surface including a first curved surface having a tangent plane that is inclined at a first angle relative to a horizontal plane in an installed state where the developing apparatus is installed in an image forming apparatus; and
a second surface including a second curved surface having a tangent plane that is inclined at a second angle less than the first angle relative to a horizontal plane, the second surface being coupled to the first surface so that the second surface is positioned above the first surface in the installed state; and
a developer carrying member including a surface configured so that a plurality of dielectric portions is dispersed on a conductive portion, and which is rotatably supported by the frame at a lower side of the fame in the installed state,
wherein a developer stored in a storage chamber formed by the frame has a first angle of repose of the developer in a case where the developer stored in the storage chamber has been used in an image forming operation for a predetermined number of times, and a second angle of repose of the developer in a case the developer stored in the storage chamber has never been used in the image forming operation, and
wherein the second angle is equal to or greater than a degree of the second angle of repose of the developer, relative to a horizontal plane.

US Pat. No. 10,426,440

SUBJECT INFORMATION OBTAINING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR OBTAINING SUBJECT INFORMATION, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A subject information obtaining apparatus that obtains information regarding a subject, the subject information obtaining apparatus comprising:a probe having a plurality of conversion elements;
the plurality of conversion elements being configured to transmit an elastic wave to the subject and receive a reflected elastic wave and convert the received elastic wave into a plurality of received signals;
a computing unit having a storage unit and a frequency-domain interferometry adaptive processing unit,
the storage unit being configured to store a plurality of predetermined reference signals each representing a received signal of a wave from a known interface of an object with mutually different incident angles, radii of curvature, or sizes; and
the frequency-domain interferometry adaptive processing unit being configured to execute a frequency-domain interferometry method and adaptive signal processing which adaptively applies weight on the plurality of received signals and two or more reference signals among the plurality of reference signals, to obtain a power intensity distribution for each of the two or more reference signals,
wherein the obtained two or more power intensity distributions are indicative of a spatial resolution of the information regarding the subject.

US Pat. No. 10,429,772

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an apparatus body;
a belt unit configured to be detachably mountable to the apparatus body,
wherein the belt unit includes,
a belt configured to bear a toner image, and
a cleaning unit configured to clean the toner image remaining on the belt,
wherein the cleaning unit includes,
a blade configured to contact the belt,
a plate configured to support the blade, and
a cleaning container configured to collect toner cleaned by the blade and configured to support the plate; and
a backup portion, provided on the apparatus body, configured to be in contact with the plate to support the plate.

US Pat. No. 10,426,443

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An object information acquiring apparatus comprising:a plurality of converting elements with which an acoustic wave is transmitted to an object and the acoustic wave reflected within the object is received and converted into a plurality of received signals;
a processor that acquires, using the plurality of received signals, a power intensity signal showing a distribution of power intensity in a plurality of positions within the object through processing using frequency domain interferometry to which adaptive signal processing is applied;
a corrector that performs correction processing on the power intensity signal to output a corrected power intensity signal; and
an image processor that generates image display data using the corrected power intensity signal,
wherein the processor calculates a plurality of correlation values of frequency components using the plurality of received signals, performs frequency average processing on a correlation matrix that is a set of the plurality of calculated correlation values to acquire a first power intensity signal using a plurality of values obtained by the frequency average processing, and performs signal processing of reducing variance of elements in a diagonal direction of the correlation matrix and thereby acquire a second power intensity signal using the plurality of values after the signal processing of reducing variance,
wherein the corrector outputs the corrected power intensity signal using the first power intensity signal and the second power intensity signal, and
wherein the processor performs as the signal processing of reducing variance, substituting elements in a diagonal direction with an identical value.

US Pat. No. 10,429,776

IMAGE HEATING DEVICE INCLUDING A CONTROLLER THAT EXECUTES FIRST AND SECOND HEAT CONTROLS BASED ON TEMPERATURES DETECTED BY FIRST AND SECOND DETECTING ELEMENTS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus for heating an image on a recording material, said image heating apparatus comprising:(A) a cylindrical film;
(B) a heater contacting an inner surface of said film;
(C) a roller cooperative with said heater to form a nip with said film;
(D) a first temperature detecting element configured to detect a temperature of said film, said first temperature detecting element being provided in a position in an area of said film that is passed by a minimum width recording material that is capable of being fed by said apparatus;
(E) a second temperature detecting element configured to detect a temperature of said heater, said second temperature detecting element being provided in a position, with respect to a longitudinal direction of said heater that is perpendicular to a feeding direction of the recording material, relative to said heater (i) that is outside of an area of said heater, in the longitudinal direction of said heater, that is passed by the minimum width recording material, and (ii) that is within an area of said heater that is passed by a maximum width recording material that is capable of being fed by said apparatus;
(F) a third temperature detecting element configured to detect a temperature of said heater, said third temperature detecting element being provided in a position that is outside of the position of said second temperature detecting element with respect to a center of said heater in the longitudinal direction of said heater; and
(G) a controller configured to control power supply to said heater based on a temperature of said film detected by said first temperature detecting element, a temperature of said heater detected by said second temperature detecting element, and a temperature of said heater detected by said third temperature detecting element, and configured to execute:
(a) a first heater control operation, when a recording material having a width such that the recording material passes both the position of said first temperature detecting element and the position of said second temperature detecting element, is heated in the nip, for controlling power supply to said heater so that the temperature detected by said second temperature detecting element is maintained at a heater target temperature, wherein, when the first heater control operation is executed, said controller corrects the target temperature of said heater based on the temperature detected by said first temperature detecting element; and
(b) a second heater control operation, when a recording material having a width such that the recording material passes through the position of said first temperature detecting element, but does not pass through the position of said second temperature detecting element, is heated in the nip, for controlling the power supply to said heater, so that the temperature detected by said first temperature detecting element, irrespective of the temperature detected by said second temperature detecting element, is maintained at a film target temperature, while monitoring the temperature of the heater based on the temperature of the heater detected by said third temperature detecting element,
wherein, when the second heater control operation is executed, a feeding speed of the recording material in the nip is less than that when the first heater control operation is executed, and
wherein said apparatus heats the recording material carrying the image while the recording material passes through the nip.

US Pat. No. 10,429,778

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT DETERMINES A TYPE OF A RECORDING MATERIAL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a heat generation member configured to heat a recording material placed on a placement portion;
an image forming unit configured to form an image on the recording material conveyed from the placement portion;
a detecting unit configured to perform detection for information about a characteristic of the recording material and obtain detection result;
a measuring unit configured to perform measurement for information about a moisture content around the image forming apparatus and obtain measured information; and
a control unit configured to set an image forming condition for the image forming unit based on a detection result obtained by the detecting unit, the measured information obtained by the measuring unit immediately before energization to the heat generation member is started, and a time elapsed after the energization to the heat generation member is started.

US Pat. No. 10,432,084

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CONTROLLING SWITCHING ELEMENTS BASED ON DETECTION OF A MALFUNCTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power supply apparatus comprising:a transformer including a primary winding and a secondary winding;
a first switching element connected in series to the primary winding of the transformer;
a second switching element connected in parallel to the primary winding of the transformer;
a capacitor connected in series to the second switching element and connected in parallel along with the second switching element to the primary winding of the transformer;
a feedback unit configured to output information according to voltage induced in the secondary winding of the transformer;
a control unit configured to control turn-on or turn-off of the first switching element by a first control signal and control turn-on or turn-off of the second switching element by a second control signal based on the information output from the feedback unit, the control unit configured to perform a switching operation of alternate turn-on and turn-off of the first switching element and the second switching element before and after a dead time in which the first switching element and the second switching element are both turned off;
a detection unit configured to detect that the power supply apparatus malfunctions; and
a first holding unit configured to turn off the first switching element and holds the first switching element at a turn-off condition,
wherein in a case where the detection unit detects that malfunction occurs, the first holding unit releases the first switching element from the turn-off condition at a timing when the control unit turns on the second switching element by the second control signal.

US Pat. No. 10,429,783

FIXING APPARATUS AND HEATER USED IN THE SAME THAT SUPPRESSES THERMAL STRESS FROM BEING CREATED IN THE HEATER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing apparatus comprising:a fixing member;
a heater that generates heat by electric power supplied thereto, the heater including a substrate, and a first heat generating resistor and a second heat generating resistor provided on the substrate along a longitudinal direction of the substrate; and
a power shut-off member that is operated by heat of the heater to shut off supply of the electric power to the heater, the power shut-off member being in contact with the heater at a position between the first heat generating resistor and the second heat generating resistor in a lateral direction of the heater,
wherein an image formed on a recording material is fixed to the recording material with the heat of the heater with the fixing member interposed therebetween,
wherein a width of a first portion in the lateral direction, the first portion being a portion of the first heat generating resistor that overlaps a contact area between the power shut-off member and the heater in the longitudinal direction, is narrower than a width of a second portion that is a portion of the first heat generating resistor different from the first portion in the longitudinal direction,
wherein in the lateral direction, at least a portion of an outline of the first portion on a near side with respect to a virtual line that passes the contact area along the longitudinal direction is provided at a position closer to the virtual line than an outline of the second portion on a near side with respect to the virtual line, and
wherein in the lateral direction, at least a portion of an outline of the first portion on a far side with respect to the virtual line is provided at a position closer to the virtual line power shut-off member than an outline of the second portion on a far side with respect to the virtual line.

US Pat. No. 10,429,787

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH DETECTION OF SURFACE POTENTIAL OF PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER AND ADJUSTMENT OF SLOPE OF CHARGE POTENTIAL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a rotatable photosensitive member;
first and second corona chargers each extending along an axial direction of said photosensitive member at a position opposing said photosensitive member and each configured to electrically charge a surface of said photosensitive member, wherein said second corona charger is disposed downstream of said first corona charger with respect to a rotational direction of said photosensitive member;
an adjusting mechanism provided in each of said first and second corona chargers and capable of adjusting, through an operator, a slope of a charge potential of said photosensitive member with respect to the axial direction;
a developing device provided downstream of said second corona charger with respect to the rotational direction and configured to develop an electrostatic image on said photosensitive member into a toner image with toner deposited on the electrostatic image at a developing position;
a detecting member provided downstream of said second corona charger and upstream of the developing position with respect to the rotational direction and configured to detect a surface potential of said photosensitive member at a plurality of positions with respect to the axial direction;
an input portion to which an instruction of the operator is inputted;
a display portion at which information is displayed; and
a controller configured to execute an operation in a first mode and a second mode in accordance with input of the instruction to said input portion, said controller causing said detecting member to detect a first surface potential of said photosensitive member after being charged by said first and second corona chargers and to cause said display portion to display information regarding the first surface potential with respect to the axial direction based on the detection result of said detecting member in the first mode, and said controller causing said detecting member to detect a second surface potential of said photosensitive member after being charged by one of said first corona charger and said second corona charger and causing said display portion to display information regarding the second surface potential with respect to the axial direction based on the detection result of said detecting member in the second mode.

US Pat. No. 10,429,789

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS IN WHICH UNEVEN IMAGE DENSITY IS SUPPRESSED WHILE SIMULTANEOUSLY FIXING FILM SURFACE LAYER IS PROTECTED

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image bearing member;
a transfer unit configured to form, together with the image bearing member, a transfer nip portion and to transfer a toner image formed on the image bearing member to a recording material at the transfer nip portion; and
a fixing unit configured to fix the toner image on the recording material to the recording material at a fixing nip portion, the fixing unit including a fixing film, a heater configured to generate heat from electric power supplied from a commercial alternating power supply, and a pressure roller configured to form, together with the heater, the fixing nip portion via the fixing film,
wherein the pressure roller is electrically grounded,
wherein a conductive path different from a power supply path from the commercial alternating power supply to the heater is provided between the commercial alternating power supply and the pressure roller,
wherein one end of the power supply path is connected with the commercial alternating power supply and the other end of the power supply path is connected with the heater,
wherein one end of the conductive path is connected with the commercial alternating power supply or the power supply path and the other end of the conductive path is connected with the pressure roller, and
wherein a capacitive element is provided on the conductive path.

US Pat. No. 10,429,791

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING OPTICAL PRINT HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a drum unit including a rotatable photosensitive drum;
an optical print head including a light emitting surface configured to emit light to which the photosensitive drum is exposed,
wherein the optical print head is movable between
an exposure position where the photosensitive drum is exposed to the light by causing the light emitting surface to emit the light, and
a retracted position where the optical print head is retracted further from the photosensitive drum than the exposure position;
a guide portion configured to allow a cleaning member for cleaning the light emitting surface to be inserted into the guide portion in the longitudinal direction; and
an abutting portion that is provided between the light emitting surface and the guide portion in a longitudinal direction of the optical print head,
wherein the movement path of the abutting portion that moves together with the optical print head toward the exposure position and the retracted position, and the movement path of the cleaning member inserted in the guide portion and configured to clean the light emitting surface of the optical print head positioning at the retracted position intersect with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,429,794

ROTATIONAL FORCE TRANSMITTING PART

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A device for transmitting a rotational force to an electrophotographic photosensitive drum, the device comprising:a flange connectable with the photosensitive drum and having a rotational axis;
a pin supported by the flange, the pin being configured to transmit the rotational force to the flange; and
a coupling member having a rotational axis, the coupling member including (i) a first end portion operatively connected to the flange, (ii) a second end portion including at least one projection, and (iii) a connecting portion connecting the first end portion and the second end portion, wherein the first end portion includes a through-hole portion,
wherein the pin penetrates the through-hole portion and is capable of receiving the rotational force from the coupling member,
wherein the coupling member is movable with respect to the pin between a first position in which the axis of the coupling member is coaxial with the axis of the flange, and a second position in which the axis of the coupling member is inclined with respect to the axis of the flange, and
wherein in the second position the coupling member is fully inclined with respect to the axis of the flange, and an angle of inclination of the axis of the coupling member with respect to the axis of the flange is about 20 degrees to about 60 degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,433,149

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus that performs an infrastructure connection for wireless connecting to an external apparatus through a wireless access point of a local area network and a direct connection for direct wireless connecting to the external apparatus, the communication apparatus comprising:at least one memory storing instructions;
at least one processor executing the instructions to perform:
searching for devices;
displaying a list of devices discovered by the search;
attempting to perform the infrastructure connection to a device selected by a user in the displayed list; and
in a case where the infrastructure connection to the selected device fails, attempting to perform the direct connection to the selected device.

US Pat. No. 10,430,132

COMMUNICATION TERMINAL, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium storing a program for causing a computer to execute a method of controlling a mobile terminal, the method comprising:setting user information that includes at least a user name and a domain name of an authentication server for authenticating a user corresponding to the user name, based on a user operation;
transmitting print data that includes information concerning the user information to an image processing apparatus;
determining to use the domain name included in the user information in a login request for the image processing apparatus in a case that the login request includes the domain name, and
determining not to use the domain name included in the user information in the login request for the image processing apparatus in a case that the login request does not include the domain name.