US Pat. No. 10,430,138

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus that wirelessly communicates in a first frequency band and a second frequency band, the communication apparatus comprising:at least one processor,
wherein the at least one processor performs operations of:
a first receiving unit configured to receive setting information used in processing for wirelessly connecting with an external apparatus;
a connection unit configured to establish a first wireless connection between the external apparatus that operates as a parent station and the communication apparatus that operates as a child station using the first frequency band with priority over the second frequency band, in a case where the setting information does not include frequency band information corresponding to the first frequency band and does not include frequency band information corresponding to the second frequency band, and configured to establish a first wireless connection between the external apparatus that operates as a parent station and the communication apparatus that operates as a child station using the first frequency band with priority over the second frequency band, in a case where the setting information includes the frequency band information corresponding to the first frequency band and does not include the frequency band information corresponding to the second frequency band;
a control unit configured to perform control so as to enable an operation unit to accept, from a user, a predetermined operation for executing process to establish a second wireless connection between an apparatus that operates as the child station and the communication apparatus that operates as the parent station in a state that the first wireless connection using the second frequency band is not established, and configured to perform control so as to disable the operation unit to accept the predetermined operation from the user in a state that the first wireless connection using the second frequency band is established;
an execution unit configured to execute the process for establishing the second wireless connection based on which the operation unit receives the predetermined operation;
a second receiving unit configured to receive a print job via the first wireless connection with the external apparatus; and
a printing unit configured to perform printing on a recording medium using a recording agent based on the print job,
wherein a channel used in the first wireless connection using the second frequency band is changed from a first channel corresponding to the second frequency band to a second channel that is different from the first channel by Dynamic Frequency Selection or Transmit Power Control.

US Pat. No. 10,430,143

IMAGE OUTPUT APPARATUS, IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGE OUTPUT APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image output apparatus connectable to an image display apparatus including a plurality of first communicating units that can be used to transmit and receive data to and from an external apparatus,an area of a screen of the image display apparatus being made up of a plurality of partial display areas capable of individually displaying an image,
the plurality of partial display areas being associated with the plurality of first communicating units,
the image output apparatus comprising:
a plurality of second communicating units that ,can be used to transmit and receive data to and from an external apparatus;
an acquiring unit configured to acquire, for each of the second communicating unit connected to the first communicating unit, from the first communicating unit connected to the second communicating unit, correspondence information that is information related to a partial display area associated with the first communicating unit;
a setting unit configured to set, for each of the second communicating unit, any of a plurality of output modes including a first output mode for outputting image data of an original image in any one of a plurality of partial image areas constituting an area of the original image; and
an outputting unit configured to output, for each of the second communicating unit, image data based on an output node set with respect to the second communicating unit using the second communicating unit, wherein
the correspondence information is a Tiled Display Topology Data Block as defined by a VESA (Video Electronics Standard Association) standard, and
the setting unit automatically sets the first output mode with respect to a second communicating unit for which the correspondence information has been acquired.

US Pat. No. 10,425,545

PRINTING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus operable to control a removable device and operable in a first power state and in a second power state, wherein power consumption in the second power state being lower than power consumption in the first power state, comprising:an interface to which the removable device is configured to be attached;
a controller configured to acquire information regarding a device driver of the removable device, wherein the information acquired by the controller regarding the device driver is register status of hardware controlled by the device driver;
a first memory configured to store the information acquired by the controller regarding the device driver in a suspending process of the device driver by the controller;
a power supply unit configured to supply power to the removable device attached to the interface;
a power controller configured to stop power supply to the removable device by the power supply unit; and
a second memory different from the first memory and configured to, upon attachment of the removable device to the interface, store information, acquired by the controller, of the removable device and of the device driver to control the removable device,
wherein the controller executes a predetermined process in response to a stop of power supply to the removable device,
wherein the predetermined process is processing for clearing the information of the removable device and of the device driver stored in the second memory, and wherein, on a basis of a request for shifting to the second power state from the first power state, the power controller stops power supply to the removable device, and then the controller acquires the information regarding the device driver and stores the information into the first memory.

US Pat. No. 10,425,549

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

11. A method for an image forming apparatus, the method comprising:installing a plurality of programs;
registering function type information indicating a function type of each of the plurality of installed programs;
acquiring a definition file defining a process sequence that includes a plurality of steps, wherein, in the definition file, for each of the plurality of steps, either an identification (ID) of a program or a function type of a program is specified;
determining a program by using the registered function type information of the program for the step specified by the function type in the definition file; and
executing the process sequence that includes the plurality of steps by using the program of the specified ID for the step specified by the ID in the definition file and by using the determined program for the step specified by the function type in the definition file.

US Pat. No. 10,424,270

DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display apparatus, comprising:a light-emitting unit configured to emit light of a first color;
a converting unit configured to emit light of the first color, light of a second color, and light of a third color responding to irradiation of the light of the first color emitted from the light-emitting unit;
a detecting unit configured to output a first detected value in accordance with brightness of the light of the first color, and a second detected value in accordance with brightness of the light of the second color;
a correcting unit configured to correct a component corresponding to the first color, a component corresponding to the second color, and a component corresponding to the third color of input image data, based on the first detected value and the second detected value, and
a display unit configured to display an image on a screen by transmitting the light emitted from the converting unit, based on the corrected input image data.

US Pat. No. 10,425,809

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:a computer for causing the communication apparatus to:
determine whether information obtained from a captured image conforms to a predetermined format;
search for another communication apparatus identified by the information obtained from the captured image;
provide a communication parameter that is encrypted to the searched another communication apparatus in a providing processing using a public key included in the information in a case where it is determined that the information obtained from the captured image conforms to the predetermined format, wherein the communication parameter is used for connecting to a wireless network formed by an external access point; and
not perform the providing processing using the information obtained from the captured image in a case where it is determined that the information obtained from the captured image does not conform to the predetermined format.

US Pat. No. 10,423,006

IMAGING LENS AND IMAGING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging lens comprising:a first lens including a light incident surface and a light emitting surface facing the light incident surface;
an image shake correcting action unit arranged facing the light incident surface or the light emitting surface of the first lens;
a stationary unit supporting the image shake correcting action unit, the stationary unit and the image shake correcting action unit being relatively movable;
a permanent magnet provided on one of the image shake correcting action unit and the stationary unit and a coil provided on the other, the coil being arranged facing the permanent magnet;
a mount section for being connected to an imaging unit having an imaging element; and
a nonmagnetic conductive member arranged between the coil and the mount section and including a principal surface facing the coil,
wherein an area of the principal surface of the nonmagnetic conductive member is wider than a facing area of the coil facing the nonmagnetic conductive member, and
wherein the nonmagnetic conductive member has a bent portion including a surface slanted with respect to the principal surface.

US Pat. No. 10,425,571

FOCUSING AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING POSITIONING OF A FOCUS LENS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A focusing apparatus comprising:a memory configured to store locus data that indicates a position of a focus lens that depends on an object distance and a position of a zoom lens, and an adjustment value corresponding to a predetermined object distance and used to adjust the position of the focus lens on the locus data; and
at least one processor which functions as:
a correction unit configured to correct the adjustment value based on an aberration of an optical system that includes the zoom s and the focus lens; and
a control unit configured to control the position of the focus lens based on the locus data and the corrected adjust ent value, wherein the correction unit corrects the adjustment value corresponding to the predetermined object distance based on the aberration at an object distance different from the predetermined object distance.

US Pat. No. 10,425,581

RECORDING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF RECORDING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording apparatus configured to receive a battery and release the battery from the recording apparatus, the recording apparatus comprising:a positioning unit configured to determine position information based on signals received from satellites;
a retaining unit configured to retain the position information determined by the positioning unit;
an image-capturing unit configured to capture an object image to generate image data; and
a control unit configured to execute control,
wherein, in a case where the positioning unit determines latest position information and in response to receiving the battery as attached, the control unit executes control to determine whether the latest position information is valid based on an acquisition time of the latest position information from among pieces of the position information retained by the retaining unit and a current time, and uses position information determined as valid as current position information, and
wherein, in a case where image data is generated by the image-capturing unit, the control unit executes control to attach position information used as the current position information to the generated image data.

US Pat. No. 10,425,584

IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND LENS DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup system comprising:a body of an image pickup apparatus; and
a lens device,
wherein the lens device includes lens, and at least one processor which function as:
a first communication unit configured to communicate with the body,
a detection unit configured to detect a shake,
a first correction unit configured to correct image blurring due to the shake, and a first control unit configured to acquire information on the shake detected by the detection unit and to control the first correction unit,
wherein the body includes
an image sensor, and at least one processor which function as:
a second communication unit configured to communicate with the lens device,
a second correction unit configured to correct image blurring due to the shake or image distortion, and
a second control unit configured to control the second correction unit,
wherein the second control unit performs control of transmitting timing information on an exposure period of the image sensor and information on a correction range which is used to correct the image blurring by the second correction unit to the first control unit via the second communication unit,
wherein the first control unit receives the timing information from the second control unit via the first communication unit, calculates a degree of correction in the first correction unit and a degree of correction in the second correction unit, and performs control of transmitting the degree of correction in the second correction unit to the second control unit, and
wherein the second control unit receives the degree of correction in the second correction unit from the first control unit via the second communication unit and controls the second correction unit.

US Pat. No. 10,420,461

IMAGE GENERATING APPARATUS, IMAGE GENERATING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image generating apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
memory storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the image generating apparatus to function as:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain plural pieces of tomographic image data, wherein each piece of tomographic image data indicates a cross section of substantially the same position of a subject,
a change unit configured to set a threshold value of a threshold,
a calculation unit configured to calculate a motion contrast value based on the plural pieces of tomographic image data and a result of comparing the threshold value and a representative value of the plural pieces of tomographic image data indicating a signal intensity, and;
a generation unit configured to generate a motion contrast image of the subject based on the calculated motion contrast value,
wherein, in response to a user operation received from a user via a user interface, the change unit changes the threshold value based on the user operation such that the generated motion contrast image of the subject changes based on the changed threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,425,587

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF SAME, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus, comprising:a body portion capable of interchangeably attaching a plurality of types of mounts to the image capturing apparatus,
each type of mount corresponding to at least one respective type of interchangeable lens, wherein mounts of the type of mount are configured to interchangeably attach lenses of the at least one respective type of interchangeable lens to the image capturing apparatus;
one or more processors; and
one or memories storing instruction that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the image capturing apparatus to perform operations comprising:
identifying a type of the mount attached to the image capturing apparatus; and
managing a menu including a customizable menu, the customizable menu including an item which is registered by a user to be included in the customizable menu,
wherein, in a case where the type of mount identified by the identifying does not correspond to the item,
the customizable menu is managed so as to cancel registration of the item.

US Pat. No. 10,425,600

SOLID STATE IMAGING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid state imaging device comprising:a plurality of pixels arranged in a first direction and provided in a pixel well region, each of the plurality of pixels including a photoelectric conversion element and a pixel output unit configured to output a pixel signal based on a signal generated by the photoelectric conversion element;
a first wiring connected to the pixel output unit of each of the plurality of pixels and arranged extending in the first direction;
a second wiring arranged extending in a direction corresponding to the first direction;
a third wiring connected to the second wiring at a connection portion located inside the pixel well region in a planar view; and
a differential amplification circuit having two input terminals, wherein the pixel signal is input to one of the input terminals via the first wiring, and a potential of the third wiring is input to the other of the input terminals.

US Pat. No. 10,425,605

IMAGE SENSOR AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image sensor comprising:a pixel array in which a plurality of unit pixels are arranged in a matrix;
a plurality of signal output lines provided for each column of the pixel array;
a signal readout circuit provided for each column of the pixel array, and having a capacitor capable of selectively connecting to any of the plurality of signal output lines; and
a control circuit which controls a signal from the unit pixel of each column in a selected first row to be output to any of the plurality of signal output lines, and controls the signal output to the any of the plurality of signal output lines to be input to the signal readout circuit,
wherein the control circuit controls, for each column, a signal from the unit pixel in a second row that is different from the first row to be output to another of the plurality of signal output lines while the signal output from the unit pixel in the first row to the any of the plurality of signal output lines is being input to the signal readout circuit and stored in the capacitor,
wherein the unit pixel outputs a reset signal and a transferred signal that is based on transferred charge that corresponds to an incident light,
wherein the control circuit performs:
a first control of outputting the reset signal to the signal output line;
a second control of storing the reset signal output to the signal output line in the first control to the capacitor of the signal readout circuit;
a third control of outputting the transferred signal to the signal output line; and
a fourth control of inputting the transferred signal that is output to the signal output line in the third control to the signal readout circuit, reading out the reset signal that is stored in the capacitor, and outputting a difference between the transferred signal and the reset signal from the signal readout circuit, and
wherein the fourth control on the first row and the first control on the second row are performed in parallel.

US Pat. No. 10,425,614

MOVING IMAGE REPRODUCTION APPARATUS HAVING FUNCTION OF CORRECTING CAMERA SHAKE DURING MOVING IMAGE REPRODUCTION, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A moving image reproduction apparatus that reproduces and displays captured moving image on a display device, comprising at least one processor that executes a program stored in a memory to function as:an acquisition unit configured to acquire a shake amount associated with the captured moving image;
a determination unit configured to determine whether or not the shake amount exceeds a range within which camera shake in the captured moving image can be corrected;
a calculation unit configured to, in a case where the shake amount exceeds the range, calculate an interpolated shake amount based on the shake amount such that the interpolated shake amount is within the range;
a decision unit configured to decide a camera shake correction amount for correcting the camera shake in the captured moving image based on the shake amount and the interpolated shake amount; and
a correction unit configured to correct the camera shake in the captured moving image using the camera shake correction amount,
wherein in a case where the shake amount does not exceed the range, the decision unit decides the shake amount as the camera shake correction amount, whereas in the case where the shake amount exceeds the range, the decision unit decides the interpolated shake amount as the camera shake correction amount.

US Pat. No. 10,424,343

IMAGING DEVICE AND PLAYBACK DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A playback device comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory including instructions stored thereon that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the playback device to function as:
a playback unit that playbacks first image files which are acquired based on a first signal charge generated during a first accumulation time and second image files which are acquired based on a second signal charge generated during a second accumulation time and associated with the first image files,
wherein the playback unit playbacks the first image files at a start of playbacking and playbacks the second image files when a pause instruction is received,
wherein the second accumulation time overlaps with at least part of the first accumulation time,
wherein the playback unit playbacks the first image files and the second image files acquired by an imaging device including a plurality of pixels, each of the plurality of pixels including a first transistor and a second transistor, and
wherein the playback unit acquires the first image files based on the first signal charge output via the first transistor and the second image files based on the second signal charge output via the second transistor.

US Pat. No. 10,423,064

IMPRINT APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus that performs imprint processing of forming a pattern of an imprint material on a substrate using a mold, the apparatus comprising:a chuck configured to hold the mold;
a head configured to support the chuck to be able to drive the chuck, the head being fixed to a base;
a plate member arranged between the base and the substrate so as to surround the chuck;
a first supply unit configured to supply a first gas to a first space between the plate member and a substrate stage; and
a second supply unit configured to supply a second gas different from the first gas to a space between the mold and the substrate,
wherein the first supply unit includes a first nozzle configured to spray the first gas, and forms an air flow, in the first space, in only one direction from a position of the first nozzle toward a second space, the second space and the mold being on opposite sides of the position of the first nozzle from each other,
wherein the second supply unit includes a second nozzle configured to spray the second gas, and forms an air flow from a position of the second nozzle toward the space between the mold and the substrate, and
wherein the second nozzle and the first nozzle are arranged, in order, from a center of the mold to the second space.

US Pat. No. 10,421,271

PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:at least one transfer section configured to be moved cyclically;
a print unit configured to form an ink image on the transfer section by discharging ink to the transfer section;
a transfer unit configured to perform a transfer operation of transferring, to a print medium, the ink image formed on the transfer section;
a liquid absorbing unit configured to absorb a liquid component from the ink image on the transfer section before the transfer operation, the liquid absorbing unit including:
a liquid absorbing sheet configured to be moved cyclically, and
a displacing unit configured to displace the liquid absorbing sheet between a contact state, in which the liquid absorbing sheet can contact the transfer section, and a retracted state, in which the liquid absorbing sheet is separated from the transfer section;
an acceleration control unit configured to control, if the liquid absorbing sheet is displaced from the retracted state to the contact state, an acceleration operation of the transfer section and the liquid absorbing sheet; and
a determination unit configured to determine an acceleration operation start portion which is located at a liquid absorbing position in which the liquid absorbing sheet contacts the transfer section when the acceleration control unit starts the acceleration operation.

US Pat. No. 10,424,613

SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE, MANUFACTURING METHOD OF SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE, AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state imaging device comprising:a pixel in which a photoelectric conversion unit, a transfer transistor configured to transfer electric charges from the photoelectric conversion unit to a floating diffusion, and an outputting unit configured to output a signal corresponding to an amount of electric charges transferred to the floating diffusion are arranged in a well region of a second conductivity type;
a first semiconductor region extending in a first direction and which includes:
a first isolating region of the second conductivity type which is formed below the floating diffusion which is of a first conductivity type; and
a first counter dope region of the first conductivity type which surrounds the floating diffusion and in which an impurity concentration of the first conductivity type of the first counter dope region is lower than an impurity concentration of the first conductivity type of the floating diffusion; and
a second semiconductor region extending in a second direction which perpendicularly crosses the first direction in a plan view and which includes:
a second counter dope region of the first conductivity type formed in channel regions of a plurality of transistors which the outputting unit has; and
a second isolating region of the second conductivity type which is formed below the second counter dope region,
wherein a depth position of a lower surface of the first counter dope region is deeper than a depth position of a lower surface of the second counter dope region.

US Pat. No. 10,425,645

ENCODER OPTIMIZATIONS FOR PALETTE ENCODING OF CONTENT WITH SUBSAMPLED COLOUR COMPONENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of encoding a block of pixels in an image, the method comprising the following steps:obtaining an input block of input pixels conforming to an input sampling scheme having subsampling of at least one of colour components forming the pixels;
up-sampling the input block into a pre-encode block of pre-encode pixels conforming to a pre-encode sampling scheme having no subsampling of the colour components;
encoding the pre-encode block of pre-encode pixels, wherein encoding the pre-encode block includes assigning weights to the values of the at least one subsampled colour component of pre-encode pixels depending on whether the corresponding values of the same subsampled colour component exist or not in the corresponding input pixels due to the subsampling, and includes evaluating a measure using the weighted values of the pre-encode pixels,
wherein a first weight assigned to the value of a subsampled colour component of a first pre-encode pixel which corresponds to an input pixel having a value for the same subsampled colour component is higher than a second weight applied to the value of the same subsampled colour component of a second pre-encode pixel which corresponds to an input pixel having no value for the same subsampled colour component.

US Pat. No. 10,423,853

INFORMATION-PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION-PROCESSING METHOD FOR GENERATING DISTRIBUTION OF BRIGHTNESS-RELATED VALUE OF IMAGE DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information-processing apparatus comprising:a first acquisition unit configured to acquire gradation characteristic information which is information related to a gradation characteristic;
a second acquisition unit configured to acquire axial characteristic information which is information related to an axial characteristic including a distribution, on an axis, of graduations corresponding to brightness-related values related to brightness of input image data; and
a generation unit configured to generate, based on the input image data, the gradation characteristic information, and the axial characteristic information, distribution information indicating a distribution of the brightness-related value of the input image data using the axis according to the axial characteristic information,
wherein the first acquisition unit, the second acquisition unit, and the generation unit are implemented via at least one processor.
US Pat. No. 10,423,086

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising: a toner particle containing a binder resin; and an inorganic particle, whereinthe inorganic particle contains a silicon oxide particle with a number-average particle diameter (D1) from 50 nm to 300 nm and a strontium titanate particle with a number-average particle diameter (D1) from 10 nm to 60 nm,
the content of the silicon oxide particle is from 0.5 mass parts to 15.0 mass parts per 100 mass parts of the toner particle,
the content of the strontium titanate particle is from 0.02 to 5.00 times the content of the silicon oxide particle, and
in dielectric constant measurement at 25° C. and 1 MHz,
the dielectric constant of the silicon oxide particle is from 1.0 pF/m to 20.0 pF/m, and
the dielectric constant of the strontium titanate is from 25.0 pF/m to 100.0 pF/m.

US Pat. No. 10,420,524

RADIOGRAPHING APPARATUS, CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

13. A radiographing apparatus, comprising:a plurality of radiographic imaging units including a first radiographic imaging unit, each configured to acquire a radiographic image by detecting radiation;
a memory storing a program; and
one or more processors which, by executing the program, operate to:
acquire correction data generated based on first image data including a structure in the first radiographic imaging unit, wherein the first image data is generated based on radiation that passes through the first radiographic imaging unit;
obtain second image data generated based on radiation received after the correction data has been acquired; and
correct the second image data based on the correction data.

US Pat. No. 10,423,347

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing method for causing an OS to execute rendering processing for generating image data in response to executing a predetermined application by a processor, the method comprising the steps of:determining, in response to the execution of the predetermined application by the processor, whether the predetermined application is executed in a foreground or executed in a background by the OS; and
controlling, in response to the execution of the predetermined application by the processor, to cause the OS to execute the rendering processing for a part of an image using a predetermined memory area have a memory size corresponding to a result of the determination in the determining step,
wherein, in the controlling step,
in a case where the predetermined application is executed in the foreground, the OS is caused to execute the rendering processing for the part of the image by using a first size memory area, and in a case where the predetermined application is executed in the background, the OS is caused to execute the rendering processing for the part of the image by using a second size memory area that is smaller than the first size memory area,
wherein in a case where first rendering processing for the part of the image and second rendering processing for the second part of the image are executed, a first determination in the determining step is executed when the first rendering processing is executed and a second determination in the determining step is executed when the second rendering processing is executed, and
wherein in a case where the result of the first determination is different from the result of the second determination, the memory size used for each of the first rendering processing and the second rendering processing is different from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,423,093

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a controller substrate configured to control an image forming portion for forming an image;
a first mounting portion configured to mount a first hard disk drive for storing data, wherein the first hard disk is mounted to said first mounting portion by inserting the first hard disk drive in a direction across a vertical direction;
a second mounting portion configured to mount a second hard disk drive for storing data;
a first connector configured to electrically connect said controller substrate and the first hard disk drive mounted in said first mounting portion
a second connector configured to electrically connect said controller substrate and the second hard disk drive mounted in said second mounting portion; and
a connector holding portion which holds said first connector and which is fixed to said first mounting portion by a screw such that said first connector is downstream of an inserting entrance of said first mounting portion in an inserting direction of the first hard disk drive,
wherein said first mounting portion and said second mounting portion are arranged in a vertical direction such that, as viewed in the vertical direction, said first connector overlaps with the second hard disk drive mounted in said second mounting portion, and
wherein said second mounting portion is provided with a through portion through which a part of a tool for threading and unthreading the screw relative to said first mounting portion passes from a space in which the second hard disk drive is placed toward a portion of said first mounting portion where the screw is threaded.

US Pat. No. 10,423,095

DEVELOPING APPARATUS HAVING A SEALING SHEET AND UNSEALING MECHANISM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing apparatus, comprising:a developer bearing member bearing and feeding developer including toner and carrier in order to develop an electrostatic image formed on an image bearing member;
a developing container including a first chamber and a second chamber partitioned by a partition wall from the first chamber, and configured to contain the developer to be supplied to the developer bearing member;
a first communication portion configured to permit movement of the developer from the first chamber to the second chamber;
a second communication portion configured to permit movement of the developer from the second chamber to the first chamber;
a first feeding screw arranged in the first chamber and feeding the developer in a first direction from the second communication portion toward the first communication portion;
a second feeding screw arranged in the second chamber and including a first blade portion feeding the developer in a second direction from the first communication portion to the second communication portion, a second blade portion arranged downstream of the first blade portion in the second direction and feeding the developer in the first direction to deliver the developer through the second communication portion to the first chamber, and a third blade portion arranged downstream of the second blade portion in the second direction feeding the developer in the second direction;
a developer replenishing portion configured to replenish replenishment developer to the developing container;
a developer discharging portion configured to discharge a part of the developer contained in the developing container as the replenishment developer is replenished to the developing container by the developer replenishing portion;
a sealing sheet arranged upstream of the developer discharging portion in the second direction and sealing initial developer contained in the developing container; and
an unsealing mechanism unsealing the sealing sheet sealing the initial developer,
wherein the sealing sheet is arranged downstream of the second blade portion and upstream of the third blade portion in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,423,106

FIXING DEVICE THAT CONTROLS A POSITION OF A FIXING BELT USING A DISPLACING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device comprising:a pair of rotatable members forming a nip for fixing a toner image on a recording material, wherein at least one of said rotatable members is an endless belt;
a roller for rotatably supporting said endless belt;
a detecting device including a contact portion contacting one end of said endless belt with respect to a widthwise direction, an urging portion for urging said contact portion toward the one end of said endless belt with respect to the widthwise direction, and a sensor for detecting a position of said contact portion, wherein said detecting device detects a position of said endless belt with respect to the widthwise direction depending on an output of said sensor; and
a displacing device for displacing one end of said roller with respect to a longitudinal direction depending on the position of said endless belt detected by said detecting device,
wherein, before rotation of said endless belt is started, said displacing device displaces the one end of said roller with respect to the longitudinal direction so that said contact portion moves against an urging force of said urging portion upon the start.

US Pat. No. 10,423,366

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS HAVING ACTIVE STATUS MANAGEMENT, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus which is connected to an image processing apparatus, the information processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor executing instructions to act as:
an activation control unit configured to activate a status management program for acquiring and displaying information relating to a state of the image processing apparatus;
a generation unit configured to generate a print job in the information processing apparatus and unable to activate the status management program in accordance with an instruction to generate a print job;
a registration unit configured to register the image processing apparatus or a print queue corresponding to the image processing apparatus to a spooler service as a target of monitoring;
an event determination unit configured to detect occurrence of an event in the image processing apparatus or the print queue according to a notification from the spooler service, and
a detection unit configured to detect a restart of a spooler service,
wherein the activation control unit is software that differs from the generation unit and activates the status management program in a case where the event determination unit detects the event, and
the registration unit reregisters the image processing apparatus or a print queue corresponding to the image processing apparatus to a spooler service as the target of monitoring in a case where the detection unit detects the restart of the spooler service.

US Pat. No. 10,423,110

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND RECORDING MATERIAL DETERMINATION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming unit configured to form an image on a recording material;
only a single light source configured to emit light;
an image capturing unit configured to capture light emitted by the single light source and reflected by the recording material as a surface image including a plurality of pixels; and
a control unit configured to obtain a first feature quantity from differences among output values of a plurality of pixels arranged in a first direction out of the plurality of pixels included in the surface image captured by the image capturing unit, and obtain a second feature quantity from differences among output values of a plurality of pixels arranged in a second direction intersecting the first direction out of the plurality of pixels included in the surface image used to obtain the first feature quantity, determine a fiber direction with respect to a conveyance direction of the recording material by comparing the first feature quantity with the second feature quantity, and control an image forming condition of the image forming unit based on the determined fiber direction.

US Pat. No. 10,423,111

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS EFFECTING CORRECTION OF IMAGE FORMATION CHARACTERISTICS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that forms an image on a sheet, the image forming apparatus comprising:a converting unit configured to convert image data based on a conversion condition;
an image forming unit including:
an image bearing member,
a developing unit in which developer is stored, and
a rotation member rotationally provided on the developing unit,
wherein the image forming unit is configured to form, based on converted image data converted by the converting unit, the image on the image bearing member using the developer in the developing unit;
a sensor configured to detect a pattern image formed on the image bearing member by the image forming unit; and
a controller configured to:
control the image forming unit to form the pattern image,
control the sensor to detect the pattern image, and
generate the conversion condition based on the detection result of the pattern image by the sensor and a stopping time period in which rotation of the rotation member is stopped.

US Pat. No. 10,425,421

AUTHORIZATION SERVER, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An authorization server that performs authentication processing and authorization processing for a resource server that provides a web service, the authorization server comprising:at least one processor and at least one memory in communication with the at least one processor and having stored thereon instructions, when executed by the at least one processor, and cooperating to act as:
a reception unit configured to receive, from a client, an authorization request specifying a scope group with which at least one scope that defines a range in which to use the web service is associated;
an issuance unit configured to issue authorization information associated with the scope group in response to an authenticated user performing an authorization operation for transferring an authority of the user in the web service to the client via an authorization confirmation screen displayed by a terminal including the client; and
a verification unit configured to acquire at least one scope associated with the scope group when receiving a verification request for the authorization information transmitted for the client to use the web service, and, in a case where a scope targeted for verification specified by the verification request is included in the acquired at least one scope and a scope that defines a range in which the web service is usable with an authority possessed by the user is included in the acquired at least one scope, to transmit, to the resource server, information indicating that an authority to use the web service in the range defined by the scope targeted for verification is transferred to the client,
wherein the issuance unit provides, to the terminal, a setting screen including an item enabling the user to specify whether to re-perform the authorization operation in a case where there is a change in an authority assigned to the user, and, in response to the user specifying re-performing the authorization operation, issues authorization information associated with only a scope that defines a range in which the web service is usable with an authority possessed by the user in at least one scope associated with the scope group.

US Pat. No. 10,423,116

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING ADJUSTED LOAD POWER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power supply apparatus including a first circuit connected with a predetermined power supply and a second circuit insulated from the first circuit, the power supply apparatus comprising:an adjustment unit in the first circuit configured to adjust power supplied from the predetermined power supply to a load;
a controller in the second circuit configured to control the adjustment unit;
a detector in the first circuit configured to detect a parameter relating to the power supplied to the load;
a first communication unit in the first circuit connected with the detector; and
a second communication unit in the second circuit, connected with the controller, insulated from the first communication unit, and configured to perform wireless communication with the first communication unit,
wherein the first communication unit is operated with power supplied to the first communication unit by a signal generated in the first communication unit due to a signal output from the controller to the second communication unit,
wherein the first communication unit transmits information about a result of detection by the detector to the second communication unit, using the signal generated in the first communication unit due to the signal output from the controller to the second communication unit, and
wherein the controller controls the adjustment unit based on the information transmitted to the second communication unit.

US Pat. No. 10,423,117

CLEANING APPARATUS AND PROCESS CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cleaning apparatus that is attachable to and detachable from an image forming apparatus, comprising:an image bearing member;
a blade member which includes an elastic member contacting the surface of the image bearing member, and a support member supporting the elastic member, the support member having a first surface that extends along a rotation axis direction of the image bearing member and a second surface that intersects with the first surface and that extends along the rotation axis direction;
a frame, to which the first surface of the support member is fixed at two fixed portions;
a vibration absorbing member, which is disposed between the frame and the second surface of the support member, and which is located between the two fixed portions when viewed along a direction perpendicular to the rotation axis direction; and
a seal member, which is disposed between the frame and the second surface of the support member, and which seals a gap between the second surface of the support member and the frame,
wherein the vibration absorbing member has a length that is not more than ¼ the length of the second surface in the rotation axis direction, and has a loss factor tan ?, measured when vibration at a 100 Hz frequency is applied at a measurement temperature 23° C.±2° C., of at least 0.6 and not more than 2.0, and
wherein the seal member extends from a position overlapping with one of the two fixed portions to a position overlapping with the other fixed portion, in the rotation axis direction.

US Pat. No. 10,423,374

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR REDUCING PRINT PROCESSING TIME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:at least one controller including a processor configured to execute a program stored in a memory or a circuit configured to implement a function, the at least one controller being configured to function as:
a receiving unit configured to receive print data including page description language (PDL) data, wherein the print data has a plurality of pages;
a generating unit configured to generate intermediate data by interpreting the PDL data of the received print data;
a holding unit configured to hold generated intermediate data corresponding to a part of the plurality pages of the print data and hold PDL data corresponding to other part of the plurality of pages of the print data, wherein intermediate data based on the held PDL data corresponding to the other part is generated after the PDL data corresponding to the other part is transmitted from the holding unit to the generating unit; and
a rendering unit configured to generate image data based on first intermediate data and second intermediate data, wherein the first intermediate data corresponds to the intermediate data held by the holding unit and the second intermediate data is generated by the generating unit based on the PDL data held by the holding unit.

US Pat. No. 10,422,890

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS, AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus which captures radiation images of a plurality of frames successively, the apparatus being used in a radiation imaging system composed of the apparatus, a processor configured to generate image data for the radiation images of the plurality of frames based on signals for the radiation images of the plurality of frames from the apparatus, and a display configured to display the radiation images of the plurality of frames based on the image data from the processor, the apparatus comprising:an imaging unit having a plurality of sensors configured to detect radiation, and configured to output an analog signal from each of the plurality of sensors;
an analog-to-digital converter configured to, in each of a plurality of analog-to-digital conversion periods corresponding to the plurality of frames, convert the individual analog signals from the imaging unit into individual digital signals and output the individual digital signals as a serial data string of a plurality of bits;
a serial-parallel conversion unit configured to convert, into parallel data, the serial data string of the plurality of bits transmitted from the analog-to-digital converter via a transmission path; and
an alignment unit configured to perform alignment for the serial-parallel conversion unit to identify the serial data string of the plurality of bits such that the processor correctly receives the signals for the radiation images of the plurality of frames from the apparatus, wherein
the alignment unit performs the alignment in at least a period between, out of the plurality of analog-to-digital conversion periods.

US Pat. No. 10,425,728

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An audio processing 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 audio processing apparatus to perform at least:
detecting a change in a state of a microphone;
obtaining viewpoint information indicating a position of a viewpoint corresponding to an image; and
determining a parameter to be used for generating an audio signal according to the position of the viewpoint,
wherein the audio signal is generated based on one or more of a plurality of channels of collected sound signals acquired by sound collection with a plurality of microphones, and
wherein in response to detection of a change in a state of at least one of the plurality of microphones in the detecting, the parameter is determined based on states of the plurality of microphones after the change and the obtained viewpoint information.

US Pat. No. 10,421,156

APPARATUS FOR TREATING RAW-MATERIAL POWDER, APPARATUS FOR TREATING RAW-MATERIAL POWDER, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING OBJECT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for treating a raw-material powder in an object production system that uses powder bed fusion, the method comprising:forming a first layer of the raw-material powder; and
removing oxide film formed on a surface of the raw-material powder from which the first layer has been made through chemical reduction,
wherein the removal of the oxide film is performed by generating plasma through application of an AC voltage to an electrode in contact with the first layer in an atmosphere containing hydrogen and/or an inert element.

US Pat. No. 10,423,208

PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF PRINTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a power source switch that switches a power source to on or off;
a control circuit configured to control supply or shutoff of power from the power source;
a setting unit configured to set a first set time in a case where first processing is specified as processing performed at the time of switching the power source switch to off, and to set a second set time which is different from the first set time in a case where second processing which is different from the first processing is specified as the processing performed at the time of switching the power source switch to off; and
a measurement unit configured to measure the first set time or the second set time as a predetermined set time after the power source switch is switched to off, wherein
the control circuit performs control, in a case where the power source switch is switched to off, so as to shut off supply of power from the power source in accordance with completion of termination preparation of the processing being performed or completion of measurement of the predetermined set time in the measurement unit, and
the setting unit and the measurement unit are implemented by at least one processor.

US Pat. No. 10,424,757

ORGANIC LIGHT EMITTING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING ORGANIC LIGHT EMITTING APPARATUS, AND IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An organic light emitting apparatus comprising:a first electrode;
a second electrode; and
an organic layer including a light emitting layer disposed between the first electrode and the second electrode,
wherein the first electrode includes a metallic layer containing a first metal and a mixture layer disposed between the metallic layer and the organic layer, and
wherein the mixture layer contains the first metal and a second metal having lower reflectance than the first metal,
wherein an end portion of the first electrode is covered by a bank insulating layer,
wherein the bank insulating layer includes a first opening on the first electrode,
wherein the organic layer is disposed between the first electrode and the second electrode at the first opening, and
wherein the first electrode has a first film thickness at the first opening and a second film thickness in a region covered by the bank insulating layer, and the first film thickness is smaller than the second film thickness.

US Pat. No. 10,425,019

MOTOR AND APPARATUS USING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A motor comprising:a first vibrator;
a contacting member;
a plurality of biasing parts that are arranged to press the first vibrator onto the contacting member in contact with the first vibrator;
a first pressing member that is biased by the plurality of biasing parts and that includes a pressing part arranged to press the first vibrator by the biasing force of the plurality of biasing parts; and
a second pressing member that is biased by the plurality of biasing parts,
wherein the first vibrator and the contacting member are arranged to move relatively by vibrations that occur in the first vibrator,
wherein the first and second pressing members are arranged to move integrally with the first vibrator while the first vibrator moves, and
wherein the first pressing member and the first vibrator are arranged to be tiltable around a first direction orthogonal to both of a moving direction of the first vibrator and a biasing direction of the plurality of biasing parts.

US Pat. No. 10,425,020

VIBRATION WAVE MOTOR, LINEAR DRIVING APPARATUS USING VIBRATION WAVE MOTOR, AND OPTICAL APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A linear driving apparatus comprising:a vibration wave motor including:
a vibrator having a piezoelectric element configured to generate a vibration;
a friction member configured to come into contact with a protruding portion provided on the vibrator;
a moving member movable in a predetermined moving direction with respect to the friction member;
a coupling member configured to couple the vibrator and the moving member with each other;
a first guide member configured to guide the moving member in the moving direction;
a press member configured to act on the moving member and capable of moving in the predetermined moving direction together with the moving member; and
a second guide member configured to guide the press member in the predetermined moving direction;
a driving target body movable in the predetermined moving direction;
a transmission member configured to engage with the driving target body, abut against an abutment part of the moving member, and transmit a driving force of the vibration wave motor to the driving target body; and
a biasing member configured to apply a biasing force between the transmission member and the abutment part,
wherein a direction of a frictional contact force that the vibrator receives from the friction member and a direction of a biasing contact force that the abutment part receives from the biasing member are parallel and opposite, and
a load center of a distribution load of the biasing contact force exists in a range of an outside shape of the vibrator.

US Pat. No. 10,416,581

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising, in this order:a support;
a charge generation layer;
a charge transport layer comprising a charge transporting material, and a polycarbonate resin having a structure selected from group A and a structure selected from group B; and
a protective layer comprising a cured material of a composition comprising a compound having at least a functional group selected from chain-polymerizable functional groups and sequential polymerizable functional groups, wherein
Group A is represented by formulae (101) and (102)

where R211 to R214 independently represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, an aryl group or an alkoxy group; R215 represents an alkyl group, an aryl group or an alkoxy group; R216 and R217 independently represent an alkyl group having one to nine carbon atoms; and i1 represents an integer of 0 to 3, provided that R215 and (CH2)i1CHR216R217 are not the same;

where R221 to R224 independently represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, an aryl group or an alkoxy group; R225 and R226 independently represent an alkyl group having one to nine carbon atoms, provided that R225 and R226 are not the same; and i2 represents an integer of 0 to 3;
Group B is represented by formulae (104) to (106)

where R241 to R244 independently represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, an aryl group or an alkoxy group; and X represents a single bond, an oxygen atom, a sulfur atom or a sulfonyl group;

where R251 to R254 independently represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, an aryl group or an alkoxy group; and R256 and R257 independently represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, an aryl group or a halogenated alkyl group; and

where R261 to R264 independently represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, an aryl group or an alkoxy group; and W represents a cycloalkylidene group having 5 to 12 carbon atoms.
US Pat. No. 10,416,582

TONER AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising: a toner particle that contains a binder resin and a wax,wherein:the binder resin contains a styrene-acrylic copolymer;
the content of the styrene-acrylic copolymer in the binder resin is at least 50 mass %;
the wax contains a wax A;
at least 15.0 mass parts of the wax A compatibilizes at 100° C. with 100 mass parts of a styrene-butyl acrylate copolymer, which is a copolymer of 75 mass parts of styrene monomer and 25 mass parts of butyl acrylate monomer and has a weight-average molecular weight of 30,000; and
in a cross section of the toner particle observed using a scanning transmission electron microscope,
domains of the wax are present,
the average number of the domains is from 20 to 2,000, and
using r1 for the average major diameter of the domains and r2 for the average minor diameter of the domains, r1 is from 0.03 ?m to 1.00 ?m, and the ratio of r1 to r2 is from 1.0 to 3.0.

US Pat. No. 10,416,588

CHARGING MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING CHARGING MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A charging member comprising in this order:an electro-conductive substrate;
an elastic layer comprising an outer surface having concave portions holding insulating particles, the insulating particles being exposed to the surface of the elastic layer; and
a surface layer, wherein
when an orthogonal projection image is obtained by orthogonally projecting each of the concave portions and the insulating particles held in the respective concave portions on a surface of the electro-conductive substrate, a site exists in which an outer edge of the orthogonal projection image derived from each of the insulating particles and an outer edge of the orthogonal projection image derived from each of the concave portions are separated,
a surface of the charging member has convex portions derived from the insulating particles exposed to the surface of the elastic layer, and concave portions derived from the concave portions of the elastic layer, and
the surface layer has a volume resistivity of 1.0×1015 ?·cm or more.

US Pat. No. 10,416,590

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a conveyance unit configured to convey a recording material on a conveyance path in the image forming apparatus;
an irradiation unit configured to radiate light on segments of the recording material being conveyed by the conveyance unit, the light radiated on a segment of the recording material as the segment is being conveyed through an irradiation section of the conveyance path;
an image capturing unit configured to capture surface images of a plurality of segments of the recording material by capturing, for a plurality of times during an image capturing period, as a surface image, the light radiated by the irradiation unit and reflected on the recording material, wherein the plurality of times corresponds to the plurality of segments;
an image formation unit configured to form an image on a recording material; and
a control unit configured to control an image forming condition of the image formation unit,
wherein the conveyance unit accelerates or decelerates a conveyance speed of the recording material in at least a part of the image capturing period during which the image capturing unit captures the surface images the plurality of times,
wherein the image forming apparatus obtains feature quantity data on the basis of data obtained from the captured surface images, wherein the feature quantity data reflects a feature of the recording material, and
wherein the control unit controls the image forming condition based on the obtained feature quantity data and a threshold value set based on the conveyance speeds of the recording material in the image capturing period,
wherein, in the image capturing period, the irradiation unit does not change an amount of light radiated on the recording material, and the image capturing unit does not change a light receiving period for receiving and capturing light reflected on the recording material as a surface image one time.

US Pat. No. 10,416,592

DEVELOPMENT DEVICE FOR AN ELECTROSTATIC LATENT IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that is able to execute image formation, comprising:an image bearing member;
a developing device including:
a developer container configured to accommodate the developer including a toner and a carrier;
a rotatable developing member configured to carry and feed the developer toward a position where an electrostatic image formed onto the image bearing member is developed;
a magnet fixedly arranged inside the rotatable developing member, including a plurality of magnetic poles, and configured to generate a magnetic field for separating the developer that has passed the position where the electrostatic image formed onto the image bearing member is developed from an outer circumferential surface of the rotatable developing member, the plurality of magnetic poles including:
a first magnetic pole arranged closest to the position where the electrostatic image formed onto the image bearing member is developed,
a second magnetic pole arranged downstream of the first magnetic pole with respect to a rotational direction of the rotatable developing member,
a third magnetic pole arranged upstream of the first magnetic pole and downstream of the second magnetic pole with respect to the rotational direction of the rotatable developing member so as to be adjacent to the second magnetic pole, and having a same polarity as the second magnetic pole, and
a plate-like electrode stationary attached to the developer container, the plate-like electrode arranged downstream of the position where the electrostatic image formed onto the image bearing member is developed and upstream of the second magnetic pole with respect to the rotational direction of the rotatable developing member so as to face the outer circumferential surface of the rotatable developing member;
wherein, during the image formation, only a first direct-current voltage is applied to the plate-like electrode and only a second direct-current voltage is applied to the rotatable developing member so that the first direct-current voltage applied to the plate-like electrode has a same polarity as a normal charge polarity of the toner, the second direct-current voltage applied to the rotatable developing member has a same polarity as the normal charge polarity of the toner, and an absolute value of the first direct-current voltage applied to the plate-like electrode is greater than an absolute value of the second direct-current voltage applied to the rotatable developing member.

US Pat. No. 10,416,593

DEVELOPING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing device comprising:a developing container configured to accommodate a developer containing toner and carrier particles;
a cylindrical developing sleeve rotatable while carrying the developer in said developing container;
a magnet provided in said developing sleeve and configured to generate a magnetic force for holding the developer; and
a plurality of grooves provided at a developer carrying surface of said developing sleeve and formed along a direction crossing a circumferential direction of said developing sleeve,
wherein in a cross-section perpendicular to a rotational axis of said developing sleeve, each of the grooves has a shape such that a bottom of the groove contacts one particle and does not contact a plurality of particles simultaneously and that both side surfaces of the groove on an open side are curved.

US Pat. No. 10,416,595

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A CONTROL CIRCUIT THAT SELECTIVELY CONTROLS POWER TO BE SUPPLIED TO A PLURALITY OF HEAT GENERATING BLOCKS OF A HEATER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a fixing portion configured to fix an image, formed on a recording material, onto the recording material, the fixing portion including a heater that includes a substrate, a plurality of heat generating blocks arranged on the substrate in a longitudinal direction of the substrate, and a plurality of temperature detecting elements disposed on the substrate; and
a control circuit configured to control power to be supplied to the plurality of heat generating blocks, the control circuit including a plurality of semiconductor elements configured to perform switching between ON and OFF of the plurality of heat generating blocks, and a power interrupting unit configured to be activated so as to interrupt power being supplied to the plurality of semiconductor elements when the heater overheats, and selectively controlling the power to be supplied to the plurality of heat generating blocks by selectively controlling the plurality of semiconductor elements,
wherein, of the plurality of semiconductor elements, a first semiconductor element to supply power to a first heat generating block, of the plurality of heat generating blocks, is connected, in series, to a second semiconductor element to supply power to a second heat generating block, of the plurality of heat generating blocks, and
wherein, when the power interrupting unit is not activated, the second heat generating block is controlled by controlling only the second semiconductor element, and, when the power interrupting unit is not activated, the first heat generating block is controlled by controlling the first semiconductor element and the second semiconductor element.

US Pat. No. 10,416,598

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS AND HEATER FOR USE THEREIN

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus for heating an image formed on a recording material, comprising:an endless belt;
a heater configured to be in contact with an inner surface of the endless belt, the heater including a substrate and a plurality of independently controllable heating blocks disposed on the substrate, the heating blocks are arranged along a longitudinal direction of the substrate, each of the heating blocks includes a first conductor disposed at a first position on the substrate so as to extend in the longitudinal direction, a second conductor disposed at a second position on the substrate so as to extend in the longitudinal direction, the second position being different from the first position in a transverse direction of the substrate that is transverse to the longitudinal direction, a heating element disposed between the first conductor and the second conductor and configured to generate heat by power supplied thereto via the first conductor and the second conductor, and an electrode electrically connected with the second conductor; and
electrical contacts configured to be in contact with electrodes of the heater to supply power to the heating element, wherein
at least one electrode corresponding to each of the plurality of heating blocks is disposed in an area where the heating element is located in the longitudinal direction on a second surface opposite to a first surface of the heater that comes into contact with the endless belt,
the heating blocks are provided on the second surface of the heater,
the electrical contacts are arranged so as to face the second surface of the heater, and
the heating element has a positive temperature coefficient of resistance.

US Pat. No. 10,416,599

FIXING DEVICE HAVING A SUPPORTING PORTION THAT INCLUDES FIRST AND SECOND OPPOSING SURFACES THAT OPPOSE AN INNER SURFACE OF A FILM AND ENGAGING SURFACES THAT ENGAGE WITH A FRAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device for fixing an image, formed on a recording material, on the recording material, said fixing device comprising:a frame;
a cylindrical film rotatable while being contactable to the recording material;
a component portion engaging with said frame, said component portion including a supporting portion provided in an inside space of said film at a position opposing a longitudinal end portion of said film, said supporting portion including a first opposing surface opposing an inner surface of said film at the longitudinal end portion of said film, and a second opposing surface opposing the inner surface of said film on an inside of said first opposing surface with respect to a longitudinal direction of said film, and each of said first opposing surface and said second opposing surface is a surface forming a substantially right angle with an engaging surface, which is a surface on which said component portion engages with said frame and on which said component portion opposes a flat surface portion of said frame, and, when said component portion is seen in the longitudinal direction of said film, a contour of said first opposing surface is greater than a contour of said second opposing surface; and
a roller contacting an outer peripheral surface of said film and configured to form a nip, in which the recording material is nipped and fed, between itself and said film.

US Pat. No. 10,419,674

IMAGE BLUR CORRECTION DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND IMAGING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image blur correction device that corrects image blur using a correction unit which corrects image blur by driving a movable optical member, the image blur correction device comprising:at least one processor that functions, according to at least one program stored in a memory, as units comprising:
a calculation unit configured to calculate an amount of motion of a subject by acquiring a shake detection signal of an imaging device or a lens device and an amount of motion of an image within a photography screen and acquiring a face detection position of the subject and to calculate angular velocity data indicating movement of the subject with respect to the imaging device when a specific mode is set; and
a control unit configured to control the correction unit based on the calculated angular velocity data,
wherein the calculation unit performs a first calculation process in which the amount of motion of the subject is calculated in a first detection range from the face detection position if the face detection position is acquired and a second calculation process in which the amount of motion of the subject is calculated in a second detection range from a position of a focus detection frame set within the photography screen if the face detection position is not acquired.

US Pat. No. 10,419,675

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS FOR DETECTING A MOVING AMOUNT OF ONE OF A MAIN SUBJECT AND A BACKGROUND, AND RELATED METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:(A) an image pickup sensor;
(B) at least one memory configured to store instructions; and
(C) at least one processor in communication with the at least one memory and configured to execute the instructions:
(a) to detect motion information of said image pickup sensor when a plurality of images is continuously shot while said image pickup sensor is being moved in a predetermined direction;
(b) to calculate a motion vector indicating a moving amount of a subject between the plurality of images shot by said image pickup sensor, by changing a search position for calculating the motion vector from a default setting value based on the motion information of said image pickup sensor; and
(c) to align and to synthesize the plurality of shot images to thereby generate a composite image based on the motion vectors.

US Pat. No. 10,419,676

VIBRATION-TYPE ACTUATOR THAT DRIVES VIBRATING BODY IN COMBINATION OF TWO BENDING VIBRATION MODES, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A vibration-type actuator comprising:a vibrating body configured to comprise a rectangular flat-shaped elastic body, an electro-mechanical energy conversion element that is joined to one surface of the elastic body, and at least one projecting portion that is provided on the elastic body; and
a driven body configured to be brought into pressure contact with the vibrating body at an end of the projecting portion,
wherein in the vibrating body, vibrations in a first bending vibration mode, in which there are two nodal lines that do not cross each other but cross short sides of the elastic body, and there is no nodal line that connects two long sides of the elastic body to each other, are excited, and vibrations in a second bending vibration mode, in which an amplitude peak of vibration in an out-of-plane direction of a flat-shaped plane of the elastic body is present in each of a total of six areas formed by dividing the flat-shaped plane of the elastic body into two in a lateral direction of the elastic body and dividing the flat-shaped plane of the elastic body into three in a longitudinal direction of the elastic body, and in adjoining areas of the six areas, vibrations at the amplitude peaks are in opposite phases, are excited, and
wherein driving vibrations obtained by combining vibrations in the first bending vibration mode and the second bending vibration mode generate an oval motion at the end of the projecting portion within a plane perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the elastic body, causing the vibrating body and the driven body to move relatively to each other in the lateral direction of the elastic body.

US Pat. No. 10,416,603

SHEET-CONVEYING DEVICE AND IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image-forming apparatus for forming an image on a sheet, comprising:an image-forming unit that forms the image on the sheet; and
a discharge unit that discharges the sheet to an outside of the image-forming apparatus, the discharge unit including a first roller and a second roller that rotate while being in contact with the sheet, a first rotating shaft that rotatably supports the first roller, and a second rotating shaft that rotatably supports the second roller,
wherein the sheet is discharged to the outside of the image-forming apparatus in a state in which a first surface of the sheet is in contact with the first roller and a surface opposite to the first surface of the sheet is in contact with the second roller; and
a conveyance unit that conveys the sheet in an opposite direction to convey the sheet again to the image-forming unit, the conveyance unit including a third roller and a fourth roller that rotate while being in contact with the sheet, a third rotating shaft that rotatably supports the third roller, and a fourth rotating shaft that rotatably supports the fourth roller;
wherein the third roller contacts the fourth roller without contacting the first roller,
the first rotating shaft, the second rotating shaft, the third rotating shaft, and the fourth rotating shaft are disposed at different positions respectively when viewed in an axial direction of the first rotating shaft,
the first roller and the fourth roller are arranged at different positons in a width direction of the sheet that is perpendicular to a conveyance direction of the sheet, and
the first roller and the fourth roller partially overlap when viewed in the axial direction of the first rotating shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,419,678

IMAGING CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging control apparatus comprising:a memory and at least one processor which function as:
a display control unit configured to perform control to perform 2-area enlargement display for displaying live view images respectively captured in two horizontally or vertically separated imaging areas by an imaging unit, side by side on a display unit;
a control unit configured to perform control,
in response to a first operation on a first operation member in a state of the 2-area enlargement display, to cancel the 2-area enlargement display and display on the display unit an entire live view image captured by the imaging unit, and
in response to a second operation on the first operation member, to resume the 2-area enlargement display; and
a selection unit configured to select either one of two display areas side by side on the display unit in the state of the 2-area enlargement display,
wherein, according to a display area currently selected from the two display areas, displaying a guide indicating positions and sizes of the two separated imaging areas in an unselected display area.

US Pat. No. 10,416,605

CLEANING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cleaning device comprising:a cleaning brush held rotatable in a forward direction and a backward direction and configured to remove toner remaining on an image bearing member;
a cleaning container configured to contain the toner removed by the cleaning brush;
a scraper extending in a direction substantially parallel to a rotation axis of the cleaning brush and having a shape of a circular in cross section, and configured to scrape toner which has entered the cleaning brush by thrusting the cleaning brush vertically below the rotation axis of the cleaning brush; and
a holding portion configured to hold both ends of the scraper when the scraper is at a mounting position, the holding portion comprising an opening portion which opens toward the rotation axis of the cleaning brush to attach the scraper detachably to the holding portion, and a guide portion configured to guide movement of the scraper between the opening portion and the mounting position, and an angle ? between a line connecting the rotation axis of the cleaning brush and a center of the scraper, and a direction in which the guide portion guides the scraper is set to within 15° when viewed in a direction of the rotation axis of the cleaning brush.

US Pat. No. 10,418,398

SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM USING SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING METAL FILM WITH FIRST AND SECOND PORTIONS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state image pickup apparatus comprising:a photoelectric conversion unit disposed in a semiconductor substrate;
a first transfer transistor configured to transfer carriers generated in the photoelectric conversion unit;
a charge storage unit configured to store the carriers transferred from the photoelectric conversion unit;
a second transfer transistor configured to transfer the carriers in the charge storage unit to a floating diffusion unit; and
a metal film having a first portion disposed over a second gate electrode of the second transfer transistor and a second portion disposed between a first gate electrode of the first transfer transistor and the second gate electrode,
wherein the first portion has an opening.

US Pat. No. 10,419,679

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

19. A control method of an image pickup apparatus including a finder unit configured to enable visual confirmation of an object image, anda display unit located outside of the finder unit, the control method comprising:
controlling a display time for a first image acquired in a first shooting operation to be longer than a display time for a second image acquired in a second shooting operation in a case where a plurality of images is sequentially displayed on the display unit as a review display after continuous shooting is performed, the plurality of images being captured in the continuous shooting for continuously performing a plurality of shooting operations including at least the first shooting operation and the second shooting operation in response to a shooting instruction, the second shooting operation being performed after the first shooting operation.

US Pat. No. 10,416,607

CARTRIDGE UNIT HAVING A PLURALITY OF SUPPORTING PORTIONS FOR SUPPORTING A CARTRIDGE AND A PROTECTION COVER FOR PROTECTING A PHOTOSENSITIVE DRUM OF THE CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge unit comprising:a cartridge configured to be attached to an image forming apparatus main body having a cartridge guide for guiding movement of the cartridge, the cartridge comprising:
a photosensitive drum; and
a housing configured to support the photosensitive drum rotatably,
wherein the cartridge is configured to be attached to the image forming apparatus main body by sliding movement in a direction of a rotary axis of the photosensitive drum; and
a protection cover configured to protect a photosensitive surface of the photosensitive drum and configured to support the housing before being attached to the image forming apparatus main body, the protection cover (i) being temporally attached to the image forming apparatus main body to guide attachment of the cartridge in a process of attaching the cartridge to the image forming apparatus main body, and (ii) being detached from the image forming apparatus body after supporting the attachment of the cartridge, the protection cover comprising:
a frame including a protecting portion that covers the photosensitive surface, with a lower portion of the frame in a vertical direction being open in a state in which the protection cover is attached to the image forming apparatus main body;
a first supporting portion and a second supporting portion projecting from a face of the frame and facing a side of the cartridge so as to support the cartridge before the cartridge is attached to the image forming apparatus main body, the first supporting portion and the second supporting portion being disposed at different positions in the direction of the rotary axis; and
a pushing-out portion disposed on the frame so that the pushing-out portion moves by sliding in the direction of the rotary axis so as to push the cartridge to move toward the image forming apparatus main body during the attaching process, with the pushing-out portion supporting the cartridge,
wherein the cartridge is removed from the support by the first supporting portion and the second supporting portion in a state in which the pushing-out portion slides to move the cartridge, with the cartridge thereby being attached to the image forming apparatus main body and the cartridge being supported by the pushing-out portion and the cartridge guide.

US Pat. No. 10,416,608

CARTRIDGE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an apparatus main body including a first electrode, a first positioning portion, a second positioning portion, a first pressing portion, and a second pressing portion;
a first unit including a developer bearing member for developing a latent image formed on an image bearing member, and a developer feeding roller configured to contact the developer bearing member, wherein the first unit is allowed to be removed from the apparatus main body, and is allowed to be inserted into the apparatus main body, and
a second unit including the image bearing member, a first positioned portion contacting the first positioning portion, a second positioned portion contacting the second positioning portion, a first pressed portion being pressed by the first pressing portion, and a second pressed portion being pressed by the second pressing portion, wherein the second unit is allowed to be removed from the apparatus main body, and is allowed to be inserted into the apparatus main body separately from the first unit,
a storage member configured to store information and including a second electrode configured to contact the first electrode, wherein the storage member is provided on the first unit or the second unit;
wherein, in a state where the first unit and the second unit are inserted into the apparatus main body, the second electrode is pressed upward by the first electrode, and
wherein, in a state where the second electrode is pressed by the first electrode, the second electrode is located between the first pressed portion and the second pressed portion with respect to a direction of a rotation axis of the image bearing member, and the second electrode is located on a lower side of the rotation axis of the image bearing member with respect to a vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 10,419,683

ZOOM CONTROL DEVICE, IMAGING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF ZOOM CONTROL DEVICE, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom control device comprising:a memory holding a program;
at least one processor which executes the program held in the memory so as to function as:
a subject detection unit configured to detect a subject image from an image;
a designation unit configured to designate a photographing target subject from the subject image detected by the subject detection unit and to cancel the designation;
a scene composition selection unit configured to automatically select a specific scene composition from among a plurality of scene composition candidates; and
a control unit configured to control the zoom magnification based on the specific scene composition selected by the scene composition selection unit,
wherein when a plurality of subject images is detected from the image by the subject detection unit, the control unit changes the zoom magnification in accordance with a switch to a first state from a second state, and
wherein the first state is a state of the photographing target subject is designated by the designation unit, and the second state is a state of the photographing target subject is not designated by the designation unit.

US Pat. No. 10,414,050

AUTOMATED ASSEMBLY METHOD USING AUTOMATED ASSEMBLY APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for manufacturing an assembly using an assembly apparatus, the assembly apparatus comprising:an assembly robot having a hand and an XY-axis moving unit arranged to move the hand in a horizontal direction; and
a first operation base unit having a first operation base and a first Z-axis moving unit capable of moving the first operation base in a vertical direction,
the method comprising:
raising the first operation base on which a first part is placed in the vertical direction by the first Z-axis moving unit to grip the first part by the hand; and
lowering the first operation base by the first Z-axis moving unit to a position in which the hand does not interfere with the first operation base after the gripping the first part by the hand.

US Pat. No. 10,416,869

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT SCROLLS AND DISPLAYS CONTENTS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a memory configured to store instructions;
a processor configured to execute the instructions to provide a display control unit configured to scroll and display at least parts of respective contents on a screen by moving the contents in a predetermined direction; and
a storage configured to store, at a start of a content-scrolling operation, a start-time content displayed at a time of starting to scroll and, at a reversing of a direction of the content-scrolling operation, a reverse-time content displayed at a time of reversing the direction of the content-scrolling operation,
wherein the display control unit is configured to display a larger part of the start-time content and the reverse-time content than the displayed parts of other contents when the start-time content and the reverse-time content is displayed again irrespective of whether the direction of the content-scrolling operation is reversed again when the start-time content or reverse-time content is displayed.

US Pat. No. 10,419,695

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE, IMAGING SYSTEM, AND MOBILE APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion device comprising:a pixel array including a plurality of pixels each including a first electrode, a second electrode, and a photoelectric conversion layer arranged between the first electrode and the second electrode, wherein the plurality of pixels include a first pixel having a first color filter and a second pixel having a second color filter that is different from the first color filter;
a potential supply line configured to supply an electric potential to the first electrode of the first pixel and the first electrode of the second pixel; and
control lines configured to supply different electric potentials to the second electrode of the first pixel and the second electrode of the second pixel, respectively, so as to compensate a difference between a dependency of a sensitivity of the first pixel on a bias voltage applied to the photoelectric conversion layer and a dependency of a sensitivity of the second pixel on a bias voltage applied to the photoelectric conversion layer,
wherein the control lines supply different electric potentials to the second electrode of the first pixel and the second electrode of the second pixel, respectively, such that bias voltages which provide a predetermined ratio of a sensitivity of the first pixel and a sensitivity of the second pixel are applied to the photoelectric conversion layer of the first pixel and the photoelectric conversion layer of the second pixel.

US Pat. No. 10,413,803

METHOD, SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR DISPLAYING A VIDEO SEQUENCE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:at least one hardware processor; and
a memory which stores instructions executable by the at least one hardware processor to cause the image processing apparatus to perform at least:
obtaining a virtual viewpoint image according to a virtual viewpoint that is determined based on a user operation,
acquiring object information indicating at least a three dimensional position of an object outside a field of view corresponding to the virtual viewpoint,
generating a representation image of the object to be displayed with the obtained virtual viewpoint image, wherein a display position of the generated representation image depends on the three dimensional position of the object indicated by the acquired object information, and wherein a display characteristic of the generated representation image depends on a depth of the three dimensional position of the object from the virtual viewpoint, and
displaying the generated representation image together with the obtained virtual viewpoint image on a display screen.

US Pat. No. 10,419,698

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing method comprising:an input step in which a computer acquires data of a plurality of input images acquired by imaging performed using a same image sensor; and
an optimization process step in which a computer determines an optimal solution of brightness change with respect to each input image by performing iterative calculations using an iterative method to improve overall image quality of the plurality of input images,
wherein in the optimization process step, an optimal solution of brightness change for each pixel of each input image is determined under a condition that (a) common brightness change is performed with respect to pixels at a same position in respective input images and (b) a total amount of brightness change with respect to the plurality of input images does not exceed a prescribed value.

US Pat. No. 10,419,702

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:a pixel configured to output pixel signals including a reset signal and an image signal;
a gain applying unit having an input node, and configured to apply a gain to the pixel signals; and
a holding unit configured to hold a signal output from the gain applying unit,
wherein in a first period, which is a period between beginning of inputting the reset signal to the input node and beginning of inputting the image signal input to the input node, the gain applying unit outputs at least one signal by applying the gain to the reset signal,
wherein in a second period, which is a period between beginning of inputting the image signal to the input node and ending of inputting the image signal input to the input node, the gain applying unit outputs gain applied signals which are different from each other in the gain applied, and
wherein a number of the at least one signal output by the gain applying unit and held by the holding unit is smaller than a number of the gain applied signals output by the gain applying unit and held by the holding unit.

US Pat. No. 10,414,606

DRIVE TRANSMISSION APPARATUS, SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus comprising:a sheet supporting portion configured to support a sheet;
a sheet feeding member configured to contact the sheet supported on the sheet supporting portion and feed the sheet;
a switching mechanism configured to move relatively the sheet supporting portion and the sheet feeding member, so as to switch between a first state in which the sheet feeding member is able to contact the sheet on the sheet supporting portion and a second state in which the sheet feeding member is separated from the sheet on the sheet supporting portion; and
a drive transmission apparatus configured to transmit driving force from a drive source to the sheet feeding member and the switching mechanism,
wherein the drive transmission apparatus comprises:
a first rotating unit comprising a first driving gear and a second driving gear and configured to be rotated by the driving force from the drive source;
a second rotating unit configured to drive the sheet feeding member and the switching mechanism, the second rotating unit comprising:
a first driven gear configured to mesh with the first driving gear by a first transmission ratio; and
a second driven gear configured to mesh with the second driving gear by a second transmission ratio that differs from the first transmission ratio, wherein the second rotating unit is configured to switch, along with rotation of the first rotating unit, between a state in which the second rotating unit is rotated by meshing of the first driving gear and the first driven gear and a state in which the second rotating unit is rotated by meshing of the second driving gear and the second driven gear; and
a retention mechanism comprising:
a protruded portion provided on the first rotating unit and protruded radially outward with respect to a rotational axis of the first rotating unit; and
a recessed portion provided on the second rotating unit and formed into a recessed shape engageable with the protruded portion, the retention mechanism being configured to retain a rotation angle of the second rotating unit by an engagement of the protruded portion and the recessed portion while permitting rotation of the first rotating unit in a state where the first and second driving gears are unmeshed from the first and second driven gears.

US Pat. No. 10,419,735

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that performs tone conversion on an input image signal such that a curve indicating a relationship between a signal level of an input image signal and a signal level of an output image signal matches a target curve aimed to be achieved, the image processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor and/or circuit configured to function as following units;
a first generation unit configured to generate a color signal component for a luminance signal from an input image signal;
a second generation unit configured to generate a color signal component for a chrominance signal from an input image signal;
a first tone conversion unit configured to perform a first tone conversion on the color signal component for a luminance signal;
a second tone conversion unit configured to perform a second tone conversion on the color signal component for a chrominance signal;
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 tone conversion unit and an output of the second tone conversion unit; and
a third tone conversion unit configured to perform a third tone conversion on a signal after being processed by the third generation unit,
wherein the first and second tone conversion units perform tone conversion using a conversion amount smaller than a conversion amount that is set such that a curve indicating the relationship between the signal level of an input image signal and the signal level of an output image signal matches the target curve, and the third tone conversion unit performs tone conversion using a conversion amount corresponding to a difference from the target curve that remained after the first and second tone conversion units performed tone conversion.

US Pat. No. 10,419,997

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:a Near Field Communication (NFC) communication unit capable of executing a Peer to Peer (P2P) mode and a card emulation mode of NFC;
a determination unit configured to determine whether another communication apparatus is capable of executing the P2P mode of NFC; and
a sharing unit configured to share information used for establishing a connection via a wireless LAN with the another communication apparatus by executing the P2P mode of NFC in the NFC communication unit based on the determination that the another communication apparatus is capable of executing the P2P mode of NFC by the determination unit, and
to share the information with the another communication apparatus by executing the card emulation mode in the NFC communication unit based on the determination that the another communication apparatus is incapable of executing the P2P mode of NFC by the determination unit.

US Pat. No. 10,416,411

OPTICAL APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical apparatus comprising:a base member;
a movable member holding a first element that is an optical element or an image sensor and being movable with respect to the base member in a first direction;
a first actuator including a first coil and a first magnet, the first coil being provided to a first member that is one of the base and movable members, the first magnet being provided to a second member that is another one of the base and movable members, the first coil and the first magnet facing each other in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction; and
a second actuator including a second coil and a second magnet, the second coil being provided to one of the first and second members, the second magnet being provided to another one of the first and second members, the second coil and the second magnet facing each other in the second direction, wherein:
the first element is disposed between the first and second actuators;
the first magnet has a first surface facing the first coil, and the second magnet has a second surface facing the second coil, each of the first and second surfaces having thereon an N-pole portion and an S-pole portion arranged in the first direction;
the first and second actuators are configured to move the movable member in the first direction; and
in a first state where the movable member is located at a center of its movable range in the first direction, a center position of the first coil has a difference from a boundary position of the N-pole and S-pole portions of the first magnet in the first direction, and a center position of the second coil has a difference from a boundary position of the N-pole and S-pole portions of the second magnet in the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,414,619

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus, comprising:a printing unit that prints an image based on an image of an original, on a sheet;
a discharge unit that discharges the sheet on which an image is printed by the printing unit in a face-down manner in which a printed surface of the sheet is downward or in a face-up manner in which the printed surface of the sheet is upward;
a tray that stacks a plurality of sheets discharged by the discharge unit as a sheet bundle;
a first binding unit that is able to move to a plurality of positions and performs a first binding process using a staple at any one of two corner positions of a trailing edge side, in a conveyance direction of the sheets, of the sheet bundle stacked on the tray;
a second binding unit that performs a second binding process without a staple at a single corner position of the trailing edge side, in the conveyance direction of the sheets, of the sheet bundle stacked on the tray;
a first selector configured to select one of the first binding process and the second binding process as a binding process to be performed;
a second selector configured to select a corner position of the sheet bundle on which the first or second binding process is to be performed, the corner position including a first corner position and a second corner position that is not diagonally opposite to the first corner position; and
a controller that,
(i) in a case that an orientation of the sheet is the same as an orientation of the original and the first binding process is selected but the second binding process is not selected by the first selector, determines to discharge the plurality of sheets to be discharged on the tray regardless of whether the second selector selects the first corner position of the sheet bundle or the second corner position of the sheet bundle, and controls the discharge unit to discharge the plurality of sheets in the face-down manner, and
(ii) in a case that an orientation of the sheet is the same as an orientation of the original and the second binding process is selected but the first binding process is not selected by the first selector, determines to discharge the plurality of sheets on the tray in the face-down manner or in the face-up manner based on whether the second selector selects the first corner position of the sheet bundle or the second corner position of the sheet bundle, and controls the discharge unit to discharge the plurality of sheets in accordance with a determined result.

US Pat. No. 10,416,421

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens, comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:a first lens unit having a positive refractive power;
a second lens unit having a negative refractive power;
an intermediate lens unit including at least one lens unit;
an (N?1)-th lens unit having a positive refractive power; and
an N-th lens unit having a negative refractive power,
the first lens unit, the second lens unit, the intermediate lens unit, the (N?1)-th lens unit, and the N-th lens unit having an interval between each pair of adjacent lens units, which is changed during zooming,
wherein the (N?1)-th lens unit is configured to move for focusing,
wherein the (N?1)-th lens unit consists of a single lens element, and
wherein the zoom lens satisfies the following conditional expressions:
0.4<(fN/fLM)×(fN/f(N?1))<1.1; and
0.759

US Pat. No. 10,416,934

CONTROL DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING AN IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control device for controlling an image forming system having an image forming apparatus configured to form images on sheets based on a plurality of image forming jobs and a plurality of stacking trays on which the sheets are to be stacked, the control device comprising:a storage to store sheet stacking information indicating a stacking amount of sheets stacked on the plurality of stacking trays;
a generator configured to generate sheet bundle images for displaying the sheets stacked on the plurality of stacking trays based on the sheet stacking information stored in the storage; and
a controller configured to display, on a display, the sheet bundle images together with a system configuration image indicating a configuration of the system, wherein the controller is configured to:
filter, from the plurality of image forming jobs, image forming jobs for which sheets are not taken out from the plurality of stacking trays,
display a list of the filtered image forming on the display,
receive identification information for identifying an image forming job selected from the list by an operator, and
display one of the sheet bundle images corresponding to the selected image forming job, in a distinguished manner from other of the sheet bundle images corresponding to the filtered image forming jobs.

US Pat. No. 10,416,937

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a storage configured to store a plurality of device control applications that cause the image forming apparatus to execute a job, wherein each of the plurality of device control applications includes screen information relating to a user interface to be displayed on a display;
a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions to:
control the storage to store an image processing plug-in application that is a plug-in application for extending two or more of the device control applications,
wherein the image processing plug-in application includes screen information relating to the user interface to be displayed on the display, the screen information regarding an image processing function to be extended by the image processing plug-in application, and
wherein the storage is configured to store correspondence information specifying a device control application capable of using the image processing plug-in application, from among the plurality of device control applications;
detect startup of a device control application;
identify, based on the correspondence information, an image processing plug-in application which the detected device control application is able to extend; and
generate a display screen based on screen information of the identified image processing plug-in application and screen information of the device control application.

US Pat. No. 10,418,222

TRANSMISSION TYPE TARGET, RADIATION GENERATING TUBE INCLUDING THE SAME, RADIATION GENERATING APPARATUS, AND RADIOGRAPHY SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for producing a transmission type target, the method comprising:a target layer formation step of forming a target layer configured to generate an X-ray upon irradiation with electrons; and
a sp2 bond formation step of forming a carbon-containing region comprising sp2 bonds in a diamond substrate, wherein the carbon-containing region is formed from a part of diamond in the diamond substrate, wherein the carbon-containing region is between the target layer and regions of the diamond substrate that are not the carbon-containing region,
wherein the target layer formation step includes a step of forming a metal layer on one surface of the diamond substrate, the metal layer comprising a target metal, and
the sp2 bond formation step includes a heating step of heating at least the diamond substrate so as to convert at least some of sp3 bonds contained in the surface of the diamond substrate into sp2 bonds, and
wherein the heating step is performed before the step of forming a metal layer.

US Pat. No. 10,419,769

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a processor; and
a memory storing a program which, when executed by the processor, causes the image processing apparatus to:
compare a frame rate of a first moving image and a frame rate of a second moving image, wherein each moving image has temporal scalability;
convert a temporal hierarchical structure of the second moving image in accordance with the comparison result,
wherein when the frame rate of the first moving image is higher than the frame rate of the second moving image, the temporal hierarchical structure of the second moving image is converted by copying and inserting a picture included in a first temporal layer of the second moving image into a second temporal layer of the second moving image, and when the frame rate of the first moving image is lower than the frame rate of the second moving image, the temporal hierarchical structure of the second moving image is converted by discarding a picture, of pictures belonging to temporal layers of the second moving image, which belongs to a temporal layer with a frame rate higher than the frame rate of the first moving image; and
combine the first moving image with the converted second moving image.

US Pat. No. 10,419,774

PALETTE MODE IN HEVC

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A video encoder for encoding a digital image into a video bitstream for a decoder, wherein the digital image is one of a sequence of digital images forming video data, said video encoder comprising:a palette generation unit configured to generate a palette having one or more palette entries associated to pixel values;
a determining unit configured to determine one or more values of indexes of a current block used for encoding one of a plurality of coding units of said digital image using said palette according to a palette coding mode, wherein each of the values of said indexes corresponds to a palette entry of said palette;
a processing unit configured to encode said indexes of the current block according to a given order of encoding using flags to be signalled in the bitstream, one or more of said flags indicating whether the value of a given index of the current block is (i) signalled in said bitstream or (ii) to be determined by copying the value of another index of the current block, and wherein
in a case where, according to the given order of encoding, a current index of the current block is to be encoded following a previous index of the current block and (i) a flag to be associated with the current index in the current block indicates that the value of the current index is signalled in said bitstream, and (ii) a flag to be associated with the previous index indicates that the value of the previous index is to be determined by copying the value of another index located above the previous index in the current block, the value of the current index is determined by excluding the value of an index located above the current index in the block; and
a processing unit configured to encode said digital image into said video bitstream using the determined value of the current index.

US Pat. No. 10,419,775

MOVING IMAGE ENCODING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, MOVING IMAGE ENCODING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A moving image encoding apparatus comprising:an encoding unit configured to perform predictive encoding for an encoding target image on a block basis;
a decoding unit configured to generate a decoded image by decoding the target image having undergone the predictive encoding;
a filter unit configured to apply deblocking filtering to the decoded image; and
an offset processing unit configured to perform an offset processing for the decoded image having undergone the deblocking filtering,
wherein the encoding unit performs the predictive encoding based on the decoded image having undergone the offset processing by the offset processing unit,
wherein the offset processing unit selects and executes a first offset processing for a low-frequency component image when an image of the block has a feature associated with the low-frequency component image in accordance with a feature of an image of a processing target block, and selects and executes a second offset processing for a high-frequency component image when an image of the block does not have a feature associated with the low-frequency component image,
wherein the apparatus further comprises:
(a) a counting unit configured to count a number of pixels, for each selected band of a plurality of bands, of the processing target block of the decoded image having undergone the deblocking filtering, whose pixel values belongs to the selected band, wherein the plurality of bands are obtained by dividing, into a plurality of portions, a range of values which pixel values are configured to take; and
(b) a decision unit configured to decide a starting band position of a predetermined number of consecutive bands of the plurality of bands, wherein the number of pixels included in the consecutive bands is the largest, and
wherein the offset processing unit selects the first offset processing when the number of pixels included in the predetermined number of bands from the decided starting band position is not less than a second threshold, and selects the second offset processing when the number of pixels included in the predetermined number of bands from the decided starting band position is less than the second threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,417,487

PATTERN RECOGNITION APPARATUS, PATTERN RECOGNITION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A pattern recognition apparatus comprising:one or more memories storing instructions;
one or more processors that, when executing the instructions, cause the apparatus to:
extract a feature amount of each of a plurality of base pixels included in an input image;
set an adjacent range for each of the plurality of base pixels with respect to each of a plurality of objects to be recognized based on respective characteristics for combinations of one of the plurality of objects to be recognized and the feature amount of the base pixel;
calculate, for each of the plurality of base pixels with respect to each of the plurality of objects to be recognized, a degree of matching between the feature amount of the base pixel and the feature amount of each of one or more pixels included in the adjacent range set for the base pixel;
calculate a weight for voting to each of the plurality of objects to be recognized from each of the plurality of base pixels based on the degree of matching between the feature amount of the base pixel and the feature amount of each of one or more pixels included in the adjacent range set for the base pixel; and
estimate each position of a plurality of objects to be recognized by voting to one or more of the plurality of objects to be recognized from each of the plurality of base pixels with a weight calculated for voting to each of the plurality of objects from each of the plurality of base pixels.

US Pat. No. 10,417,503

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:an object detection unit configured to detect an object in an image by using a first method which is a method using a subtraction process related to the image;
a human detection unit configured to detect a human in the image by using a second method different from the first method, the second method being a method using a feature amount or a pattern corresponding to the human;
a determination unit configured to determine whether an overlap ratio exceeds a predetermined threshold, the overlap ratio being based on an overlapping region where an object area and a human area overlap with each other, the object area corresponding to the object detected by the object detection unit, the human area corresponding to the human detected by the human detection unit;
a storing unit configured to store information indicating whether the object is the human; and
an updating unit configured to update, if the overlap ratio of the object exceeds the predetermined threshold, the information for the object stored by the storing unit to information indicating that the object is the human.

US Pat. No. 10,417,517

MEDICAL IMAGE CORRELATION APPARATUS, METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

16. An information processing method comprising:obtaining a target position included in a first image of an object imaged by a first apparatus;
estimating, in a three-dimensional coordinate system, a position of a second image imaged by a second apparatus different from the first apparatus that corresponds to the target position, wherein the second image is a tomographic image;
determining whether or not a second image and a three-dimensional existence region cross each other in the three-dimensional coordinate system, wherein the three-dimensional existence region is obtained by adding a predetermined circumference range to the position corresponding to the target position, wherein the three-dimensional existence region is a region where the corresponding position corresponding to the target position may exist; and
displaying on a display unit information indicating the three-dimensional existence region over the second image when it is determined that the second image and the three-dimensional existence region cross each other, and displaying on the display unit information indicating a three-dimensional position of the target position when it is determined that the second image and the three-dimensional existence region do not cross each other.

US Pat. No. 10,414,191

POST PROCESS CONTROL APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, SHEET PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a first receiving unit that receives an instruction for instructing to start an image forming job that designates plural copies;
a second receiving unit configured to receive image data of a plurality of pages;
an image forming unit that forms an image on a sheet based on the image forming job;
a folding processor that performs a folding processing on sheets conveyed from the image forming unit; and
a controller that obtains a number of sheets per one copy to be formed by the image forming unit based on a number of the plurality of pages of the image data,
wherein, in a case that the number of sheets per one copy is equal to or more than two, the controller controls the folding processor to fold separately each copy of sheets of the sheets formed by the image forming job, and
in a case that the number of sheets per one copy is one, the controller controls the folding processor to collectively fold the plural copies of sheets of the sheets formed by the image forming job.

US Pat. No. 10,418,049

AUDIO PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An audio processing apparatus, comprising:a driving unit;
a first microphone whose main acquisition target is sound from outside of the apparatus;
a second microphone whose main acquisition target is driving noise from the driving unit, compared with the first microphone; and
a noise removing unit configured to generate two-channel audio data in which driving noise made by the driving unit has been reduced, based on a difference between time-series audio data acquired by the first microphone and time-series audio data acquired by the second microphone,
wherein the noise removing unit includes:
a determination unit configured to determine whether or not the driving noise occurred based on the difference between time-series audio data acquired by the first microphone and time-series audio data acquired by the second microphone,
a correlation processing unit configured to obtain a correlation value between phases of time-series audio data acquired by the first microphone and time-series audio data acquired by the second microphone in a case where the determination unit determines that the driving noise occurred,
a generation unit configured to generate time-series audio data for which an error of an incident angle of sound from the outside to the first microphone and the second microphone was determined to exceed a preset threshold, out of time-series audio data acquired by the first microphone and time-series audio data acquired by the second microphone, based on the correlation value,
a first adaptive filter configured to receive inputs of time-series audio data acquired by the first microphone and time-series audio data corresponding to the first microphone and generated by the generation unit, perform adaptive filter processing, and generate audio data of one channel of stereo, and
a second adaptive filter configured to receive inputs of time-series audio data acquired by the second microphone and time-series audio data corresponding to the second microphone and generated by the generation unit, perform adaptive filter processing, and generate audio data of the other channel of stereo.

US Pat. No. 10,417,538

PRINTING APPARATUS THAT DISPLAYS SHEET INFORMATION, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus that comprises a sheet holding unit, comprising:a size detecting sensor that detects a sheet size of the sheet stored in the sheet holding unit;
a memory that stores a database of pre-settings including at least first sheet information and second sheet information, wherein the first sheet information includes a first parameter for indicating a sheet size and a second parameter for indicating a sheet attribute other than the sheet size, and the second sheet information includes a third parameter that indicates that a user has not set any sheet sizes and the second parameter for indicating the sheet attribute other than the sheet size;
a display that displays a user interface that receives a user instruction for selecting sheet information from the first sheet information and the second sheet information stored in the memory, wherein the first sheet information and the second sheet information are stored in the memory before the user interface receives the user instruction, and the display displays the first sheet information and the second sheet information included in the database of the pre-settings stored in the memory to indicate distinguishably that the first sheet information includes a parameter of a sheet size and the second sheet information does not include any parameters of sheet sizes;
a processor that sets a sheet size and the sheet attribute to the sheet holding unit based on the sheet information selected by the user instruction received via the user interface;
wherein the display that displays the sheet size set to the sheet holding unit by the processor; and
a printer that prints an image on a sheet conveyed from the sheet holding unit based on the sheet attribute set to the sheet holding unit by the processor,
wherein the processor, (i) in a case where the sheet information selected by the user instruction includes the first parameter for indicating the sheet size, causes the display to display the sheet size indicated by the first parameter as the sheet size corresponding to the sheet holding unit, and (ii) in a case where the sheet information selected by the user instruction includes the third parameter indicating that the user has not set any sheet sizes, causes the display to display the sheet size detected by the size detecting sensor as the sheet size corresponding to the sheet holding unit.

US Pat. No. 10,413,192

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An object information acquiring apparatus comprising:at least one CPU; and
memory,
wherein said at least one CPU and said memory cooperate to function as:
a processing unit configured to generate a DICOM image representing characteristic information on an object based on an acoustic wave generated from the object which has received irradiation light;
a data generating unit configured to generate, in a DICOM data format, a recording data by storing information of the irradiation light in a tag and attaching the tag to the DICOM image representing the characteristic information and configured to transmit the recording data to a data recording unit configured to record the recording data.

US Pat. No. 10,413,193

PHOTOACOUSTIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoacoustic apparatus comprising:a light source configured to irradiate an inspection target with pulsed light;
a detector having a plurality of transducer elements configured to output a plurality of analog signals by detecting an acoustic wave generated due to irradiating the inspection target with the pulsed light;
a light-quantity measurement unit configured to measure a quantity of the pulsed light output from the light source, before the inspection target is irradiated with the pulsed light;
an A/D (analog-to-digital) converter configured to convert the plurality of analog signals output from the plurality of transducer elements into a plurality of digital signals; and
a signal processing unit configured to:
obtain image reconstruction data in a three-dimensional space by performing image reconstruction based on the plurality of digital signals,
obtain a light intensity distribution of the pulsed light in the three-dimensional space by performing a light propagation simulation based on an in-plane light intensity distribution of the pulsed light, an attenuation inside the inspection target of the pulsed light, and the quantity of the pulsed light measured by the light-quantity measurement unit, and
obtain information on an inside of the inspection target in the three-dimensional space by correcting the image reconstruction data in the three-dimensional space based on the light intensity distribution of the pulse light in the three-dimensional space.

US Pat. No. 10,417,551

WIRELESSLY COMMUNICABLE SEPARABLE SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A separable system, comprising:a first unit configured to include an antenna that transmits a signal and a memory that stores identification information; and
a second unit configured to include an antenna that transmits a signal and a memory that stores identification information,
wherein, upon receipt of an externally generated electromagnetic wave in a state where the first unit and the second unit are connected, a first signal including the identification information stored in the memory of either the first unit or the second unit is transmitted from the antenna of the respective first unit or the second unit via wireless communication, and
wherein, in a case where a first system including the first unit and a second system including the second unit are separated by an external factor acting on the separable system, upon receipt of an externally generated electromagnetic wave in at least either the first system or the second system after the separation, a second signal different from the first signal, including the identification information stored in the memory of the first unit or the second unit included in the first system or the second system respectively, is transmitted from the antenna of the respective first unit or the second unit respectively included in the first system or the second system via wireless communication,
wherein either the first unit or the second unit includes a device for outputting a signal including the identification information stored in the memory of the first unit or the second unit via contact-type communication with an external apparatus without the receipt of the externally generated electromagnetic wave,
wherein, in a case where the contact-type communication with the external apparatus occurs after separation of the separable system, the device outputs to the external apparatus the second signal including the identification information stored in the memory of the first unit or the second unit including the device, and
wherein, in a case where the contact-type communication with the external apparatus occurs before separation of the separable system, the device does not output a signal to the external apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,416,540

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS, IMAGE PROJECTION SYSTEM, AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus that displays a single image by causing a plurality of projection images projected in a projection target region by a plurality of projection devices arranged in different positions to overlap each other by a predetermined overlap width, the display control apparatus comprising:a setting unit configured to set a target overlap width with respect to an overlap region, in which at least two of adjacent projection images of the plurality of projection images overlap each other;
an image obtaining unit configured to obtain a captured image obtained by capturing the plurality of projection images projected in the projection target region;
a calculation unit configured to calculate the overlap width of the overlap region of the at least two adjacent projection images on the basis of the captured image; and
an indicator generation unit configured to generate, on the basis of the overlap width, an adjustment indicator that guides a positional adjustment of the projection image such that the at least two adjacent projection images overlap each other by the target overlap width.

US Pat. No. 10,416,551

IMPRINTING APPARATUS, IMPRINTING METHOD, AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprinting apparatus for contacting an imprint material on a substrate with a mold, and forming a pattern of the imprint material on the substrate, the imprinting apparatus comprising:a detector comprising:
a light source configured to irradiate the substrate with light,
an image pickup device configured to optically detect reflected light from the substrate to detect a contact state of the imprint material on the substrate, and
a switching mechanism to switch a detection condition while forming a pattern on the imprint material on the substrate by using the mold; based on the contact state of the imprint material on the substrate and the mold.

US Pat. No. 10,416,552

IMPRINTING METHOD AND IMPRINTING APPARATUS, SAMPLE SHOT EXTRACTION METHOD, AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD USING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A generating device that is available to an imprinting apparatus for forming a resin pattern on each of a plurality of shots arranged on a substrate using a mold and generates an application distribution of an uncured resin for a target shot of the plurality of shots, the device comprising:a giving unit configured to give a feature corresponding to a volatility of the uncured resin to each of a plurality of regions into which each of the plurality of shots is divided, based on layout information of the plurality of shots;
an extracting unit configured to extract a combination of sample shots out of the plurality of shots, such that the combination of sample shots includes all of the given features given by the giving unit to the target shot and each of the combination of sample shots is different from the target shot of the plurality of the shots; and
a generating unit configured to generate first information about the application distribution of the uncured resin on each of the extracted plurality of sample shots extracted by the extracting unit, and then generate second information about application distribution of the uncured resin on the target shot based on the generated first information.

US Pat. No. 10,416,814

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS TO DISPLAY AN IMAGE ON A FLAT SURFACE, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus configured to display an image on a flat surface, the information processing apparatus comprising:a memory storing instructions; and
at least one processor acting as the following units according to the stored instructions:
a first acquisition unit configured to acquire range information about a distance from an image capturing unit to each of a plurality of points on the flat surface;
a second acquisition unit configured to acquire an amount of change in the range information with respect to each of the plurality of points on the flat surface using range information acquired by the first acquisition unit at a first time and range information acquired by the first acquisition unit after a predetermined time elapses since the range information is acquired at the first time; and
a reception unit configured to receive a user input to a screen displayed on the flat surface, wherein the reception unit does not receive a user input to a screen displayed on the flat surface in accordance with a predetermined condition about the amount of change acquired by the second acquisition unit in a predetermined region of the flat surface.

US Pat. No. 10,417,337

DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR RESOLVING NAMED ENTITIES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method to be performed by an information processing apparatus to select a token from a document to describe a field of interest in the document, the method comprising:obtaining a list of tokens output from a plurality of extractors that received the document as an input, wherein each output token has an extractor score assigned by an extractor of the plurality of extractors;
determining, as a word frequency value, a frequency of each word in the list of tokens, a token score for each token in the list of tokens, and a distance between each token in the list of tokens;
clustering each token in the list of tokens into a plurality of groups;
determining a cluster score of each group, wherein the cluster score of a group is determined by dividing a token score for a first token in the group by one plus a distance between the first token and a center token of the group; and
selecting, based on the determined cluster score of each group, a token with a group of the plurality of groups to describe the field of interest in the document.

US Pat. No. 10,416,576

OPTICAL SYSTEM FOR USE IN STAGE CONTROL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imprint lithography system comprising:a template chuck or holder configured to hold a template comprising alignment indicia;
a substrate chuck or holder configured to hold a substrate comprising alignment indicia;
an illuminator configured to illuminate the template and the substrate;
an optical lens array to optically compress each moiré fringe strip of a moiré image comprising moiré fringe strips, the moiré image resulting from an interaction of light between the alignment indicia of the template and the alignment indicia of the substrate; and
an acquisition device that includes one or more line scan cameras that are configured to process the compressed moiré image to determine a misalignment between the template and the substrate, wherein the one or more line scan cameras include a trilinear line scan camera, each line of the trilinear line scan camera is associated with a particular moiré fringe strip of the moiréfringe strips, and the compression of the moiré image is based on a pixel height of the acquisition device.

US Pat. No. 10,416,320

RADIOGRAPHIC IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiographic imaging apparatus comprising:a radiation detector configured to detect radiation transmitted through an object to be examined and convert the radiation into an electrical signal; and
a housing configured to envelop the radiation detector, wherein the housing provides an incident plane configured to be irradiated with radiation, a back plane opposite to the incident plane, and a side plane connecting the incident plane and the back plane,
wherein an opening is disposed in the back plane, and a detachable cover member is attached to the opening and stationarily secured to the housing when attached,
wherein a sealing member is disposed inside the cover member to seal the opening, and
wherein the sealing member is a valve, which is configured to allow passage of air in a predetermined direction.

US Pat. No. 10,416,323

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS, RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF OPERATING RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising:a pixel array having a plurality of pixels arrayed to form a plurality of rows and a plurality of columns;
a scanning circuit configured to scan the plurality of rows of the pixel array in accordance with a selected mode of a plurality of modes including a first mode of capturing at a first frame rate a plurality of radiation images formed on the pixel array by irradiated radiation, and a second mode of capturing at a second frame rate a plurality of radiation images formed on the pixel array by irradiated radiation; and
a readout circuit configured to read out signals from pixels on a selected row in scanning by the scanning circuit, wherein
the second frame rate is lower than the first frame rate, and
the number of times of scanning on the plurality of rows by the scanning circuit in one frame period for capturing one radiation image formed on the pixel array by irradiated radiation in the second mode is larger than the number of times of scanning on the plurality of rows by the scanning circuit in one frame period for capturing one radiation image formed on the pixel array by irradiated radiation in the first mode, such that a difference in the number of times of scanning by the scanning circuit per unit time between the first mode and the second mode is reduced.

US Pat. No. 10,405,819

IMAGING CONTROL APPARATUS, IMAGING CONTROL SYSTEM, AND IMAGING CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging control apparatus comprising:at least one processor; and
at least one memory storing instructions that, when executed by the at least one processor, cause the imaging control apparatus to perform operations including:
acquiring a notification relating to an examination order, wherein the notification is sent in a case where the examination order has been registered in an external apparatus, wherein the notification includes information for specifying the examination order;
in a case where the examination is not in progress, acquiring the examination order corresponding to the notification from the external apparatus;
in response to acquisition of the examination order registered in the external apparatus, causing a display unit to display a screen for carrying out an examination relating to the examination order; and
in a case where the examination is in progress, restricting acquisition of the examination order registered in the external apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,408,909

MEDICAL APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A medical apparatus comprising:a motion mechanism;
an actuator device configured to drive the motion mechanism;
a data storage unit in which data on magnetic susceptibility of the actuator device is stored;
a calculator device that calculates information on an influence which the actuator device exerts upon an external magnetic field in which the medical apparatus operates, using the magnetic susceptibility; and
at least one position detecting unit configured to detect a position of the actuator device, wherein the calculator device uses, in the calculation to obtain the information on the influence, the position information output from the position detecting unit;
wherein the calculator device is further configured to transmit the information to an external device, and
wherein the external device is an MRI apparatus, and further wherein the information is compensation information used for generating an image in the MRI apparatus such that the influence in the image is decreased.

US Pat. No. 10,412,244

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus which is connected to an image processing apparatus that transfers, to a request source, image data and accompanying information related to a function executed by the image processing apparatus, the information processing apparatus comprising a processor and a memory,wherein the memory stores a program, and the processor executes the program and functions as
an obtaining unit configured to obtain first image data and the accompanying information from the image processing apparatus via a standard driver, wherein the accompanying information indicates whether or not a non-standard function which is not supported by the standard driver is executed by the image processing apparatus, and
a user interface unit configured to provide a user interface, based on the accompanying information,
wherein the user interface includes a selection portion for selecting by a user a function to be executed by the information processing apparatus on second image data obtained from the image processing apparatus, and
in a case where the accompanying information indicates that the non-standard function which is not supported by the standard driver is executed by the image processing apparatus, the user interface unit provides a user interface in which a selection in the selection portion of the non-standard function which is not supported by the standard driver executed by the image processing apparatus is inhibited.

US Pat. No. 10,412,245

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING LIGHT-TRANSMITTING MEMBER, LIGHT-TRANSMITTING MEMBER AND IMAGE READING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a light-transmitting member for an image reading apparatus configured to read an image on a conveyed original, the method comprising:disposing a plurality of substrates each having a first light-transmitting surface and a second light-transmitting surface opposed to each other so that a part of the first light-transmitting surface of one of two adjacent substrates is in contact with a part of the second light-transmitting surface of another of the two adjacent substrates; and
providing coating on the first light-transmitting surface of each of the plurality of substrates.

US Pat. No. 10,412,249

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming system comprising:a printer device, having a predetermined part, configured to execute one or more image forming processes of forming an image on a sheet, the printer device being operable in a plurality of operating modes including a first operating mode in which a first number of the image forming processes can be executed within a predetermined time period and a second operating mode in which a second number of the image forming processes can be executed within the predetermined time period;
a storage configured to store information related to a frequency of the printer device, having the predetermined part, executing the image forming processes in the first operating mode; and
at least one controller configured to function as:
an output unit configured to output a first value as a value showing a replacement timing of the predetermined part in a case where the information is stored in the storage and the first operating mode is set as one of the operating modes of the printer device, and to output a second value as a value showing a replacement timing of the predetermined part in a case where the information is stored in the storage and the second operating mode is set as one of the operating modes of the printer device.

US Pat. No. 10,411,229

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS HAVING LOCK MECHANISM FOR LOCKING BATTERY ACCOMMODATED IN BATTERY COMPARTMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:a compartment member configured to have a compartment formed therein for removably accommodating an article-to-be-accommodated;
a lid configured to be capable of opening and closing an insertion opening of the compartment;
a pivot shaft configured to pivotally support said lid;
a lock member configured to be brought into engagement with the article-to-be-accommodated accommodated in the compartment to thereby lock the article-to-be-accommodated, said lock member being provided such that said lock member is capable of moving along an axis of said pivot shaft between a first position for being brought into engagement with the article-to-be-accommodated and a second position for releasing the engagement;
an urging member configured to urge said lid in an opening direction;
a pivotal motion-causing unit configured to cause the lock member to pivotally move about said pivot shaft, when said lock member is moved from the first position to the second position; and
a restriction unit configured to restrict pivotal motion of said lock member about said pivot shaft when said lock member is positioned in the first position, and permit the pivotal motion of said lock member about said pivot shaft when said lock member is positioned in the second position,
wherein said urging member is disposed coaxially with said pivot shaft and urges said lock member toward the first position by a first urging force, and
wherein the lock member is positioned in the second position by said lock member moving along the axis of said pivot shaft in a direction opposite to that of the first urging force.

US Pat. No. 10,412,253

LINE SENSOR, IMAGE READING DEVICE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A line sensor comprising:a first light-receiving-element row, a second light-receiving-element row and a third light-receiving-element row each including a plurality of light receiving elements that are disposed in a first direction, the first light-receiving-element row, the second light-receiving-element row, and the third light-receiving-element row being disposed at a predetermined interval in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction;
a first plurality of transmitting portions each corresponding to a different one of the plurality of light receiving elements disposed in the first light-receiving-element row,
a second plurality of transmitting portions each corresponding to a different one of the plurality of light receiving elements disposed in the second light-receiving-element row,
a third plurality of transmitting portions each corresponding to a different one of the plurality of light receiving elements disposed in the third light-receiving-element row.
wherein each of the first plurality of transmitting portions, the second plurality of transmitting portions and the third plurality of transmitting portions, includes a first transmitting portion transmitting light having a first wavelength, a second transmitting portion transmitting light having a second wavelength different from the first wavelength, and a third transmitting portion transmitting light having a third wavelength different from both the first wavelength and the second wavelength,
a first plurality of condensing portions each corresponding to a different one of the plurality of light receiving elements disposed in the first light-receiving-element row,
a second plurality of condensing portions each corresponding to a different one of the plurality of light receiving elements disposed in the second light-receiving-element row,
a third plurality of condensing portions each corresponding to a different one of the plurality of light receiving elements disposed in the third light-receiving-element row,
wherein each of the first light-receiving-element row, the second light-receiving-element row and the third light-receiving-element row includes a light receiving element corresponding to the first transmitting portion, a light receiving element corresponding to the second transmitting portion disposed adjacent to the first transmitting portion in the first direction, and a light receiving element corresponding to the third transmitting portion disposed adjacent to the second transmitting portion in the first direction,
wherein in the first light-receiving-element row, a distance, in the first direction between a center of the first light-receiving-element row and a center of a first light receiving element disposed on a first position in the first direction is longer than a distance, in the first direction, between the center of the first light-receiving-element row and a center of a transmitting portion corresponding to the first light receiving element,
a distance, in the first direction, between the center of the first light-receiving-element row and a center of a second light receiving element adjacent to the first light receiving element is longer than a distance in the first direction, between the center of the first light-receiving-element row and a center of a transmitting portion corresponding to the second light receiving element,
a distance, in the first direction, between the center of the first light-receiving-element row and the first position is longer than a distance, in the first direction, between the center of the first light-receiving-element row and a second position where the second light receiving element is disposed,
a distance, in the first direction, between the center of the first light receiving element and the center of the transmitting portion corresponding to the first light receiving element is longer than a distance, in the first direction, between the center of the second light receiving element and the center of the transmitting portion corresponding to the second light receiving element,
wherein a condensing portion corresponding to the first light receiving element is disposed opposite to the first light receiving element with respect to a transmitting portion corresponding to the first light receiving element in a third direction orthogonal to both the first direction and the second direction, and
wherein the distance, in the first direction, between the center of the first light-receiving-element row and the center of the first light receiving element is longer than a distance, in the first direction, between the center of the first light-receiving-element row and a center of the condensing portion corresponding to the first light receiving element,
the distance, in the first direction, between the center of the first light-receiving-element row and the center of the second light receiving element is longer than a distance, in the first direction, between the center of the first light-receiving-element row and a center of a condensing portion corresponding to the second light receiving element,
a distance, in the first direction, between the center of the first light receiving element and the center of the condensing portion corresponding to the first light receiving element is longer than a distance, in the first direction, between the center of the second light receiving element and the center of the condensing portion corresponding to the second light receiving element, and
wherein a distance, in the first direction, between the center of the first light-receiving-element row and an end portion of the first light receiving element positioned opposite to a center side of the first light receiving element row in the first direction, is longer than a distance, in the first direction, between the center of the first light-receiving-element row and an end portion of the transmitting portion corresponding to the first light-receiving element positioned opposite to the center side in the first direction,
a distance, in the first direction, between the center of the first light-receiving-element row and an end portion of the second light receiving element positioned opposite to the center side in the first direction, is longer than a distance, in the first direction, between the center of the first light-receiving-element row and an end portion of the transmitting portion corresponding to the second light receiving element positioned opposite to the center side in the first direction,
wherein the first light-receiving-row includes a vertical wire extending in the second direction, disposed between the center of the first light receiving element and the center of the second light receiving element in the first direction, and includes a horizontal wire [wires] extending in the first direction, the vertical wire and the horizontal wire being disposed between the transmitting portion corresponding to the first light receiving element and the first light receiving element in the third direction, and
wherein a transmitting portion corresponding to a light receiving element disposed on a third position in the first direction with respect to the first light-receiving-element row, a transmitting portion corresponding to a light receiving element disposed on the third position with respect to the second light-receiving-element row, and a transmitting portion corresponding to a light receiving element disposed on the third position with respect to the third light-receiving-element row, are transmitting portions each of which transmits different light with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,412,257

IMAGE READING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image reading apparatus comprising:a conveyor which conveys an original in a first direction;
a light transmitting member which is provided with coating in a first region of a surface facing the original;
a reading unit which reads an image at a reading position of the original through the light transmitting member; and
a controller which performs processing on the image and which changes the reading position by moving the reading unit when abnormality is detected in the processing, wherein
the coating includes a silicon-containing perfluoropolyether compound, an electrically-conductive member is provided in a second region located on the surface, upstream of the first region in a conveyance direction of the original, and the following conditional expression is satisfied:
0.46??(?max+?min)?0.50
where ? is a contact angle of the coating at a position corresponding to the reading position in the first region, and ?max and ?min are a maximum value and a minimum value of the contact angle of the coating in the first region, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,412,258

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a sheet support portion configured to support a sheet;
an image forming portion configured to form an image on the sheet fed from the sheet support portion;
a display configured to display a type setting screen on which a sheet type corresponding to the sheet support portion can be set;
a storage portion configured to store information concerning the sheet type corresponding to the sheet support portion; and
a processor configured to execute one of a plurality of modes including a first mode and a second mode in a case where an image forming job is inputted, and configured to execute one of a plurality of modes including a third mode and a fourth mode, the first mode being a mode where the processor controls the image forming portion to form an image on the sheet only if a sheet type included in the image forming job is consistent with the sheet type stored in the storage portion, the second mode being a mode where the processor is capable of controlling the image forming portion to form the image on the sheet even if the sheet type included in the image forming job is inconsistent with the sheet type stored in the storage portion, the third mode being a mode where the processor displays the type setting screen on the display at a time when the sheet is supported on the sheet support portion, and the fourth mode being a mode where the processor does not display the type setting screen on the display even if the sheet is supported on the sheet support portion,
wherein the processor controls, in a condition in which the processor is set in the third mode, the display so as not to display the type setting screen at the time the sheet is supported on the sheet support portion in the second mode.
US Pat. No. 10,409,188

MAGNETIC CARRIER, TWO-COMPONENT DEVELOPER, REPLENISHING DEVELOPER, AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A magnetic carrier, comprising:a magnetic carrier particle having a magnetic body-dispersed resin carrier core material and a resin coating layer formed on the magnetic body-dispersed resin carrier core material,
the magnetic body-dispersed resin carrier core material includes magnetic particles A and magnetic particles B, magnetic particles A each including an iron oxide and an oxide of at least one nonferrous metal element selected from the group consisting of manganese, aluminum, magnesium, titanium and nickel, wherein
ra?rb where ra (?m) is a number average particle diameter of primary particles of magnetic particles A and rb (?m) is a number average particle diameter of primary particles of magnetic particles B,
M1/F1 is 0.010 to 0.100 where M1 (% by mass) represents a total content of the nonferrous metal element and F1 (% by mass) represents a content of an iron element in measurements of the magnetic body-dispersed resin carrier core material by a fluorescent X-ray diffraction method, and
M2/F2 is 1.0 to 10.0 where M2 (% by mass) represents a total content of the nonferrous metal element and F2 (% by mass) represents a content of an iron element in measurements of the magnetic carrier particle by an X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy method.

US Pat. No. 10,412,261

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF PERFORMING PRINT RECOVERY PROCESSING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a feeder configured to feed sheets;
a printer configured to form images;
a memory configured to store instructions; and
a processor configured to execute the instructions to:
receive print data and settings of a print job which are associated with the print data:
control the printer to form an image on a sheet fed from the feeder based on the received print data; and
determine whether the settings of the print job include a setting of not performing print recovery processing after sheet jam elimination,
wherein, in a case where it is determined that the settings of the print job include the setting of not performing print recovery processing after sheet jam elimination, the processor is further configured to execute the instructions to cancel the print job in response to the sheet jam being resolved after the sheet jam has occurred in the printer, record cancellation of the print job in the memory as an execution result of the print job, and perform notification of information to input the print job again, and
wherein, in a case where it is determined that the settings of the print job do not include the setting of not performing print recovery processing after sheet jam elimination, the processor is further configured to execute the instructions to resume the print job after sheet jam elimination and record completion of printing in the memory as an execution result of the print job.

US Pat. No. 10,408,934

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An object information acquiring apparatus comprising:a light source which generates light;
a plurality of conversion elements, each receiving an acoustic wave generated when an object is irradiated with the light and outputting an electrical signal;
a supporter which supports the plurality of conversion elements; and
an imager including a plurality of optical cameras, which is arranged on the supporter and which acquires an optical image of the object,
wherein the supporter has a hemisphere shape and supports the plurality of conversion elements along a plurality of spiral arrays on the hemisphere shape,
wherein the plurality of optical cameras is arranged at a region other than the plurality of spiral arrays on the hemisphere shape, and
wherein the plurality of optical cameras is arranged at a diagonal position with respect to a pole of the hemisphere shape.

US Pat. No. 10,412,265

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT DISPLAYS A PROMPT TO MOVE THE APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus having an image capturing unit for capturing an image, comprising:a first acquisition unit configured to acquire first image data by the image capturing unit capturing the image under a first image capturing condition; and
a second acquisition unit configured to acquire first additional information from the first image data;
a display control unit configured to cause a display unit of the information processing apparatus to display information that prompts a user to move the information processing apparatus based on second additional information cannot being acquired after the first additional information is acquired,
wherein the second acquisition unit acquires the second additional information embedded in the image from the second image data captured under a second image capturing condition different than the first image capturing condition after the information that prompts the user to move the information processing apparatus is displayed,
wherein output processing corresponding to the first and second additional information is performed in the information processing apparatus, and
wherein the first acquisition unit, the second acquisition unit and the display control unit are implemented by at least one processor.

US Pat. No. 10,412,266

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus with which an external terminal can communicate, the apparatus comprising:a wireless communicator configured to receive, wirelessly, a connection request from the external terminal that requests the image processing apparatus to connect with the external terminal wirelessly;
a display;
a processor; and
a memory configured to store a program that causes the processor to:
set identification numbers of a predetermined number of digits corresponding to any one of at least a first setting that uses identification numbers which is registered in the image processing apparatus as the identification numbers to be set and a second setting that uses identification numbers which is obtained by a calculation by the image processing apparatus as the identification numbers to be set;
receive identification numbers same as the set identification numbers from the external terminal after the connection request is received from the external terminal; and
display, in a first case where the first setting has been selected, specific information different from the set identification numbers on each of the display of the image processing apparatus and a display of the external terminal, after receiving the identification numbers same as the set identification numbers from the external terminal, and not display, in a second case where the second setting has been selected, the specific information on each of the display of the image processing apparatus and the display of the external terminal, after receiving the identification numbers same as the set identification numbers from the external terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,411,761

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS CAPABLE OF COMMUNICATING WITH EXTERNAL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:a communication unit configured to communicate with an image capturing apparatus in a communication mode that requires pairing between the communication apparatus and the image capture apparatus;
a Tele button;
a Wide button; and
a control unit configured to, in a case where an operation on the Tele button is received, control the communication unit to transmit information for driving a lens of the image capturing apparatus toward a telephoto side to the image capturing apparatus, and to, in a case where an operation on the Wide button is received, control the communication unit to transmit information for driving the lens of the image capturing apparatus toward a Wide side to the image capturing apparatus,
wherein in a case where both the Tele button and the Wide button are simultaneously operated, the control unit controls the communication unit to transmit data for performing pairing with the image capturing apparatus in response to receipt of data transmitted from the image capturing apparatus indicating the image capture apparatus is in a pairing mode, and
wherein the control unit controls the communication unit to transmit an operation request in a case where the image capturing apparatus is not in the pairing mode and pairing has been established between the communication apparatus and the image capturing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,411,762

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:an antenna that wirelessly receives power;
a power control unit that accumulates or supplies power received by the antenna;
a communication unit that communicates with a power supply apparatus via the antenna;
a switching unit that selectively activates one of a path from the antenna to the power control unit and a path from the antenna to the communication unit; and
a driving unit that drives the switching unit,
wherein the driving unit is connected to the antenna via a conversion element that converts an impedance,
wherein the driving unit includes:
a rectifier circuit connected to the conversion element; and
a voltage detection unit that detects a voltage value after rectification by the rectifier circuit,
wherein the driving unit conducts a second switch connected to an input of the power control unit in a case where the voltage detected by the voltage detection unit exceeds a second threshold larger than a first threshold, and the driving unit outputs a signal to conduct a first switch connected to an input of the communication unit in a case where the voltage detected by the voltage detection falls within a range from the first threshold to the second threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,410,995

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE HAVING AN INTEGRATED CIRCUIT CHIP, A FIRST MEMORY CHIP AND A SECOND MEMORY CHIP, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing device comprising:an integrated circuit chip arranged on a substrate to perform processing on image data;
a first memory chip arranged adjacent to the integrated circuit chip on the substrate and connected to the integrated circuit chip; and
a second memory chip stacked on the integrated circuit chip and connected to the integrated circuit chip,
wherein the integrated circuit chip switches, according to the processing on the image data, between operation modes including a first operation mode to operate the first memory chip and limit operation of the second memory chip, and a second operation mode to operate the first memory chip and the second memory chip.

US Pat. No. 10,409,206

FIXING DEVICE HAVING A POSITIONING PORTION THAT IS INSERTED INTO AN OPENING OF A SUPPORTING MEMBER TO PREVENT MOVEMENT OF A HEAT CONDUCTIVE MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device comprising:an elongated heat generating member extending in a longitudinal direction, and having a first region, and a second region provided in a position that is different from a position of the first region in the longitudinal direction;
an endless belt rotatable and in contact with said heat generating member;
an opposing member opposing said endless belt, and being configured to form a nip in cooperation with said endless belt so that a recording material, on which a toner image is formed, is nipped and fed in the nip;
a heat conductive member extending in the longitudinal direction within the first region in which a surface of said heat conductive member contacts said heat generating member;
a positioning portion provided at an end portion of said heat conductive member with respect to the longitudinal direction, so as to extend in a direction in which said positioning portion is spaced apart from said heat generating member;
a supporting member provided with a positioning portion opening at a position corresponding to the second region, and being configured to support said heat generating member via said heat conductive member; and
an electrical power shut-off member located in said positioning portion opening of said supporting member, and being configured to shut off electrical power supplied to said heat generating member,
wherein said positioning portion is configured to be inserted into said positioning portion opening of said supporting member to prevent movement of said heat conductive member.

US Pat. No. 10,409,213

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING REDUCED COMPONENT AND ASSEMBLING COST

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus arranged to form an image on a recording material, the image forming apparatus comprising:an object;
an electrically conductive member; and
an urging member provided between the object and the electrically conductive member, the urging member being arranged to urge towards the object and to electrically couple the electrically conductive member and the object to each other,
wherein the electrically conductive member does not have any insulating cover and is formed of a material having an elastic coefficient that is lower than that of the urging member.

US Pat. No. 10,409,215

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A DEVELOPING CARTRIDGE WITH MOUNTING INTERVAL REGULATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A drum cartridge including a photosensitive drum inside a body thereof and mountable to an image forming apparatus so as to form a predetermined gap between a toner carrying surface of a toner carrying member of a developing cartridge provided in the image forming apparatus and a toner carrying surface of said photosensitive drum configured to carry toner supplied from the toner carrying member, wherein said drum cartridge is insertable into and removable from the image forming apparatus in a rotational axis direction of said photosensitive drum in a state in which the developing cartridge is moved so that the toner carrying surface of the toner carrying member and the toner carrying surface of said photosensitive drum are spaced from each other by a spacing amount more than the predetermined gap, said drum cartridge comprising:a supporting member configured to support a supported portion of said photosensitive drum so that said photosensitive drum is rotatable; and
a holding portion provided in the body of said drum cartridge, configured to hold said supporting member in a state in which said supporting member inserts into a through hole,
wherein the through hole permits insertion of said supporting member from outside of the body of said drum cartridge to inside of the body toward said photosensitive drum in the rotational axis direction of said photosensitive drum, said holding portion including a first inner peripheral surface which is arcuate in shape about the rotational axis of said photosensitive drum and a groove shaped portion which is recessed outwardly in a radial direction of said photosensitive drum from said first inner peripheral surface,
said supporting member integrally includes an outer peripheral surface which is arcuate in shape and inserted to be held into said first inner peripheral surface from outside of the body of said drum cartridge to inside of the body, a second inner peripheral surface which rotatably supports said supported member of said photosensitive drum in a state in which said supported member is inserted, and a projected portion, which is inserted through said groove shaped portion from outside of the body of said drum cartridge to the inside of the body, projected outwardly from said outer peripheral surface in a radial direction of said photosensitive drum and contacting a contact surface of the toner carrying member so as to form the predetermined gap,
said groove shaped portion is provided at a position different, with respect to a circumferential direction of the rotation axis of said photosensitive drum, from a position of said projected portion relative to said holding portion in a state in which the predetermined gap is formed by said projected portion,
the first inner peripheral surface holds said outer peripheral surface of said supporting member in a state in which said projected portion is inside of the body of said drum cartridge,
wherein said supporting member supports one end portion of said supported portion of said photosensitive drum in a downstream side of a mounting direction when said photosensitive drum is mounted in the image forming apparatus,
wherein said drum cartridge further comprises an opposite end supporting member configured to support an opposite end supported portion of said photosensitive drum so that said photosensitive drum is rotatable, and an opposite end holding portion provided in the body of said drum cartridge configured to hold said opposite end supporting member in a state in which said opposite end supporting member inserts into an opposite end through hole,
wherein the opposite end through hole permits insertion of said opposite end supporting member from outside of the body of said drum cartridge to inside of the body toward said photosensitive drum in the rotational axis direction of said photosensitive drum, said opposite end holding portion including a third inner peripheral surface which is arcuate in shape about the rotational axis of said photosensitive drum, and an opposite end groove shaped portion which is recessed outwardly in a radial direction of said photosensitive drum more than said third inner peripheral surface,
said opposite end supporting member integrally includes an opposite end outer peripheral surface which is arcuate in shape and inserted to be held into said third inner peripheral surface from outside of the body of said drum cartridge to inside of the body, a fourth inner peripheral surface which rotatably supports said opposite end supported portion of said photosensitive drum in a state in which said opposite end supported member is inserted, and an opposite end projected portion, which is inserted into said opposite end groove shaped portion from outside of the body of said drum cartridge to inside of the body, projected outwardly from said outer peripheral surface in a radial direction of said photosensitive drum and contacting an opposite end contact surface of the toner carrying member so as to form the predetermined gap,
said opposite end groove shaped portion is provided at the same position, with respect to a circumferential direction of the rotation axis of said photosensitive drum, as said opposite end projected portion to said opposite end holding portion in a state in which the predetermined gap is formed by said opposite end projected portion, and
said third inner peripheral surface holds said opposite end outer peripheral surface of said opposite end supporting member in a state in which said opposite end projected portion is inside the body of said drum cartridge.

US Pat. No. 10,412,292

LENS CONTROL DEVICE, LENS CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A lens control device for performing limit control of limiting a drive range of a focus lens and performing control of the focus lens, comprising:an input member configured to receive designation, from a user, of at least one end position of a drive range of the focus lens in a predetermined mode in which the drive range of the focus lens is limited;
at least one processor programmed to perform operations of following units:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire first information regarding the end position in the predetermined mode designated via the input member; and
a control unit configured to control drive of the focus lens in the determined mode based on the first information,
wherein, when the end position in the predetermined mode is designated via the input member, the control unit drives the focus lens from the designated end position to an end position and the acquisition unit acquires information corresponding to a drive amount during the drive as the first information.

US Pat. No. 10,412,295

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:at least one processor or circuit configured to function as the following units:
a focus detection unit configured to detect a focus state of an imaging optical system;
a reliability determination unit configured to determine reliability of the focus detection; and
a control unit configured to control an opening of an aperture of the imaging optical system,
wherein the control unit,
if the reliability determination unit determines that reliability of the focus detection performed in a state in which the opening of the aperture is controlled to a first aperture opening state is less than a threshold value,
changes the aperture to a second aperture opening state in which the opening of the aperture is reduced relative to the first aperture opening state, and
wherein the control unit does not change the aperture to the second aperture opening state if a predetermined condition is satisfied.

US Pat. No. 10,412,044

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF IMPROVING CONVENIENCE FOR USERS IN CHANGE OF NAMES RELATING TO MANAGEMENT OF DESTINATION TABLES, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising,a storage device;
at least one memory storing instructions, and
at least one processor executing the instructions causing the information processing apparatus to:
manage, using the storage device, a user group including at least one user ID;
store, in the storage device, a group destination table associated with the user group and including at least one address;
receive, according to a user's instruction, a setting indicating whether or not execution of a change of a name of the group destination table based on a change of a name of the user group is valid;
prompt a user to select the user group;
receive a new name for the selected user group; and
set the new name as a name of the group destination table associated with the selected user group, only in a case where the received setting indicates that the execution of the change of the name of the group destination table based on the change of the name of the user group is valid.

US Pat. No. 10,412,301

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a first image processing circuit configured to perform image processing on image data output from an image sensor; and
a second image processing circuit configured to perform image processing on the image data output from the image sensor,
wherein
in a first processing mode for outputting a still image by performing the image processing on the image data output from the image sensor, the first image processing circuit and the second image processing circuit alternately performs the image processing on the image data output from the image sensor on a frame-by-frame basis, and
in the second processing mode for outputting a moving image by performing the image processing on the image data output from the image sensor, the first image processing circuit performs the image processing on a first portion of the image data of one frame, the second image processing circuit performs the image processing on a second portion of the one frame which is different from the first portion, and the processed portions of the image data are combined.

US Pat. No. 10,412,304

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS CAPABLE OF PERFORMING AUTOMATIC BOUNCE DRIVE CONTROL, IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM, AUTOMATIC IRRADIATION DIRECTION CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus that includes a lighting device capable of changing an irradiation direction of light from a light emission section or can have the lighting device attached thereto, and further includes various switches, the image pickup apparatus being configured to perform automatic bounce drive control for determining an irradiation direction of the light from the light emission section based on a result of ranging of a target object, and driving the light emission section in the determined irradiation direction,wherein in a case where a switch among the various switches included in the image pickup apparatus, which is unrelated to the automatic bounce drive control, has been operated during execution of the automatic bounce drive control, out of control related to an operation of the switch and the automatic bounce drive control, the automatic bounce drive control is preferentially executed,
wherein in a case where a switch among the various switches included in the image pickup apparatus, which is related to the automatic bounce drive control, has been operated during execution of the automatic bounce drive control, out of control related to an operation of the switch and the automatic bounce drive control, the control related to the operation of the switch is preferentially executed, and
wherein the switch unrelated to the automatic bounce drive control is a button or a dial switch.

US Pat. No. 10,412,566

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of controlling an information processing apparatus for writing tag data in an NFC (Near Field Communication) tag, the method comprising:receiving identification information of a printing apparatus from a user;
receiving, from the user, a setting related to an application to be started;
determining whether or not it is possible to connect to the printing apparatus using the received identification information;
generating the tag data that includes data corresponding to the received identification information and data corresponding to the received setting related to the start of the application; and
writing the generated tag data in the NFC tag with a short range wireless communication at least in accordance with a determination in the determining step that it is possible to connect to the printing apparatus using the received identification information.

US Pat. No. 10,412,317

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:a memory and at least one processor which function as:
a reception unit configured to, in an enlarged display state where a partial enlarged area in a captured image is displayed on a display unit, receive a movement instruction to perform a movement of the enlarged area as a display target of the display unit;
a switching unit configured to switch the enlarged display state to an entire display state where an entirety of the captured image is displayed;
a display control unit configured to perform control so that when the enlarged display state is switched to the entire display state, and in a case where a particular operation is performed in the enlarged display state, a display item regarding focus adjustment is displayed at a position which is determined according to the enlarged area after the movement of the enlarged area, and in a case where the particular operation is not performed in the enlarged display state, the display item regarding focus adjustment is displayed at a position unrelated to the movement of the enlarged area; and
a holding unit configured to, when the entire display state is switched to the enlarged display state, hold information corresponding to a position of the display item displayed in the entire display state before the switching,
wherein the display control unit performs control so that when the enlarged display state is switched to the entire display state, and in a case where the display item is displayed at the position unrelated to the movement of the enlarged area according to the movement instruction, the display item is displayed at a position based on the information held in the holding unit.

US Pat. No. 10,411,048

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A control apparatus comprising:a memory configured to store instructions; and
a controller configured to execute the instructions to:
control an image pickup apparatus, which includes an image pickup element configured to capture an image formed by an optical system, to capture a plurality of images in different polarization directions; and
obtain polarization information based on the plurality of images,
wherein the controller is further configured to control the image pickup apparatus to capture the plurality of images under different exposure conditions while keeping an F-number of the optical system constant, and
wherein the controller is further configured to set the exposure condition by controlling an ISO speed in a case where a shutter speed is longer than a reciprocal value of a focal length of the optical system.

US Pat. No. 10,412,072

AUTHENTICATION APPARATUS, AUTHENTICATION SYSTEM, AUTHENTICATION METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A network camera, comprising:at least one processor; and
at least one memory that stores a computer-readable instruction for causing, when executed by the at least one processor, the network camera to:
receive first authentication data and/or second authentication data from a client;
perform first authentication for the first authentication data using HTTP basic authentication scheme;
perform second authentication for the second authentication data using WS-Security authentication scheme;
execute, in a case where authentication for the second authentication data by the second authentication at least succeed, processing for a service corresponding to a request from the client;
notify the client of an error in a case where the second authentication data does not exist, even if the authentication using the HTTP basic authentication scheme for the first authentication data by the first authentication succeeds, and
notify the client of an error in a case where the authentication using the HTTP basic authentication scheme for the first authentication data by the first authentication fails.

US Pat. No. 10,412,330

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capture apparatus comprising:a generating unit configured to generate a plurality of pairs of image signals based on a signal obtained from an image sensor;
a phase difference determination unit configured to determine, for each one of the plurality of pairs of image signals, a phase difference of the image signals based on a correlation amount calculated while relatively shifting positions of image signals constitute the pair of image signals;
a calculating unit configured to calculate a defocus amount based on the phase differences determined by the phase difference determination unit; and
a control unit configured to control a position of a focusing lens based on the defocus amount,
wherein the generating unit is arranged to generate, as the plurality of pairs of image signals, a plurality of signal pairs having different detectable defocus amount ranges and different defocus amount detection accuracies, and
wherein the phase difference determination unit determines the phase difference, for each of the plurality of pairs of image signals, by setting a maximum shift amount and an area for each of the plurality of pairs of image signals, and computing the correlation amount for each of the plurality of pairs of image signals for the set area, the area being set for each of the plurality of pairs of image signals so that each area is to correspond to a substantially same area on the image sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,412,075

AUTHORIZATION SERVER, NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM, AND AUTHORITY DELEGATING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An authorization server, comprising:a memory storing instructions, and
at least one processor executing the instructions to cause the authentication server to:
receive from a client an authorization request in which a scope group, with which one or a plurality of scopes that define an extent for using a Web service are associated, is designated;
present to a user, in a case where one or more scopes among the one or a plurality of scopes associated with the scope group are included in an extent of an authority that the user has, a screen for accepting an authorization operation corresponding to the authorization request;
issue to the client, in accordance with accepting the authorization operation of the user corresponding to the authorization request via the screen, authorization information relating to the scope group; and
issue, in accordance with accepting an authorization token request based on the issued authorization information, an authorization token corresponding to the scope group,
wherein upon issuing an authorization token corresponding to the scope group, an authorization token that is signed with reciting only scopes in the extent of the authority that the user currently has is issued,
upon issuing an authorization token corresponding to the scope group, a refresh token for reissuing the authorization token is issued additionally,
in a case where a request to reissue the authorization token using the refresh token is accepted, the authorization token is reissued based on the one or a plurality of scopes associated with the scope group when the request to reissue was accepted, and
verification of the authorization token is performed by a resource server for providing a Web service.

US Pat. No. 10,411,058

SEMICONDUCTOR APPARATUS, SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF PRODUCING SEMICONDUCTOR APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A semiconductor apparatus comprising:a silicon layer including a first semiconductor region and a second semiconductor region;
an insulator film disposed on the silicon layer and having a first hole positioned on the first semiconductor region and a second hole positioned on the second semiconductor region;
a first metal portion disposed in the first hole and containing a first metal element;
a first conductor portion disposed between the first metal portion and the first semiconductor region and containing a second metal element different from the first metal element;
a first silicide region disposed between the first conductor portion and the first semiconductor region and containing the second metal element;
a second metal portion disposed in the second hole and containing the first metal element;
a second conductor portion disposed between the second metal portion and the second semiconductor region and containing the second metal element; and
a second silicide region disposed between the second conductor portion and the second semiconductor region and containing a third metal element different from the first metal element and different from the second metal element, wherein
a thickness of the first conductor portion is larger than a thickness of the first silicide region and larger than a thickness of the second conductor portion.

US Pat. No. 10,409,529

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus capable of being connected to an image processing apparatus comprising an image forming unit, the information processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
at least one memory storing executable instructions, which when executed by the one or more processors, cause the information processing apparatus to:
acquire a judgment result indicating whether a colorimetric value obtained as a result of measuring a color of a chart image formed by the image forming unit satisfies a predetermined criterion in terms of a difference between the colorimetric value and a target value;
transmit, in a case that the acquired judgment result does not satisfy the criterion, an instruction for executing a color adjustment process to the image processing apparatus without transmitting the judgment result to the image processing apparatus;
execute a judgment process, after the image processing apparatus executes the color adjustment process, for judging whether a colorimetric value obtained as a result of measuring the color of a chart image formed by the image forming unit satisfies a predetermined criterion in terms of a difference between the colorimetric value and a target value and acquire a judgment result of the judgment process; and
transmit, in a case that the judgment result of the judgment process does not satisfy the criterion, the judgment result to the image processing apparatus such that a display of the image processing apparatus displays the judgment result.

US Pat. No. 10,410,044

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR DETECTING OBJECT FROM IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:a memory;
a processor coupled to the memory which executes the following:
inputting image data;
executing a detection process that detects a plurality of objects from the input image data;
after the detection process ends, integrating the plurality of detected objects on the basis of respective positions of the plurality of objects in the image data;
before the detection process ends, estimating an integration time required for integrating the plurality of detected objects; and
terminating the detection process in a case where a total time obtained by adding the integration time and the elapsed time is equal to or longer than a predetermined time,
wherein a real-time characteristic of the detection process is improved when integrating the plurality of detected objects in the image data is completed within the predetermined time.

US Pat. No. 10,409,025

OPTICAL APPARATUS WITH ROTATIONAL OPERATING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical apparatus comprising:an operating member configured to be rotationally operated about an optical axis of an image pickup optical system, thereby moving the image pickup optical system in a direction of the optical axis;
a fixing member configured to rotatably hold the operating member and provided inside of the operating member;
a guide member configured to be coupled to the operating member and rotate about the optical axis in synchronization with rotation of the operating member, and provided inside of the fixing member; and
a pressing member configured to be sandwiched between the operating member and the fixing member and apply pressing force acting as load on a rotational operation of the operating member to the operating member,
wherein:
the image pickup optical system has a holding member that holds a lens, and an engaging member provided in the holding member,
the guide member has a guide groove engaged with the engaging member and moves the holding member forward or backward in the direction of the optical axis in accordance with rotation of the guide member,
the fixing member has a first contact surface that comes into contact with the pressing member,
the operating member has a second contact surface that is provided in opposed relation to the first contact surface and comes into contact with the pressing member, and
one of the first contact surface and the second contact surface has a slope that changes the pressing force of the pressing member according to a rotational angle of the operating member.

US Pat. No. 10,406,730

IMPRINT APPARATUS FOR IMPRINTING WHEN A FOREIGN SUBSTANCE EXISTS ON A SUBSTRATE TO BE IMPRINTED

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus which performs imprint processing of forming a pattern by bringing an uncured resin dispensed on a substrate including a plurality of chip regions into contact with a mold, comprising:a dispensing device which dispenses the uncured resin on the substrate; and
a controller configured to:
obtain a result of a foreign substance inspection conducted on the substrate, the obtained result indicating existence of a foreign substance,
control the dispensing device to dispense the uncured resin onto the foreign substance,
cure the dispensed uncured resin without forming the pattern in the uncured resin,
control the dispensing device to dispense the uncured resin again on a first chip region where the foreign substance and the cured resin thereon exists, and
perform the imprint processing to the first chip region.

US Pat. No. 10,406,731

APPLICATION DEVICE, IMPRINTING APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING OBJECT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An application device to supply an imprinting material, the application device comprising:a container unit that contains the imprinting material,
an ejecting unit that is provided on the container unit and that ejects the imprinting material contained in the container unit, wherein the application device is a cartridge
a circulating device having a filtering means that filters the imprinting material,
wherein the circulating device has a pump for extracting the imprinting material from the container unit,
wherein the filtering means filters the imprinting material extracted by the pump, and
wherein the imprinting material filtered by the filtering means is supplied to the container unit.

US Pat. No. 10,410,063

SETTING APPARATUS AND SETTING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

4. A method of controlling an image processing apparatus comprising:displaying first and second areas on a display screen, the first area being for designating one of a plurality of determination positions of an object region that indicates an area of an object moving in an image captured by a capturing device, and the second area being for displaying the image;
accepting a first user operation for setting a line on the image in the second area, and displaying the line in the second area;
accepting a second user operation for designating one of the plurality of determination positions in the first area, wherein the designated one of the plurality of determination positions is used for determining whether the moving object has passed the line set in the image;
transmitting information indicating the line set by the first user operation and information indicating the designated one of the plurality of determination positons designated by the second user operation to the capturing device so that the capturing device detects whether the designated one of the plurality of determination positions crosses the line; and
superposing, on the second area, the determination position designated from among the plurality of determination positions displayed in the first area.

US Pat. No. 10,410,065

DYNAMIC PARAMETRIZATION OF VIDEO CONTENT ANALYTICS SYSTEMS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for parametrizing a video surveillance system comprising a current video content analytics module, a reference video content analytics module, and a video streaming component, the reference video content analytics module having higher performance than the current video content analytics module, the current video content analytics module processing video data transmitted by the video streaming component, the method comprising:obtaining, by the current video content analytics module, first video data having first characteristics;
analysing the first video data having the first characteristics, by the current video content analytics module, so as to obtain a first performance value;
obtaining, by the reference video content analytics module, second video data having second characteristics, the second video data being transmitted by the video streaming component;
analysing the second video data having the second characteristics, by the reference video content analytics module, so as to obtain a second performance value;
comparing the first performance value with the second performance value; and,
adapting configuration parameters of the video surveillance system based on the comparison result.

US Pat. No. 10,411,606

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power supply apparatus comprising:a rectifying and smoothing unit configured to rectify and smooth an AC voltage from an AC power supply to generate an input voltage;
a transformer including a primary winding, a secondary winding, and an auxiliary winding to which the input voltage is supplied;
a first switching element connected to the primary winding of the transformer;
a feedback unit configured to output a feedback voltage corresponding to an output voltage induced in the secondary winding of the transformer;
a voltage detection unit configured to detect a voltage corresponding to a voltage induced in the auxiliary winding of the transformer; and
a control unit configured to perform control of an operation of the first switching element based on the feedback voltage and the voltage detected by the voltage detection unit, thus controlling the output voltage,
wherein in a state where the voltage detected by the voltage detection unit is equal to or more than a first threshold voltage, the control unit shifts an operation to a first state where the control unit performs control of the first switching element so that the output voltage is to be a first output voltage based on the feedback voltage, and in a state where a voltage value of the AC power supply detected by the voltage detection unit is less than a second threshold voltage smaller than the first threshold voltage, the control unit shifts to a second state where the control unit performs control of the first switching element so that the output voltage is to be a second output voltage smaller than the first output voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,411,607

POWER SUPPLY DEVICE HAVING SWITCHING ELEMENT WITH DRIVING FREQUENCY CONTROL BASED ON INPUT VOLTAGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING POWER SUPPLY DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power supply device having a transformer in which a primary side and a secondary side are insulated, thereby converting an input voltage at the primary side, and supplying an output voltage at the secondary side to a load, the power supply device comprising:a switching element configured to drive the primary side of the transformer at a driving frequency;
a control unit configured to control operation of the switching element;
a setting unit configured to set an upper frequency limit of the driving frequency of the switching element;
a capacitor configured to smooth the input voltage and connected to a voltage input side of the transformer;
a switch configured to turn on and off the input voltage at the primary side of the transformer; and
an overvoltage detecting unit configured to turn off the switch, in a case where the output voltage of the secondary side exceeds a threshold, in a state that driving is performed using the upper frequency limit set by the setting unit, as the driving frequency of the switching element,
wherein, in a case where the input voltage at the primary side is higher than a voltage corresponding to the upper frequency limit, the control unit controls the operation of the switching element to perform driving by using the upper frequency limit as the driving frequency of the switching element without decreasing the output voltage, and
wherein the threshold is lower than a voltage that causes an open vent of the capacitor.

US Pat. No. 10,406,743

IMPRINT APPARATUS, IMPRINT METHOD, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint method comprising:forming a pattern on a substrate by discharging, from a plurality of orifices toward a substrate, an imprint material in accordance with distribution information indicating a distribution, on the substrate, of the imprint material that should be supplied onto the substrate, and curing the imprint material supplied on the substrate, while a mold is in contact with the imprint material;
obtaining discharge amount information on a discharge amount of the imprint material discharged from each of the plurality of orifices, the obtaining discharge amount information including discharging, using the plurality of orifices, the imprint material on a dummy substrate, curing the imprint material on the dummy substrate without bringing the mold into contact with the imprint material, and measuring a volume of the imprint material cured on the dummy substrate to obtain the discharge amount information; and
updating, based on the discharge amount information, the distribution information such that a thickness of the imprint material formed on the substrate using the mold falls within an allowable range.

US Pat. No. 10,410,329

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a memory comprising instructions; and
a processor configured to execute the instructions to:
acquire a first map which represents a distribution of signal values and a second map which represents a distribution of evaluation values corresponding to the first map as a pair; and
apply a first filtering process to the first map and apply a second filtering process to the second map,
wherein the processor is further configured to execute the instructions to:
in the first filtering process, determine a signal value of a first target signal based on a first reference signal value in the first map, and
in the second filtering process, according to the first filtering process, determine an evaluation value of a second target evaluation value corresponding to the first target signal using an evaluation value of a second reference evaluation value at a coordinate position corresponding to a coordinate position of the first reference signal.

US Pat. No. 10,407,260

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus, comprising:a stack portion on which a sheet is stacked;
a first feed member capable of moving between a first positon in which the sheet stacked on the stack portion is fed and a second position where the first feed member that has moved upwards from the first position is positioned;
a separation member that separates a sheet fed by the first feed member;
a guide portion provided above the stack portion;
a second feed member that is provided above the stack portion and that is capable of feeding a sheet guided by the guide portion toward the separation member; and
a moving member movable to a protruded position where the moving member is protruded toward the guide portion and a retracted position where the moving member is retracted from the protruded position toward the separation member,
wherein the moving member moves the sheet near the separation member towards an upstream side in a feed direction by moving from the retracted position to the protruded position, and
wherein the second feed member feeds the sheet guided by the guide portion and the moving member in a state in which the moving member is positioned in the protruded position.

US Pat. No. 10,408,799

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PHOTOACOUSTIC IMAGING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus for obtaining information on an interior of a specimen using a plurality of time-series signals obtained by detecting, with a plurality of acoustic wave detecting devices, an acoustic wave generated by irradiating the specimen with light, the apparatus comprising:a signal processor configured to obtain the information on the interior of the specimen using the plurality of time-series signals,
wherein the signal processor is configured to perform a process for reducing amplitude values of signals caused by an interfacial acoustic wave and included in the plurality of time-series signals and to obtain the information using the plurality of time-series signals among which the amplitude values of the signals caused by the interfacial acoustic wave are reduced.

US Pat. No. 10,410,607

INFORMATION DISPLAY APPARATUS THAT SUPERPOSES INFORMATION ON AN IMAGED IMAGE AND DISPLAYS THE INFORMATION AND THE IMAGED IMAGE, AND RELATED INFORMATION DISPLAY SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information display apparatus that superposes information on an imaged image and displays the information and the imaged image, the apparatus comprising:at least one processor programmed to cause the apparatus:
(a) to detect, with a sensor, a movement direction of the imaged image relative to an imaging target;
(b) to determine a location of a portion of a target area within the imaged image, based on the detected movement direction, the location of the portion of the target area being shifted within the imaged image based on the detected movement direction;
(c) to recognize an object of one or more objects in the imaged image; and
(d) to superpose, on the imaged image, information related to an object when the object of the one or more objects is in the target area, and not to superpose, on the imaged image, the information related to an object when the object of the one or more objects is outside of the target area,
wherein, in a case in which a percentage of the one or more objects existing in the imaged image does not exceed a threshold value:
(i) the whole imaged image is determined to be the target area without using the detected movement direction;
(ii) the one or more objects recognizable in the imaged image are recognized; and
(iii) the information related to the recognized one or more objects in the imaged image is superposed on the imaged image.

US Pat. No. 10,410,099

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT CONTROLS WHETHER TO EXECUTE IMAGE PROCESSING FOR A TARGET PIXEL BASED ON A CALCULATED AMOUNT OF CHANGE OF PIXEL VALUES, AND RELATED CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING A PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for printing an image on a printing medium based on image data, the image forming apparatus comprising:(A) a memory that stores instructions;
(B) at least one processor that executes the instructions to function as:
(a) an image processing unit configured to execute, with respect to image data, image processing that adjusts an amount of a printing material to be applied to the printing medium;
(b) a calculation unit configured to calculate an amount of change of pixel values between a target pixel and a peripheral pixel that is adjacent to the target pixel; and
(c) a control unit configured to control whether to execute the image processing for the target pixel based on the calculated amount of change of pixel values; and
(C) a printing unit configured to print the image on the printing medium based on image data resulting from the control of execution of the image processing by the control unit.

US Pat. No. 10,412,668

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:one or more memory devices storing instructions; and
one or more processors that execute the instructions and cause the communication apparatus to operate as:
a first connection unit configured to connect to a first access point;
a first establishment unit configured to share address information of the communication apparatus and another communication apparatus, identification information of a service, and identification information of a session, and establish a session with said another communication apparatus via the first access point connected by the first connection unit for executing a service between the communication apparatus and said another communication apparatus;
a detection unit configured to detect an occurrence of a condition for switching from the first access point to a second access point after establishing the session with said another communication apparatus via the first establishment unit;
a storage unit configured to store the address information of the communication apparatus and said another communication apparatus, the identification information of the service, the identification information of the session, and status information of the session;
a disconnection unit configured to disconnect from the first access point based on the detection by the detection unit;
a second connection unit configured to connect to the second access point after the disconnection by the disconnection unit; and
a second establishment unit configured to establish the session with said another communication apparatus via the second access point connected by the second connection unit, using the address information of the communication apparatus and said another communication apparatus, the identification information of the service, the identification information of the session, and the status information of the session stored by the storage unit for continuing the service between the communication apparatus and said another communication apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,409,356

PRINTING DEVICE HANDLING WAKE UP EVENT RECEIVED IMMEDIATELY BEFORE SHIFTED TO A LOW POWER MODE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus which can be shifted at least between a first power state and a second power state of which power consumption is smaller than that of the first power state, comprising:a processing unit that performs a predetermined preprocessing for shifting the printing apparatus from the first power state to the second power state, wherein power is supplied to the processing unit in the first power state and power is not supplied to the processing unit in the second power state; and
a power controller that shifts the printing apparatus from the first power state to the second power state after the predetermined preprocessing, and shifts the printing apparatus from the second power state to the first power state,
wherein:
the processing unit detects an event that causes the printing apparatus to operate in the first power state, while the predetermined preprocessing is performed, and
the processing unit sets, while performing the predetermined preprocessing, information that causes the power controller to shift the printing apparatus from the second power state to the first power state based on the detection of the event.

US Pat. No. 10,406,808

PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINTHEAD SUBSTRATE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus, comprising:a printhead substrate comprising a print element;
a driving element for driving the printing element;
an application circuit for applying a driving signal to the driving element;
a ground line connected to the application circuit;
a plurality of temperature sensors configured to detect temperature relate to the printhead substrate, wherein the cathode side of the plurality of temperature sensors connects the ground line via a resistance;
a first selection circuit, on an anode side of the plurality of temperature sensors, configured to select one of the plurality of temperature sensors;
a second selection circuit, on the cathode side of the plurality of temperature sensors, configured to select one of the plurality of temperature sensors; and
a temperature signal output circuit configured to output a temperature signal in accordance with a difference between a voltage of an anode side of the temperature sensor selected by the first selection circuit and a voltage of a cathode side of the temperature sensor selected by the second selection circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,406,813

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:a substrate provided with an element that generates energy used to eject a liquid; and
a nozzle plate including an ejection port that ejects the liquid,
wherein the ejection port includes,
a first ejection port that is an opening portion formed on an outer surface side of a recessed portion formed in an outer surface of the nozzle plate,
a second ejection port positioned on a bottom surface side of the recessed portion, the second ejection port including an opening portion that is smaller than the first ejection port, and
a plurality of protrusions that extend from an outer edge portion of the first ejection port towards a center portion of the second ejection port through the second ejection port, and
wherein a distance between a portion on the outer surface side at a tip portion on a center side of the protrusion and the substrate is larger than a distance between an outer edge portion on the outer surface side of the second ejection port and the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,406,821

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD USING DISCHARGE ENERGY GENERATION ELEMENTS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head comprising:first and second recording element substrates, each including discharge ports for discharging liquid and energy generation elements for generating energy for use in discharging liquid, and arranged along a longitudinal direction of the liquid discharge head; and
a supporting member configured to support the first and second recording element substrates,
wherein the supporting member includes a first supporting portion, which is a portion on a side, in a thickness direction of the supporting member, where the first and second recording element substrates are provided, and a second supporting portion, which is a portion on an opposite side of the first supporting portion,
wherein the first supporting portion includes a first individual flow path for supplying liquid to the first recording element substrate, and a second individual flow path for supplying liquid to the second recording element substrate,
wherein the second supporting portion includes a common flow path for supplying liquid to the first and second individual flow paths,
wherein the first supporting portion includes a third individual flow path for supplying liquid to the first recording element substrate, and a fourth individual flow path for supplying liquid to the second recording element substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,406,829

INK JET RECORDING METHOD AND INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

8. An ink jet recording apparatus comprising:(a) an image forming unit configured to form a first ink image containing a first liquid and a coloring material on an ink receiving medium; and
(b) a liquid absorbing member that includes a porous body configured to come into contact with the first ink image to absorb at least some of the first liquid from the first ink image to form a second ink image as a liquid reduced ink image,
wherein the image forming unit includes:
(i) a device configured to apply a reaction liquid containing a reaction component that increases the viscosity of an ink onto the ink receiving medium, and
(ii) a device configured to apply an ink containing the coloring material onto a part of a region onto which the reaction liquid is applied on the ink receiving medium, and
wherein the ink jet recording apparatus further comprises a mechanism configured to apply, before the first ink image comes into contact with the liquid absorbing member, a treatment liquid to at least a region to which the reaction liquid has been applied but the ink is not applied, the treatment liquid containing no coloring material but containing at least a water-soluble resin and a water-soluble organic solvent, and a mixture of the reaction liquid and the treatment liquid on the ink receiving medium being more viscously thickened than the reaction liquid.

US Pat. No. 10,410,674

IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR COMBINING RELATED VIDEO IMAGES WITH DIFFERENT FRAME RATES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:an imaging unit including an image sensor;
one or more processors or circuits and a memory storing instructions cause the one or more processors or circuits to perform operations of:
recording, on a recording medium, a first plurality of moving images obtained by the imaging unit;
variable setting a frame rate of a moving image to be imaged and be recorded from among a plurality of predetermined frame rates;
automatically selecting a plurality of moving images to be edited from among a plurality of moving images recorded on the recording medium;
generating a moving image having a first frame rate by combining the plurality of automatically selected moving images, wherein the first frame rate is a frame rate that has been set by the variable setting as a frame rate for the moving image to be imaged and be recorded; and
receiving input and enabling a user to specify a moving image to be edited, from among selected moving images to be edited,
wherein the automatic selection selects, as the moving images to be edited, moving images having the first frame rate and a second frame rate that is different from the first frame rate and is related to the first frame rate from among a plurality of moving images recorded on the recording medium, but does not select a moving image having a frame rate that is not related to the first frame rate as the moving images to be edited, and
wherein in the process of generating the moving image, the process of combining comprises combining the moving image specified by the user.

US Pat. No. 10,410,420

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
at least one memory device that stores a program executed by the one or more processors in order for the image processing apparatus to function as:
a storage unit configured to store model data of a plurality of virtual objects;
a position and orientation acquisition unit configured to acquire a position and orientation of each of the plurality of virtual objects;
an interference determination unit configured to determine whether interference is present between the virtual objects based on the position and orientation of each of the plurality of virtual objects and the model data of the plurality of virtual objects;
an interference area recording unit configured to, in response to being determined that the interference is present between the virtual objects, determine a set of lines of intersections between interfered virtual objects as a contour of an interference area on a surface of an interfered virtual object and record the contour of the interference area;
a repeating unit configured to record contours of the interference area by repeating execution of the interference area recording unit at a predetermined timing;
a generation unit configured to generate a composite image including a captured image, an image of the plurality of virtual objects, and an image representing the recorded contours of the interference area, after an end of the interference; and
an output unit configured to output the generated composite image.

US Pat. No. 10,406,837

PRINTING APPARATUS AND LEAKAGE DETECTION METHOD OF THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a printhead configured to perform a print operation by discharging ink;
a carriage, on which the printhead is mounted, and which reciprocally moves;
a supply unit configured to supply, to the printhead, a voltage which is used to perform the print operation;
a power line for connecting the printhead and the supply unit; and
a control unit configured to perform a detection operation for detecting a voltage appearing on the power line in a case that the supply unit supplies a voltage,
wherein the power line includes a first power line to which a capacitor is connected and through which a voltage is supplied by the supply unit for the print operation, and a second power line to which a capacitor is not connected and through which a voltage is supplied by the supply unit for the detection operation, and wherein the control unit performs the detection operation when a movement of the carriage is reversed, and does not perform the detection operation when the printhead performs the print operation.

US Pat. No. 10,406,838

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inkjet printing apparatus comprising:a print head configured to perform a print operation, the print head having an ejection opening surface on which a plurality of ejection openings for ejecting ink are arrayed along an array direction; and
a moving unit configured to move the print head between a printing position, in which the print operation is performed, and a standby position, in which the print operation is not performed,
wherein the moving unit moves the print head between the printing position and the standby position by simultaneously performing rotational movement, in which the print head is rotated around a rotation axis that is parallel to the array direction, and linear movement, in which the print head is moved linearly in the gravitational direction, of the print head.

US Pat. No. 10,398,408

EXAMINATION PORTION INFORMATION OBTAINING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An examination portion information obtaining apparatus comprising:a bed member configured to support an examinee and having an opening through which a portion to be examined of the examinee is to be inserted;
a supporting member configured to support at least part of a portion to be examined of the examinee inserted through the opening and to be coupled with the bed member in a translationally movable manner with respect to the bed member;
an adjustment mechanism configured to move the supporting member horizontally with respect to the bed member so as to adjust a position of the supporting member with respect to the portion horizontally, while the supporting member is spaced apart from the portion;
a measuring member configured to measure information in the portion, the measuring member comprising:
an acoustic wave detector configured to receive acoustic waves from the portion, when the portion is irradiated with light from a light irradiation unit; and
a scanning mechanism configured to cause the acoustic wave detector to move translationally with respect to the supporting member;
wherein the adjustment mechanism is configured to close the supporting member to the portion vertically after a horizontal adjustment by the adjustment mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,401,744

CALIBRATION METHOD, MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, EXPOSURE APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

11. A method of manufacturing an article, the method comprising:exposing a substrate using an exposure apparatus;
developing the exposed substrate; and
processing the developed substrate to manufacture the article,
wherein the exposure apparatus includes:
a projection optical system configured to project a pattern of a mask onto the substrate;
a stage configured to be movable while holding the substrate; and
a measurement apparatus configured to measure a displacement of the stage,
wherein the measurement apparatus includes:
an encoder including a scale and a light receiving unit which is configured to receive light reflected by the scale, and configured to detect a change in relative position between the scale and the light receiving unit in a detection direction;
a measurement unit configured to measure a height at a plurality of positions on the scale at a first time and measure a height at a plurality of positions on the scale deformed after the first time at a second time; and
a control unit configured to determine, based on the measurement difference between a measurement result at the first time and a measurement result at the second time, whether the scale is deformed by expansion of the entire scale in the detection direction or by partial deformation of the scale,
wherein the control unit specifies, based on the determination result, a correction range within which a detection value of the encoder is corrected, and determines a correction value for correcting the detection value of the encoder within the specified correction range, and
wherein the specifying by the control unit includes:
specifying the entirety of the scale as the correction range when it is determined that the scale is deformed by expansion of the entire scale in the detection direction, and
specifying a range which is narrower than that of the entire scale and includes a portion of partial deformation of the scale as the correction range when it is determined that the scale is deformed by the partial deformation of the scale without the expansion of the entire scale in the detection direction.

US Pat. No. 10,401,745

EXPOSURE APPARATUS AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An exposure apparatus that exposes a substrate via an original plate and a projection optical system comprising:a supply unit configured to supply a gas so as to cross the optical axis of the projection optical system in a space between the projection optical system and the substrate facing each other,
wherein the supply unit supplies the gas such that the gas crossing the optical axis in the space has a flow rate distribution in which a flow rate at a second position located farther from the projection optical system than a first position is higher than a flow rate at the first position, and
wherein the supply unit includes a first rectifying member that forms the flow rate distribution by dividing a flow path of the gas into a first flow path of the gas flowing to the first position and a second flow path of the gas flowing to the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,401,746

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising in this order:a support member;
a charge generating layer having a thickness of less than 200 nm and containing a phthalocyanine pigment as a charge generating material; and
a charge transport layer containing a charge transporting material,
wherein the phthalocyanine pigment includes phthalocyanine crystalline particles having a particle size distribution and satisfies a requirement that the volume average of the products of ?i represented by equation (E1) and ?i represented by equation (E2) is 0.31 or more:

wherein k is a parameter representing the ratio r/R of the crystallite correlation length r of the phthalocyanine pigment to the volume average diameter R of the crystalline particles in the particle size distribution of the phthalocyanine pigment, and Ri represents the respective diameters of the crystalline particles in the particle size distribution, and wherein ? represents the absorption coefficient of the charge generating layer, d represents the thickness of the charge generating layer, and P represents the ratio of the volume of the charge generating material to the total volume of the charge generating layer.

US Pat. No. 10,401,750

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising a toner particle including:a toner base particle; and
fine particles present on a surface of the toner base particle, wherein
each of the fine particles includes:
a core fine particle; and
a condensate of at least one organosilicon compound selected from the group consisting of an organosilicon compound represented by Formula (1) below and an organosilicon compound represented by Formula (2) below, the condensate coating the surface of the core fine particle, and
in a wettability test of the toner with respect to a methanol/water mixed solvent, a methanol concentration, when a transmittance of light having a wavelength of 780 nm is 50%, is at least 5.0% by volume and not more than 20.0% by volume:

in Formulas (1) and (2), each of Ra, Rb and Rc independently represents an alkyl group, an alkenyl group, an acetoxy group, an acyl group, an aryl group, or a methacryloxyalkyl group, R1, R2, R3, R4 and R5 each independently represents a halogen atom or an alkoxy group.

US Pat. No. 10,402,006

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, OPERATION DETERMINATION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the information processing apparatus to:
detect a touch position on an input surface of a predetermined display touched with a predetermined pointer;
set a size of a specific region at an end portion of the input surface based on at least one of an operation status having been performed with the predetermined pointer and a display state of an image displayed on the predetermined display, wherein the specific region is not explicitly displayed in the predetermined display, and, even in a case where the size of the specific region is changed based on the operation status or the display state, the change in the specific region does not affect the image displayed on the predetermined display;
receive, depending on a start point of a linear locus of the touch position not being inside the specific region on the input surface, the linear locus of the touch position as a first operation and receive, depending on the start point of the linear locus of the touch position being inside the specific region on the input surface, the linear locus of the touch position as a second operation different from the first operation; and
change the display state of the image displayed on the predetermined display by reflecting the received first operation or second operation.

US Pat. No. 10,401,752

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an intermediary transfer member;
a first image forming portion including a first image bearing member, a first developing device configured to develop, with color toner, an electrostatic latent image formed on said first image bearing member, a first cleaning blade configured to remove the toner remaining on said first image bearing member after transfer of a toner image onto said intermediary transfer member, and a detecting portion configured to detect a value relating to an amount of the toner in said first developing device;
a second image forming portion including a second image bearing member, a second developing device configured to develop, with black toner, an electrostatic latent image formed on said second image bearing member, and a second cleaning blade configured to remove the toner remaining on said second image bearing member after transfer of a toner image onto said intermediary transfer member;
a contact-and-separation mechanism capable of switching a state of said first and second image bearing members between a first state in which said first and second image bearing members contact said intermediary transfer member and a second state in which said first image bearing member is separated from said intermediary transfer member and said second image bearing member contacts said intermediary transfer member; and
an executing portion capable of executing an image forming operation in a first black monochromatic mode in which in the first state, said first developing device is capable of forming a toner image to be supplied to said first cleaning blade and said second image forming portion forms a black image to be transferred to a recording material and capable of executing an image forming operation in a second black monochromatic mode in which in the second state, said second image forming portion forms the black image to be transferred to a recording material,
wherein when a toner amount in said first developing device is below a predetermined amount on the basis of said detecting portion during an image forming operation for continuously forming the black image to be transferred to a recording material in the image forming operation in the first black monochromatic mode, said executing portion is capable of continuously executing the image forming operation in the second state.

US Pat. No. 10,401,754

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING OPTICAL PRINT HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a drum unit including a photosensitive drum and being replaceable by being mounted into and dismounted from a main assembly;
an optical print head configured to expose the photosensitive drum;
a movement mechanism configured to reciprocally move the optical print head between an exposure position where the photosensitive drum is exposed, and a retracted position that is further retracted from the drum unit than the exposure position;
an abutting pin provided integrally with at least one of one end side and the other end side of the optical print head in a longitudinal direction of the optical print head and protrude from the optical print head toward a drum unit side and an opposite side opposite to the drum unit side in a reciprocation direction, in which the optical print head moves reciprocally, and configured to abut an abutting portion formed on the drum unit so as to position the optical print head with respect to the drum unit;
a first restrict portion fixed to the main assembly at an opposite side opposite to a side where the drum unit is provided with respect to the optical print head, and configured to restrict movement of the abutting pin in a perpendicular direction, which is perpendicular to both the longitudinal direction and the reciprocation direction; and
a second restrict portion fixed to the main assembly, and configured to restrict movement, in the perpendicular direction, of the optical print head moving from the retracted position to the exposure position,
wherein the optical print head moved by the movement mechanism from the retracted position to the exposure position is positioned with respect to the drum unit by abutment of the abutting pin with the abutting portion while the movement of the abutting pin in the perpendicular direction is restricted by the first restrict portion and while the movement of the optical print head in the perpendicular direction is restricted by the second restrict portion.

US Pat. No. 10,401,755

SCANNING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A scanning apparatus comprising:a light source;
a deflection unit configured to deflect and scan light emitted from the light source;
an output unit configured to receive light scanned in a second area different from a first area in which light according to image data is scanned, in an area in which the deflection unit scans the light, and output a signal according to a light amount; and
a control unit configured to control an emission state of the light source to perform switching between a first emission state in which light source emits light to scan the light in the first area and the second area and a second emission state in which the light source emits light to scan the light in the second area,
wherein the output unit outputs a signal of a first value according to a light amount in a case where the light received by the output unit has a first light amount and outputs a second value according to a light amount in a case where the light received by the output unit has a second light amount larger than the first light amount, and
the control unit controls the emission state of the light source to perform switching from the first emission state to the second emission state in a case where an output time period of a signal of the second value corresponding to the second light amount is equal to or more than a predetermined time period.

US Pat. No. 10,401,756

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a rotatable image bearing member, configured to carry a toner image, with first recess portions provided at intervals substantially equal to a first pitch Pdr (mm) in a rotation direction of the image bearing member; and
a rotatable developer bearing member, configured to carry developer comprising toner and carrier and to form the toner image on the image bearing member, with second recess portions provided at intervals substantially equal to a second pitch Ps (mm) in a rotation direction of the developer bearing member,
wherein the following relationship is satisfied
Vs/Vdr where Vdr represents a movement speed (mm/sec) of the first recess portions, Vs represents a movement speed (mm/sec) of the second recess portions, and Ws represents a length (mm) of each of the second recess portions in the rotation direction of the developer bearing member.

US Pat. No. 10,401,757

DEVELOPING DEVICE HAVING A BEARING SUPPORTED FEEDING SCREW

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing device comprising:an accommodation frame for accommodating a developer;
a feeding screw including a shaft portion and a helical blade formed on said shaft portion and configured to feed the developer in said accommodation frame by rotation thereof;
a supporting member provided with a gear engaged with one end portion of said shaft portion to transmit a rotational force to said feeding screw; and
a bearing portion for rotatably supporting said supporting member,
wherein in a state that said supporting member is supported by said bearing portion, said one end portion is inside said accommodation frame, and
wherein in the state that said supporting member is supported by said bearing portion, a first distance between an end portion of said bearing portion in a rotational axis direction and an end portion of said helical blade closest to said bearing portion is larger than a second distance between the end portion of said bearing portion and an end surface of said shaft portion.

US Pat. No. 10,401,762

CARTRIDGE AND UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge detachably mountable to a main assembly of an image forming apparatus, the cartridge comprising:a cartridge frame formed of a first resin material, and
a resin member formed of a second resin material that is different from the first resin material,
wherein the cartridge frame includes (i) a first surface with which a metal mold contacts so as to form a molding space between the first surface and the metal mold and on which an outlet port is provided in the molding space, (ii) a second surface that is opposite to the first surface and on which an inlet port is provided, and (iii) a straight passage straightly penetrating the cartridge frame from the inlet port to the outlet port, and
wherein the resin member is molded on the cartridge frame by the second resin material being injected from the inlet port into the molding space through the outlet port.

US Pat. No. 10,404,326

POWER TRANSMISSION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power transmission apparatus comprising:a wireless power transmission circuitry;
a first wireless communication circuitry;
a second wireless communication circuitry different from the first wireless communication circuitry;
a memory storing a program; and
a processor that executes the program stored in the memory,
wherein:
the second wireless communication circuitry performs a data transfer process with a first electronic device entered in a predetermined range,
the processor determines whether or not the first electronic device has moved out of the predetermined range in a case where the data transfer process is in progress,
the processor determines whether or not a second electronic device has entered in the predetermined range after the first electronic device has moved out of the predetermined range,
the processor determines whether or not the second electronic device entered in the predetermined range and the first electronic device moved out of the predetermined range are the same,
the processor determines whether or not the data transfer process is in progress in a case where the second electronic device entered in the predetermined range and the first electronic device moved out of the predetermined range are the same, and
the wireless power transmission circuitry transmits power to the second electronic device in a case where the second electronic device entered in the predetermined range and the first electronic device moved out of the predetermined range are the same and the data transfer process is not in progress.

US Pat. No. 10,401,765

HEATER, IMAGE HEATING DEVICE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WHICH MAKES TEMPERATURE DISTRIBUTION OF REGION HEATED BY HEAT GENERATING ELEMENT EVEN

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A heater that is used for an image heating device, the heater comprising:a substrate; and
a plurality of heating blocks that are provided on the substrate and generate heat upon power supply, the plurality of heating blocks being arrayed along a longitudinal direction of the heater and being able to independently generate heat,
wherein a plurality of temperature detection elements are provided in at least one of the plurality of heating blocks,
wherein, in a case where only one of the heating blocks, in which the plurality of temperature detection elements are provided, is caused to generate heat, temperature distribution of the heating block, in which the plurality of temperature detection elements are provided, in the longitudinal direction is inclined so as to be lowered as being closer to both edges, and
wherein one of the plurality of temperature detection elements is arranged in an inclination region in which the temperature distribution is inclined.

US Pat. No. 10,402,537

REMOTE INTERPRETATION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANAGEMENT OF INTERPRETATION REQUEST INFORMATION AND INTERPRETATION RESULT INFORMATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A remote interpretation system for management of an interpretation request sent from a requesting facility and management of an interpretation result corresponding to the interpretation request, comprising at least one processor and memory coupled to each other and cooperating to act as:an obtaining unit configured to obtain the interpretation request associated with a particular patient from among a plurality of interpretation requests associated with a plurality of patients and obtain the interpretation result corresponding to the interpretation request associated with the particular patient from among a plurality of interpretation results associated with the plurality of patients;
a generating unit configured to generate a screen including a first region and a second region divided by a line representing a time axis; and
an arrangement unit configured to arrange event data corresponding to the interpretation request in the first region in chronological order along the time axis and arrange event data corresponding to the interpretation result in the second region in chronological order along the time axis.

US Pat. No. 10,401,770

DISCRIMINATING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A discriminating device, comprising:a light guiding member configured to guide a plurality of light beams from a first light source to an irradiated surface;
an image pickup element configured to receive a light beam from the irradiated surface; and
an optical system configured to focus the light beam from the irradiated surface to the image pickup element,
wherein the light guiding member guides a plurality of first light beams from the first light source to a first effective region of the irradiated surface, and guides a plurality of second light beams from the first light source to a second effective region of the irradiated surface,
wherein the plurality of first light beams form an angle of 7° or less with each other within a first cross section parallel to the irradiated surface,
wherein the plurality of second light beams form an angle of 7° or less with each other within the first cross section,
wherein an average value of incident angles of the plurality of first light beams with respect to the irradiated surface is 70° or more, and
wherein a difference between an average value of incident angles of the plurality of first light beams with respect to the irradiated surface and an average value of incident angles of the plurality of second light beams with respect to the irradiated surface is between 80° and 110° inclusive when the plurality of first light beams and the plurality of second light beams are projected to the irradiated surface.

US Pat. No. 10,401,771

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD WHICH GENERATES COLOR PROCESSING CONDITION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus to which an external measurement device is connectable, the image forming apparatus comprising:an image processor configured to perform image processing to image data;
a printer configured to print an image on a sheet based on the image data;
a sensor arranged on a conveyance path for conveying the sheet on which the image is formed and configured to measure a measurement image printed on the sheet by the printer; and
a controller configured to:
execute first processing for generating a color processing condition to be used for the image processing, based on a measurement result acquired by the sensor from measurement images printed by the printer, the measurement images including a first measurement image and a second measurement image, wherein a length of the second measurement image in a conveyance direction is longer than a length of the first measurement image in the conveyance direction, and
execute second processing for generating a conversion condition, based on a measurement result acquired by the sensor from predetermined measurement images printed by the printer, wherein a length of a predetermined measurement image included in the predetermined measurement images in the conveyance direction is longer than the length of the first measurement image in the conveyance direction,
wherein the first processing includes:
a first printing task that controls the printer to print the measurement images on a first sheet;
a first measuring task that controls the sensor to measure the measurement images on the first sheet;
a conversion task that converts a first measurement result of the measurement images based on the conversion condition, the first measurement result being acquired by the sensor; and
a first generation task that generates the color processing condition based on the converted first measurement result, and
wherein the second processing includes:
a second printing task that controls the printer to print the predetermined measurement images on a second sheet;
a second measurement task that controls the sensor to measure the predetermined measurement images on the second sheet; and
a second generation task that generates the conversion condition based on a second measurement result acquired by the sensor from the predetermined measurement images and measurement data output from an external measurement device,
wherein the measurement data corresponds to a measurement result acquired by the external measurement device from the predetermined measurement images on the second sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,401,777

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH IMAGE TIMING SIGNAL ADJUSTMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a conveyance unit configured to convey a recording material to an image forming position;
an image forming unit configured to form an image on the recording material conveyed from the conveyance unit in response to an image signal output from an output unit;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a length of the recording material in a conveyance direction of the recording material conveyed from the conveyance unit; and
a control unit configured to determine an image forming interval between a timing at which an image signal corresponding to a preceding recording material is output from the output unit and a timing at which an image signal corresponding to a following recording material just after the preceding recording material, that is output from the output unit, based on a time interval according to an output period of the image signal corresponding to the recording material and a time interval according to the length of the recording material acquired by the acquisition unit,
wherein before the acquisition unit acquires the length of the recording material, the control unit determines the image forming interval as a first interval based on a time interval according to a maximum size of the recording material among recording materials conveyed by the conveyance unit, or based on a designated size of the recording material, in a case where a size of the recording material is designated, the control unit determines the first interval based on the time interval according to the designated size of the recording material,
wherein after the acquisition unit acquires the length of the recording material, the control unit determines the image forming interval as a second interval,
in a case where the time interval according to the output period of the image signal corresponding to the recording material is longer than the time interval according to the length of the recording material, the control unit determines the second interval by adding the output period of the image signal corresponding to the preceding recording material into a margin period necessary for the output unit to start outputting an image signal corresponding to the following recording material, wherein the image signal is not output from the output unit during the margin period.

US Pat. No. 10,402,802

APPARATUS, METHOD, AND PROGRAM FOR SETTING PRINTING FEE BASED ON IMAGE ANALYSIS RESULT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a printer;
one or more processors; and
a memory storing a program which, when executed by the one or more processors, causes the image processing apparatus to:
determine whether an RGB digital image has a predetermined number of contiguous color pixels in series;
determine whether the RGB digital image is a color image or a monochrome image based on the determination whether the RGB digital image has the predetermined number of contiguous color pixels in the series;
determine whether each block having a plurality of pixels in the RGB digital image is color based on pixel values of the pixels;
determine a fee division for printing from among three or more fee divisions for printing based on the number of blocks determined to be color, wherein the fee divisions include one monochrome fee and two or more color fees;
set one of the color fees based on the determined fee division for the RGB digital image determined to be the color image, and set the monochrome fee for the RGB digital image determined to be the monochrome image even if the determined fee division is one of the color fees; and
convert the RGB digital image determined to be the color image into a CMYK image, and convert the RGB digital image determined to be the monochrome image into single K image data,
wherein the printer prints the converted CMYK image or single K image data.

US Pat. No. 10,401,779

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a movable belt;
a first image bearing member that abuts against the belt and that carries a toner image, a first transfer portion being formed at a position where the first image bearing member and the belt abut against each other;
a second image bearing member that is disposed downstream of the first image bearing member in a moving direction of the belt and that carries a toner image having a color different from the toner image carried on the first image bearing member, a second transfer portion being formed at a position where the second image bearing member and the belt abut against each other;
a developing member that develops an electrostatic latent image formed on the second image bearing member with toner into a toner image, the developing member being capable of collecting toner that is charged to a first polarity that is a normal charge polarity of the toner and that has remained on the second image bearing member after the toner has passed through the second transfer portion with a rotation of the second image bearing member; and
a charge member that charges the second image bearing member, the charge member including, in a surface thereof, recesses that have sizes that are equivalent to or larger than a volume average particle diameter of the toner accommodated on the developing member, the recesses being capable of collecting toner that has born on the belt after transferring toner to the first image bearing member at the first transfer portion and moved to the second image bearing member from the belt at the second transfer portion.

US Pat. No. 10,401,780

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS HAVING A POSITIONING PORTION THAT POSITIONS A HEATER HOLDER IN A LONGITUDINAL DIRECTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:(A) a frame including:
(a) a first side plate provided at one end portion; and
(b) a second side plate provided at another end portion with respect to a longitudinal direction of said image heating apparatus;
(B) a cylindrical rotatable member provided between said first side plate and said second side plate;
(C) a heater contacting an inner surface of said rotatable member, wherein an image, formed on a recording material, is heated by heat of said heater, while the recording material moves in a state in which the recording material contacts said rotatable member; and
(D) a holder for holding said heater, said holder being provided in an inside space of said rotatable member, and, with respect to the longitudinal direction, a length of said holder is greater than a distance between said first side plate and said second side plate, wherein said holder has a positioning portion for positioning said holder in the longitudinal direction, said positioning portion engaging with said first side plate, and, with respect to the longitudinal direction, said positioning portion being provided at a position corresponding to said first side plate and not being provided at a position corresponding to said second side plate.

US Pat. No. 10,401,783

PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge comprising:(i) a photosensitive drum;
(ii) a first frame configured and positioned to rotatably support the photosensitive drum;
(iii) a developing roller configured and positioned to develop an electrostatic latent image formed on the photosensitive drum;
(iv) a second frame configured and positioned (a) to rotatably support the developing roller, and (b) to be connected to the first frame so as to be movable relative to the first frame between a contact position in which the developing roller contacts the photosensitive drum, and a spaced position in which the developing roller is spaced from the photosensitive drum;
(v) a coupling member provided adjacent to an end of the second frame in a direction parallel to a rotational axis of the developing roller, the coupling member including:
(v-i) a driving force receiving portion configured and positioned (a) to receive a driving force for rotating the developing roller, and (b) to be movable relative to the second frame in a crossing direction crossing a rotational axis of the driving force receiving portion; and
(v-ii) a driving force transmitting portion configured and positioned to transmit the driving force from the driving force receiving portion toward the developing roller, wherein the driving force receiving portion is movable relative to the driving force transmitting portion; and
(vi) a retaining portion provided on the first frame and configured to retain the driving force receiving portion such that an axis of the driving force receiving portion is offset from an axis of the driving force transmitting portion when the second frame takes the spaced position.