US Pat. No. 9,886,002

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, DEVELOPING APPARATUS, AND COUPLING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus cartridge comprising:
a casing including an opening and an arc-shaped protrusion that is adjacent to the opening;
a developer roller having an axis L1, the developer roller being rotatably supported in the casing to permit rotation about the axis L1; and

a coupling member having an axis L2, the coupling member having (i) a first end portion operatively connected to the developer roller, (ii) a second end portion
including at least one projection that is open to the axis L2, and (iii) a connecting portion connecting the first end portion and the second end portion, wherein a maximum distance as
measured from the axis L2, in a direction perpendicular to the axis L2, of at least part of the connecting portion is shorter than a distance between the at least one projection and the axis L2, and wherein at least part of the second end portion extends beyond the opening in the direction of the axis L1,

wherein the coupling member is movable between (i) a first position in which a tip of the at least one projection is a first
distance away from the developer roller as measured in the direction of the axis L1 and (ii) a second position in which the tip of the at least one projection is a second distance away from the developer roller
as measured in the direction of the axis L1, with the first distance being greater than the second distance, and

wherein the arc-shaped protrusion extends only partway around the coupling member.

US Pat. No. 9,886,778

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of transmitting objects to a printer comprising:
receiving an opaque object;
transmitting the opaque object to the printer;
holding the opaque object;
receiving another object which overlies part of the opaque object;
after the transmitting of the opaque object, determining whether or not the other object is translucent;
using the held opaque object and the other object determined to be translucent by the determining, generating a new opaque
object corresponding to the other object blended with the part of the opaque object; and

transmitting the new opaque object to the printer.

US Pat. No. 9,887,554

POWER TRANSMITTING APPARATUS, POWER RECEIVING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHODS THEREFOR, PROGRAMS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power transmitting apparatus that transmits electric power to a power receiving apparatus, the power transmitting apparatus
comprising:
a first power transmitting unit configured to transmit, to the power receiving apparatus, first type of electric power having
a first power value and second type of electric power having a second power value different from the first power value;

a second power transmitting unit configured to transmit electric power having a third power value which is larger than the
first power value and the second power value;

a communication unit configured to perform wireless communication wherein a communication range of the communication unit
is wider than electric power transmittable range of the first power transmitting unit and the second power transmitting unit;
and

a determination unit configured to determine whether the power receiving apparatus is the destination of power transmission
by the second power transmitting unit based on power transmissions with the first type of electric power and the second type
of electric power by the first power transmitting unit and communication by the communication unit.

US Pat. No. 9,884,485

LIQUID EJECTING HEAD AND LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejecting head comprising:
a plurality of terminals for being electrically connected with a contact point provided in a liquid ejecting apparatus;
a liquid ejecting element substrate having a liquid ejecting element formed for ejecting a liquid in response to a control
signal transmitted from the liquid ejecting apparatus; and

a wiring member having a plurality of wirings that connect the plurality of terminals with the liquid ejecting element substrate
electrically,

wherein
the plurality of terminals includes a power source terminal for drive and a ground terminal for drive, for driving the liquid
ejecting element;

the power source terminal for drive and the ground terminal for drive are arranged adjacent to each other;
the plurality of wirings includes a power source wiring that connects the power source terminal for drive with the liquid
ejecting element substrate and a ground wiring that connects the ground terminal for drive with the liquid ejecting element
substrate, and

the power source wiring and the ground wiring are at least partially arranged in parallel.

US Pat. No. 9,885,780

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An object information acquiring apparatus, comprising:
a probe configured to irradiate an ultrasonic irradiation region of an object with ultrasonic waves, receive ultrasonic echoes
from the object, and convert the ultrasonic echoes into electric signals;

a driving control unit configured to control a driving mechanism configured to move the probe along a plurality of paths to
perform scanning of the object;

an ultrasonic control unit configured to control irradiation of ultrasonic waves to the object performed by the probe;
a signal processing unit configured to generate a line for an ultrasonic image based on the electric signals from the probe
as the probe moves along each path among the plurality of paths; and

a combining unit configured to combine a plurality of ultrasonic images obtained by the signal processing unit,
wherein the driving control unit causes the probe to move along:
a first path by moving the probe in a first direction; and
a second path by moving the probe in a second direction different from the first direction,
wherein the driving control unit alternates between causing the probe to move along a first set of paths parallel to the first
path in the first direction and causing the probe to move along a second set of paths parallel to the second path in the second
direction;

wherein at least a portion of the ultrasonic irradiation region of the probe in the first path and at least a portion of the
ultrasonic irradiation region of the probe in the second path overlap each other,

the ultrasonic control unit employs different ultrasonic-wave irradiation conditions for the probe as the probe is moved in
the first direction than the ultrasonic-wave irradiation conditions for the probe as the probe is moved in the second direction,

the combining unit combines a plurality of ultrasonic images obtained in accordance with electric signals based on ultrasonic
waves irradiated with the different ultrasonic-wave irradiation conditions,

wherein the ultrasonic-wave irradiation conditions include at least one of a focus position of the ultrasonic waves, a focus
depth of the ultrasonic waves, a center frequency of the ultrasonic waves, a steering direction of the ultrasonic waves, and
a transmission apodization of the ultrasonic waves.

US Pat. No. 9,887,062

TRANSMITTING-TYPE TARGET AND X-RAY GENERATION TUBE PROVIDED WITH TRANSMITTING-TYPE TARGET

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A transmitting-type X-ray target comprising:
a target layer; and
a transmissive substrate configured to support the target layer,
wherein the transmissive substrate includes a first surface and a second surface facing each other and is formed of polycrystalline
diamond,

wherein the first surface includes polycrystalline diamond having a first average crystal grain diameter which is smaller
than a second average crystal grain diameter of polycrystalline diamond included in the second surface, and

wherein the target layer is supported by the first surface which includes the polycrystalline diamond having the first average
crystal grain diameter, such that a grain diameter of the polycrystalline diamond increases from the first surface towards
the second surface.

US Pat. No. 9,887,063

RADIATION GENERATING TUBE, RADIATION GENERATING APPARATUS, RADIOGRAPHY SYSTEM AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiation generating tube comprising:
an envelope including an insulating tube having a pair of openings, a cathode connected to one of the pair of openings of
the insulating tube, and an anode connected to the other of the pair of openings of the insulating tube;

an electron emitting source connected to the cathode; and
a target connected to the anode,
wherein the insulating tube and at least any one of the cathode and the anode are bonded via a conductive bonding member so
as to form a triple junction at a boundary between the insulating tube, the conductive bonding member, and vacuum inside the
envelope; and

wherein the boundary is coated with a dielectric layer without at least any of the one of the cathode and the anode intervened
therebetween so as to relax electric field concentration due to the triple junction.

US Pat. No. 9,884,505

RECORDING MEDIUM AND PROCESS FOR PRODUCING SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording medium, comprising:
a base; and
an ink receiving layer comprising inorganic particles having a primary particle size of 3 nm or more and not more than 50
nm, wherein a content of the inorganic particles in the ink receiving layer is 70 mass % or more and not more than 95 mass
%, based on the total mass of the ink receiving layer, and at least one compound selected from a compound represented by the
following formula (I) and a compound represented by the following formula (II),


wherein, in the formulas (I) and (II), R1 represents a structure represented by the following formula (III) or a structure represented by the following formula (IV),
and R2 to R4 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or a structure represented by —(CH2)n—, where n represents an integer of 1 or more, and Y represents a structure represented by the following formula (V),


wherein, in the formulas (III) and (IV), R5 to R7 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or a structure represented by —(CH2)n—, where n represents an integer of 1 or more,


wherein, in the formula (V), o and p each independently represent an integer of 0 or more but o and p do not simultaneously
represent 0, and R?1 to R?8 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, a hydroxyalkyl group, a carbonyl group, —O—, a glucose group,
or a structure represented by —(CH2)n—where n represents an integer of 1 or more,

wherein the compound is obtained by causing dialdehyde starch, polyvinyl alcohol, and a primary or secondary amine to react
with each other, and

wherein the dialdehyde starch has a molecular weight of 10000 or more.

US Pat. No. 9,885,791

SCINTILLATOR AND RADIATION DETECTOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A scintillator, which has a first surface and a second surface that are not located on a same surface, the scintillator
comprising:
multiple first phases; and
a second phase positioned around the multiple first phases,
wherein:
a refractive index with respect to a wavelength range of scintillator light of the multiple first phases and a refractive
index with respect to the wavelength range of the scintillator light of the second phase are different from each other;

the scintillator further comprises an absorbing portion for absorbing the scintillator light, the absorbing portion being
provided between the first surface and the second surface in one of the multiple first phases and the second phase, which
has a lower refractive index; and

one of the multiple first phases and the second phase, which has a higher refractive index, is exposed at the first surface
and the second surface.

US Pat. No. 9,887,347

PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, PIEZOELECTRIC ACTUATOR AND ELECTRONIC INSTRUMENT USING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A piezoelectric element comprising:
a substrate;
a first electrode;
a piezoelectric film; and
a second electrode,
wherein the piezoelectric film contains oxides of Ba, Bi, Ti, Zr, Fe and Mn,
wherein a molar ratio y of Bi relative to a sum of Ba and Bi is 0.001?y?0.015;
wherein a molar ratio x of Zr relative to a sum of Ti, Zr, Fe and Mn is 0.010?x?0.060,
wherein a molar ratio z of Fe relative to the sum of Ti, Zr, Fe and Mn is 0.001?z?0.015,
wherein a molar ratio m of Mn relative to the sum of Ti, Zr, Fe and Mn is 0.0020?m?0.0150, and
wherein a relationship between y and z is expressed by 0.90?y/z ?1.10.

US Pat. No. 9,886,079

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SUPPLYING POWER TO INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a first ACDC converter which inputs AC power and outputs first DC power;
a second ACDC converter which inputs AC power and outputs second DC power;
a DCDC converter which converts the second DC power into third DC power and outputs the third DC power;
a first monitoring circuit which monitors the third DC power and outputs a power good signal based on that a state of the
third DC power;

a first switch arranged on a primary side of the second ACDC converter;
a second switch arranged between the second ACDC converter and a load, the second DC power being supplied to the load; and
a power supply controller which turns on the first switch and then,
if the power good signal is not input from the first monitoring circuit, turns off the first switch and then turns the first
switch back on, and

if the power good signal is input from the first monitoring circuit, turns on the second switch;
wherein the power supply controller turns off the first switch but does not turn the first switch back on if the third DC
power falls into an abnormal state after the second switch is turned on.

US Pat. No. 9,888,134

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR PRINTING FILE ATTACHMENTS OF ELECTRONIC MAIL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for receiving an electronic mail from a mail server, and printing an image based on a file attached
to the electronic mail, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a network interface that transmits, to the mail server, a deletion request for deleting the electronic mail from the mail
server after the image is printed by a printing unit;

a processor that executes programs to:
determine whether the electronic mail is deleted from the mail server by the deletion request;
store, in a storage, identification information of the electronic mail in a case where the printing unit prints the image
and it is determined that the electronic mail is not deleted from the mail server by the deletion request; and

execute control not to print the image based on the file attached to the electronic mail corresponding to the identification
information stored in the storage in a case where a condition for receiving the electronic mail is satisfied.

US Pat. No. 9,888,144

PRINTING APPARATUS FOR SKIPPING USER AUTHENTICATION FOR AN EXTERNAL DEVICE WHEN COMMUNICATING THROUGH A DIRECT WIRELESS CONNECTION, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a memory storing a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions to function as:
a wireless communication unit configured to perform a wireless communication being compliant with Wi-Fi Direct;
a reception unit configured to receive a login request via an operation unit of the printing apparatus;
a login unit configured to cause a user pertaining to the login request to log into the printing apparatus in accordance with
having received the login request by the reception unit;

a print authentication unit configured to send an authentication request to request user information for an external apparatus
in a case in which a print request is received from the external apparatus, and to notify the external apparatus of whether
or not the print request is accepted based on the user information received from the external apparatus as a response to the
authentication request; and

a print control unit configured to execute printing based on print data received from the external apparatus,
wherein, in a case in which the print request is received from an external apparatus with the wireless communication being
compliant with the Wi-Fi Direct, the print authentication unit notifies the external apparatus that the printing apparatus
accepts the print request without sending the authentication request to the external apparatus in a state in which a user
logs into the printing apparatus, and

wherein, in a case in which the print request is received from an external apparatus with a communication other than the wireless
communication being compliant with the Wi-Fi Direct, the print authentication unit sends the authentication request to the
external apparatus, and then determines whether or not to accept the print request based on a response to the authentication
request from the external apparatus, and notifies the external apparatus of whether or not the print request is accepted based
on the determination.

US Pat. No. 9,883,795

OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM OF PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical coherence tomography apparatus comprising:
a generation unit configured, based on interfering light produced by interfering return light of light emitted toward an object
to be measured and reference light, to generate a plurality of tomographic images of a substantially same scanning line portion
on the object to be measured;

an evaluation unit configured to evaluate an image quality of each of the plurality of tomographic images using values of
pixels forming each of the plurality of tomographic images,

a selection unit configured to select a tomographic image, as a reference tomographic image for alignment, from the plurality
of tomographic images based on evaluation results by the evaluation unit;

an alignment unit configured to align each of the plurality of tomographic images with the reference tomographic image selected
by the selection unit;

an image processing unit configured to generate a combined tomographic image by averaging the plurality of tomographic images
aligned by the alignment unit; and

a display control unit configured to display, on a display unit, the combined tomographic image generated by the image processing
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,888,149

IMAGE PRINTING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PRINTING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image printing apparatus for printing an image on a print medium by using a plurality of color materials including at
least cyan, magenta, and light blue, the image printing apparatus comprising:
a print head to print a dot corresponding to each of the plurality of color materials according to a signal,
wherein
the color material of light blue satisfies:
?LB?(?LC??LB)>0 and

?LB?(?LM??LB)>0

where ?LC represents a difference between lightness of the image printed on the print medium with the color material of cyan and lightness
of a blank area in the print medium, ?LM represents a difference between lightness of the image printed on the print medium with the color material of magenta and
lightness of the blank area in the print medium, and ?LB represents a difference between lightness of the image printed on the print medium with the color material of light blue and
lightness of the blank area in the print medium; and

?LC
h(C+M)
where hM represents a hue angle of the image printed on the print medium with the color material of magenta, h(C+M) represents a hue angle of the image printed on the print medium with the color material of cyan and the color material of
magenta in the same amount, and hB represents a hue angle of the image printed on the print medium with the color material of light blue.

US Pat. No. 9,888,150

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE WHICH PROCESSES IMAGE DATA IN CORRESPONDENCE WITH ONE OR MORE PIXELS OF AN IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

25. A method for processing image data in correspondence with one or more pixels of an image, the method comprising:
a first image processing to operate in accordance with an instruction from a CPU, the first image processing including: (i)
receiving first processing image data including image data and attribute data, (ii) processing the image data of the received
first processing image data based on an attribute value of the attribute data, and (iii) outputting second processing image
data including the image data processed by the first processing unit and the attribute data;

an intermediate processing to operate in accordance with an instruction from the CPU, the intermediate processing including:
(i) receiving the second processing image data obtained by the first image processing, and (ii) processing the received second
processing image data to exclude the attribute value of the attribute data thereof; and

a second image processing to operate in accordance with an instruction from the CPU, the second image processing including
processing the image data of the second processing image data processed in the intermediate processing, under a condition
that there is no compatibility with the attribute data.

US Pat. No. 9,888,151

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME AND STORAGE MEDIUM TO SELECT TRANSMITTING DESTINATION FROM ADDRESS BOOK

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus which has a transmitting function for scanning a document and transmitting image data of
the scanned document and which has a transferring function for receiving image data and transmitting the received image data,
comprising:
at least one storage medium configured (i) to store instructions, and (ii) to store a first address book that users can reference
commonly, and a second address book that only a login user who logs into the image processing apparatus can reference; and

at least one processor that, upon execution of the instructions stored in the at least one storage medium, functions as
an accepting unit configured to accept a first display request of an address book for setting a transmitting destination of
the transmitting function or a second display request of an address book for setting a transferring destination of the transferring
function; and

a control unit configured to enable a display unit to display, in accordance with accepting the first display request by the
accepting unit in a state that a user logs into the image processing apparatus, the first address book and the second address
book,

wherein the control unit enables the display unit to display, in accordance with accepting the second display request by the
accepting unit in a state that a user logs into the image processing apparatus, the first address book without enabling to
display the second address book.

US Pat. No. 9,888,152

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a conversion unit configured to convert image data of a plurality of color components indicating one pixel based on a multidimensional
table;

a correction unit configured to correct the converted image data based on one-dimensional tables, wherein each one-dimensional
table respectively corresponds to the plurality of color components;

an image forming unit configured to convey a sheet along a conveyance path and form an image on the sheet based on the corrected
image data;

a measurement unit provided to the conveyance path and configured to measure a measuring image formed on the sheet;
a first generation unit configured to control the image forming unit to form a first measuring image on the sheet, control
the measurement unit to measure the first measuring image, and generate the multidimensional table based on a result of the
measurement of the first measuring image, wherein the first measuring image is a multi-color image;

a second generation unit configured to control the image forming unit to form a second measuring image for each of the plurality
of color components on the sheet, control the measurement unit to measure the second measuring image, and generate the one-dimensional
table based on a result of the measurement of the second measuring image;

a reading unit configured to read a pattern image formed on the sheet placed on a document positioning plate by a user;
a third generation unit configured to control the image forming unit to form a pattern image for each of the plurality of
color components on the sheet, control the reading unit to read the pattern image, and generate the one-dimensional table
based on a result of the reading of the pattern image;

an input unit configured to input user instruction information indicating whether to use the measurement unit or to use the
reading unit to generate the one-dimensional table; and

a determination unit configured to determine, based on the user instruction information input by the input unit, whether to
cause the second generation unit to generate the one-dimensional table or cause the third generation unit to generate the
one-dimensional table.

US Pat. No. 9,888,156

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus including a photoelectric conversion unit provided with a light incident plane,
the photoelectric conversion unit comprising:
a first electrode;
a second electrode having the light incident plane; and
a photoelectric conversion layer disposed between the first electrode and the second electrode, wherein
the photoelectric conversion apparatus includes a member that is in contact with the photoelectric conversion layer,
an area of a first plane that is parallel to the light incident plane and is located in the photoelectric conversion layer
surrounded by the member is smaller than an area of a second plane that is disposed between the first plane and the second
electrode and is located in the photoelectric conversion layer surrounded by the member, and

an area of orthogonal projection of the first electrode to the light incident plane is smaller than an area of orthogonal
projection of the second plane to the light incident plane, and

an area of orthogonal projection of the first plane to the light incident plane is smaller than the area of orthogonal projection
of the first electrode to the light incident plane.

US Pat. No. 9,883,806

LIGHT IRRADIATING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An object information acquiring apparatus comprising:
a probe including an irradiating unit which guides light from a light source to an object, a housing containing the irradiating
unit, an ultrasound probe configured for acquiring an acoustic wave that is generated in response to the object being irradiated
with light from said irradiating unit, and a touch sensor configured for acquiring a contact condition amount between the
object and the housing; and

a controller comprising a CPU configured for controlling irradiation with light from the irradiating unit based on a level
of the contact condition amount and a change in the contact condition amount per unit time,

wherein, in a case in which the contact condition amount is equal to or more than a first reference value and the change in
the contact condition amount per unit time is equal to or more than a second reference value, the controller performs a control
which enables irradiation with light from the irradiating unit, and

in a case in which the contact condition amount is less than the first reference value or the change in the contact condition
amount per unit time is less than the second reference value, the controller performs a control which disables irradiation
with light from the irradiating unit, based on the assumption that the change in the contact condition amount which occurs
when the housing is pressed against the object is positive,

wherein the first reference value is varied according to the change in the contact condition amount.

US Pat. No. 9,883,807

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An object information acquiring apparatus comprising:
a signal processor configured to reduce, from a first signal obtained by detection of a photoacoustic wave generated from
an object irradiated with light and a reflection wave of the photoacoustic wave with a probe, a component deriving from the
reflection wave of the photoacoustic wave, by using a time-differential signal of an impulse response of the probe to generate
a second signal; and

an image generator configured to generate image data by using the second signal,
wherein the signal processor is configured to generate a spectrum signal by performing spectral decomposition of the first
signal using the time-differential signal of the impulse response,

wherein the spectral decomposition is performed by base conversion using the time-differential signal of the impulse response
as a base or deconvolution using the time-differential signal of the impulse response,

wherein the signal processor is configured to reduce a negative coefficient of the spectrum signal, and
wherein the signal processor is configured to generate the second signal by converting the spectrum signal whose negative
coefficient is reduced into a time signal, by base conversion using the time-differential signal of the impulse response as
a base or convolution using the time-differential signal of the impulse response.

US Pat. No. 9,888,162

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM HAVING A CHANGING UNIT THAT CHANGES A READ REGION DEPENDING ON A REPRODUCTION MODE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a memory that stores instructions; and
a processor that executes the instructions to cause the image processing apparatus to function as:
an image data generating unit generating image data based on a signal received from an image pickup element comprising a unit
pixel including a plurality of pixels allocated to each of a plurality of microlenses;

a frame image generating unit generating a frame image for reproduction of a moving image based on data, within the image
data, read from a predetermined read region of the unit pixel; and

a changing unit changing the predetermined read region of the unit pixel for the frame image generating unit depending on
a reproduction mode relating to the reproduction of the moving image,

wherein the reproduction mode comprises a normal reproduction mode and a search reproduction mode, and
wherein a moving image reproduction speed for the search reproduction mode is higher than a moving image reproduction speed
for the normal reproduction mode.

US Pat. No. 9,888,165

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor having a pair of focus detection pixels that each receive light that passed through different exit pupil areas
of an imaging optical system;

a detection unit configured to perform, on a pair of image signals that were obtained from each of the focus detection pixels
and respectively correspond to the different exit pupil areas, shift processing for relatively shifting the pair of image
signals, and detect a phase difference of the pair of image signals;

a switching unit configured to switch between a starlit sky image capture mode for performing image capture of a starlit sky
and a normal image capture mode for performing normal image capture; and

a control unit configured to perform control such that a shift amount of one step by which the pair of image signals are relatively
shifted in the shift processing in a case where the starlit sky image capture mode is selected by the switching unit is smaller
than a shift amount of one step by which the pair of image signals are relatively shifted in a case where the normal image
capture mode is selected.

US Pat. No. 9,888,184

LIGHT EMISSION CONTROL DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS WITH LIGHT EMISSION CONTROL DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light emission control device comprising:
a selecting unit configured to divide each of a non-emission image obtained by photographing an object without making an emission
unit emit light and a pre-emission image obtained by photographing the object while making the emission unit emit light with
a predetermined light amount into a predetermined number of block areas, and to select at least one block area in the non-emission
image as at least one light-control target area according to a difference between a luminance value of a block area in the
non-emission image and a luminance value of a corresponding block area in the pre-emission image;

a first weighting unit configured to generate first weighting data by allocating a predetermined weight to each of the at
least one light-control target area;

a second weighting unit configured to obtain a weighting coefficient for each of the at least one light-control target area
in the non-emission image, and to generate second weighting data by multiplying the first weighting data by the weighting
coefficient;

a control unit configured to control the emission unit according to a main emission amount determined with reference to the
second weighting data; and

a determination unit configured to determine whether a photographing scene is a backlight scene,
wherein said second weighting unit decreases the weighting coefficient as the luminance value of the block area that is equal
to or more than a predetermined luminance value increases, and

wherein said determination unit determines that a photographing scene is a backlight scene when the luminance value of the
at least one light-control target area is equal to or less than a predetermined first threshold and when the luminance value
of background areas that are block areas except the at least one light-control target area is equal to or more than a second
threshold that is more than the first threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,888,442

ELECTRONIC DEVICE FOR WIRELESSLY RECEIVING POWER FROM POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

12. A non-transitory storage medium that stores a program for causing a computer to perform a method of controlling an electronic
device, the method comprising:
determining whether a detachable communication device is capable of using a wireless power supply of the power supply apparatus
if the detachable communication device is connected with a connection interface to the electronic device, wherein the electronic
device includes a power receiver that wirelessly receives power from a power supply apparatus, a first communicator that performs
wireless communication, and the connection interface that connects the detachable communication device to the electronic device,
the detachable communication device including a second communicator that performs wireless communication; and

controlling the first communicator to transmit data for notifying the power supply apparatus that the detachable communication
device that is currently connected is not capable of using the wireless power supply if the detachable communication device
that is currently connected is not capable of using the wireless power supply.

US Pat. No. 9,888,189

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR STORING IMAGE CAPTURING CONTROL PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image captures having a plurality of pixels each including a plurality of photoelectric conversion elements for each micro
lens;

a reader configured to read a signal from the pixel by a first signal readout in which signals from the plurality of photoelectric
conversion elements are synthesized and read out and a second signal readout in which an output of a first photoelectric conversion
element is read out among the plurality of photoelectric conversion elements and then an output of a second photoelectric
conversion element is read out;

a photometer configured to provide photometry using a signal read out of at least a part of pixel area that has received light
from an object field;

a light emission controller configured to make a light emitter provide a first light emission and a second light emission
with a light emission amount calculated based on a result of the photometry in the first light emission, the light emitter
being configured to emit light to illuminate the object field; and

a switcher configured to switch a readout of an exposure control signal from the pixel area, between the first signal readout
and the second signal readout;

wherein the switcher switches the readout of the exposure control signal between the first signal readout and the second signal
readout based on the result of the photometry in a non-light emission of the light emitter before the first light emission.

US Pat. No. 9,880,763

DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS AND DATA PROCESSING METHOD FOR PROCESSING DATA IN MEMORY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A data processing apparatus that stores data in a non-volatile memory, comprising:
a determination unit configured to determine whether a life time of the non-volatile memory is about to expire by referring
to a response value of a life time check command issued to a non-volatile memory, wherein the determination unit refers to
a first response value indicating a number of rewriting times of a cell in the non-volatile memory and a second response value
indicating a number of reserved blocks in the non-volatile memory, and, in a case where one of the response values indicates
a corresponding predetermined value of the one of the values, determines that the life time of the non-volatile memory is
about to expire;

an accepting unit configured to accept a selection of whether or not to erase data stored in the non-volatile memory in a
case where the determination unit determines that the life time of the non-volatile memory is about to expire;

an erasing unit configured to erase the data stored in the non-volatile memory, in a case where the accepting unit has accepted
the selection of erasing the data stored in the non-volatile memory; and

a display unit configured to display whether or not to erase the data stored in the non-volatile memory, in a case where the
determination unit has determined that the first response value indicates a first value which is a predetermined value corresponding
to the first response value, wherein

the accepting unit accepts a selection from a user after the display has been performed by the display unit, and
the determination unit further performs a determination after the accepting unit has accepted a selection of not erasing the
data stored in the non-volatile memory, and determines whether the first response value indicates a second value indicating
that the number of rewriting times of a cell is larger than the first value, or the second response value indicates a predetermined
value corresponding to the second response value, and

the erasing unit erases the data stored in the non-volatile memory in a case where the determination unit has determined that
the first response value indicates a second value indicating that the number of rewriting times of a cell is larger than the
first value, or the second response value indicates a predetermined value corresponding to the second response value.

US Pat. No. 9,880,511

CONTAINER FOR WASTE DEVELOPER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A container detachably mountable to an image forming apparatus for accommodating developer collected from the image forming
apparatus, said container comprising:
a case provided with an opening at an upper portion thereof and configured to accommodate the collected developer;
a lid unit that is detachably mounted to said case at a position so as to close said opening, said lid unit being detachable
from said case when said case becomes substantially full of collected developer;

a feeding member rotatable about a rotational axis thereof and configured to feed the developer accommodated in said case,
said feeding member being supported by said lid unit when said lid unit is dismounted from said case;

a pair of first supporting portions provided on said case correspondingly to respective end portions of said feeding member
with respect to a direction of the rotational axis and configured to rotatably support said feeding member by contacting said
respective end portions of said feeding member when said lid unit is mounted to said case; and

a pair of second supporting portions provided on said lid unit correspondingly to said respective end portions of said feeding
member and configured to support said feeding member by contacting said respective end portions of said feeding member when
said lid unit is dismounted from said case,

wherein said second supporting portions are disposed so as not to contact said respective end portions when said lid unit
is mounted to said case.

US Pat. No. 9,880,790

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR REDUCING A CONSUMPTION AMOUNT OF COLOR MATERIAL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire an area in which, in image data, pixels with more than a predetermined density are
successive in a main scanning direction and in a sub scanning direction; and

a correction unit configured to, on a basis of a distance from an edge portion of the area acquired by the acquisition unit
to a target pixel in the acquired area, correct a value of the target pixel,

wherein, in correction of the value of the target pixel by the correction unit, the target pixel is sub-divided into sub pixels,
and decreases a density on a sub-pixel-by-sub-pixel basis,

wherein the number of sub pixels that decreases a density in the target pixel is varied on a basis of the distance, and
wherein, in an area in which a plurality of pixels is successive in the main scanning direction including the target pixel,
the number of sub pixels that decreases a density for at least one of the plurality of pixels is different from the number
of sub pixels that decreases a density in the target pixel.

US Pat. No. 9,880,794

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus having a reception unit for receiving an instruction from a user and a display unit
for displaying information, the information processing apparatus capable of communicating with a printing apparatus that executes
print processing based on print data, the information processing apparatus comprising:
a controller having a processor that executes instructions stored in a memory or having circuitry, the controller being configured
to:

obtain preview data generated by the printing apparatus, wherein the preview data includes images of a logical page unit and
first layout information, generate a first preview image of a physical page unit based on the images of the logical page unit
and first layout information, and cause the display unit to display the first preview image; and

obtain second layout information based on the instruction received via the reception unit, generate a second preview image
of the physical page unit based on the images of the logical page unit and the second layout information, and cause the display
unit to display the second preview image,

wherein the images of the logical page unit used for generating the second preview image of the physical page unit are the
images of the logical page unit used for generating the first preview image of the physical page unit.

US Pat. No. 9,882,148

ORGANIC COMPOUND, FIELD ELEMENT, ORGANIC LIGHT-EMITTING ELEMENT, DISPLAY APPARATUS, IMAGE INFORMATION-PROCESSING APPARATUS, LIGHTING APPARATUS, IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS, AND EXPOSURE APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An organic light-emitting element comprising:
an anode;
a cathode;
an emitting layer between the anode and the cathode; and
an organic compound layer between the cathode and the emitting layer,
the organic compound layer containing a compound represented by general formula (2):

where R29 to R56 are each independently selected from a hydrogen atom and a substituent, the substituent being any of a halogen atom, an alkyl
group containing 1 or more and 8 or less carbon atoms, and a substituted or unsubstituted aryl group.

US Pat. No. 9,883,438

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a first communication unit configured to perform wireless communication with another communication apparatus using a first
communication method;

a second communication unit configured to perform wireless communication for performing communication processing with the
another communication apparatus using a second communication method which is different from the first communication method;

a setting unit configured to set priority to each of a plurality of communication processing associated with a record which
is used for performing handover from the first communication method to the second communication method and which is for designating
the second communication method;

a transmission unit configured to transmit information of the plurality of communication processing indicating the priority
set by the setting unit associated with the record to the another communication apparatus via the first communication unit;
and

a determination unit configured to determine, based on a response message with respect to the record, whether to perform handover
to the second communication method.

US Pat. No. 9,881,957

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE, IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A device, comprising:
a first semiconductor substrate which includes a photoelectric conversion unit where a plurality of photoelectric conversion
elements and a first plurality of transistors are arranged, the first semiconductor substrate having a first surface and a
second surface opposite to the first surface of the first semiconductor substrate, the first plurality of transistors being
on the first surface of the first semiconductor substrate;

a second semiconductor substrate which includes a signal processing unit where a second plurality of transistors are arranged,
the second semiconductor substrate having a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface of the second
semiconductor substrate, the second plurality of transistors being on the first surface of the second semiconductor substrate;

conductor layers and insulator layer arranged between the conductor layers; and
a lens array arranged on the second surface of the first semiconductor substrate,
wherein the first semiconductor substrate is stacked on the second semiconductor substrate so that the conductor layers and
the insulator layer are arranged between the first plurality of transistors and the second plurality of transistors, and

wherein a distance between the first surface of the second semiconductor substrate and the second surface of the second semiconductor
substrate is greater than a distance between the first surface of the second semiconductor substrate and a light input surface
of the lens array.

US Pat. No. 9,880,979

INFORMATION PROCESSING TERMINAL, METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR SWITCHING TO A PRIVACY MODE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing terminal in which a web browser which stores data created when a website is browsed in a storage
area of the information processing terminal operates, the information processing terminal comprising:
a memory storing instructions; and
a processor which is capable of executing the instructions causing the information processing terminal to:
store first data created when the website is browsed by using a tab of a first mode or a window of the first mode, in a first
area secured in the storage area to be reused in another tab or window;

when second data created when the website is browsed by using a tab of a second mode on the web browser or a window of the
second mode has been stored in the storage area and the tab of the second mode or the window of the second mode is closed
on the web browser, perform control to delete the stored second data in the storage area;

while a user browses the website by using a tab of the first mode on the web browser or a window of the first mode, display
a screen for switching the tab or the window selected by the user from the first mode to the second mode;

in response to switching to the second mode on the screen, store data created when the website is browsed by using a tab or
a window which has been switched to the second mode, in a second area different from the first area, as the second data; and

when the tab or the window which has been switched to the second mode on the screen is closed, perform control to delete the
stored second data for the tab or the window in the second area,

wherein, when the first data has been stored in the first area and the tab of the first mode or the window of the first mode
is closed on the web browser, the stored first data in the first area is not deleted, and

wherein, in response to the switching to the second mode on the screen, the web browser is reactivated so that the data is
stored in not the first area but the second area.

US Pat. No. 9,880,500

FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device comprising:
a cylindrical film;
a plate heater contacting an inner surface of said film, and including an electrode portion for supplying electric power to
said heater, wherein said electrode portion is provided at a position outside of an end portion of said film with respect
to a longitudinal direction of said film, and at an end portion of said heater with respect to a longitudinal direction of
said heater, and a lubricant is applied in a region in which said heater contacts said film;

a supporting member for supporting a surface of said heater opposite from a surface of said heater that contacts said film;
and

a sealing member contacting a surface of said heater on which said electrode portion is provided, said sealing member being
provided at a position closer to a center of said heater than the position of said electrode portion,

wherein an image on a recording material is heated by heat of said film and is fixed on the recording material, and
wherein said sealing member includes an engaging portion engaging with an end portion of said supporting member with respect
to a widthwise direction of said heater perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of said heater, and a cantilever contact
portion contacting the surface of said heater on which said electrode portion is provided.

US Pat. No. 9,875,362

HASH VALUE GENERATION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A hash value generation apparatus comprising:
a rearrangement circuit that rearranges input data into sheet structures defined in a SHA-3 algorithm and outputs data for
each sheet structure defined in the SHA-3 algorithm, wherein the sheet structures are parallel to a y-z plane of the input
data;

a ? operation unit configured to execute a ? operation included in a round process of a SHA-3 algorithm;
a ? operation unit configured to execute a ? operation included in the round process;
a ? operation unit configured to execute a ? operation included in the round process;
a ? operation unit configured to execute a ? operation included in the round process; and
an ? operation unit configured to execute an ? operation included in the round process,
wherein said ? operation unit receives data for each sheet structure defined in the SHA-3 algorithm from said rearrangement
circuit, and starts to execute the ? operation upon receiving data of three sheet structures, and

wherein said ? operation unit and said ? operation unit output one sheet structure two clock cycles after said ? operation
unit and said ? operation unit output one sheet structure.

US Pat. No. 9,872,129

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a one or more processors; and
a memory including instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the communication apparatus to function
as:

a first communication unit configured to perform short distance wireless communication;
a second communication unit configured to perform communication of a wireless local area network (LAN);
a start unit configured to start the short distance wireless communication with another communication apparatus by the first
communication unit while the second communication unit is joining a wireless LAN created by an external access point as a
station of the wireless LAN;

a determination unit configured to determine whether the communication apparatus can concurrently perform a station function
and an access point function of the wireless LAN in accordance with a start of the short distance wireless communication by
the start unit;

a first connection unit configured to directly connect to the another communication apparatus by the wireless LAN by disconnecting
from the external access point when the determination unit does not determine that the station function and the access point
function can be concurrently performed;

a reconnection unit configured to reconnect to the external access point as the station of the wireless LAN when a connection
by the first connection unit fails, wherein the reconnection unit is further configured to reconnect to the external access
point as the station of the wireless LAN when the connection by the first connection unit succeeded and wireless communication
with the another communication apparatus ended; and

a second connection unit configured to directly connect to the another communication apparatus by the wireless LAN without
disconnecting from the external access point when the determination unit determines that the station function and the access
point function can be concurrently performed.

US Pat. No. 9,867,541

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a three-dimensional region acquisition unit configured to acquire first positional information on a three-dimensional region
of an object;

a tomographic image acquisition unit configured to acquire second positional information on a tomographic image of the object;
and

a display control unit configured to cause a display unit to display, with the tomographic image, information on a cross-section
of the three-dimensional region, the information on the cross-section representing an intersection of the three-dimensional
region and a plane of the tomographic image,

wherein the display control unit is configured to determine a display style of the information on the cross-section on the
basis of information on a positional relation, obtained by using the first and second positional information, between the
cross-section and the three-dimensional region, and

wherein the display control unit is configured to cause the display unit to display, with the tomographic image, the information
on the cross-section in the display style.

US Pat. No. 9,871,949

PSEUDO HALFTONE IMAGE PROCESSING USING A THRESHOLD MATRIX TO FORM DOTS NOT ROTATIONAL SYMMETRIC ON A 90 DEGREE BASIS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus which performs image processing for print processing, comprising:
a pseudo halftone processing unit configured to perform pseudo halftone processing by dithering with respect to an input image,
and generate a halftone image constituted by plural dots, and

a threshold matrix holding unit configured to hold a threshold matrix used for the pseudo halftone processing,
wherein
in the threshold matrix, thresholds are arranged such that the halftone image has a density region in which dots to be formed
depending on a density of the input image are not rotational symmetric on a 90° basis, and orientations of the dots differ
from each other in the density region.

US Pat. No. 9,869,919

ELECTROCHROMIC ELEMENT, OPTICAL FILTER, LENS UNIT, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND WINDOW MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrochromic element, comprising:
a first electrode;
a second electrode;
a third electrode; and
an electrolyte, an anodic organic electrochromic compound, and a cathodic redox substance that are arranged between the first
electrode and the second electrode,

at least one of the first electrode and the second electrode being transparent, wherein:
the third electrode is electrically connectable to at least one of the first electrode and the second electrode through the
electrolyte;

the third electrode further has a redox substance; and
a reduced form of the redox substance of the third electrode is more easily oxidized than a reduced form of the anodic organic
electrochromic compound.

US Pat. No. 9,869,936

DETECTION APPARATUS, MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

8. A measurement apparatus for measuring a position of a mark on a substrate, the apparatus comprising:
a stage configured to hold the substrate and being movable; and
a detection apparatus configured to cause light to be incident obliquely on the substrate including a plurality of layers,
including a top layer and an underlying layer, whose refractive indices are different from each other and detect a height
of the substrate using light reflected from an interface between the top layer and the underlying layer,

wherein the detection apparatus comprises:
an optical system including a polarizer for reducing, without completely removing, s-polarized light from light containing
p-polarized light and the s-polarized light, and causing the light, in which the s-polarized light has been reduced by the
polarizer, to be incident on the substrate,

wherein the optical system is configured to cause the light to be incident on the substrate at an angle of incidence by which
a ratio of an intensity of light reflected from a surface of the top layer to an intensity of light reflected from the interface
is less than that in a case where the angle of incidence is a Brewster's angle,

wherein the stage is controlled based on a detection by the detection apparatus such so that a height of the mark falls within
a tolerance.

US Pat. No. 9,872,241

COMMUNICATION DEVICE, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING COMMUNICATION DEVICE, AND PROGRAM FOR SERVICE SEARCH PERFORMED IN COMMUNICATION LAYERS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication device comprising:
a processor; and
a memory coupled with the processor, the memory having instructions that, when executed by the processor, perform operations
comprising:

presenting, before the communication device performs a service detection processing, a plurality of options including a first
option for specifying a service to be executed and performing wireless communication and a second option for specifying a
connected party and performing wireless communication;

selecting one of the first option and the second option;
first detecting, in a case where the first option is selected by the selection unit, a service that another communication
device is able to execute based on communication in a first communication layer; and

second detecting, in a case where the second option is selected by the selecting, a service that another communication device
is able to execute based on communication in a second communication layer different from the first communication layer,

wherein, in a case where the first option is selected and where detection of a service that the communication device is able
to execute by the first detecting fails, the second detecting is used for detecting the service.

US Pat. No. 9,869,943

METHOD OF PRODUCING TONER AND METHOD OF PRODUCING RESIN PARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of producing a toner comprising a toner particle, the method comprising the steps of:
a) preparing a resin solution by mixing a resin A and an organic solvent,
b) mixing the resin solution, a resin fine particle containing a resin B, and a dispersion medium to form a droplet of the
resin solution whose surface has been covered with the resin fine particle, and

c) removing the organic solvent in the droplet, wherein:
the resin B is a polymer of a monomer composition comprising a monomer X having polymerizable unsaturated groups at the both
ends;

the monomer X has a peak molecular weight of 5,000 or more and 50,000 or less;
the content of the monomer X is 0.10% by mol or more and 3.00% by mol or less based on a total amount of monomers of the monomer
composition, and

the resin A and the monomer X satisfy the following formula (1),
|SPX?SPA|?2.0  (1)

where
SPA represents a solubility parameter of the resin A, and

SPX represents a solubility parameter of the monomer X.

US Pat. No. 9,869,953

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member;
a transfer member forming a transfer nip portion together with the image bearing member and transferring a toner image borne
by the image bearing member onto a recording material while the recording material is conveyed at the transfer nip portion;

a fixing unit disposed on a downstream side in a conveyance direction of the recording material with respect to the transfer
nip portion and fixing the toner image onto the recording material while the recording material is sandwiched and conveyed
at the fixing nip portion;

a guide member provided between the transfer nip portion and the fixing nip portion and guiding the recording material to
the fixing nip portion;

a loop amount detection device provided between the transfer nip portion and the fixing nip portion and detecting a loop amount
of the recording material in a state where the recording material being conveyed strides over both the transfer nip portion
and the fixing nip portion; and

a control portion for controlling a conveyance speed of the recording material at the fixing nip portion based on a detection
signal of the loop amount detection device, the control portion controlling the conveyance speed of the recording material
at the fixing nip portion so that the loop amount of the recording material is maintained within a predetermined range,

wherein during a period after an operation for maintaining the loop amount of the recording material being conveyed within
the predetermined range is finished and until a recording material trailing edge exits out the transfer nip portion, the control
portion controls the conveyance speed of the recording material at the fixing nip portion so that a part of the recording
material touches the guide member between the transfer nip portion and the loop detection device.

US Pat. No. 9,869,957

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH CLEANING FUNCTION FOR INTERMEDIARY TRANSFER MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming portion configured to form a toner image;
an intermediary transfer member configured to receive the toner image formed by said image forming portion;
a blade configured to clean said intermediary transfer member by removing residual toner therefrom;
an ambient condition sensor configured to detect an ambient condition of said apparatus;
a memory configured to store information relating to an accumulated use amount of said intermediary transfer member from a
fresh state thereof; and

a controller configured to execute an operation in a mode in which predetermined toner for cleaning said intermediary transfer
member is deposited on said intermediary transfer member in an area corresponding to a region between a preceding recording
material and a succeeding recording material during execution of a continuous image forming job for continuously forming the
images on the recording materials to supply the predetermined toner to said blade,

wherein when the accumulated use amount is less than a first predetermined amount and the ambient condition sensed by said
ambient condition sensor is a first condition, said controller sets a permissible number, which is a number of image formations
from a previous execution of the operation in the mode to a next execution of the operation in the mode, to a first permissible
number,

when the accumulated use amount is less than the first predetermined amount and the ambient condition sensed by said ambient
condition sensor is a second condition different from the first condition, said controller sets the permissible number to
a second permissible number,

when the accumulated use amount is less than a second predetermined amount which is greater than the first predetermined amount
and the ambient condition sensed by said ambient condition sensor is the second condition, said controller sets the permissible
number to a third permissible number,

wherein the second permissible number is less than the first permissible number and less than the third permissible number,
and

wherein the accumulated use amount is calculated with calibration depending on a size of the formed image.

US Pat. No. 9,869,960

PROCESS CARTRIDGE, ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE DRUM UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge comprising:
a casing;
developer contained within the casing;
a photosensitive drum having an axis L1, the photosensitive drum being rotatably supported in the casing about the axis L1;

a drum flange provided at an end of the photosensitive drum, the drum flange being rotatable with the photosensitive drum
about the axis L1; and

a coupling member having an axis L2 and having (i) a first end at least a part of which is positioned within the drum flange, and (ii) a second end including
at least one projection,

wherein the coupling member is movable between (i) a first position in which a tip of the at least one projection is a first
distance away from the photosensitive drum as measured in the direction of the axis L1 and (ii) a second position in which the tip of the at least one projection is a second distance away from the photosensitive
drum as measured in the direction of the axis L1, with the first distance being greater than the second distance,

wherein the coupling member includes a first part, a second part, and a third part, with the second part being between the
first part and the third part in a direction of the axis L2, and

wherein, for each of the first part, the second part, and the third part, a maximum distance from the axis L2 to an outermost surface of the coupling member as measured along a line perpendicular to the axis L2 is (i) D1 in the first part of the coupling member, (ii) D2 in the second part of the coupling member, and (iii) D3 in the third part of the coupling member, with the distances D1 and D3 being greater than the distance D2.

US Pat. No. 9,869,964

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus configured to form an image on a recording medium, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a main body to which a cartridge is mountable, the cartridge including a photosensitive drum, a first frame, a second frame,
and a developing member, the photosensitive drum being interposed between the first frame and the second frame, the developing
member being provided in the second frame and configured to supply developer to the photosensitive drum; and

a cartridge opposing member provided opposed to the cartridge mounted to the main body, the cartridge opposing member comprising:
(i) an intermediate portion disposed between the first frame and the second frame of the cartridge mounted to the main body;
(ii) a light emitting portion provided in the intermediate portion and configured to emit a light toward the photosensitive
drum of the cartridge mounted to the main body; and

(iii) a detecting unit provided in a position opposed to the second frame and configured to detect the developer contained
in the second frame.

US Pat. No. 9,869,967

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a mounting portion on which a developer container provided with an accommodating portion configured to accommodate developer
is mountable;

a drive input portion configured to input a driving force for rotating the developer container mounted in said mounting portion,
to the developer container; and

a developer receiving portion for receiving developer discharged from the developer container by the rotation thereof,
wherein said mounting portion is provided with a rib extending in a dismounting direction, in which the developer container
is dismounted from said mounting portion, said rib being configured to guide a bottom portion of the developer container in
the dismounting direction, and said rib including a plurality of sets of alternating peaks and valleys arranged along a longitudinal
direction of said rib, and heights of the peaks as measured from the valleys are not less than 1 mm and not more than 10 mm.

US Pat. No. 9,864,902

APPARATUS AND METHOD OF COLLATING CATEGORIES OF IMAGES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a memory which stores a program; and
a processor which executes the program stored in the memory to:
select one of a plurality of unclassified images held in a holding unit in correspondence with respective imaging conditions;
select one of a plurality of classified images stored in a storage unit in correspondence with respective categories and the
respective imaging conditions;

check a difference between imaging conditions of the selected unclassified image and the selected classified image;
collate the selected unclassified image with the selected classified image if the difference between the imaging conditions
is smaller than a threshold, so that the selected unclassified image becomes a collated unclassified image;

classify the collated unclassified image in a same category as the selected classified image if the collated unclassified
image is determined to be in the same category as the selected classified image from a result of the collation, so that the
collated unclassified image becomes a classified collated image; and

register the classified collated image in the storage unit in correspondence with the same category as the selected classified
image and an imaging condition of the classified collated image, so that the classified collated image can be selected as
a new classified image to be collated with another one of the plurality of unclassified images,

wherein at least one of the imaging conditions is an orientation of an object or an illuminating condition.

US Pat. No. 9,866,720

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING IMAGE MAGNIFICATION CORRECTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a photosensitive member;
a laser light source configured to emit a laser beam;
a deflection unit configured to deflect the laser beam so as to scan the photosensitive member with the laser beam;
a developing unit configured to develop an electrostatic latent image formed on the photosensitive member upon the photosensitive
member being scanned by the laser beam deflected by the deflection unit;

a data conversion unit configured to convert a first bit pattern indicating a data set of one pixel of an image to a second
bit pattern containing a plurality of pieces of bit data that turns ON or OFF the laser light source;

a setting unit configured to set correction data for each pixel of the image in order to correct magnification of the image
in a main scanning direction, the correction data corresponds to a plurality of scanning positions of the laser beam in the
main scanning direction;

a correction unit configured to correct the second bit pattern on the basis of the correction data set by the setting unit
and configured to add, to the second bit pattern, bit data at a number of the scanning positions on the basis of the correction
data;

an output unit configured to output the bit data contained in the second bit pattern corrected by the correction unit, one
bit by one bit, in synchronization with a clock signal that drives the laser light source; and

a driving unit configured to turn ON or OFF a supply of an electric current to the laser light source on the basis of the
bit data output by the output unit,

wherein the correction unit selects within the image the magnified pixel subjected to magnification correction by using a
pseudorandom number.

US Pat. No. 9,864,499

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing a program which, when executed by the processor, causes the display control apparatus to:
display some of a plurality of items on a screen, wherein the plurality of items are sorted by a category haying a plurality
of ranks and displayed according to a first rank of the plurality of ranks;

when the screen is scrolled by a scrolling operation by a user, move the displayed items to change items displayed on the
screen;

generate stimulation perceivable as a tactile sensation to the user who operates the display control apparatus, wherein the
stimulation is generated when a border between different values of a same rank or when a border between different values of
different ranks passes a predetermined position, wherein the tactile sensation is generated at a tactile sensation generation
position of the screen, said tactile sensation generation position being determined based on a scrolling start position and
border and the predetermined position;

determine if the border will pass through the predetermined position during the scrolling operation;
calculate a scheduled scrolling amount;
determine whether the predetermined position exists within a range of the scheduled scrolling amount from a current position
of the border;

wherein in a case that it is determined that the border will pass through the predetermined position during the scrolling
operation, the tactile sensation is generated before the border passes through the predetermined position; and

control to cause a first stimulation in a case where the border that passes the predetermined position is the border between
different values of a first rank, and control to cause a second stimulation in a case where a border that passes the predetermined
position is the border between different values of a second rank which is a higher rank than the first rank in the plurality
of ranks, the second stimulation being stronger than the first stimulation.

US Pat. No. 9,864,284

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising a support, a charge generation layer, and a charge transport layer
in this order, the charge transport layer containing a charge transport material and a polycarbonate resin,
the charge transport layer being a surface layer of the electrophotographic photosensitive member, wherein
the polycarbonate resin has
a structural unit A comprising formula (103), and
a structural unit B comprising formula (104), (105), or (106),

where R231 to R234 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or an alkyl, aryl, or alkoxy group, R235 and R236 are groups of the same kind, representing an alkyl group containing 1 to 9 carbon atoms, and i231 represents an integer of 0 to 3;


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


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


where R261 to R264 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or an alkyl, aryl, or alkoxy group, and W represents a cycloalkylidene group
containing 5 to 12 carbon atoms,

wherein the polycarbonate resin has a weight-average molecular weight of 30,000 or more and 100,000 or less, and
a proportion of the structural unit A in the polycarbonate resin is 25 mol % or more and 49 mol % or less,
wherein the relative dielectric constant E of the polycarbonate resin is 2.15 or less.

US Pat. No. 9,864,285

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member, comprising:
a support;
an intermediate layer formed on the support, the intermediate layer containing a polymerized product of a composition containing
a compound represented by formula (1);

a charge generating layer formed directly on the intermediate layer, the charge generating layer containing a phthalocyanine
pigment and a resin; and

a charge transporting layer formed on the charge generating layer, wherein
when an averaged sectional difference of elevation in a calculated length range of from 0.1 to 100 ?m in a surface of the
intermediate layer on a charge generating layer side is measured, in a calculated length range of from 0.5 to 1.5 times of
a calculated length at which a maximum of the averaged sectional difference of elevation (Rmk,max) is expressed, a value for
the averaged sectional difference of elevation (Rmk) is 0.05 ?m or more, where the averaged sectional difference of elevation
Rmk is calculated by obtaining three-dimensional surface profile data z(x,y) on the intermediate layer by measuring vertical
direction elevation data z(x,y) corresponding to horizontal direction coordinates (x,y), (1) dividing the resultant surface
profile data into meshes each having a length of one side of L, (2) averaging the elevations z(x,y) in each mesh having a
length of one side of L, (3) calculating in each mesh sectional differences of elevation from differences of elevation from
the surrounding meshes, and (4) averaging the resultant sectional differences of elevation over all the meshes, with the resultant
value being Rmk


R1 represents (i) an alkyl group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms in a main chain thereof, the alkyl group having 2 or more polymerizable
functional groups, (ii) a group derived by substituting at least one CH2 in a main chain of an alkyl group having 3 to 6 carbon atoms in the main chain, the alkyl group having 2 or more polymerizable
functional groups, with an oxygen atom, or (iii) a group derived by substituting at least one CH2 in a main chain of an alkyl group having 3 to 6 carbon atoms in the main chain, the alkyl group having 2 or more polymerizable
functional groups, with NR17, the polymerizable functional groups each comprise a hydroxy group, a thiol group, an amino group, or a carboxyl group, and
R17 represents a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms in a main chain thereof;

R2 represents (i) a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms in a main chain thereof, (ii) a group
derived by substituting at least one CH2 in a main chain of a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group having 3 to 6 carbon atoms in the main chain with an oxygen
atom, (iii) a group derived by substituting at least one CH2 in a main chain of a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group having 3 to 6 carbon atoms in the main chain with NR18, (iv) a group derived by substituting at least one C2H4 in a main chain of a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group having 3 to 6 carbon atoms in the main chain with COO, or (v)
a substituted or unsubstituted aryl group, and R18 represents a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms in a main chain thereof;

the substituent comprises an alkyl group having 1 to 5 carbon atoms, a benzyl group, an alkoxycarbonyl group, or a phenyl
group for each of the alkyl group, the group derived by substituting at least one CH2 in the main chain of the alkyl group with an oxygen atom, the group derived by substituting at least one CH2 in the main chain of the alkyl group with NR17, the group derived by substituting at least one CH2 in the main chain of the alkyl group with NR18, and the group derived by substituting at least one C2H4 in the main chain of the alkyl group with COO;

the substituent of the aryl group comprises a halogen atom, a cyano group, a nitro group, a methyl group, an ethyl group,
an isopropyl group, a n-propyl group, a n-butyl group, an acyl group, an alkoxy group, an alkoxycarbonyl group, or an aminoalkoxy
group; and

X represents one structure selected from the formulae (X1), (X2), and (X3):

in the formulae (X1) to (X3), R3 to R16 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, a cyano group, a nitro group, a substituted or unsubstituted
alkyl group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms in a main chain thereof, or a substituted or unsubstituted aryl group.

US Pat. No. 9,864,295

OPTICAL SCANNING DEVICE AND COVER ATTACHED TO OPTICAL DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical scanning device comprising:
a light source configured to emit a light beam;
a rotating polygonal mirror configured to deflect the light beam emitted from the light source so that the light beam deflected
by the rotating polygonal mirror scans a photosensitive member;

an optical member configured to guide the light beam deflected by the rotating polygonal mirror to the photosensitive member;
an optical box to which the light source is attached and configured to contain the rotating polygonal mirror and the optical
member;

a cover configured to cover an opening of the optical box; and
a fixing unit configured to fix the cover to the optical box,
wherein the cover includes a dust-proof member injection-molded into the cover to prevent dust from entering the optical box
and sandwiched between the cover fixed to the optical box by the fixing unit and a top of a sidewall of the optical box, and

wherein the cover includes an inner peripheral wall, an outer peripheral wall, and a bottom portion connecting the inner peripheral
wall and the outer peripheral wall, the inner peripheral wall and the outer peripheral wall forming a flow path for injection-molding
the dust-proof member, the bottom portion including a first bottom portion, a second bottom portion shallower than the first
bottom portion, and a connection surface connecting the first bottom portion and the second bottom portion,

wherein the dust-proof member is injection-molded into the cover such that the flow path is filled with the dust-proof member
and that a part of the dust-proof member is in contact with the connection surface.

US Pat. No. 9,864,327

CARTRIDGE AND MEMBER USED FOR CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,859,329

IMAGING DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging device manufacturing method, comprising:
preparing a substrate including a first main surface on which a plurality of transistors is to be formed and a second main
surface at an opposite side of the first main surface;

forming a polysilicon film on the first main surface, on the second main surface, and on a side surface of the substrate;
forming a first insulating film on the polysilicon film formed on the first main surface, on the second main surface, and
on the side surface of the substrate;

exposing the polysilicon film formed on the second main surface and on the side surface of the substrate by removing a portion
of the first insulating film formed on the second main surface and a portion of the first insulating film formed on the side
surface of the substrate; and

forming a second insulating film on the first main surface by a plasma chemical vapor deposition (CVD) method after the exposing
of the polysilicon film.

US Pat. No. 9,854,131

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH PERSONAL SETTING SYNCHRONIZATION AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus configured to be connected to an external apparatus, comprising:
at least one processor; and
at least one memory,
wherein said at least one processor, when executing instructions stored in the at least one memory, is configured to function
as:

a storing unit configured to store a personal setting of each program in association with synchronous control information,
a synchronization management unit configured to synchronize the personal setting stored in the storing unit and a corresponding
personal setting held in the external apparatus, in accordance with the synchronous control information associated with the
personal setting, the synchronous control information indicating whether or not the personal setting associated with the synchronous
control information is synchronized with the personal setting held in and to be imported from the external apparatus, and

an import unit configured to import the synchronous control information in association with the personal setting, when the
personal setting is imported from another information processing apparatus,

wherein if the synchronous control information imported from the other information processing apparatus indicates that the
personal setting is not synchronized and the synchronous control information has not been specified by an application, the
import unit rewrites the synchronous control information so as to indicate that the personal setting associated with the synchronous
control information is synchronized.

US Pat. No. 9,854,179

IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

a biasing member to bias the cam member,
wherein an exposure operation is started based on a first operation, and the light-shielding member is moved from the opened
state to the closed state based on a second operation performed after the first operation has been performed,

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

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

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

wherein in a case where the second operation is performed within a predetermined amount of time after the first operation
has been performed, the control unit drives the motor in a second direction that is the opposite direction to the first direction
based on the second operation, whereby the cam member is driven by biasing force of the biasing member and driving force of
the motor, the engaging portion follows through the first zone, and thereafter the engaging portion follows through the second
zone by the control unit driving the motor in the second direction,

and wherein, in a case where the second operation is not performed even if a predetermined amount of time elapses after the
first operation has been performed, the control unit drives the motor in the second direction, whereby the cam member is driven
by biasing force of the biasing member and driving force of the motor until the charge of the biasing member is disengaged,
the driving of the motor by the control unit is stopped, and the control unit drives the motor in the second direction based
on the second operation, whereby the cam member is driven by the driving force of the motor, the engaging portion follows
through the first zone, and thereafter the control unit drives the motor in the second direction, whereby the engaging member
follows through the second zone.

US Pat. No. 9,846,695

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus capable of communicating with a file server storing a document file and with a storage
unit storing information on the document file as a record, the information processing apparatus comprising:
a memory storing computer-executable instructions; and
a processor executing the instructions causing the information processing apparatus to:
accept a request from a client to register a document file;
register entity data of the registration-requested document file in the file server;
execute determination processing of determining whether the entity data is successfully completed registering in the file
server, wherein the determination processing is executed to lock a record corresponding to a folder storing the document file
in the storage unit;

lock the record corresponding to the folder storing the document file in the storage unit in response to the determination
processing determining that completion of the registration of the entity data in the file server is successful;

register information on the registration-requested document file in the storage unit, as a record corresponding to the document
file;

update information of the locked record corresponding to the folder storing the document file, and unlock the updated record;
and

notify the client of a result of the request to register the document file.

US Pat. No. 9,846,777

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS UPDATE OF FIRMWARE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a storage device, the processor configured to execute computer executable instructions recorded on the storage device, the
computer executable instructions including instructions, that when executed, cause the image forming apparatus to function
as:

an obtaining unit configured to obtain an instruction of updating firmware in the image forming apparatus; and
a control unit configured to determine whether the firmware in the image forming apparatus is security firmware, and in a
case where the control unit determines that the firmware in the image forming apparatus is security firmware, the control
unit then determines whether or not the obtained instruction is caused by a manual input and updates the security firmware
in the image forming apparatus upon determining that the obtained instruction is not caused by the manual input,

wherein in a case where the control unit determines that the firmware in the image forming apparatus is not security firmware,
the control unit updates the firmware without determining whether or not the obtained instruction is caused by the manual
input.

US Pat. No. 9,846,809

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method comprising:
evaluating a first still image included in a still image file and a second still image extracted from a moving image included
in a moving image file as layout targets on a template;

specifying a still image of the layout target on the template out of the first still image and the second still image in accordance
with the evaluation; and

laying out the specified still image of the layout target on the template,
wherein in the evaluating, evaluation values are calculated using a common evaluation criterion for the first still image
and the second still image, and at least one of the evaluation value calculated for the first still image and the evaluation
value calculated for the second still image is modified such that a possibility that the second still image is specified as
the layout target on the template becomes high.

US Pat. No. 9,846,824

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR PROVIDING PRINT-COST-REDUCING SETTINGS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a storage which is capable of storing a print job which is associated with a print setting;
a display which is capable of displaying a list of print jobs stored in the storage; and
a controller which selects a print job from the list of print jobs in a job selection screen displayed on the display, based
on a user's instruction, the job selection screen including an object placement area in addition to a list placement area,
the list of print jobs being placed in the list placement area, a selection object for changing the print setting of the selected
print job being placed in the object placement area,

wherein the object placement area and the list placement area are displayed on the same screen, and appropriate setting change(s)
dependent on the selected print job are placed in the object placement area,

in a case where the print setting associated with the selected print job indicates color printing, the controller places at
least a selection object for setting a print color to be monochrome in the object placement area, in response to selection
of the print job, and

in a case where the print setting associated with the selected print job indicates monochrome printing, the controller does
not place a selection object pertaining to print color setting in the object placement area, in response to selection of the
print job.

US Pat. No. 9,846,825

METHOD, APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR GENERATING AN INTERMEDIATE REGION-BASED REPRESENTATION OF A DOCUMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of generating a region-based representation of a document, the method comprising:
generating an object-based representation of the document, the document comprising a plurality of objects;
generating a global compositing sequence using fill data and a compositing operation associated with the plurality of objects
independently of regions of overlap between the plurality of objects, the global compositing sequence being stored in a global
compositing sequence store; and

generating the region-based representation of the document using the object-based representation, the region-based representation
comprising references to the global compositing sequence and a local compositing sequence, the local compositing sequence
being stored in a local compositing sequence store, the local compositing sequence being determined on a per region basis
based on objects contributing to a corresponding region, wherein the region-based representation comprises an indication of
whether a region of the region-based representation references the global compositing sequence store or the local compositing
sequence store to allow rendering of the region-based representation.

US Pat. No. 9,848,115

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF ADJUSTING OPTICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF LENS UNIT ATTACHABLE THERETO

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus capable of attaching a lens unit thereto, comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire data transmitted from the lens unit; and
a processing unit configured to perform image processing, to correct image deterioration due to an imaging optical system
including the lens unit, based on the data acquired by the acquisition unit;

wherein the acquired data includes:
(a) a plurality of first capturing condition values belonging to a first type of optical parameter, wherein the plurality
of first capturing condition values includes at least a first value and a second value,

(b) a first set of second capturing condition values corresponding to the first value and a second set of second capturing
condition values corresponding to the second value, wherein both sets of second capturing condition values belong to a same
second type of optical parameter, wherein at least one of the second capturing condition values included in the first set
is different from any of the second capturing condition values included in the second set, and

(c) a plurality of correction values corresponding to combinations of the first value and the first set of second capturing
condition values, and a plurality of correction values corresponding to combinations of the second value and the second set
of second capturing condition values.

US Pat. No. 9,848,117

FOCUS CONTROL APPARATUS, METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A focus control apparatus, comprising:
at least one processor or at least one circuit programmed to function as:
an area setting unit that sets a plurality of divided areas by dividing an area in a first direction and in a second direction
that is different from the first direction, the first direction corresponding to a direction in which a focus state is detected,
and the plurality of divided areas corresponding to respective areas of an image sensor;

a focus detection unit that detects first information related to the focus state on the basis of a pair of image signals output
from the respective areas of the image sensor corresponding to the respective divided areas;

a calculation unit that calculates defocus information on the basis of the first information; and
a control unit that performs focus control on the basis of the calculated defocus information, wherein
in a first mode in which the defocus information for the focus control is calculated by combining pieces of the first information
detected in at least a part of the plurality of divided areas, the calculation unit calculates the defocus information by
changing, in accordance with an image capturing condition, combination of the plurality of divided areas the pieces of the
first information of which are to be combined.

US Pat. No. 9,848,119

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS COMPRISING IMAGE SENSORS AND A LIGHT BEAM SPLITTER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus, comprising:
a first imaging sensor comprising pixel portions arranged in a two-dimensional array;
a second imaging sensor comprising pixel portions arranged in a two-dimensional array;
a light beam splitter arranged to split a flux of light entering an optical system into first and second fluxes of light to
be led to the first imaging sensor and the second imaging sensor respectively;

an image processor or circuit configured to generate a moving image based on signals from the second imaging sensor;
a calculation processor or circuit configured to perform a focus detection with a phase difference method based on signals
from the first imaging sensor or the second image sensor,

a setting processor or circuit configured to set a shooting mode between a first shooting mode, in which the moving image
to be recorded is generated based on the signals from the second imaging sensor and the calculation processor or circuit performs
the focus detection based on the signals from the first imaging sensor, and a second shooting mode, in which the moving image
to be recorded is generated based on the signals from the second imaging sensor and the calculation processor or circuit performs
the focus detection based on the signals from the second imaging sensor, in accordance with a setting condition relating to
at least one of the recoding size of the moving image, the frame rate of the moving image, or a subject tracking function
for a moving subject.

US Pat. No. 9,848,150

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS COMPRISING A/D CONVERTER WITH OFFSET AND GAIN CORRECTION BASED ON AMPLITUDE OF INPUT SIGNAL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a pixel which converts arm optical signal into an electrical signal,
a comparator which compares a pixel signal from the pixel with a predetermined threshold voltage,
an A/D convertor which coverts, based on a result of comparing by the comparator, the pixel signal into digital data in a
low A/D conversion mode when an amplitude of the pixel signal is lower than the predetermined threshold voltage and in a high
luminance A/D conversation mode when an amplitude of the pixel signal is equal to or greater than the determined threshold
voltage, and

a processor which corrects an offset and a gain which are obtained by an A/D conversion by the A/D converter and included
in output data of the A/D converter,

wherein the processor corrects the offset and the gain included in the output data using an offset correction value and a
gain correction value for low luminance mode when the A/D converter converts a pixel signal in the low luminance mode and
using an offset correction value and a gain, correction value for high luminance mode when the A/D converter converts a pixel
signal in the high luminance mode.

US Pat. No. 9,848,159

IMAGE REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image reproducing apparatus comprising:
one or more memories that store a set of instructions; and
one or more processors that execute the instructions to:
determine a plurality of images to be reproduced from among images recorded in a recording medium, wherein a still image or
portion of moving image is determined as the image to be reproduced; and

performing control to sequentially reproduce the plurality of images determined to be reproduced,
wherein a still image and a moving image including the portion in which the still image is inserted is recorded in the recording
medium;

wherein the plurality of images determined to be reproduced are capable of being selected so that both the still image and
a portion of moving image are to be reproduced; and

wherein control is performed so that both the certain still image and the portion of moving image in which the certain still
image is inserted are not to be reproduced.

US Pat. No. 9,846,681

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR OUTPUTTING LAYOUT IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
one or more memories;
one or more processors in communication with the one or more memories, the one or more processors being configured to control;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire an image data group including a plurality of images;
a generation unit configured to generate a plurality of layout candidates for one page, each of the layout candidates being
generated by selecting one or more images from the plurality of images and by executing a process for arranging, in a template,
the selected images;

an evaluation unit configured to evaluate the generated layout candidates for the one page, for each of the generated layout
candidates, based on an image-specific evaluation of each image arranged in each of the generated layout candidates and an
in-page balance evaluation within each of the generated layout candidates, wherein the each of the generated layout candidates
is layout information that the process for arranging, in the template, the selected images, has been executed; and

a determination unit configured to determine a layout for the one page to be output from the plurality of layout candidates
for the one page based on a result of evaluation by the evaluation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,841,580

DISTANCE MEASURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A distance measuring apparatus comprising:
an optical system forming an image of a subject;
an imaging device acquiring an electrical signal from a beam that has passed through an exit pupil of the optical system;
and

a calculation unit calculating a distance to the subject on the basis of the electrical signal,
wherein the imaging device includes a signal acquisition unit acquiring
a first electrical signal mainly based on a beam that has passed through a first region off the center of the exit pupil in
a predetermined direction;

a second electrical signal mainly based on a beam that has passed through a second region off the center of the exit pupil
in a direction opposite to the predetermined direction; and

a third electrical signal different from the second electrical signal on the basis of a beam that has passed through a third
region off the first region in the direction opposite to the predetermined direction, and

wherein the calculation unit performs a signal correction process for generating a first corrected signal by subtracting the
third electrical signal from the first electrical signal in a predetermined proportion and a distance calculation process
for calculating the distance by using the first corrected signal in a phase-difference detection method.

US Pat. No. 9,841,589

ILLUMINATION OPTICAL APPARATUS AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An illumination optical apparatus for illuminating a surface to be illuminated with light from a light source, the illumination
optical apparatus comprising:
an optical integrator configured to form a plurality of secondary light sources by causing an incident light to be reflected
at an inner surface thereof;

a light amount adjuster configured to have a plurality of light amount adjusting elements for adjusting a light amount of
the secondary light source; and

a condensor optical system configured such that the light amount adjuster is in a conjugate relationship with a light-emitting
end surface of the optical integrator,

wherein the light amount adjusting elements are located at positions, which correspond to a secondary light source which is
formed by an odd number of times of reflections in a first direction by the optical integrator and a secondary light source
which is formed by an even number of times of reflections in the first direction by the optical integrator and a secondary
light source which is formed by an odd number of times of reflections in a second direction different from the first direction
by the optical integrator and a secondary light source which is formed by an even number of times of reflections in the second
direction by the optical integrator,

wherein the light amount adjusting element is not located at a position which corresponds to the secondary light source which
is formed by no reflection in the optical integrator.

US Pat. No. 9,841,597

ANTI-REFLECTION FILM, OPTICAL ELEMENT INCLUDING THE SAME, AND OPTICAL SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical element comprising:
a substrate; and
an anti-reflection film consisting of a first layer to a seventh layer that are laminated in order from the substrate,
wherein the first layer to a sixth layer are formed of three kinds of mediums having different refractive indices from one
another, and

wherein, when refractive indices of the three kinds of mediums at a wavelength of 550 nm are defined as nL, nM, and nH, and
a refractive index of the seventh layer at a wavelength of 550 nm is defined as n7, a layer formed of a medium having the
refractive index of nL and a layer formed of the medium having the refractive index of nH are spaced away from each other,
and the following conditional expressions are satisfied:

1.35?nL?1.50
1.40?nM?1.65
1.6?nH?2.2
nL 1.1?n7?1.3.

US Pat. No. 9,841,610

OBSERVATION OPTICAL SYSTEM AND OBSERVATION APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

7. An observation apparatus, comprising:
an observation optical system for observing an object image enlarged by an ocular lens, the observation optical system comprising:
an objective lens;
an image inverting unit configured to invert an object image formed by the objective lens to an erect image; and
the ocular lens configured to enlarge the erect image; and
a blur detecting unit configured to detect blur,
the objective lens comprising, in order from an object side to an observation side:
a first lens unit having a positive refractive power, which is configured not to move for image blur correction;
a second lens unit having a negative refractive power, which is configured to move for image blur correction; and
a third lens unit having a positive refractive power, which is configured not to move for image blur correction,
wherein the first lens unit consists of, in order from the object side to the observation side, a front unit having a positive
refractive power and a rear unit having a positive refractive power, which are separated by an air interval, which is, within
the first lens unit, a largest air interval in a direction of an optical axis,

wherein the second lens unit is configured to move based on the blur detected by the blur detecting unit so as to have a component
in a direction orthogonal to the optical axis for image blur correction, and

wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
2.0?|?2|?10.0;

?0.5?(G3R1+G2R2)/(G3R1?G2R2)?0.5; and

d/f1>0.1,
where ?2 represents a lateral magnification of the second lens unit, G2R2 represents a curvature radius of a lens surface of the second
lens unit that is closest to the observation side, G3R1 represents a curvature radius of a lens surface of the third lens
unit that is closest to the object side, d represents the air interval between the front unit and the rear unit on the optical
axis, and f1 represents a focal length of the first lens unit.

US Pat. No. 9,839,350

CONTROL APPARATUS, IMAGING CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus for controlling an imaging apparatus, wherein the imaging apparatus has (a) an emitting unit configured
to emit a fixation light at a predetermined fixation light position, (b) an imaging unit configured to obtain a tomographic
image of an eye fixed in position by the fixation light, and (c) a focus lens configured to focus light reflected by the eye
on the imaging unit, comprising:
at least one memory; and
at least one processor that is in communication with the memory and that is configured to cause the control apparatus to function
as:

a selection unit configured to select an imaging mode for imaging the eye;
a control unit configured to control a position of the focus lens so that the imaging unit obtains an in-focus tomographic
image of the eye; and

a determination unit configured to determine whether the currently selected imaging mode for imaging the eye indicates that
the predetermined fixation light position is the same as the previously selected imaging mode for imaging the eye,

wherein
based on a determination that the currently selected imaging mode for imaging the eye indicates a different fixation light
position from the previously selected imaging mode for imaging the eye, the control unit is configured to move the position
of the focus lens, and

based on a determination that the currently selected imaging mode indicates the same fixation light position as the previously
selected imaging mode, the control unit is configured to maintain the position of the focus lens.

US Pat. No. 9,839,351

IMAGE GENERATING APPARATUS, IMAGE GENERATING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of generating a motion contrast image using optical coherence tomography, comprising:
a data obtaining step of obtaining a plurality of pieces of tomographic image data each indicating a tomogram at substantially
the same portion of an object;

a removing step of removing an outlier from the plurality of pieces of tomographic image data;
a computation step of computing a motion contrast value based on the plurality of pieces of tomographic image data from which
the outlier is removed; and

a generation step of generating a motion contrast image of the object based on the motion contrast value.

US Pat. No. 9,843,728

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A focus control apparatus having a first mode in which a position of a focus lens is automatically changed, and a second
mode in which the position of the focus lens is manually changed, the focus control apparatus comprising:
a setting unit configured to set a first area in the first mode and a second area in the second mode, as areas for obtaining
signals used in focus detection;

a focus detection unit configured to detect a focus state based on signals output from areas of an image capturing unit that
correspond to the first area and the second area; and

a focus control unit configured to control the position of the focus lens in the first mode based on the focus state of the
first area detected by the focus detection unit,

wherein
upon switching from the first mode to the second mode, the setting unit sets a plurality of the second areas that are each
smaller than the first area set in the first mode, and

upon switching from the second mode to the first mode again, the setting unit sets the first area based on a second area that
is included among the plurality of second areas and that has been determined to be in an in-focus state.

US Pat. No. 9,843,731

IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CAPTURING A GROUP OF IMAGES COMPOSED OF A PLURALITY OF IMAGES AND DISPLAYING THEM IN REVIEW DISPLAY FORM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an imaging unit;
a memory configured to store an imaging program; and
a system control unit communicatively-coupled to the memory configured to execute the imaging program to:
perform control to cause the imaging unit to shoot a plurality of images in response to a single shooting instruction;
perform control to generate a set of images from the plurality of images and record each image in the generated set of images
as individual image files in response to the same single shooting instruction; and

perform control to automatically perform review display of the generated set of images in response to the same single shooting
instruction,

wherein the automatically performed review display includes
(a) sequentially displaying each image of the generated set of images in a single image display form on a display unit, wherein
in the single image display form each image of the generated set of images is switched from one to another, and then,

(b) displaying the generated set of images in a multi-image display form, wherein in the multi-image display form each image
of the generated set of images are displayed on a same screen of the display unit without displaying any live view image and
any image shot in response to any shooting instruction other than the single shooting instruction,

wherein each image of the generated set of images displayed in the single image display form is displayed in a larger size
on the display unit than each image of the generated set of images displayed in the multi-image display form.

US Pat. No. 9,842,199

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus having a web browser for calling and executing a web application from a web server,
the information processing apparatus comprising:
a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the set of instructions to function as:
(1) a first reception unit configured to receive a first application including (a) a configuration file group for registering
the web application and (b) a license file of the first application from a license management server, wherein the first application
includes (i) a URL of a web application and (ii) a secret key of the web application;

(2) an instruction receiver configured to receive an instruction for calling the web application via the first application;
(3) a generation unit configured to generate signature information that has been digitally signed using the secret key of
the web application included in the first application;

(4) a transmission unit configured to transmit, to the web server, the signature information generated by the generation unit;
and

(5) a second reception unit configured to receive, from the web server, data based on a result of a verification by the web
server using the signature information.

US Pat. No. 9,841,692

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising a toner particle containing a binder resin, a colorant, a wax, and a crystalline polyester,
wherein,
the toner has two or more peak tops for crystallization peaks in a temperature range from 40° C. to 80° C. in a first DSC
curve, the first DSC curve being obtained using a differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) by a process of heating the toner
to 100° C. and thereafter cooling the toner from 100° C. to 20° C. at 0.5° C./min, and

the toner satisfies the following formula
2.0?(?H(100)/?H(0.5))?6.0

where,
?H(0.5) represents an exothermic quantity (J/g) for the crystallization peak on the lowest temperature side of the two or
more crystallization peaks in the first DSC curve, and

?H(100) represents an exothermic quantity (J/g) for the crystallization peak on the lowest temperature side of crystallization
peaks having peak tops present in a temperature range from 40° C. to 80° C. in a second DSC curve, the second DSC curve being
obtained using the DSC by a process of heating the toner to 100° C. and thereafter cooling the toner from 100° C. to 20° C.
at 100° C./min.

US Pat. No. 9,843,752

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR, DRIVING METHOD THEREOF, AND CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image sensor including a plurality of pixels arrayed so as to form a plurality of rows and a plurality of
columns, the sensor comprising:
a driving unit configured to drive, based on a first synchronizing signal, the plurality of pixels while scanning the pixels
for each row;

a readout unit configured to read out pixel signals from the plurality of pixels driven by the driving unit;
a transferring unit configured to transfer, based on a second synchronizing signal, the pixel signals read out by the readout
unit while scanning the pixel signals for each column;

an output unit configured to output the pixel signals transferred by the transferring unit;
a power supply unit configured to supply power to the readout unit and the output unit; and
a control unit,
wherein the control unit:
increases, in a first case in which a readout of the pixel signals is started, a power supply amount to at least one of the
readout unit and the output unit by the power supply unit at a timing when a first period based on at least one of the first
synchronizing signal and the second synchronizing signal has elapsed after setting the power supply unit from a non-operating
state to an operating state, and

sets, in a second case in which the readout of the pixel signals is completed, the power supply unit from the operating state
to the non-operating state at a timing when a second period based on at least one of the first synchronizing signal and the
second synchronizing signal has elapsed after decreasing the power supply amount to the at least one of the readout unit and
the output unit by the power supply unit.

US Pat. No. 9,843,783

IMAGING APPARATUS HAVING AUTOFOCUS FUNCTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect a focusing state based on a signal output from imaging element which is configured to
photoelectrically convert light that has passed through an imaging optical system including a focus lens into an electric
signal;

a color adjustment unit configured to colorize a captured image;
a correction unit configured acquire a correction amount to correct an amount of deviation in an in-focus position corresponding
to aberration of the imaging optical system which is acquired by an acquisition unit; and

a control unit configured to control driving of the focus lens based on the focusing state detected by the detection unit,
the amount of the deviation, and the correction amount;

wherein, in a first mode, the correction amount is a first amount, and in a second mode, the correction amount is a second
amount which is less amount than the first amount,

wherein the color adjustment unit colorize, in the second mode, a captured image with a small amount than the first mode.

US Pat. No. 9,843,276

DRIVE CONTROL CIRCUIT THAT DRIVES VIBRATOR, DRIVING METHOD, VIBRATION-TYPE DRIVING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A drive control circuit that drives at least one vibrator having an electro-mechanical energy conversion element and a
projection portion that comes into contact with a driven body, and effects relative movement between the driven body and the
projection portion through elliptical motion produced in the projection portion by application of an alternating-current signal
to the electro-mechanical energy conversion element said drive control circuit, comprising:
a controller configured to control the at least one vibrator; and
a drive circuit configured to output the alternating-current signal, which is to be applied to the electro-mechanical energy
conversion element, based on an output from said controller,

wherein in a case where a ratio of a component in a direction parallel to a driving direction of the driven body to a component
in a direction of a thickness of the electro-mechanical energy conversion element in a path of the elliptical motion is defined
as an ellipse ratio of the elliptical motion, said controller controls said drive circuit such that the ellipse ratio of the
elliptical motion in a first driving mode is greater than an ellipse ratio of the elliptical motion in a second driving mode
in which relative positions of the projection portion and the driven body are changed.

US Pat. No. 9,842,260

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD OF PERFORMING IMAGE SEGMENTATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

set representative data to be used in first clustering, for each of temporally continuous images;
repeat clustering of pixels in an image based on the representative data;
update the representative data while the clustering is repeated; and
determine whether information representing an occurrence of change of contents in the temporally continuous images is input,
wherein in setting the representative data for an image succeeding to another image in the temporally continuous images, initial
representative data is set if it is determined that the information representing the occurrence of change is input, and representative
data updated after last clustering of an immediately preceding image is set if it is not determined that the information representing
the occurrence of change is input.

US Pat. No. 9,842,269

VIDEO PROCESSING APPARATUS, VIDEO PROCESSING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A video processing apparatus comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect a moving region in a movie; and
a discrimination unit configured to discriminate, based on a size of an overlapping region where the moving region detected
by the detection unit and a partial region of region having a predetermined shape corresponding to a certain object in the
movie overlap with each other, whether the region having the predetermined shape is the certain object.

US Pat. No. 9,842,279

DATA PROCESSING METHOD FOR LEARNING DISCRIMINATOR, AND DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A data processing method for performing learning on a decision tree used in a discriminator which discriminates an input
image, the data processing method comprising:
setting a plurality of values including at least two positive values, for a plurality of learning images having respective
attributes, as respective selection probabilities for the plurality of learning images;

setting an initial set of the plurality of learning images to an uppermost node of a plurality of nodes in the decision tree;
sequentially selecting a node of the plurality of nodes other than a leaf node in the decision tree from the uppermost node;
selecting a sample subset of the learning images from a set of learning images assigned to the selected node in accordance
with selection probabilities of the learning images;

determining a branch rule for dividing the set of the learning images assigned to the selected node into at least two subnode
subsets using the selected sample subset of the learning images;

updating the selection probabilities of the learning images by decreasing the selection probabilities for the selected sample
subset of the learning images, wherein the selection probabilities are greater than zero and less than one; and

assigning the subnode subsets divided in accordance with the branch rule to nodes succeeding to the selected node as respective
sets for the succeeding nodes.

US Pat. No. 9,844,084

COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a displaying unit configured to display a selection screen on which a user selects data to be obtained from a printing apparatus,
the data being selectable from among a plurality of candidates and including at least one of a jam history, an error history,
counter information and log information;

an acquiring unit configured to acquire connection information for establishing a wireless connection between the communication
apparatus and the printing apparatus, from the printing apparatus by using NFC (Near Field Communication), wherein the data
to be obtained from the printing apparatus is selected by the user on the selection screen prior to the acquiring unit acquiring
the connection information;

an establishing unit configured to establish a wireless connection between the communication apparatus and the printing apparatus
based on the connection information, wherein the wireless connection is established in accordance with the acquiring unit
acquiring the connection information;

a transmitting unit configured to transmit, in accordance with the wireless connection being established, an obtainment request
for obtaining data selected by the user on the selection screen to the printing apparatus using the established wireless communication;
and

a notifying unit configured to notify, in accordance with completion of obtaining the data corresponding to the obtainment
request, a user that obtainment of the data from the printing apparatus has been completed.

US Pat. No. 9,837,463

SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

10. A solid-state imaging device comprising:
a semiconductor substrate having a first area in which a plurality of pixels are provided, a second area provided on an outer
side with respect to the first area and in which a circuit that controls the plurality of pixels is provided, and a third
area provided on the outer side with respect to the second area;

a plurality of wiring layers provided above the semiconductor substrate in such a manner as to spread over the first area
and the second area;

an insulating film provided above a topmost one of the plurality of wiring layers in such a manner as to spread over the first
area, the second area, and the third area, the insulating film having a first opening in the third area;

an inner-lens layer provided above the insulating film in such a manner as to spread over the first area, the second area,
and the third area, the inner-lens layer having an inner lens in the first area; and

a planarization layer provided above the inner lens,
wherein the inner-lens layer has a second opening in the third area, the second opening being continuous with the first opening.

US Pat. No. 9,835,438

DISTANCE MEASURING APPARATUS AND METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a grouping unit configured to group surfaces based on approximate shape information of a target object;
a determination unit configured to determine a pattern, based on the surfaces grouped by the grouping unit;
a projection control unit configured to control a projection unit to project the determined pattern on the target object;
a first image obtaining unit configured to obtain a first captured image including the target object on which the determined
pattern is projected by the projection unit, captured by a first capturing unit;

a second image obtaining unit configured to obtain a second captured image of the target object on which the pattern is projected
by the projection unit, the second captured image being captured by a second capturing unit arranged in a position different
from that of the first capturing unit;

a first acquisition unit configured to acquire first distance information of the target object based on the first captured
image captured by the first capturing unit;

a second acquisition unit configured to acquire second distance information of the target object based on the second captured
image;

a decision unit configured to decide, for each area of the target object, whether the acquired first distance information
and the acquired second distance information are valid based on the first distance information and the second distance information;
and

a control unit configured to reduce a luminance of the pattern to be projected on the area for which the decision unit has
decided that first distance information and second distance information are valid,

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

US Pat. No. 9,838,515

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus capable of connecting concurrently to a first wireless network and a second wireless network
having a different type from the first wireless network, comprising:
a memory storing a program; and
a processor, operating under control of the program stored in the memory, to:
communicate, with a communication partner apparatus, regarding communication parameters to be used for connecting via the
second wireless network, wherein

(1) in a case where the communication apparatus connects via the second wireless network while not connected to the first
wireless network, the communication apparatus determines whether to execute either a process to provide the communication
parameters from the communication apparatus to the communication partner apparatus or a process to receive the communication
parameters from the communication partner apparatus, and executes one of the process to provide the communication parameters
to the communication partner apparatus and the process to receive the communication parameters according to a determination
result, and

(2) in a case where the communication apparatus connects via the second wireless network while connected to the first wireless
network, execute the process to provide the communication parameters to the communication partner apparatus without performing
the determination,

wherein the processor is configured to operate, in a case where the communication apparatus connects via the second wireless
network while connected to the first network, to not receive the communication parameters from the communication partner apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,835,732

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising:
an imaging area in which a plurality of imaging pixels for obtaining a radiation image are arranged to form a plurality of
rows and a plurality of columns, each of the plurality of imaging pixels including a first conversion element configured to
convert radiation into an electrical signal, and a first switch;

a plurality of first driving lines for driving the first switches of the plurality of imaging pixels;
a plurality of column signal lines arranged to respectively correspond to the plurality of columns such that signals are read
out from the plurality of imaging pixels;

a plurality of detecting pixels each arranged in a position which is specified by a row of the plurality of rows and a column
of the plurality of columns, the detecting pixel being used for at least one of (a) detecting start of irradiation of radiation
and (b) monitoring irradiation amount of radiation, and each of the plurality of detecting pixels including a second conversion
element configured to convert radiation into an electrical signal, and a second switch;

a plurality of second driving lines which are different from the plurality of first driving lines, wherein at least one of
the plurality of second driving lines is supplied with a signal including, in a period during which radiation is irradiated,
a level for turning on the second switch and a level for turning off the second switch; and

a plurality of detection signal lines which are different from the plurality of column signal lines, each of the plurality
of detection signal lines corresponding to at least one of to the plurality of detecting pixels,

wherein each of the first switches is electrically connected to a corresponding first conversion element and a corresponding
column signal line among the plurality of column signal lines, and is not electrically connected to the detection signal line,
and wherein each of the plurality of second switches has a control terminal connected to a corresponding second driving line
of the plurality of second driving lines, each of the second switches is electrically connected to a corresponding second
conversion element and a corresponding detection signal line of the plurality of detection signal lines and is not electrically
connected to the plurality of column signal lines.

US Pat. No. 9,838,552

SYSTEM INCLUDING IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND FIRST SERVER FOR GENERATING PAGE INFORMATION AND ISSUING CORRESPONDING INSTRUCTION INFORMATION FOR THE IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A system which includes a first server and an image processing apparatus communicating with the first server, wherein:
the first server comprises a first memory storing instructions, and a first processor which is capable of executing the instructions
in the first memory causing the first server to:

generate page information including a message related to an input instruction, and first instruction information corresponding
to the input instruction;

issue a notification based on the generated first instruction information to the image processing apparatus, in response to
an inquiry about instruction information from the image processing apparatus; and

provide the generated page information to a request using a web browser from the image processing apparatus, and
the image processing apparatus comprises a display device, a second memory storing instructions, and a second processor which
is capable of executing the instructions in the second memory causing the image processing apparatus to:

transmit operation information of the image processing apparatus to the first server;
perform the inquiry about the instruction information to the first server at periodical timing;
display, in response to the notification based on the first instruction information from the first server to the inquiry about
the instruction information, a message corresponding to the notification in a status display area of the display device;

acquire, by using a web browser, the page information including a message related to the first instruction information provided
from the first server; and

display the provided message on the display device by using the page information.

US Pat. No. 9,836,254

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a printing unit configured to print image data; and
a memory and a processor configured to:
manage applications which are installable to the image forming apparatus, at least one of the applications being used for
executing a job using the printing unit;

receive a security policy data that is transmitted from an external apparatus, the security policy data defining a security
policy;

obtain, from the at least one of the managed applications, policy applying environment information indicating an environment
for setting a security policy; and

notify, to an administrator, at least one of the managed applications which does not have an environment for setting the security
policy defined by the security policy data, based on a result of obtaining the policy environment information from the managed
applications.

US Pat. No. 9,836,256

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus including at least one processor and at least a memory coupled to the at least one
processor and having stored thereon instructions which, when executed by the at least one processor, cause the at least one
processor to function as:
a first print setting unit, which is installed in the information processing apparatus, configured to receive set values of
a plurality of print setting items on a first print setting screen and save a set of the set values; and

a second print setting unit, which is installed in the information processing apparatus in response to an installation of
a printer driver, configured to receive set values of a plurality of print setting items on a second print setting screen
and save a set of the set values,

wherein the first print setting unit is configured to obtain the set of the set values saved by the second print setting unit,
display, on the first print setting screen, a first list of names each corresponding to a respective set in a plurality of
sets of set values including the obtained set of the set values, and reflect the set values of the set corresponding to a
name selected from the first list in set values of the plurality of print setting items on the first print setting screen,

wherein the second print setting unit is configured to obtain the set of the set values saved by the first print setting unit,
display, on the second print setting screen, a second list of names each corresponding to a respective set in a plurality
of sets of set values including the obtained set of the set values, and reflect the set values of the set corresponding to
a name selected from the second list in set values of the plurality of print setting items on the second print setting screen.

US Pat. No. 9,836,258

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A non-transitory computer-readable recording medium storing a program that causes, when executed by at least one central
processing unit, an information processing apparatus, the information processing apparatus being connectable to an external
device by one of a first connection method and a second connection method different from the first connection method, and
the information processing apparatus being capable of detecting that the information processing apparatus is newly connected
to the external apparatus by the first connection method, by using the program, but incapable of detecting that the information
processing apparatus is newly connected to the external apparatus by the second connection method,to execute a control method, the control method comprising:
storing, in a memory, predetermined device information to be obtained from the external apparatus to which the information
processing apparatus is connected;

receiving an instruction for performing predetermined processing;
performing determination processing for determining whether the information processing apparatus is already connected to the
external apparatus by the first connection method or the information processing apparatus is already connected to the external
apparatus by the second connection method; and

performing the predetermined processing by using the predetermined device information,
wherein the predetermined processing is performed either by using the predetermined device information that has been stored
in the memory since before the instruction is received without obtaining the predetermined device information after the instruction
is received or by using the predetermined device information to be obtained after the instruction is received without using
the predetermined device information that has been stored in the memory since before the instruction is received, based on
a determination result of the determination processing, and

wherein the predetermined processing is performed by using the predetermined device information that has been stored in the
memory since before the instruction is received without obtaining the predetermined device information after the instruction
is received in a case where it is determined that the information processing apparatus is connected to the external apparatus
by the first connection method, and the predetermined processing is performed by using the predetermined device information
to be obtained after the instruction is received without using the predetermined device information that has been stored in
the memory since before the instruction is received in a case where it is determined that the information processing apparatus
is connected to the external apparatus by the second connection method.

US Pat. No. 9,836,260

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, TERMINAL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHODS THEREOF, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus having a first wireless communication unit and a second wireless communication unit which can communicate
at a communication speed higher than that of the first wireless communication unit, the printing apparatus comprising:
a communication control unit that, in a case where the first wireless communication unit communicates with a communication
partner apparatus in a state that a wireless connection using the second wireless communication unit cannot be established
in the printing apparatus, establishes a wireless connection between the printing apparatus and the communication partner
apparatus using the second wireless communication unit;

a receiving unit that receives print data from the communication partner apparatus via the wireless connection established
by the communication control unit; and

a print control unit that executes a print processing based on the print data;
wherein a portion where the communication partner apparatus is brought for wireless communication using the first wireless
communication unit is disposed on an operation unit having an operation display of the printing apparatus,

wherein an angle between a surface including the operation display on the operation unit and a transparent surface to place
a document for scan processing is changeable,

after the print processing based on the print data is completed, the printing apparatus works in the state that the wireless
connection using the second wireless communication unit cannot be established.

US Pat. No. 9,836,010

VIBRATION-TYPE DRIVING APPARATUS, ROBOT, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A vibration-type driving apparatus comprising:
a vibrator including an electro-mechanical transducer;
a driven body disposed in contact with the vibrator;
a supporting portion extending from the vibrator;
a base to which the vibrator is fixed, with the supporting portion interposed therebetween;
a vibration absorber disposed between the supporting portion and the base;
a compressive-force adjusting device configured to adjust a compressive force to be applied to the vibration absorber between
the supporting portion and the base, and

a step portion provided in the base and in direct contact with a surface of the supporting portion on a base side or a member
disposed in contact with the surface of the supporting portion of the base side between the supporting portion and the base
and larger in rigidity than the vibration absorber.

US Pat. No. 9,836,016

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising an apparatus body and a cartridge capable of being detachably attached to the apparatus
body,
wherein the apparatus body includes a body-side terminal that is a terminal for supplying electricity to the cartridge and
a terminal supporting member for supporting the body-side terminal,

wherein the cartridge includes:
a developing apparatus that develops as a developer image an electrostatic latent image formed on an image bearing member;
a cartridge-side terminal to which electricity is supplied from the apparatus body and which is located on a downstream side
in an attaching direction of the cartridge; and

a frame having an opening that exposes the cartridge-side terminal,
wherein, in a process of attaching the cartridge to the apparatus body, the body-side terminal makes contact with the cartridge-side
terminal so as to insert the body-side terminal and the terminal supporting member into the opening, and

wherein the body-side terminal presses the cartridge-side terminal in a state in which the cartridge is attached to the apparatus
body.

US Pat. No. 9,838,582

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR DISPLAYING A SCREEN RELATED TO A SETTING OF A LIGHT EMISSION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a first light emission unit configured to be able to move to a light emission position and a non-light emission position;
a second light emission unit detachably attached to the image pickup apparatus;
an operation unit operable by a user; and
a display control unit configured to control a setting screen on a display unit,
wherein the operation unit is an operating member that is able to move the first light emission unit from the non-light emission
position to the light emission position and able to display a first setting screen related to a setting of the first light
emission unit and a second setting screen related to a setting of the second light emission unit on the display, in accordance
with an operation of the operating unit by the user,

wherein, in a case where the second light emission unit is not attached to the image pickup apparatus, the first light emission
unit is configured to move from the non-light emission position to the light emission position without displaying the first
setting screen on the display unit in accordance with an operation of the operation unit in a state in which the first light
emission unit is located at the non-light emission position,

wherein, in a case where the second light emission unit is not attached to the image pickup apparatus, the display control
unit is configured to display the first setting screen on the display unit in accordance with the operation of the operation
unit without moving the first light emission unit in a state in which the first light emission unit is located at the light
emission position,

wherein, in a case where the second light emission unit is attached to the image pickup apparatus, the display control unit
is configured to display the second setting screen on the display unit in accordance with the operation of the operation unit
regardless of a position of the first light emission unit,

wherein the first light emission unit is a built-in flash device of the image pickup apparatus, and
wherein the second light emission unit is an external flash device detachably attached to the image pickup apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,835,765

OPTICAL ELEMENT AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A diffractive optical element comprising:
a first substrate having a surface including a first region, and a second region that surrounds the first region;
a first member containing fine particles of a transparent conductive material provided on the first region;
a second member provided on the second region so as to contact with the first substrate, and on the first member so as to
contact with the first member; and

a second substrate provided on the second member,
wherein at least a part of an interface where the first member and the second member contact has a diffraction grating shape,
and

wherein the second member has an oxygen permeability of 2.0×10?11 cm3·cm·(cm2·s·cmHg)?1 or less.

US Pat. No. 9,837,046

DISPLAY CONTROL DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control device comprising:
a calibration unit configured to display a plurality of images for colorimetry on a screen in a sequential order and to perform
calibration processing of adjusting display quality on the basis of a colorimetry result obtained by colorimetry with a sensor;

a detection unit configured to detect a predetermined event that can decrease an accuracy of colorimetry of the sensor while
the calibration processing is executed; and

a determination unit configured to perform determination processing of determining whether or not to stop the calibration
processing by comparing the colorimetry results before and after the detection of the predetermined event with the sensor
in a case where the detection unit detected the predetermined event, wherein

the determination unit displays again on the screen a preceding image for colorimetry that had been displayed before the predetermined
event was detected by the detection unit, performs colorimetry with the sensor, and determines to stop the calibration processing
in a case where a difference between a colorimetry value of the preceding image before the predetermined event as detected
by the detection unit and a colorimetry value of the preceding image after the predetermined event was detected by the detection
unit is greater than a predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 9,838,591

IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM FOR GENERATING A SIGNAL FOR FOCUS DETECTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a plurality of pixels each of which includes a plurality of photoelectric conversion units,
wherein each of the plurality of pixels outputs a first signal based on charge generated by one of the plurality of photoelectric
conversion units,

wherein the imaging apparatus includes
a first step of adding first signals of a plurality of pixels which have a same row address and consecutive column addresses,
a second step of adding first signals which have the same row address and consecutive column addresses, and
a third step of adding first signals which have the same row address and consecutive column addresses,
wherein row addresses of the plurality of pixels having the signals added to one another in the first step are the same as
row addresses having the signals added to one another in the second step, and column addresses of the plurality of pixels
having the signals added to one another in the first step are different from column addresses having the signals added to
one another in the second step,

wherein the row addresses having the signals added to one another in the first step are different from row addresses having
the signals added to one another in the third step, a portion of a range of column addresses having the signals added to one
another in the first step overlaps with a portion of a range of column addresses having the signals added to one another in
the third step, and the other portion of the range of column addresses having the signals added to one another in the first
step does not overlap with the other portion of the range of column addresses having the signals added to one another in the
third step, and

wherein the row addresses having the signals added to one another in the second step are different from the row addresses
having the signals added to one another in the third step, a portion of the range of the column addresses having the signals
added to one another in the second step overlaps with a portion of the range of the column addresses having the signals added
to one another in the third step, and the other portion of the range of the column addresses having the signals added to one
another in the second step does not overlap with the other portion of the range of the column addresses having the signals
added to one another in the third step.

US Pat. No. 9,838,619

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND RADIATION INSPECTION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising:
a sensor array, in which a plurality of sensors configured to detect radiation with first sensitivity and second sensitivity
which are different from each other are arranged such that the plurality of sensors form a plurality of rows and a plurality
of columns, wherein each of the plurality of sensors also includes a first sample/hold circuit configured to sample and hold
a first signal obtained with the first sensitivity and a second sample/hold circuit configured to sample and hold a second
signal obtained with the second sensitivity;

a row selecting unit configured to select each sensor of the sensor array on a row basis;
a signal readout unit configured to read out a signal from each sensor on a row selected by the row selecting unit; and
a control unit configured to
perform first control to control the sensor array so as to make the first sample/hold circuits collectively sample and hold
the first signals in the plurality of sensors and make the second sample/hold circuits collectively sample and hold the second
signals in the plurality of sensors, and

perform second control to control the row selecting unit so as to make the signal readout unit read out the first signal and
the second signal obtained by the first control from each sensor,

wherein, in the second control, after the signal readout unit reads out the first signal and the second signal, in sequence,
respectively held by the first sample/hold circuit and the second sample/hold circuit of each sensor on a row selected by
the row selecting unit, the control unit controls the row selecting unit to select each sensor on a row different from the
selected row.

US Pat. No. 9,838,625

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING CORRECTION OF A BLACK LEVEL IN A COMBINED IMAGE SIGNAL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus configured to combine a plurality of image signals, the image processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire the plurality of image signals;
a combining unit configured to compare signal values of all of the plurality of image signals which are positioned in a corresponding
area in an image and select only one image signal among the plurality of image signals for each area in the image according
to a predetermined rule, to generate a combined image signal;

a correction unit configured to correct a black level of each of the plurality of image signals yet to be combined and correct
a black level of the combined image signal generated by the combining unit;

a memory configured to store a table indicating whether correction of the black level is performed on the combined image signal
in accordance with a shooting condition; and

a control unit configured to refer to the table stored in the memory and control correction of the black level for the combined
image signal generated by the combining unit, based on a shooting condition at the time when the plurality of image signals
is acquired.

US Pat. No. 9,838,631

SOLID STATE IMAGING DEVICE AND METHOD OF DRIVING SOLID STATE IMAGING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid state imaging device comprising:
a pixel circuit configured to generate a pixel signal by photoelectric conversion;
a reference signal generation circuit configured to generate a reference signal which changes in level with time;
a plurality of comparators configured to,
compare a plurality of reference signals being given offset voltages differing from each other, with the pixel signal, or
compare a plurality of pixel signals being given offset voltages differing from each other, with the reference signal; and
a plurality of sets, each including a switch and a capacitor, each of the plurality of sets being provided for a different
one of the plurality of comparators and being configured to generate, based on the reference signal generated by the reference
signal generation circuit, the plurality of reference signals being given offset voltages differing from each other or the
plurality of pixel signals being given offset voltages differing from each other.

US Pat. No. 9,838,632

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF MOVIE RECORDING, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image pickup device having a plurality of pixels arranged in a two-dimensional array;
a first driver that drives the image pickup apparatus to acquire first image data from a first readout area of the image pickup
device;

a second driver that drives the image pickup device to acquire second image data from a second readout area, which is different
from the first readout area, of the image pickup device; and

a controller that:
changes a readout rate of the second image data to extend an exposure time for the image pickup device in a case where the
luminance of the subject becomes lower; and

reflects an evaluation value of a state of the subject based on the second image data acquired from the second readout area
to the first image data after extending an exposure time for the image pickup device.

US Pat. No. 9,838,633

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE AND IMAGE SENSING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion device comprising:
a photoelectric converter included in a pixel;
a transistor included in the pixel and having a gate, a first main electrode and a second main electrode, a voltage corresponding
to charges generated by the photoelectric converter being supplied to the gate;

a control line connected to the first main electrode of the transistor;
a voltage controller configured to change a voltage of the control line; and
a readout unit configured to generate a digital signal corresponding to a voltage of the gate, based on a current flowing
through the second main electrode of the transistor in which in a state that the pixel is selected and the voltage controller
changes the voltage of the control line.

US Pat. No. 9,838,636

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus, comprising:
a first photoelectric conversion element;
a second photoelectric conversion element adjacent to the first photoelectric conversion element in a first direction;
a third photoelectric conversion element adjacent to the first photoelectric conversion element in a second direction perpendicular
to the first direction;

a fourth photoelectric conversion element adjacent to the third photoelectric conversion element in the first direction, and
adjacent to the second photoelectric conversion element in the second direction;

a first, a second, a third and a fourth transfer transistors which are configured to transfer charges respectively from the
first, the second, the third and the fourth photoelectric conversion elements to a floating diffusion region;

an amplifying transistor configured to output a signal corresponding to the charges in the floating diffusion region;
a first, a second, a third and a fourth drive wirings extending in the first direction, which are electrically connected to
gates of the first, the second, the third and the fourth transfer transistors, respectively; and

a conductive member, which is configured to electrically connect the floating diffusion region and a gate of the amplifying
transistor to each other, and is configured to extend beyond an end portion of the floating diffusion region in a plan view
while being opposed to the first drive wiring,

wherein, in a plan view, a pair of the first photoelectric conversion element and the second photoelectric conversion element,
and a pair of the third photoelectric conversion element and the fourth photoelectric conversion element are arranged in line
symmetry, and

wherein, in the plain view, a pair of the first drive wiring and the second drive wiring, and a pair of the third drive wiring
and the fourth drive wiring are arranged in line symmetry.

US Pat. No. 9,838,637

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, IMAGE SENSING SYSTEM, AND CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image sensor comprising:
a pixel configured to generate a pixel signal corresponding to incident light;
an amplification circuit configured to amplify the pixel signal;
a setting circuit configured to set a gain of the amplification circuit based on a comparison result between a threshold and
the pixel signal amplified by the amplification circuit; and

a correction circuit configured to correct the pixel signal, which is amplified by a gain set by the setting circuit, by using
a first correction value and a second correction value, the first correction value being a value corresponding to a gain error
and the second correction value being a value corresponding to an offset of the amplification circuit in the gain.

US Pat. No. 9,838,638

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS, METHOD OF DRIVING THE SAME, AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising:
a plurality of pixels;
a unit which is a unit different from the pixels and includes a detecting element configured to detect radiation and a switch
element corresponding to the detecting element;

a signal line configured to transmit a signal output from the detecting element in accordance with the switch element changing
to a conductive state; and

a controller,
wherein the controller performs
a first operation of obtaining, before a start of radiation irradiation to the radiation imaging apparatus, a signal of the
signal line when the switch element is in a non-conductive state and a signal of the signal line when the switch element is
in the conductive state as a first signal and a second signal, respectively,

a second operation of obtaining, in response to the start of the radiation irradiation, a signal of the signal line when the
switch element is in the non-conductive state and a signal of the signal line when the switch element is in the conductive
state as a third signal and a fourth signal, respectively,

a third operation of calculating, based on the first signal, the second signal, the third signal, and the fourth signal, an
irradiation amount of the radiation since the start of the radiation irradiation and outputting a signal to end the radiation
irradiation in response to the irradiation amount reaching a reference value, and

a fourth operation of reading out image data from the plurality of pixels after the end of the radiation irradiation.

US Pat. No. 9,838,656

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:
a hardware processor; and
a memory which stores instructions to be executed by the hardware processor, wherein the instructions, when executed by the
hardware processor, cause the display control apparatus to:

generate an added frame by adding pixel values of a predetermined image pattern to pixel values of a first frame based on
a frame of an inputted image signal and generate a subtracted frame by subtracting the pixel values of the predetermined image
pattern from pixel values of a second frame based on the frame of the inputted image signal;

perform projection control to control a projection unit so that N frames, which are based on the frame of the inputted image
signal and include the added frame and the subtracted frame, are projected at N-times a frame frequency of the inputted image
signal, wherein N is greater than 1;

acquire a parameter based on a captured image obtained by a capturing unit capturing an image projected, according to the
projection control, on a screen; and

perform correction control to control, based on the parameter acquired in the acquiring, correction for a shape of an image
projected on the screen by the projection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,838,658

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS TONE CORRECTION, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus which develops photographed data, comprising:
a storage device; and
a processor configured to execute computer executable instructions recorded on the storage device, the computer executable
instructions including instructions, that when executed by the processor, cause the image processing apparatus to:

determine, based on a luminance histogram for the photographed data, an input lower limit and an input upper limit of luminance
values for use in developing the photographed data;

calculate, based on at least one of the determined input lower limit and the determined input upper limit, a reference level
of a gamma curve for use in carrying out gamma correction on the photographed data; and

perform gamma correction on the photographed data using the determined input lower limit and the determined input upper limit
and the gamma curve corresponding to the calculated reference level.

US Pat. No. 9,838,952

COMMUNICATION DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication device comprising:
a determination unit configured to determine whether the communication device participates in a wireless network;
a first transmission unit configured to transmit a search signal having a setting function to a plurality of channels in a
case where the communication device does not participate in the wireless network;

a second transmission unit configured to transmit, on a part of the plurality of channels and where the communication device
belongs, the search signal in a case where the communication device participates in the wireless network; and

an execution unit configured to execute, with another communication device which has responded to the search signal, a setting
process of a communication parameter.

US Pat. No. 9,832,335

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH POWER SAVING MODE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit;
a first control unit;
a second control unit configured to control said image forming unit; and
a plurality of lines that connect said first control unit and said second control unit,
wherein said plurality of lines include a first line for transmitting a clock to said second control unit from said first
control unit, a second line for communicating a command according to the clock between said first control unit and said second
control unit, and a third line for controlling a state of said second control unit by said first control unit,

wherein the command is represented by a predetermined number of data synchronized with the clock, and the predetermined number
of data has a start bit and command data that indicates a type of the command,

wherein the state of said second control unit includes a standby state and a sleep state of which power consumption is lower
than the standby state,

wherein said second control unit makes said image forming unit perform a preparation operation for forming an image in a case
where the start bit is in a first state after releasing the sleep state according to a state of the third line, and makes
said image forming unit not perform the preparation operation in a case where the start bit is in a second state after releasing
the sleep state according to the state of the third line.

US Pat. No. 9,829,777

LIGHT SOURCE UNIT AND PROJECTION TYPE DISPLAY APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light source unit comprising:
a first light source configured to emit a first light flux;
a second light source configured to emit a second light flux;
a condenser optical system including a plurality of condenser lenses having a common optical axis and configured to condense
the first light flux from the condenser lenses to a first position and to condense the second light flux from the condenser
lenses to a second position different from the first position,

a first optical element arranged at the first position and configured to reflect the first light flux to the condenser optical
system; and

a second optical element arranged at the second position and configured to reflect the second light flux to the condenser
optical system,

wherein the condenser optical system is arranged such that the first light flux and the second light flux are incident on
a condenser lens, among the condenser lenses that is disposed closest to the first light source and the second light source,
at angles different from each other.

US Pat. No. 9,832,341

METHOD FOR EXECUTING AN IMAGING DATA REQUEST FROM A MOBILE DEVICE TO AN IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS USING A PUBLIC AND PRIVATE NETWORK

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A mobile data processing method, comprising:
using an information processing apparatus having a memory and a processor coupled to the memory, the processor being configured
to receive from a mobile device, an imaging data request, a code generated by an image processing apparatus and a mobile device
code generated by the mobile device, the processor being configured to receive the imaging data request, the code and the
mobile device code via a public network when the mobile device is within a predetermined distance from the information processing
apparatus;

using the processor of the information processing apparatus to determine that the code and the mobile device code are stored
in the information processing apparatus in association with a user identification; and

using the processor of the information processing apparatus to transmit the received imaging data request to the image processing
apparatus via a private network in response to determining that the image processing apparatus has been logged into by a user
having the user identification stored in the information processing apparatus, to execute the imaging data request on the
image processing apparatus when the mobile device is within the predetermined distance from the information processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,832,344

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,832,349

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,829,789

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,828,511

IMAGE-RECORDING METHOD AND INK SET

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,829,794

EXPOSURE APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,828,515

INK, INK CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,832,360

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,832,361

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,832,364

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,832,376

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,829,815

TONER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,829,816

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

X={Mb/(Ma +Mb)}×100   (1)

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,829,818

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,832,384

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,832,391

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,832,419

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,832,432

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,832,460

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,832,469

CODING APPARATUS, CODING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,829,674

LENS BARREL AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,829,681

OPTICAL SYSTEM AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,829,746

DISPLAY APPARATUS HAVING OPTICAL SHEET

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,832,331

IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,829,769

IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,830,538

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,832,333

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,802,776

SHEET CONVEYANCE APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,807,222

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,801,596

RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiation imaging system, comprising:
a plurality of radiation imaging apparatuses, each radiation imaging apparatus comprising
a radiation detecting panel including a plurality of pixels arrayed in a two-dimensional matrix and configured to convert
radiation into image signals, and

an enclosure enveloping the radiation detecting panel;
wherein the plurality of radiation imaging apparatuses are arrayed so that a part of each of the radiation imaging apparatuses
spatially overlap as seen from a radiation irradiation side, and a radiation image is acquired based on image signals from
each of the plurality of radiation imaging apparatuses,

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,805,443

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,806,251

PIEZOELECTRIC MATERIAL, PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,802,412

IMAGE RECORDING METHOD AND SET

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,796,180

PIEZOELECTRIC LIQUID EJECTION DEVICE WITH ELECTRODES FORMED ON PARTITION WALL SURFACES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,798,265

LIQUID DEVELOPER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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


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

US Pat. No. 9,800,861

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS AND IMAGE SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,798,045

ANTIREFLECTION FILM AND METHOD OF PRODUCING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,799,118

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS AND DISTANCE CORRECTION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,799,122

MOTION INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS AND MOTION INFORMATION ACQUIRING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,800,674

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,798,158

OPTICAL APPARATUS CAPABLE OF RETRACTING OPTICAL ELEMENT FROM OPTICAL PATH

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,798,160

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,798,952

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,800,761

IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR SENDING IMAGE DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,800,767

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS WITH SHOCK RESISTANCE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,798,962

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,798,964

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,800,257

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS AND IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,800,775

FOCUS DETECTION APPARATUS AND METHOD, AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,796,925

METHOD FOR REMOVING TARGET OBJECT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,800,815

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM USING IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,797,717

MEASURING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,792,538

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,789,723

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,794,598

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,791,018

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,791,792

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,791,802

SCANNING OPTICAL DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,791,810

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,791,812

ROTATABLE FEEDING MEMBER AND ROTATABLE FIXING MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,791,814

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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