US Pat. No. 10,404,869

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT CARRIES OUT COMMUNICATION WITH MULTIPLE EXTERNAL APPARATUSES, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing system including a printing control apparatus which performs a control on printing and an image forming apparatus which forms an image on a sheet and is connected via a LAN cable to the printing control apparatus,wherein the image forming apparatus comprising:
a first network interface connected to the LAN cable; and
a second network interface that provides an access point and allocates one IP address to an external terminal which accesses the access point,
wherein the printing control apparatus comprising:
a third network interface connected to the LAN cable; and
a fourth network interface to which a specific IP address used for connecting to a specific network is allocated, and
wherein the image forming apparatus obtains network information related the specific IP address from the printing control apparatus, and determines based on at least the network information the one IP address to be distributed to the external terminal which accesses the access point.

US Pat. No. 10,401,544

OPTICAL SYSTEM AND OPTICAL APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical system comprising:a first optical surface located closest to an object side of the optical system;
a first optical element made of resin having an anomalous dispersion property with respect to a g-line and an F-line;
a second optical surface located between the first optical surface and the first optical element; and
a reflection portion provided on the second optical surface and configured to reflect ultraviolet radiation, and
a second optical element made of other than resin and located closest to an image side of the optical system, and
wherein the anomalous dispersion property is represented by the expression 0.0272<|??gF|, and wherein ?gF=(ng?nF)/(nF?nC),
where ng, nF, nd, and nC respectively represents refractive index of Fraunhofer lines: the g-line, the F-line, a d-line, and a C-line,
wherein, to suppress ultraviolet radiation from entering into the first optical element, the optical system satisfies the following conditional expressions:
0.10?Lu/L?0.90,
|tan?1(H0/Lr)?tan?1{H0(Lr?Lu)/(Ru×Lr)}|?25°,
where Lu represents a distance along an optical axis of the optical system, measured from the first optical surface to the reflection portion, L represents a distance along the optical axis as measured from the first optical surface to the image side of the second optical element, H0 represents a maximum height of the first optical surface as measured from the optical axis, Lr represents a distance along the optical axis as measured from the first optical surface to the first optical element, and Ru represents a radius of curvature of the second optical surface.

US Pat. No. 10,402,057

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CALCULATING GLOSS PARAMETER DURING PAGE TURN OF PRINT PREVIEW

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:at least one processor configured to cause the display control apparatus to act as:
a selecting unit configured to select a paper type to be used for print preview,
an acquiring unit configured to acquire an image data group, a generating unit configured to generate a layout image of a spread page by arranging at least an image based on image data in the image data group acquired by the acquiring unit, a display control unit configured to cause a display to display a preview image of the layout image of the spread page generated by the generating unit, and
a specifying unit configured to specify a glossiness of a page in the preview image,
wherein, in a case where the at least one processor causes the specifying unit to execute, the specifying unit executes to:
specify an angle parameter for each of a plurality of areas divided out of the page,
specify a glossiness for each of the plurality of areas based on a gloss parameter, wherein the gloss parameter is determined based on the paper type selected by the selecting unit, and the angle parameter specified for each of the plurality of areas, and specify a glossiness for each of the plurality of areas anew in a case where a position of the page changes based on page turning,
wherein, in a case where the display displays the preview image, the preview image is displayed based on the layout image of the spread page generated by the generating unit and the glossiness specified by the specifying unit.

US Pat. No. 10,404,879

REMOTE SUPPORT SYSTEM THAT NOTIFIES WHEN A DEVICE IS IN A STATE OF REMOTE SUPPORT SERVICE, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, EXTERNAL TERMINAL, PRINTER CONTROLLER, METHODS OF CONTROLLING THESE, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A remote support system including an image forming apparatus, a printer controller for transferring at least a print job to execute image processing in the image forming apparatus, wherein the printer controller has an operation display unit for managing the print job, an external terminal, and a relay server that relays information for performing a remote support service between the image forming apparatus and the external terminal, and whereinthe image forming apparatus comprises
a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions to:
transmit, in a case where the remote support service for performing maintenance of the image forming apparatus is started, a start notification of the remote support service to the printer controller; and
the printer controller comprises:
a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions to:
receive the transmitted start notification; and
notify, based on the received start notification, an instruction apparatus that makes an instruction to the printer controller which transmits the print job to be executed by the image forming apparatus, of information regarding the remote support service and a notification causing the operation display unit of the printer controller for managing the print job to display a display indicating that the image forming apparatus accepts the remote support service,
wherein the at least one processor of the printer controller further executes the instructions to:
accept a job to be executed by the image forming apparatus; and
restrict execution of the job based on whether or not the remote support service is being performed,
wherein the image forming apparatus further comprises:
a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions to
set setting information about a job accepted during the remote support service, and
transmit the start notification and the set setting information to the printer controller, and
wherein the at least one processor of the printer controller further executes the instructions to:
restrict execution of the job based on the setting information.

US Pat. No. 10,402,066

INFORMATION PROCESSING TERMINAL AND CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing terminal communicating with a client via a network, wherein the client provides HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) data including descriptions related to data to be shared and a share object to be displayed in a window via a user agent (UA), the information processing terminal comprising:a memory storing instructions related to a web browser of the information processing terminal; and
a processor which is capable of executing the instructions causing the information processing terminal to:
display a page including the share object based on the HTML data received from the client, wherein the HTML data includes descriptions related to a first function executed in response to an operation to the share object displayed on the page and, in the first function, descriptions related to the data to be shared and descriptions related to a second function using a navigator interface to provide a selection screen for selecting a service are defined;
make a request for function information, by executing the first function in response to a user instruction to the share object via the displayed page, from the web browser to an operating system (OS) of the information processing terminal;
receive function information from the OS based on the request;
present, according to the second function a selection screen for selecting one of services corresponding to the received function information; and
issue a share request for the data to be shared in response to a selection via the selection screen,
wherein the function information is information for calling, from the web browser, the service provided by a service provider different from the OS, and
wherein, after the share request is issued, the service provider providing the service corresponding to the selection via the selection screen receives the data to be shared.

US Pat. No. 10,404,889

PRINTING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING PRINTING SYSTEM THAT ALLOW A USER OF A MOBILE TERMINAL TO PRINT TO AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS USING THE MOBILE TERMINAL, AND A SERVICE PROVIDER TO CHARGE THE USER FOR PRINTING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of controlling a printing system in which a mobile terminal and a plurality of image forming apparatuses are connectable to a management system and a charging system via a network, the method comprising:in the management system, authenticating that a user of the mobile terminal is a registered user of the printing system;
in the charging system, for charging payment for a print service provided using an image forming apparatus, of the plurality of image forming apparatuses, by one or more service providers, confirming that clearance processing of the user of the mobile terminal is possible;
in the mobile terminal, displaying, on a screen, a setting region for inputting a print setting for print data, and a search region for inputting a search condition for image forming apparatus candidates, of the plurality of image forming apparatuses, for executing printing;
in the management system, searching for one or more image forming apparatuses, out of the plurality of image forming apparatuses, in accordance with the search condition input in the search region of the screen displayed in the mobile terminal;
in the mobile terminal, displaying display content that associates information of the one or more image forming apparatuses with charge information for when the print data is printed by the one or more image forming apparatuses, respectively, on a screen that includes a selection region by which it is possible to select a printing target, out of the one or more image forming apparatuses found in the searching, wherein the charge information is calculated based on at least (i) cost fees according to the respective image forming apparatuses, which are necessary if the print data is printed, obtained by the input print setting, and (ii) an additional fee required by a service provider, of the one or more service providers, of the respective image forming apparatuses;
in the mobile terminal, transmitting, to the management system, a print instruction that includes information of an image forming apparatus selected as the printing target in the selection region;
in the management system, issuing a print job including information by which it is at least possible to identify the print instruction that is for the image forming apparatus selected as the printing target if the clearance processing of the user is possible;
in the image forming apparatus selected as the printing target, outputting printed material by printing the print data based on the issued print job; and
in the management system, making a request for clearance processing, based on the charge information, to the charging system after the outputting of the printed material.

US Pat. No. 10,404,892

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR OUTPUTTING A HALFTONE IMAGE AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a controlling portion having a processor which executes a set of instructions or having a circuitry, the controlling portion being configured to:
execute halftone processing using a dithering matrix on input image data with a first resolution, and output the image data having been subjected to the halftone processing;
perform correction on the image data having been subjected to the halftone processing to shift a pixel in a sub-scanning direction at a correction position in a main-scanning direction, the correction position being determined based on correction information for correcting distortion resulting from curvature of a scan line to form an image according to the output image data; and
generate image data with a converted resolution by performing resolution conversion processing on the corrected image data to convert the resolution of the image data from the first resolution to a second resolution lower than the first resolution,
wherein the dithering matrix includes a plurality of sub-matrices,
wherein an arrangement of a threshold in a first sub-matrix is configured so as to form a first halftone dot having a first line shape for an input image with a predetermined density,
wherein an arrangement of a threshold in a second sub-matrix adjacent to the first sub-matrix is configured so as to form a second halftone dot with the same angle as the first line shape and having a center position different from the first halftone dot for the input image with the predetermined density, and
wherein the first halftone dot and the second halftone dot form a line shape with a predetermined screen angle in an image having been subjected to the halftone processing, the image being obtained after executing the halftone processing on the input image with the predetermined density by using the first sub-matrix and the second sub-matrix.

US Pat. No. 10,404,893

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM STORAGE MEDIUM THAT CONVERT GRAY HIGHLIGHT COLOR VALUES FROM NOT TARGETED TO BEING TARGETED FOR BACKGROUND COLOR REMOVAL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the set of instructions to:
obtain device-dependent RGB values;
convert the device-dependent RGB values into device-independent RGB values using a three-dimensional look-up table;
perform background color removal processing for the converted device-independent RGB values to convert a signal value being larger than a first predetermine signal value into white using a one-dimensional look-up table; and
convert the device-independent RGB values for which the background color removal processing has been performed into CMYK values,
wherein the at least one processor executes the set of instructions to:
in a conversion of the device-dependent RGB values using the three-dimensional look-up table, convert gray highlights RGB values that are not target for the background color removal processing of the device-dependent RGB values before the conversion, into RGB values that are target for the background color removal processing, and
in the conversion of the device-dependent RGB values using the three-dimensional look-up table, not convert highlights RGB values that are not gray and are not target for the background color removal processing of the device-dependent RGB values before the conversion, into RGB values that are target for the background color removal processing.

US Pat. No. 10,402,080

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS RECOGNIZING INSTRUCTION BY TOUCH INPUT, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors which, when executing instructions, causes the information processing apparatus to function as:
an obtainment unit configured to obtain input positions input and periodically detected on an input area, and determine whether a first condition is satisfied by an initial portion of a series of the obtained input positions;
a display control unit configured to scroll at least a portion of an image displayed on a display screen in response to movement of an input position obtained by the obtainment unit;
a storage unit configured to store a plurality of dictionary data pieces corresponding to a plurality of instructions recognized by the information processing apparatus, wherein the plurality of dictionary data pieces includes figures constituted of two or more strokes; and
a recognition unit configured to recognize an instruction corresponding to a figure based on a comparison between a shape of two or more strokes constituted of input positions input after the first condition is satisfied by the initial portion of the series of input positions obtained by the obtainment unit and shapes of the figures included in the plurality of dictionary data pieces,
wherein the recognition unit determines whether a shape of a first stroke of the two or more strokes is similar to each of a first stroke of the figures included in the dictionary data pieces, and recognizes, in case of determination that the shape of the first stroke of the two or more strokes is similar to any one of the first stroke of the figures included in the dictionary data pieces, the instruction based on a comparison between a shape formed by all of the two or more strokes including the first stroke and the shapes of the figures included in the plurality of dictionary data pieces,
wherein, the display control unit does not scroll the image in response to movement of an input position input after the first condition is satisfied, and
wherein the recognition unit further determines, in case of determination that the shape of the first stroke of the two or more strokes is not similar to any one of the first stroke of the figures included in the dictionary data pieces, whether a second condition is satisfied by the first stroke of the two or more strokes constituted of input positions input after the first condition and, in case of determination that the second condition is satisfied, excludes the first stroke from a target of processing for determining whether the target forms one of the figures included in the plurality of dictionary data pieces corresponding to the plurality of instructions recognized by the information processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,404,905

IMAGE SENSOR AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image sensor comprising:a pixel portion that is constituted by a plurality of pixels, and includes a first pixel group and a second pixel group,
wherein each of the pixels included in the first pixel group and the second pixel group includes:
a microlens;
a plurality of photoelectric conversion portions corresponding to the microlens; and
a plurality of transfer gates that respectively correspond to the photoelectric conversion portions, and have transfer gate electrodes covering same partial regions in the photoelectric conversion portions, and
an average position of barycenters of respective light receivable regions of the photoelectric conversion portions corresponding to the each microlens of the first pixel group and an average position of barycenters of respective light receivable regions of the photoelectric conversion portions corresponding to the each microlens of the second pixel group are offset in opposite directions to each other in the pixels.

US Pat. No. 10,402,346

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF BACKING UP AND RESTORING KEY FOR DATA ENCRYPTION AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a storage device configured to store data;
an encryption chip mounted on a first board of the information processing apparatus, and configured to store an encryption key therein, the encryption chip encrypting data to be written into the storage device by using the encryption key, and decrypting data read from the storage device by using the encryption key;
a nonvolatile memory mounted on a second board, and configured to store a backup encryption key; and
wherein the nonvolatile memory stores predetermined identification information in association with the backup encryption key,
wherein, a control unit acquires an identification information of the information processing apparatus when restoring the backup encryption key to a component, and confirms whether the acquired identification information of the information processing apparatus is corresponding to the stored predetermined identification information,
wherein, in a case where the acquired identification information of the information processing apparatus is corresponding to the stored predetermined identification information, the restoring of the backup encryption key to the component is permitted, and in a case where the acquired identification information of the information processing apparatus is not corresponding to the stored predetermined identification information, the restoring of the backup encryption key to the component is not permitted.

US Pat. No. 10,404,912

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus configured to process captured images captured by an image capturing apparatus configured to simultaneously capture a plurality of images for generating a panoramic image or a generated image generated from the captured images, the image processing apparatus comprising:a judgment unit configured to judge whether or not to perform an elimination process, which is to eliminate a region corresponding a support member supporting the image capturing apparatus, for the captured images or the generated image based on determining whether the region corresponding the support member is surrounded by a single region or by two or more different regions in the captured images or the generated image;
a notification unit configured to notify, in a case where the judgment unit determines that the region corresponding to the support member is surrounded by two or more different regions, a user of guidance information for changing a viewpoint position from which the image capturing apparatus captures images without performing the elimination process for the captured images or the generated image; and
a replacement unit configured to, in a case where the judgment unit judges that the region corresponding to the support member is surrounded by the single region, perform the elimination process by replacing the region corresponding the support member with texture in the single region surrounding the region corresponding the support member.

US Pat. No. 10,404,918

TRANSLATIONAL DRIVING APPARATUS AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS USING THIS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A driving apparatus comprising:drive units, each of which has a vibration-type actuator and an output portion that outputs a driving force;
a holding portion that holds the drive units;
a movable body that has driving-force receiving parts that slidably engage with the output portions, and that is driven by the drive units; and
a fixing portion that supports the movable body so as to allow translation in any direction in a plane,
wherein the fixing portion is shaped like a ring and has long holes elongated in a circumferential direction,
wherein the movable body has projecting members projected from an outer periphery of the movable body in radial directions, and
wherein the movable body is arranged inside the fixing portion with the projecting members being respectively inserted in the long holes.

US Pat. No. 10,404,920

IMAGE STABILIZATION APPARATUS, LENS BARREL, AND IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image stabilization apparatus comprising:a correction lens;
a lens holder configured to hold the correction lens and to move on a spherical surface with a predetermined point as a center on an optical axis for an image stabilization; and
a base member configured to movably hold the lens holder and to include a second surface that contacts a first surface on the lens holder when the lens holder moves on the spherical surface,
wherein at least one of the first surface on the lens holder and the second surface on the base member inclines to the predetermined point so as to approach to the optical axis.

US Pat. No. 10,401,600

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising in order from an object side to an image side a front lens group having a positive refractive power and configured not to move for zooming, a second lens group including a plurality of lens units each configured to move for zooming, and a rear lens group having a positive refractive power and configured not to move for zooming, an interval between each two, of a lens group, a lens unit, a lens subunit, and a lens sub-subunit, adjacent to each other being changed for zooming,wherein at least a part of the front lens group is configured to move for focusing,
the second lens group includes a lens unit V having a negative refractive power and a lens unit C,
the lens unit V includes a lens subunit V1 including in order from the object side to the image side a lens sub-subunit V1a having a negative refractive power and a lens sub-subunit V1b having a negative refractive power,
a conditional expression
0.50 is satisfied, where m1 is an interval on an optical axis between the lens sub-subunit V1a and the lens sub-subunit V1b at a wide angle end, and m2 is a maximum interval on the optical axis between the lens sub-subunit V1a and the lens sub-subunit V1b for zooming, and
wherein the lens unit V includes a lens subunit V2 on the image side of the lens subunit V1, the lens subunit V2 having a negative refractive power and configured to move along a locus convex toward the object side for zooming from the wide angle end to a telephoto end.

US Pat. No. 10,401,601

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens, comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:a first lens unit having a positive refractive power;
a second lens unit having a negative refractive power;
a third lens unit having a positive refractive power;
a fourth lens unit having a negative refractive power; and
a fifth lens unit having a positive refractive power, wherein intervals between adjacent lens units are changed during zooming,
wherein the first lens unit which is not moved in an optical axis direction for zooming,
wherein the second lens unit, the third lens unit, and the fourth lens unit are moved in the optical axis direction during zooming,
wherein the fourth lens unit is moved in the optical axis direction during focusing,
wherein the third lens unit comprises, in order from the object side to the image side, a first lens subunit having a positive refractive power, and a second lens subunit having a positive refractive power,
wherein the second lens subunit is moved during image stabilization in a direction having a component in a direction orthogonal to the optical axis, and
wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
?1.35 5.70 ?5.00

US Pat. No. 10,403,658

IMAGE SENSING DEVICE AND MOVING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image sensing device comprising:a plurality of pixels arrayed so as to form a plurality of rows and a plurality of columns;
a plurality of sets of control lines respectively assigned to the plurality of rows such that one set of control lines is connected to one of the plurality of rows;
a row drive circuit configured to drive the plurality of sets of control lines; and
an assist circuit,
wherein each set of the plurality of sets of control lines includes a first control line and a second control line,
the row drive circuit includes a first drive circuit connected to a first end of the first control line of a corresponding set of control lines out of the plurality of sets of control lines and a second drive circuit connected to a first end of the corresponding second control line, and
the assist circuit includes a plurality of assist drive circuits each connected to a second end of the first control line of the corresponding set of control lines out of the plurality of sets of control lines, each of the plurality of assist drive circuits being configured to drive the corresponding first control line in accordance with a control signal supplied to the corresponding second control line by the second drive circuit and a second signal which is different from the control signal and different from a signal on the corresponding first control line, the second signal defining a period during which the assist drive circuit drives the corresponding first control line toward a predetermined voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,402,125

SYSTEM FOR CHECK PRINTING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing system including a printing unit, comprising:at least one processor and at least one memory coupled to each other and cooperating to act as:
a print job acceptance unit configured to accept a print job;
a first print unit configured to control the printing unit to perform a first print process which is a print process using print data of a the print job;
a setting unit configured to receive, via a setting screen, an execution timing of a second print process which is a print process using a part of the print data of the print job before performance of the first print process, wherein the execution timing is specified by a user using the setting screen;
an acceptance unit configured to accept, via a user interface, during performance of the first print process, a user instruction for performing the second print process; and
a second print unit configured to control the printing unit to perform the second print process, the second print process being the print process using a part of the print data used in the first print process, during the performance of the first print process, the first print process being the print process using the print data of the print job, based on the execution timing of the second print process set by the setting unit and the user instruction which is accepted by the acceptance unit during the performance of the first print process,
wherein, in a case where the second print unit controls the printing unit to perform the second print process based on the user instruction accepted by the acceptance unit during the performance of the first print process, the second print unit is configured to control the printing unit to perform the second print process using only one page of the print data of the print job of the first print process being performed when the acceptance unit accepts the user instruction, the only one page being defined by a timing at which the acceptance unit accepts the user instruction, a page to be printed by the second print process being a page varying in accordance with the timing at which the acceptance unit accepts the user instruction,
wherein, in a case where the second print unit controls the printing unit to perform the second print process based on the execution timing of the second print process received by the setting unit, the second print unit is configured to control the printing unit to perform the second print process using print data of only one page defined by the execution timing of the second print process received by the setting unit,
wherein a delivery destination of the second print process being performed based on the user instruction accepted by the acceptance unit during the performance of the first print process is the same as a delivery destination of the second print process being performed based on the execution timing of the second print process received by the setting unit,
wherein both of the setting of the execution timing of the second print process by the setting unit and the acceptance of the user instruction for performing the second print process by the acceptance unit can be made for the accepted single print job, and
wherein pages to be printed by the first print process include a same page as a page to be printed by the second print process.

US Pat. No. 10,403,664

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus comprising:light receiving elements disposed along a first plane, wherein a light receiving element of the light receiving elements includes:
first and second photoelectric conversion portions arrayed along and below the first plane, and arrayed in an arrayed direction so that an isolation portion is disposed between the photoelectric conversion portions, and
a light guide portion disposed above the first and the second photoelectric conversion portions so that the light guide portion overlaps the first and the second photoelectric conversion portions in an orthogonal direction orthogonal to the first plane,
wherein, in at least a second plane, which is parallel to the first plane and which traverses the light guide portion, the light guide portion is surrounded by an insulating film and a refractive index of the light guide portion is higher than a refractive index of the insulating film,
wherein the second plane has a first direction parallel to the arrayed direction and a second direction orthogonal to the first direction, and
wherein, in the second plane, a width of the light guide portion in the first direction is larger than a width of the light guide portion in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,402,128

PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR CONTROLLING PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A print control apparatus to communicate with a printing apparatus having a plurality of sheet holding units configured to hold sheets to be used for printing, wherein the printing apparatus is for conveying a sheet held in at least one of the plurality of sheet holding units and printing an image on the sheet, the print control apparatus comprising:a storage that stores sheet information of the sheets held in the plurality of sheet holding units;
a user interface that selects a sheet holding unit from the plurality of sheet holding units and receives sheet information which is different from a size of the sheet held in the selected sheet holding unit; and
controller that instructs, in a case where the sheet information stored in the storage unit of the sheet held in the selected sheet holding unit is changed to the sheet information received by the user interface, the printing apparatus not to use the sheet held in the selected sheet holding unit for printing until a predetermined condition is satisfied.

US Pat. No. 10,404,947

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a memory configured to store a program; and
a processor operatively coupled to the memory and configured to execute the program stored in the memory, wherein the processor:
(1) associates coordinates on a video captured by a first camera with coordinates on a video captured by a second camera;
(2) obtains, according to a user operation to designate a specific position within the field of view of the video captured by the first camera to be applied to an event detection in the video captured by the first camera, first position information of the specific position in the video captured by the first camera, wherein the specific position designated by the user operation is (a) a line segment for passage detection as the event detection or (b) a closed region for intrusion detection as the event detection; and
(3) sets for the second camera, based on (a) the obtained first position information of the specific position designated by the user operation in the video captured by the first camera and (b) the association between the coordinates on the video captured by the first camera and the coordinates on the video captured by the second camera, second position information of a specific position to be applied to an event detection in the video captured by the second camera.

US Pat. No. 10,402,130

PRINTING SYSTEM AND RELATED CONTROL METHOD IN WHICH A PRINTING APPARATUS CONNECTS WITH A MOBILE TERMINAL IF A PRINTING RESERVATION CORRESPONDING TO A PRINTING INSTRUCTION FROM THE MOBILE TERMINAL IS MANAGED BY A SERVER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing system in which a management server, a mobile terminal, and an image forming apparatus can be connected via a network, the printing system including:(A) the management server that comprises:
(a) at least one memory storing first instructions; and
(b) at least one processor executing the first instructions to cause the management server:
(i) to issue a printing reservation in accordance with a request from a user;
(ii) to manage the issued printing reservation; and
(iii) to provide information concerning the managed printing reservation to the user, in response to an inquiry; and
(B) the image forming apparatus that comprises:
(a) at least one memory storing second instructions; and
(b) at least one processor executing the second instructions to cause the image forming apparatus:
(i) to accept a printing instruction from the mobile terminal;
(ii) to send an inquiry to the management server as to whether the management server manages a printing reservation corresponding to the accepted printing instruction;
(iii) to transmit connection information to the mobile terminal if the printing reservation corresponding to the accepted printing instruction is managed by the management server as a result of the inquiry;
(iv) to set communication with the mobile terminal as a connected state when a connection request from the mobile terminal using the transmitted connection information is received;
(v) to obtain printing data corresponding to the printing instruction from the mobile terminal set in the connected state;
(vi) to execute printing processing using the obtained printing data; and
(vii) to set communication with the mobile terminal to an unconnected state after execution of the printing processing is complete,
wherein, if the printing reservation corresponding to the accepted printing instruction is not managed by the management server as a result of the inquiry, the printing instruction accepted from the mobile terminal is rejected and the connection information is not transmitted to the mobile terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,403,667

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF THE SAME HAVING WAVEGUIDE INCLINED SIDE FACE WITH IMPROVED SENSITIVITY BY INCREASING REFLECTION RATE OF LIGHT REACHING SIDE FACE NEAR INCIDENT FACE OR ENTRANCE FACE OF WAVEGUIDE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion device comprising:a photoelectric conversion unit disposed in a substrate;
a waveguide member disposed above the photoelectric conversion unit; and
an insulating member disposed above the substrate, and surrounding at least part of the waveguide member,
wherein the waveguide member has a first side face, a second side face, and a third side face, arranged in that order from the substrate,
wherein each of the first side face, the second side face and the third side face is inclined with respect to a line perpendicular to a light receiving face of the photoelectric conversion unit,
wherein an angle of inclination of the second side face is smaller than 90 degrees,
wherein the angle of inclination of the first side face is smaller than the angle of inclination of the second side face, and
wherein the angle of inclination of the third side face is smaller than the angle of inclination of the second side face.

US Pat. No. 10,402,131

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD TO FORM IMAGE ON SHEET USING PAGE IMAGE DATA AND OBJECT INFORMATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus capable of transmitting print data to an image forming apparatus for forming an image on a sheet based on print data, the image processing apparatus comprising:one or more controllers configured of at least one processor or at least one circuit having a function, the one or more controllers configured to perform:
receiving print data including a plurality of pages;
generating transmit print data to be transmitted to the image forming apparatus, the transmit print data including, for a first page of which print data meets a predetermined condition among the plurality of pages, page image data which is generated by performing rendering processing on the print data of the first page and, for a second page of which print data does not meet the predetermined condition among the plurality of pages, print data of the second page on which rendering processing has not been performed,
wherein the transmit print data that is transmitted to the image forming apparatus has a command in a PDL format for reading the generated page image data.

US Pat. No. 10,402,135

PRINTER LIST GENERATOR, MOBILE TERMINAL, AND PRINTER LIST GENERATION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printer list generator comprising:a memory that stores a computer program; and
a processor that executes the computer program to perform:
searching for virtual printers that have been registered in a plurality of respective printing services, the searched-for virtual printers having printer identifiers (IDs), wherein the searched-for virtual printers are virtual printers capable of printing a document file specified as a print-target document file by a user;
determining groups based on the printer IDs of the searched-for virtual printers, wherein each of the groups includes the searched-for virtual printers having a same printer ID, and wherein the searched-for virtual printers having different printer IDs are determined as belonging to different groups;
generating a printer list that displays the determined groups, wherein the virtual printers included in each group are further displayed using a form of a drop-down list in the printer list; and
controlling a printer so that the printer prints the print-target document file, the printer being specified as a destination printer by the user from the generated printer list.

US Pat. No. 10,402,138

COMMUNICATION TERMINAL, CONTROL METHOD OF COMMUNICATION TERMINAL, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication terminal that transmits a login request to an external device, the communication terminal comprising:a near-field communication interface;
a display device;
a memory device that stores programs; and
at least one processor that executes the programs to cause the communication terminal to perform operations including:
setting, as operation settings of the communication terminal, whether to enable wireless communication functions which use the near-field communication interface;
receiving, via the near-field communication interface, a packet transmitted by an external device, upon condition that the setting sets to enable the wireless communication functions which use the near-field communication interface;
displaying a screen including identification information of the external device as a candidate for an external device to transmit a login request to, upon condition that a user operation to transition to a screen for performing transmission of a login request to an external device has been received and a strength of radio waves carrying the received packet is greater than or equal to a threshold value; and
displaying a predetermined notification before displaying a screen for performing the login request, upon condition that a user operation to transition to the screen for performing transmission of a login request to an external device has been received and the setting does not set to enable wireless communication functions which use the near-field communication interface.

US Pat. No. 10,402,139

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT GENERATES PRINT FUNCTION INFORMATION, AND RELATED CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:(A) a memory that stores instructions; and
(B) one or more processors that execute the instructions stored in the memory to cause the information processing apparatus:
(a) to obtain a print setting definition file of a printer driver in which a setting item, a first additional item, and a second additional item are described;
(b) to obtain an additional function from a printing apparatus; and
(c) to generate print function information in which the setting item, the first additional item, and the second additional item are described, based on the print setting definition file, wherein, in a case in which a first additional function, as the additional function, is obtained, the print function information is generated so that information regarding the first additional function is described in the first additional item, and an attribute indicating non-display is described in the second additional item, and wherein, in a case in which the first additional function and a second additional function, as the additional function, are obtained, the print function information is generated so that information regarding the first additional function is described in the first additional item, and information regarding the second additional function is described in the second additional item.

US Pat. No. 10,399,324

CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR CONTROLLING FORMING APPARATUS WHICH FORMS CONCAVO-CONVEX STRUCTURE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A forming apparatus configured to form a concavo-convex structure by stacking materials, comprising:one or more processors;
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 forming apparatus to:
obtain pieces of slice data corresponding respectively to a plurality of layers by dividing concavo-convex data indicating the concavo-convex structure; and
stack materials multiple times on a medium based on the slice data,
wherein the stacking is switchable between a first method and a second method, the first method outputting the slice data corresponding to an uppermost layer in the concavo-convex structure specified by the concavo-convex data in the last of a formation order of the pieces of slice data, and the second method outputting the slice data corresponding to the uppermost layer in the concavo-convex structure specified by the concavo-convex data in an earlier stage than the last of the formation order.

US Pat. No. 10,399,346

LIQUID CONTAINER UNIT AND RECORDING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid container unit comprising:a liquid container; and
an integral injection port cover,
wherein the liquid container comprises:
a plurality of liquid storage portions; and
a plurality of injection ports which are provided to the respective plurality of liquid storage portions, and are configured to enable injection of liquid into the plurality of liquid storage portions; and
wherein the integral injection port cover integrally includes a plurality of stopper members provided in one to one with the plurality of injection ports, and wherein by rotating the integral injection port cover with respect to the liquid container, a state of the plurality of stopper members changes between a state in which the plurality of injection ports are opened and a state in which the plurality of injection ports are closed.

US Pat. No. 10,399,347

LIQUID SUPPLYING MECHANISM, AND LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid supplying mechanism, comprising:a tank configured to store a liquid supplied to a liquid ejection head; and
a bottle configured to replenish the liquid into the tank;
wherein the tank comprises:
a liquid storage section configured to store a liquid; and
a liquid injection port configured to inject the liquid into the liquid storage section from the bottle;
wherein the bottle comprises:
a bottle section configured to store the liquid replenished into the tank; and
a protruding section, which delivers the liquid with being inserted into the liquid injection port of the tank, and the protruding section is directly fixed to the bottle section,
wherein the liquid injection port of the tank comprises:
a protruding section insertion portion into which the protruding section of the bottle is insertable; and
a protruding section fixing portion, which is engageable with the protruding section of the bottle, to thereby be capable of fixing the bottle to the tank,
wherein the protruding section of the bottle comprises:
a first protruding portion having a first outer diameter F1 and being formed at an end portion of the protruding section;
a second protruding portion having a second outer diameter F2 smaller than the first outer diameter F1; and
a third protruding portion having a third outer diameter F3 larger than the first outer diameter F1,
wherein the first protruding portion is formed on the end portion of the protruding section, the third protruding portion is formed at a position adjacent to the bottle section, and the second protruding portion is formed between the first protruding portion and the third protruding portion,
wherein the protruding section insertion portion has an opening diameter T1 larger than the outer diameter F1, and the protruding section fixing portion is formed continuously with the protruding section insertion portion, and has an opening width T2 that is smaller than the outer diameter T1 and larger than the outer diameter F2, and
wherein the third outer diameter F3 is larger than the opening widths T1 and T2 so as to be configured that the third protruding portion comes into abutment on a peripheral edge of the protruding section insertion portion and the bottle is fixed to the tank with the protruding section fixing portion being sandwiched between the first protruding portion and the third protruding portion.

US Pat. No. 10,402,936

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD RELATING TO AN IMAGE COMPRESSION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming system including an information processing apparatus and an image forming apparatus connected with the information processing apparatus, whereinthe information processing apparatus comprises:
at least one processor; and at least one memory storing instructions, when executed by the processor, causing the apparatus to function as;
a first compression unit configured to compress image data and to store compressed image data in a first storage unit;
a first determination unit configured to determine a compression method on a basis of a data size of the compressed image data stored in the first storage unit;
a decompression unit configured to decompress the compressed image data stored in the first storage unit; and
a transmission unit configured to transmit image data decompressed by the decompression unit and information on the determined compress method, and
the image forming apparatus comprises:
at least one processor; and at least one memory storing instructions, when executed by the processor, causing the apparatus to function as;
an reception unit configured to receive the decompressed image data transmitted by the transmission unit and the information on the determined compress method transmitted by the transmission unit;
a second compression unit configured to compress the received image data using a compression method specified by the received information and to store the compressed image data in a second storage unit; and
an image forming unit configured to form an image on a basis of the compressed image data stored in the second storage unit.

US Pat. No. 10,404,991

METHOD OF DISPLAYING A REGION OF INTEREST IN A VIDEO STREAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of processing a video stream for encapsulation into an encapsulation file comprising media data and metadata describing the media data, the method comprising the following steps:obtaining the video stream, wherein each image of the video stream is subdivided into a plurality of image portions according to a subdivision grid,
encoding the images of the video stream into each of a plurality of encoded video streams, wherein, for each of the encoded video streams, at least one same image portion of the image portions of the images of the video stream is encoded with a higher resolution than the other image portions, and
encapsulating the plurality of encoded video streams into the encapsulation file,
wherein the encapsulation file is used in order to determine image portions that correspond to a region of interest,
wherein each image portion of the encapsulated encoded video streams being associated with resolution level data representing a level of resolution with which said each image portion is encoded and said resolution level data comprises superimposition data indicating a position of a data portion in a superimposition of image layers, and
wherein each image portion of the encapsulated encoded video stream is associated with location information indicating a position of the image portion in the subdivision grid.

US Pat. No. 10,401,152

POSITION DETECTION APPARATUS, FORCE SENSOR, AND APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A position detection apparatus that illuminates light from a light source unit onto an object and receives reflected light from the object on a light receiver to obtain position information of the object, the position detection apparatus comprising:a detector including the light source unit and the light receiver; and
a signal processor configured to process a signal from the light receiver,
wherein the detector includes:
a first grating on an optical path between the light source unit and the object;
a second grating on an optical path between the object and the light receiver; and
a third grating on an optical path between the second grating and the light receiver,
wherein the light from the light source unit transmits through the first grating to form a first periodic image on an optical path between the first grating and the second grating,
wherein light corresponding to the first periodic image transmits through the second grating to form a second periodic image on the third grating,
wherein the signal processor is configured to acquire information related to a gap amount between the detector and the object based on a phase of a signal corresponding to light detected by the light receiver via the third grating, and
wherein the position detection apparatus comprises a part on the object, the light from the light source unit being incident on the part, the part having no grating in an incident plane of the light from the light source unit onto the object.

US Pat. No. 10,402,693

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CLASSIFYING PATTERN IN IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor; and
a memory coupled to the at least one processor, the memory having instructions that, when executed by the processor, perform operations as:
a generation unit configured to generate feature data based on an image;
a plurality of classification units each configured to classify a predetermined pattern by referring to the feature data; and
a control unit configured to control operations of the plurality of classification units,
wherein the plurality of classification units includes a first classification unit and a second classification unit, processing results of which do not depend on each other, and a third classification unit,
wherein the control unit operates the first and the second classification units in parallel,
wherein, in a case where at least either one of the first and the second classification units determines that a classification condition is not satisfied, the control unit stops operations of all of the plurality of classification units,
wherein, in a case where both the first and the second classification units determine that the classification condition is satisfied, the control unit operates the third classification unit by using classification results of the first and the second classification units,
wherein the third classification unit refers to feature data common to the first or the second classification unit from the same memory, and
wherein the control unit sequentially operates a plurality of the classification units that refer to the common feature data.

US Pat. No. 10,401,163

CALCULATION METHOD, MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A calculation method of calculating a shape of a surface to be measured, comprising:a first step of obtaining first shape measurement data representing a shape of a line region of the surface obtained by measuring the line region while scanning a probe in a first direction with respect to the surface and second shape measurement data representing a shape of a line region of the surface obtained by measuring the line region while scanning the probe in a second direction different from the first direction with respect to the surface;
a second step of, based on an inclination angle of the surface which is an angle made by a horizontal plane and a plane, including a scan direction of the probe, in contact with the surface at a point where the probe contacts the surface, determining a first correction parameter used to correct a measurement error caused by scanning the probe in the first direction and a second correction parameter used to correct a measurement error caused by scanning the probe in the second direction; and
a third step of obtaining first corrected shape data by correcting the first shape measurement data using the first correction parameter, obtaining second corrected shape data by correcting the second shape measurement data using the second correction parameter, and generating total shape data representing a total shape of the surface by compositing the first corrected shape data and the second corrected shape data,
wherein the first direction and the second direction are opposite to each other, and
the probe includes a probe shaft, a leaf spring that holds the probe shaft, a probe sphere provided at one end of the probe shaft, and a probe mirror provided at the other end of the probe shaft,
letting ? be an inclination of the probe shaft when the probe is scanned with respect to the surface, l be a length of the probe shaft from the probe sphere to the leaf spring, h be a length of the probe shaft from the leaf spring to the probe mirror, K be a torsional stiffness of the leaf spring, ? be a dynamic friction coefficient when the probe is scanned in a state in which the probe sphere is in contact with the surface, and F be a contact force at a contact point between the surface and the probe sphere,
in the second step, ?h as the first correction parameter and the second correction parameter is determined, in accordance with the inclination angle ? of the surface, by

US Pat. No. 10,405,011

METHOD, SYSTEM, APPARATUS AND READABLE MEDIUM FOR GENERATING TWO VIDEO STREAMS FROM A RECEIVED VIDEO STREAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of generating two video streams from a received video stream, the method comprising:dividing a scene captured by the received video stream into a first region and a second region by placing a virtual plane in the scene such that the virtual plane defines and separates the first region and the second region;
assigning the regions of the scene represented in the received video stream to at least one of two output video streams, the first region being assigned to at least a first output video stream and the second region to at least a second output video stream according to the virtual plane; and
encoding pixel data assigned to each output video stream to generate the two video streams.

US Pat. No. 10,403,233

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising at least one processor and/or at least one circuit to perform the operations of the following units:a generation unit configured to generate display image data by combining a plurality of images;
a determination unit configured to determine, based on a layout of at least one image included in the display image data, a display correspondence, which is a correspondence between a gradation value of the display image data and a display brightness in a case where a display panel displays an image based on the display image data; and
an output unit configured to output to the display panel the display image data and information indicating the display correspondence, wherein
the determination unit determines a first correspondence as the display correspondence in a case where a specific image, which is a predetermined type of image, is disposed on the most forward plane among the plurality of images included in the display image data, and
the determination unit determines a second correspondence, the range of the display brightness of which is different from that of the first correspondence, as the display correspondence in a case where the specific image is not disposed on the most forward plane among the plurality of images included in the display image data.

US Pat. No. 10,403,508

IMPRINT APPARATUS, IMPRINTING METHOD, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF ARTICLE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imprint apparatus forming a pattern of an imprint material on a region of a substrate to be processed using a mold, the imprint apparatus comprising:a mount portion on which the substrate is mounted;
a heating unit that heats the region to be processed,
a measurement member that measures shape information of at least either one of the substrate and the substrate mount surface of the mount portion in a thickness direction of the substrate, and
a control unit that controls the heating unit,
wherein, on a basis of information related to a difference in shape between a pattern area of the mold and the region to be processed and information related to a contact pressure exerted between the substrate and the mount portion, the control unit controls the heating unit to heat the region to be processed such that the difference in shape between the pattern area of the mold and the region to be processed is reduced, and
wherein, the information related to the contact pressure is information obtained on a basis of a distance between the substrate and the mount portion, the distance is obtained on the basis of a measurement result of the measurement member.

US Pat. No. 10,401,716

CALIBRATION OF PROJECTION SYSTEMS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A computer-implemented method of calibrating a projection system having a plurality of projectors, and an image capture device, the method comprising the steps of:capturing, using the image capture device, an image of a calibration pattern projected on to a projection surface by a first projector of the plurality of projectors;
determining a projective reconstruction using a set of corresponding points between pixels in the captured image and pixels in the calibration pattern projected by the first projector;
determining a set of solutions for intrinsic parameters of the first projector, the set of solutions converting the determined projective reconstruction to a candidate Euclidean reconstruction based on minimisation of reprojection error between the image capture device and the first projector, the reprojection error being determined using the set of corresponding points;
determining intrinsic parameters of the first projector by selecting the intrinsic parameters from the identified set of solutions according to a reprojection error with respect to a second projector; and
applying the selected intrinsic parameters to determine a Euclidean reconstruction of the projection surface to calibrate the projection system.

US Pat. No. 10,401,719

LIGHT SOURCE APPARATUS AND PROJECTION-TYPE DISPLAY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A light source apparatus comprising:a light source;
a disk held to be rotatable about a rotation axis;
a wavelength conversion member arranged on the disk and configured to convert a wavelength of light from the light source; and
a storage member configured to store the disk,
wherein, inside of the storage member, a plurality of circumferential wall portions centering on the rotation axis is arranged so as to be connected to the storage member thermally, and
wherein the plurality of circumferential wall portions is fixed to the storage member storing the disk.

US Pat. No. 10,404,029

LIGHT SOURCE APPARATUS SHAPING A WAVEFORM OF A PUMP LIGHT SOURCE AND USING OPTICAL PARAMETRIC PROCESS WITH INFORMATION ACQUISITION APPARATUS USING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light source apparatus, comprising:an introduction unit that introduces a pump light pulse having a first wavelength;
a shaping unit that shapes a waveform of the pump light pulse having the first wavelength; and
a nonlinear optical waveguide that generates a wavelength converted light pulse from the pump light pulse having the first wavelength through an optical parametric process, the pump light pulse being a pulse that has been shaped in the shaping unit, the wavelength converted light pulse including a second wavelength different from the first wavelength,
wherein the shaping unit shapes the waveform of the pump light pulse such that an absolute value of a time rate of change of the waveform at a peak area of the pump light pulse that has been shaped is smaller than an absolute value of a time rate of change of the waveform at a peak area of the pump light pulse before being shaped with the shaping unit.

US Pat. No. 10,401,214

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A probe configured to receive an acoustic wave from an object, the probe comprising:a capacitive element having a cell structure, in which a vibration membrane having one of a pair of electrodes formed with a gap arranged therebetween is supported so that the vibration membrane is vibratable by the acoustic wave;
a light reflection layer provided closer to the object than the capacitive element and configured to reflect light;
a support layer provided between the capacitive element and the light reflection layer and configured to support the light reflection layer; and
an acoustic matching layer provided between the capacitive element and the support layer,
wherein the support layer has a rupture stress of 50 MPa or larger, and the acoustic matching layer has a smaller acoustic impedance than an acoustic impedance of the support layer.

US Pat. No. 10,405,063

METHOD, DEVICE, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM FOR ENCAPSULATING PARTITIONED TIMED MEDIA DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A generation method of a media file comprising a media data box and a metadata box, the method comprising:obtaining media data comprising a plurality of samples, each sample comprising one or more spatial tiles; and
generating the media file in which a plurality of NAL(Network Abstraction Layer) units based on the obtained media data are contained in the media data box and tile information, which indicates information related to the one or more spatial tiles corresponding to the plurality of NAL units contained in the media data box, is described in the metadata box,
wherein the tile information is available to a client device which has received the media file in order for the client device to specify a correspondence relationship between the plurality of NAL units and the one or more spatial tiles.

US Pat. No. 10,403,014

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor causing the image processing apparatus to act as:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a plurality of images;
a deciding unit configured to decide the number of groups;
a separating unit configured to separate the plurality of images into the decided number of groups;
a setting unit configured to set the number of images to be selected from images included in one group among the separated groups;
an identifying unit configured to identify, based on a photographing date and time of each image included in the one group, a photographing period of the one group;
a dividing unit configured to divide the identified photographing period into a plurality of sections;
a selection unit configured to select, based on predetermined criteria, an image from images included in a target section which is one of the divided sections; and
a generation unit configured to generate a layout image by arranging the selected image,
wherein section division, in which the dividing unit further divides the section including the selected image, and image selection, in which the selection unit selects an image from an image-unselected section as a next target section, are repeated until the number of images selected from the one group reaches the set number of images.

US Pat. No. 10,403,784

LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE CONTROLLING A CURRENT INJECTION AMOUNT INTO AN ELECTRODE ACCORDING TO PIECES OF OPTICAL INFORMATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light emitting device comprising:a laminate including:
a lower electrode, a lower clad layer, an active layer, an upper clad layer, and an upper electrode in this order,
the lower clad layer, the active layer, and the upper clad layer constituting an optical waveguide layer,
the optical waveguide layer having a first edge face and a second edge face on opposite ends in a light guiding direction of the optical waveguide layer such that light guided though the optical waveguide layer is emitted in a guided direction from either of the first edge face and the second edge face,
wherein light emitted from the first edge face represents beam characteristics different from beam characteristics of light emitted from the second edge face,
wherein the light emitting device further comprises:
a first photodetector that receives an optical power of the light emitted from the first edge face and generates a first piece of optical information;
a second photodetector that receives an optical power of the light emitted from the second edge face and generates a second piece of optical information; and
a control section configured to execute a first adjusting step of adjusting a current injection amount into either one of the upper electrode and the lower electrode according to the first piece of optical information and subsequently execute a second adjusting step of adjusting a current injection amount into either one of the upper electrode and the lower electrode according to the second piece of optical information.

US Pat. No. 10,395,348

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus, comprising:an optical system;
an image capturing unit;
at least one memory configured to store instructions;
at least one processor in communication with the at least one memory configured to execute the instructions to combine images captured by the image capturing unit; and
a control unit configured to control an in-focus position and an aperture of the optical system,
wherein the control unit is configured to cause the image capturing unit to capture images while moving the in-focus position of the optical system to a plurality of positions to form a plurality of images with different in-focus positions, and to cause the image capturing unit to capture images with the aperture set to a depth of field deeper than depths of field for the plurality of images with the different in-focus positions to form a reference image, and
wherein the at least one processor executes further instructions to make a comparison of the reference image to the plurality of images with the different in-focus positions, and to combine images by using the plurality of images with the different in-focus positions and the reference image based on a result of the comparison.

US Pat. No. 10,391,767

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head of a page-wide type, comprising:a plurality of recording element substrates each having an ejection port array including a plurality of ejection ports for ejecting a liquid, each ejection port communicating with a pressure chamber including therein a recording element that generates energy for ejecting a liquid, and a liquid supply path that supplies a liquid to the pressure chamber; and
a flow path member on which the plurality of recording element substrates are arranged,
wherein the flow path member includes a plurality of common supply flow paths that are provided adjacently to each other as running along a longitudinal direction of the liquid ejection head for supplying a liquid to the plurality of recording element substrates, and a plurality of individual supply flow paths that connect the liquid supply path of each recording element substrate to the common supply flow paths, and
the plurality of individual supply flow paths include portions running obliquely to a direction orthogonal to the longitudinal direction of the liquid ejection head, as viewed from an ejection port array surface having the ejection port array.

US Pat. No. 10,395,622

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTOR READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR DISPLAYING IMAGES ARRANGED IN A MATRIX PATTERN ON SCREEN

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for controlling a display device to display a plurality of images arranged in a matrix pattern on a screen of the display device comprising:a processor;
a memory storing a program which, when executed by the processor, causes the information processing apparatus to:
detect an instruction of scroll being input;
select images arranged in lines in a range corresponding to the screen in accordance with the detected instruction of scroll; and
perform a scroll display process based on a direction of the detected instruction of scroll, to display the selected images in accordance with a different order of priority rule depending on the direction of the detected instruction of scroll,
wherein the scroll display process is performed based on the direction of the detected instruction of scroll such that first images arranged in a first line are selected after second images arranged in a second line lower than the first line are selected and at least one of the first images arranged in the first line is displayed prior to a second image which is arranged in the second line and has not been displayed on the screen, while the displayed image or images move downward on the screen by scroll, and
wherein the scroll display process is performed based on the direction of the detected instruction of scroll such that third images arranged in a third line are selected after fourth images arranged in a fourth line upper than the third line are selected and at least one of the third images arranged in the third line is displayed prior to a fourth image which is arranged in the fourth line and has not been displayed on the screen, while the displayed image or images move upward on the screen by scroll.

US Pat. No. 10,397,424

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a reading unit, which comprises a carriage including a sensor and a platen for placing an original thereon, configured to read an original placed on the platen using the sensor while moving the carriage in a predetermined direction;
an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet based on a read result of the original obtained by the reading unit; and
a controller configured to:
control the image forming unit to form a plurality of measurement images corresponding to four corners of the sheet on a predetermined surface of the sheet, wherein the plurality of measurement images includes a first measurement image, a second measurement image, a third measurement image, and a fourth measurement image,
control the reading unit to read a first area on the predetermined surface of the sheet, wherein the first area includes an area in which the first measurement image is formed and an area in which the second measurement image is formed,
control the reading unit to read a second area on the predetermined surface of the sheet, wherein the second area includes an area in which the third measurement image is formed and an area in which the fourth measurement image is formed,
generate a read image relating to the predetermined surface of the sheet based on first read data relating to the first area read by the reading unit and second read data relating to the second area read by the reading unit,
obtain position information of the plurality of measurement images based on the read image,
adjust the position information of the plurality of measurement images based on a shape of the read image, and
control a position of an image to be formed on the predetermined surface of the sheet by the image forming unit based on the adjusted position information of the plurality of measurement images.

US Pat. No. 10,395,380

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:at least one processor coupled to at least one memory, the at least one processor being programmed to implement operations comprising:
acquiring a corresponding point group between a first image and a second image, wherein the corresponding point group includes a plurality of corresponding point pairs each of which is a pair of a point in the first image and a point in the second image associated with the point in the first image;
calculating a first displacement field between the first image and the second image using the corresponding point group, and calculating a second displacement field between the first image and the second image using a remaining corresponding point group excluding a corresponding point pair selected from the corresponding point group;
calculating a matching degree of the corresponding point pair with respect to the remaining corresponding point group based on the first displacement field and the second displacement field; and
repeating the calculation of the first displacement field using the corresponding point group, and the second displacement field using the remaining corresponding point group excluding the corresponding point pair selected from the corresponding point group, and the calculation of the matching degree, until all the corresponding point pairs from the corresponding point group are selected.

US Pat. No. 10,394,104

LIGHT AMOUNT ADJUSTMENT APPARATUS AND OPTICAL APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A light amount adjustment apparatus comprising:an aperture unit including a plurality of blade members and a movable member, the plurality of blade members forming an aperture, the movable member being capable of changing a size of the aperture formed by the plurality of blade members;
a driving unit including a driving shaft and configured to drive the movable member; and
a detection unit including a detection target member and a detection sensor, and configured to detect a driving amount of the driving unit by detecting a driving amount of the detection target member with use of the detection sensor,
wherein at least a part of the aperture unit, at least a part of the driving unit, and at least a part of the detection unit overlap one another, as viewed in a direction along a central axis of the aperture,
wherein the detection target member is engaged with the driving shaft, and
wherein an outer diameter of the detection unit is smaller than an outer diameter of the driving unit.

US Pat. No. 10,395,131

APPARATUS, METHOD AND NON-TRANSITORY STORAGE MEDIUM FOR CHANGING POSITION COORDINATES OF A CHARACTER AREA STORED IN ASSOCIATION WITH A CHARACTER RECOGNITION RESULT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:a memory; and
at least one processor in communication with the memory, wherein the at least one processor executes:
identifying a character area corresponding to each character included in an image;
performing character recognition processing for each of the identified character areas to obtain character recognition results;
storing the obtained character recognition results in association with position coordinates of each of the character areas;
determining a specific character from the stored character recognition results;
changing position coordinates of the character area being stored in association with the determined specific character to extend the character area corresponding to the determined specific character;
displaying the image on a display;
acquiring a range selected by a user in the image displayed on the display; and
outputting, based on the results of the character recognition processing stored in association with the position coordinates of each of the characters after the changing, character recognition results corresponding to a plurality of character areas included in the selected range.

US Pat. No. 10,397,439

SERVER SYSTEM TRANSMITTING JOB TO PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND CONTROL METHOD FOR SERVER SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A server system which transmits, via a network, a job received via the network to a processing apparatus that executes the job, the server system comprisinga transmission unit configured to transmit, in a case where the job for the processing apparatus is held by a holding unit at the time at which a connection of communication with the processing apparatus has been established, a notification message indicating an occurrence of the job to the processing apparatus through the connection-established communication even in a case where no inquiry associated with the job is made from the processing apparatus through the connection-established communication, wherein
in a case where the job is not held at the time of establishment of the connection, the transmission unit does not transmit the notification message.

US Pat. No. 10,397,449

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS FOR STORING, AS IMAGE DATA, SIGNAL FROM PIXEL SENSIBLE TO LIGHT, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR PROCESSING SUCH IMAGE DATA, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:an image sensing device including a plurality of groups of pixels, each pixel of each group of pixels including a plurality of photoelectric conversion elements;
one or more processors; and
a memory storing instructions which, when the instructions are executed by the one or more processors, cause the image processing apparatus to function as:
a reading unit configured to perform, on a plurality of groups of pixels, a reading-out operation for reading out a signal as a first signal from part of the plurality of photoelectric conversion elements and a reading-out operation for mixing signals from the plurality of photoelectric conversion elements and reading out a resultant mixed signal as an image signal;
a correction unit configured to make a correction based on defect data which is data indicating a group of pixels for which when signals are read out from the photoelectric conversion elements by the reading unit, the first signal read from this group of pixels is defective while the image signal read out from this group of pixels is not defective, the correction being made on the first signal read out from the group of pixels indicated by the defect data; and
a generation unit configured to generate one image file including the first signal corrected by the correction unit and the image signal.

US Pat. No. 10,397,454

MULTIPOLARIZED SIGNAL TERMINAL CONNECTOR FOR ACCESSORY, ACCESSORY SHOE DEVICE, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND ACCESSORY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A signal terminal connector for an accessory, comprising:a first surface opposed to an attaching direction of an accessory;
a first terminal row provided in the first surface;
a second surface that is inclined with respect to the first surface by a predetermined angle; and
a second terminal row provided in the second surface,
wherein the second surface is inclined with respect to the first surface, in a predetermined direction orthogonal to the attaching direction of the accessory and a direction in which terminals of the second terminal row are arranged, and is displaced with respect to the first surface in the predetermined direction,
wherein terminals of the first terminal row and the terminals of the second terminal row are arranged in a staggered relation to each other,
wherein each terminal of the first terminal row is a movable terminal having a contact portion which is displaced, and
wherein each terminal of the second terminal row is a fixed terminal having a contact portion which is not displaced.

US Pat. No. 10,395,149

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING PRINT JOB TIME DISPLAY AND IMAGE QUALITY ADJUSTMENT CONTROL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a printer configured to form an image on a sheet;
a display configured to display a remaining time in which a print job is not performed by the printer in a case where an image quality adjustment control for adjusting a parameter of the printer is performed, the remaining time being counted down;
a processor configured to execute instructions to:
perform a first image quality adjustment control;
perform a second image quality adjustment control different from the first image quality adjustment control;
control whether or not to perform the first image quality adjustment control repeatedly;
determine the remaining time based on a first time corresponding to the first image quality adjustment control and a second time corresponding to the second image quality adjustment control in a case where the first image quality adjustment control and the second image quality adjustment control are continuously performed after the printer finishes performing a print job, wherein the processor determines again the remaining time based on the second time before the second image quality adjustment control is performed in the case where the first image quality adjustment control and the second image quality adjustment control are continuously performed after the printer finishes performing the print job; and
determine the remaining time based on a third time corresponding to the first image quality adjustment control and the second time corresponding to the second image quality adjustment control in a case where the first image quality adjustment control and the second image quality adjustment control are continuously performed by interrupting a print job, the third time being shorter than the first time, wherein the processor determines again the remaining time based on the second time before the second image quality adjustment control is performed in the case where the first image quality adjustment control and the second image quality adjustment control are continuously performed by interrupting the print job.

US Pat. No. 10,395,407

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

16. An image processing method, comprising:acquiring a plurality of images;
executing an analyzing process including recognizing objects included in the images;
causing a display to display a screen including a setting section; and
executing a layout process for generating a layout image based on the analyzing process and a user's input on the setting section,
wherein a first face image of a first object and a second face image of a second object are displayed on the setting section, the first object and the second object having been recognized in the analyzing process, so that a user is able to set, on the setting section, a first priority in the layout process to the first object and able to set a second priority lower than the first priority in the layout process to the second object, while the first face image and the second face image are displayed on the setting section, and
wherein the layout process is executed based on a result of setting the first priority and the second priority on the setting section.

US Pat. No. 10,394,134

EXPOSURE METHOD, EXPOSURE APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An exposure method for repeatedly performing an exposure process for exposing a substrate via a projection optical system, the method comprising:a first exposure process for measuring optical characteristics of the projection optical system, and exposing the substrate while correcting the optical characteristics based on a result of the measurement;
a second exposure process for exposing the substrate while correcting the optical characteristics based on a result of estimating the optical characteristics by a prediction formula,
wherein the first exposure process includes determining a coefficient of the prediction formula from a result of measuring the optical characteristics up until the present, and judging whether the determined coefficient of the prediction formula has converged, and
wherein in the exposure method, the first exposure process is repeatedly performed, and the second exposure process is started after the first exposure process where it is judged that the determined coefficient of the prediction formula has converged.

US Pat. No. 10,395,943

PATTERNING METHOD, METHOD FOR PRODUCING PROCESSED SUBSTRATE, METHOD FOR PRODUCING OPTICAL COMPONENT, METHOD FOR PRODUCING CIRCUIT BOARD, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING ELECTRONIC COMPONENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A patterning method comprising:placing a photocurable composition on a substrate;
bringing the photocurable composition into contact with a mold having an uneven pattern;
irradiating the photocurable composition with light to form a cured film;
separating the cured film from the mold;
forming a reverse layer on the cured film to which the uneven pattern of the mold has been transferred;
while recessed portions of the uneven pattern of the cured film are filled with the reverse layer, removing a part of the reverse layer to expose raised portions of the uneven pattern; and
etching the photocurable composition layer to form a reverse pattern using the reverse layer in the recessed portions as a mask,
wherein the photocurable composition contains at least a polymerizable compound (A) component and a photopolymerization initiator (B) component, the (A) component has a mole fraction weighted average molecular weight of 200 or more and 1000 or less, the (A) component has an Ohnishi parameter (OP) of 3.80 or more, and the Ohnishi parameter (OP) of the (A) component is a mole fraction weighted average of N/(NC?NO), N denotes a total number of atoms in a molecule, NC denotes a number of carbon atoms in the molecule, and NO denotes a number of oxygen atoms in the molecule.

US Pat. No. 10,394,155

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a movable photosensitive member;
a charging roller provided in contact with or proximity to a surface of said photosensitive member and configured to electrically discharge the surface of said photosensitive member under application of a charging voltage consisting only of a DC component;
an electrostatic image forming portion configured to form an electrostatic image on the charged surface of said photosensitive member;
a developing sleeve provided opposed to the surface of said photosensitive member and configured to deposit toner on the electrostatic image formed on the surface of said photosensitive member under application of a developing voltage including an AC component and a DC component;
a charging voltage source configured to output the charging voltage;
a developing voltage source configured to output the developing voltage;
a first conducting path configured to electrically connect an output terminal of said charging voltage source to said charging roller;
a second conducting path configured to electrically connect an output terminal of said developing voltage source to said developing sleeve; and
a capacitor electrically connected between the output terminal of said charging voltage source and a ground potential or between said first conducting path and the ground potential,
wherein said capacitor satisfies the following relationship:
{C1/(C1+C2)}×Vpp?5(V),
where C1 (pF) is an electrostatic capacity formed by said first and second conducting paths, C2 (pF) is an electrostatic capacity of said capacitor, and Vpp (V) is a peak-to-peak voltage of the AC component of the developing voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,394,159

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming unit including
a photoconductor,
a light source configured to emit light beam in a light amount corresponding to a value of supplied current,
a driving unit configured to supply current to the light source in accordance with a first pulse-with-modulation (PWM) signal generated based on image data, which includes a smoothing circuit which outputs a signal obtained by smoothing a second PWM signal input to control a value of the current supplied to the light source, and configured to control the value of the current in accordance with an output of the smoothing circuit, and
a deflection unit configured to deflect the light beam emitted from the light source such that the light beam scan the photoconductor,
wherein the image forming unit develops, using toner, electrostatic latent image formed on the photoconductor by being scanned by the light beam, transfers developed toner image on a recording sheet, and fixes the transferred toner image on the recording sheet; and
a control unit
configured to control the driving unit by changing a pulse width of the first PWM signal so that toner images for density detection having different density levels are formed in parallel in a scanning direction of the light beam,
configured to set a target light amount of the light beam based on density information of the toner images for density detection, and
configured to control a pulse width of the second PWM signal to be input to the smoothing circuit such that an amount of the light beam emitted from the light source based on the target light amount is controlled in accordance with a scanning position.

US Pat. No. 10,394,162

DEVELOPING APPARATUS, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing apparatus comprising:a developer carrying member that carries a developer;
a development frame member that rotatably supports the developer carrying member and stores the developer; and
a regulating member provided in the development frame member to regulate a thickness of the developer carried on the developer carrying member, wherein
the regulating member includes a supporting member having a conductive property, and a contact member having a larger resistivity than that of the supporting member,
in a cross-section orthogonal to a rotation axis direction of the developer carrying member,
the contact member has a contact portion that contacts with a surface of the developer carrying member, and
the supporting member is disposed to be present on a normal line of the developer carrying member passing through the contact portion, and the contact portion has a first region and a second region positioned on a downstream side of the first region in a rotation direction of the developer carrying member,
wherein when a thickness of the contact member, between the first region and the supporting member, in a first direction along a first normal line passing through the first region, is a first thickness, and
a thickness of the contact member, between the second region and the supporting member, in a second direction along a second normal line passing through the second region, is a second thickness,
the first thickness is larger than the second thickness,
wherein when a third normal line of the developer carrying member, passing through a position at which a distance between a rotation center of the developer carrying member and the supporting member is the shortest, is used as a reference,
the contact portion is disposed at a position which is not on the downstream side of the third normal line but on the upstream side of the developer carrying member, in the rotation direction of the developer carrying member, and
wherein when a potential of the supporting member is V1 and a potential of the developer carrying member is V2 during a developing operation, a polarity of a potential difference (V1?V2) between the supporting member and the developer carrying member is the same as a charging polarity of the developer.

US Pat. No. 10,394,165

DEVELOPING DEVICE CARRYING LIQUID DEVELOPER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing device comprising:a rotatable developer carrying member configured to carry liquid developer including toner and carrier liquid to develop an electrostatic latent image carried on an image bearing member, at a developing position;
a developer container configured to store the liquid developer;
an electrode provided opposed to said developer carrying member with a predetermined gap therebetween and configured to form an electric field for moving the toner in the liquid developer supplied from said developer container into the predetermined gap, toward said developer carrying member; and
an urging roller provided downstream of said electrode and upstream of the developing position with respect to a rotational moving direction of said developer carrying member and configured to urge said developer carrying member,
wherein an amount of the toner on said developer carrying member per unit area in a region downstream of said urging roller and upstream of the developing position with respect to the rotational moving direction is not less than 50% of an amount of the toner on said developer carrying member per unit area in a region interposed between said electrode and said developer carrying member.

US Pat. No. 10,394,175

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT USES A PREDETERMINED MEASUREMENT IMAGE AND CONTROLS IMAGE DENSITY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that forms an image on a sheet, the image forming apparatus comprising:a conversion unit configured to convert image data based on a conversion condition;
an image forming unit configured to form an image based on the converted image data;
an image bearing member;
a measurement unit configured to measure irregular reflection light from a measurement image on the image bearing member; and
a controller configured to control the image forming unit to form a plurality of measurement images including a predetermined measurement image based on measurement image data, to control the measurement unit to measure irregular reflection light from an area on the image bearing member where the plurality of measurement images are not formed, to control the measurement unit to measure the irregular reflection light from the plurality of measurement images, to determine whether a measurement result of the predetermined measurement image is selected as a measurement result used for generating the conversion condition based on the measurement result of the area, and to generate the conversion condition based on the selected measurement result,
wherein the controller generates the conversion condition based on the measurement result of the predetermined measurement image and measurement results of the other measurement images among the plurality of measurement images in a case where the measurement result of the predetermined measurement image is selected,
wherein the controller generates the conversion condition based on the measurement results of the other measurement images without using the measurement result of the predetermined measurement image in a case where the measurement result of the predetermined measurement image is not selected,
wherein a density level of the predetermined measurement image is lower than density levels of the other measurement image,
wherein the controller determines a reference value based on the measurement result of the area,
wherein the controller selects the predetermined measurement image in a case where the reference value is less than a threshold, and
wherein the controller does not select the predetermined measurement image in a case where the reference value is more than the threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,394,176

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH ADJUSTMENT OF TONER CONTENT IN DEVELOPER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image bearing member;
a developing device configured to develop, with a developer containing toner and a carrier, an electrostatic latent image formed on said image bearing member;
a toner content detecting portion configured to detect a toner content in the developer in said developing device;
a supplying device configured to supply the toner to said developing device on the basis of an output of said toner content detecting portion to maintain the toner content in the developer in said developing device at a target value;
a calculating portion configured to calculate an image ratio of an image to be outputted;
a toner image detecting portion configured to detect a density of a toner image formed by said developing device;
an adjusting portion configured to adjust the target value on the basis of a result of detection of a density of a detection toner image by said toner image detecting portion, the detection toner image being formed by said developing device; and
a controller configured to control an execution frequency of said adjusting portion so that said adjusting portion effects adjustment after a number of times of image formation after occurrence of a high change rate of the image ratio that is greater than a predetermined change rate reaches a first value, and said adjusting portion effects adjustment after the number of times of image formation after occurrence of a low change rate of the image ratio that is lower than the predetermined change rate reaches a second value greater than the first value.

US Pat. No. 10,394,177

DRIVE TRANSMISSION APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A drive transmission apparatus comprising:a first input gear configured to be driven by driving force from a driving source;
a first swing gear configured to be rotated by driving force from the first input gear;
a first swing member comprising a first engagement portion and a first retaining portion configured to retain the first swing gear in a rotatable manner; and
a supporting portion configured to support the first swing member swingably between a first position and a second position in a swinging direction about an axis of the first input gear,
wherein the supporting portion comprises:
a first portion configured to face the first engagement portion and permit the first swing member to be moved with respect to the supporting portion in a direction intersecting the axis of the first input gear in a case where the first swing member is on the first position; and
a second portion configured to engage with the first engagement portion and restrict the first swing member from being moved away from the supporting portion in the direction intersecting the axis of the first input gear in a case where the first swing member is in the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,394,178

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding device comprising:a stacking unit configured to stack a sheet;
a feeding member including (a) a rotatable feeding roller configured to feed the sheet having been stacked on said stacking unit and (b) a supplying roller configured to supply the sheet fed by said feeding roller;
a holding member holding said feeding member;
a holder supporting portion provided above said stacking unit and configured to detachably support said holding member;
a raising and lowering unit configured to raise and lower said holding member;
a detecting unit having a detection state that is changed by movement of said holding member; and
a control unit capable of operating said raising and lowering unit to raise and lower said holding member in a state that said holding member is not mounted to said holder supporting portion,
wherein, when the detection state changes from a first state to a second state, said control unit discriminates that said holding member is mounted to said holder supporting portion,
wherein, when the first detection state of said detecting unit is maintained, despite the movement of said raising and lowering unit, said control unit discriminates that said holding member is not mounted to said holder supporting portion,
wherein said holder supporting portion includes (a) a driving shaft configured to rotate said supplying roller and (b) a movable shaft movable in an axial direction of said driving shaft, and
wherein said holding member is supported by said holder supporting portion by the engagement between said driving shaft and said movable shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,394,182

CARTRIDGE, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND ASSEMBLING METHOD OF DRIVE TRANSMISSION UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge detachably mountable to a main assembly of an image forming apparatus, the cartridge comprising:a rotatable member;
a rotational force receiving member for transmitting a rotational force to be transmitted to the rotatable member;
a preventing member connected with the rotational force receiving member and including an accommodating portion therein;
a rotatable coupling member including (i) a free end portion that includes a rotational force receiving portion for receiving the rotational force and (ii) a connecting portion connected with the preventing member to be partly accommodated in the accommodating portion so that a rotational axis of the coupling member is tiltable relative to a rotational axis of the rotational force receiving member; and
a shaft portion capable of receiving the rotational force from the coupling member, wherein the rotational axis of the coupling member is tiltable relative to the shaft portion,
wherein the preventing member includes a supporting portion for supporting one end of the shaft portion so as to prevent the shaft portion from moving in a rotational direction of the rotatable member to transmit the rotational force received from the shaft portion via the supporting portion to the rotational force receiving member,
wherein the supporting portion has a first surface and a second surface which are contactable with the one end of the shaft portion and which extend in the rotational axis direction of the rotatable member,
wherein the first surface and the second surface are disposed opposed to each other with respect to the one end of the shaft portion,
wherein the one end of the shaft portion is prevented from moving in a rotational direction of the rotatable member relative to the preventing member, and
wherein the rotational force receiving member and the preventing member are separate parts connected together.

US Pat. No. 10,394,185

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;
a cartridge provided with a photosensitive member and being removable from the main body;
a light emitting member provided with a plurality of light emitting elements arranged in a rotation axis direction of the photosensitive member and configured to cause the plurality of light emitting elements to emit light to expose the photosensitive member;
a transfer member configured to transfer a toner image formed on the photosensitive member;
a cartridge moving member configured to move the cartridge between a first position for forming the image on the recording medium and a second position in which the cartridge is further retracted away from the transfer member than in the first position; and
a light emitting member moving member configured to move the light emitting member between a third position in which the light emitting member exposes the photosensitive member in order to form the image on the recording medium and a fourth position in which the light emitting member is further retracted away from the cartridge than in the third position,
wherein the cartridge moving member comprises a supporting member configured to support the cartridge, a first connecting member and a second connecting member,
wherein the supporting member comprises the light emitting member moving member,
wherein the first connecting member and the second connecting member are respectively connected to the supporting member at positions separated in the rotation axis direction of the photosensitive member, and the first connecting member and the second connecting member are connected to the supporting member and the main body so as to be rotatable with respect to the supporting member and the main body, and
wherein the cartridge is movable between the first position and the second position by movement of the supporting member by a rotation of the first connecting member and the second connecting member, and the light emitting member is movable between the third position and the fourth position by the movement of the supporting member by the rotation of the first connecting member and the second connecting member.

US Pat. No. 10,396,270

VIBRATION ACTUATOR THAT IS EASY IN CONDUCTION INSPECTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A vibration actuator in which a vibration element and a driven element contact each other, and the driven element and the vibration element move relatively,the vibration element comprising:
an elastic body of which a main component comprises a material which is electrically insulating, dielectric, or semi-conductive; and
an electromechanical energy conversion element that is joined to the elastic body,
the electromechanical energy conversion element comprising:
a piezoelectric body;
a first electrode that is provided on a surface of the piezoelectric body, by which surface the piezoelectric body is joined to the elastic body, the first electrode having a closed loop structure;
at least two second electrodes that are provided in a manner opposed to the first electrode via the piezoelectric body; and
at least two conduction paths each having a conductor arranged in a through-hole formed in the piezoelectric body or a groove formed in a side surface of the piezoelectric body,
wherein the at least two conduction paths respectively and individually connect the at least two second electrodes to the first electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,395,763

MEDICAL INFORMATION TERMINAL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A portable medical information terminal capable of displaying medical information which is personal information of a patient comprising:at least one processor; and
at least one memory storing (a) the medical information including a plurality of items, (b) a plurality of information display threshold values corresponding to respective places where the medical information terminal is moved, (c) a plurality of information concealing levels corresponding to each of the plurality of items included in the medical information, and (d) a program including instructions to be executed by the at least one processor to perform a method comprising:
in a case where the medical information is browsed by a user, obtaining position information indicating a current position of the portable medical information terminal;
determining, as a current information display threshold value, an information display threshold value corresponding to the place identified based on the obtained position information from among the plurality of information display threshold values stored in the at least one memory; and
causing a display unit to not display a description content of an item when an information concealing level of the item is set at more than the determined current information display threshold value, from among the plurality of items, or causing the display unit to display a description content of an item when an information concealing level of the item is set at not more than the determined current information display threshold value, from among the plurality of items,
wherein each of the plurality of information display threshold values stored in the at least one memory is a threshold value capable of displaying about the description contents of all or a part of the plurality of items.

US Pat. No. 10,394,497

RELAY APPARATUS THAT REGISTERS USER INFORMATION INCLUDED IN A FORMING REQUEST IN A GROUP THAT INCLUDES THE ACCOUNT OF THE RELAY APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A relay apparatus that is connected to a forming apparatus which forms a three-dimensional object, the relay apparatus comprising;a memory storing instructions; and
a processor executing the instructions causing the relay apparatus to:
receive a forming request for the forming apparatus, which includes user information, from a client terminal;
perform a registration process to a message service, in response to reception of the forming request including the user information, so that a group, which includes at least the user information and an account of the relay apparatus, is managed by the message service; and
distribute a message concerning the forming apparatus and the forming request for the group,
wherein, in the registration process, in response to a reception of a first forming request including first user information, a first group, which includes the first user information and the account of the relay apparatus, is automatically registered to the message service, and
wherein, in the registration process, the first user information is further registered in addition to a second group that has been a target of a registration process in response to a reception of a second forming request that is different from the first forming request and is managed by the message service.

US Pat. No. 10,397,575

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image encoding apparatus comprising:a determination unit configured to determine a block size of a block included in an image;
an information encoding unit configured to encode information on a minimum area size related to a quantization parameter; and
an encoding unit configured to encode a difference value for a quantization parameter capable of being shared in encoding processes for a block group including a plurality of blocks,
wherein a size of each of the plurality of blocks is smaller than the minimum area size,
wherein the plurality of blocks includes at least both of a first block and a second block processed subsequent to the first block,
wherein the encoding unit is configured to encode the difference value in processing of the first block, in a case where the first block contains a coefficient value not equal to 0 and a split flag for the first block indicates that the first block is not split into blocks with half horizontal size and half vertical size, and
wherein the encoding unit is configured to encode the difference value in processing of the second block, in a case where the second block contains a coefficient value not equal to 0 and the difference value has not been encoded in the processing of the first block and a split flag for the second block indicates that the second block is not split into blocks with half horizontal size and half vertical size.

US Pat. No. 10,394,506

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

6. A control method of a system including a server, a client apparatus, and a printer,the method of the server comprising:
acquiring first account information input on an input screen by a user,
acquiring account change restriction information which indicates whether change in account information that is to be added to a print job is prohibited or not,
holding the acquired account change restriction information in a first restriction information memory, and
determining an operation authority on which a printer driver in the server is operating,
wherein, in a case where the operation authority on which the printer driver in the server is operating is an administrator authority, the acquired first account information is held, as administration account information, in a first administrator account registry memory which is able to be accessed by the administrator authority and which is not able to be accessed by a user authority, the user authority being lower in authority level than the administrator authority, and there being predetermined restriction on operation in the user authority, and
wherein, in a case where the operation authority on which the printer driver in the server is operating is the user authority, the acquired first account information is held, as user account information, in a first user account registry memory which is able to be accessed by the user authority, and
the method of the client apparatus comprising:
acquiring, from the server, the account change restriction information held in the first restriction information memory,
acquiring, from the server, the first account information held in the first administrator account registry memory,
acquiring second account information input on an input screen by a user,
holding, in a second restriction information memory which is able to be accessed by the administrator authority and which is not able to be accessed by the user authority, the account change restriction information acquired from the server,
holding, in a second administrator account registry memory which is able to be accessed by the administrator authority and which is not able to be accessed by the user authority, the first account information acquired from the server as administrator account information,
determining whether the account change restriction information held in the second restriction information memory indicates the change in account information is prohibited, and
determining an operation authority on which a printer driver in the client apparatus is operating,
holding the acquired second account information as user account information, in a second user account registry memory which is able to be accessed by the user authority, in a case where the operation authority on which the printer driver in the client apparatus is operating is the user authority, and where the account change restriction information held in the second restriction information memory indicates the change in account information is prohibited,
wherein, in a case where the account change restriction information held in the second restriction information memory indicates the change in account information is prohibited, the first account information held in the second administrator account registry memory is added to the print job,
wherein, in a case where the account change restriction information held in the second restriction information memory does not indicate the change in account information is prohibited and where the operation authority on which the printer driver in the client apparatus is operating is the user authority, the second account information held in the second user account registry memory is added to the print job,
wherein the print job that the first account information or the second account information is added to is transmitted to the printer via the server.

US Pat. No. 10,393,995

MIRROR DRIVING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A mirror driving device comprising:a mirror;
a mirror box;
a mirror driving member rotatably attached to the mirror box and configured to drive the mirror between a first position where the mirror is located in an optical path and a second position where the mirror is retracted from the optical path;
a link member rotatably attached to the mirror driving member,
wherein a cam portion is formed in the mirror box,
wherein the link member includes a follower portion configured to follow with the cam portion,
wherein the cam portion is a groove cam portion having an inner cam surface and an outer cam surface,
wherein the follower portion does not follow with the outer cam surface in a case where the follower portion follows with the inner cam surface,
wherein the follower portion does not follow with the inner cam surface in a case where the follower portion follows with the outer cam surface,
wherein the follower portion follows with the outer cam surface in a case where the mirror moves from the first position to the second position,
wherein the follower portion makes contact with neither the inner cam surface nor the outer cam surface in a case where the mirror stops at the second position,
wherein the follower portion follows with the outer cam surface in a case where the mirror moves from the second position to the first position,
wherein the follower portion makes contact with the outer cam surface in a case where the mirror stops at the first position;
a rotation member engaged with the link member and configured to be driven to rotate by a driving source; and
a biasing member attached to the rotation member and configured to bias the follower portion toward the outer cam surface.

US Pat. No. 10,394,507

CONTROL METHOD FOR COMMUNICATION TERMINAL AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control method performed by an application executing on a communication terminal that includes an OS (operating system) and that communicably connects the communication terminal to an image processing apparatus, the method comprising:displaying, on an operating unit of the communication terminal in response to a user operation for file selection, a selection screen that includes at least first and second display items, wherein the first display item is used for displaying a first screen for a first file selection function provided by the application different from the OS, and wherein the second display item is used for displaying a second screen for a second file selection function provided by the OS;
in response to an instruction to select the first display item received through the selection screen, displaying the first screen for selecting a file within a predetermined folder of the communication terminal by using the first file selection function provided by the application different from the OS; and
in response to an instruction to select the second display item through the selection screen, invoking the second file selection function provided by the OS to display the second screen provided by the OS; and
transmitting data based on at least one file, that is selected through the displayed first screen and/or the displayed second screen, to the image processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,393,996

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor and at least one memory storing computer instructions, wherein the computer instructions, when executed, cause the at least one processor, to function as:
an acquiring unit configured to acquire first and second sets of image data;
a generating unit configured to generate first and second map data that respectively represent a distribution of data related to distance of the object, by using the first and second sets of image data;
an alignment unit configured to acquire the first and second map data that has been generated by the generating unit and perform alignment; and
a composing unit configured to perform composing processing of the first and second map data in which alignment has been performed by the alignment unit,
wherein the alignment unit performs alignment of the first and second map data by performing geometrical deformation processing by using a control parameter acquired from the first and second sets of image data.

US Pat. No. 10,394,509

DISPLAY LIST GENERATION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display list generation apparatus, comprising:a first memory;
a second memory; and
a processor in communication with the first memory and the second memory, wherein the processor performs:
interpreting page description language (PDL) data:,
storing a result of an interpretation of the PDL data in the first memory;
copying the result of the interpretation from the first memory to the second memory in a case where a data size of the result of the interpretation does not exceeds a threshold;
generating a display list from the copy of the result of the interpretation stored in the second memory in a case where the data size of the result of the interpretation does not exceed the threshold; and
generating a display list from the result of the interpretation stored in the first memory in a case where the data size of the result of the interpretation exceeds the threshold, wherein the generation of the display list from the result of the interpretation stored in the first memory is performed after the processor has generated the display list from all results of interpretation which are stored in the second memory until then.

US Pat. No. 10,396,305

ORGANIC EL DEVICE, AND DISPLAY APPARATUS AND LIGHTING APPARATUS USING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An organic EL device comprising, in the following order:a substrate;
a reflection electrode;
an organic compound layer; and
a light extraction electrode,
wherein the reflection electrode serves as a cathode and the light extraction electrode serves as an anode,
wherein the organic compound layer includes a first light-emitting layer which is electron trapping type and a second light-emitting layer disposed between the first light-emitting layer and the light extraction electrode,
wherein the first light-emitting layer emits blue light,
wherein the second light-emitting layer emits light whose wavelength is longer than a wavelength of the blue light from the first light-emitting layer, and
wherein an optical distance between the reflection electrode and the first light-emitting layer is a distance of constructive interference for the light of the first light-emitting layer.

US Pat. No. 10,394,514

PROJECTION DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display apparatus comprising:a display unit configured to display an image;
a communication unit configured to communicate with at least one of a plurality of external display apparatuses; and
a control unit configured to perform control to cause the display unit to display, in a case where an image to be displayed by the display unit and an image to be displayed by the at least one of the plurality of external display apparatuses are to be displayed side by side, a predetermined image including a plurality of areas indicating a positional relationship between a plurality of display images, area information for identifying each of the plurality of areas, and identification information of each of the plurality of external display apparatuses,
wherein the control unit controls the display unit to display the predetermined image indicating a correspondence relationship between the identification information of each of the plurality of external display apparatuses and each of the plurality of areas,
wherein in a case where identification information about one of the plurality of external display apparatuses corresponds to one of the plurality of areas, the communication unit transmits, to the one of the plurality of external display apparatuses, information for identifying one of the plurality of areas corresponding to the one of the plurality of external display apparatuses.

US Pat. No. 10,392,211

SHEET CONVEYANCE APPARATUS, IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet conveyance apparatus comprising:a conveyance roller configured to convey a sheet;
a driving source configured to drive the conveyance roller; and
a drive transmission mechanism configured to transmit a driving force from the driving source to the conveyance roller, the drive transmission mechanism comprising:
a shaft;
a first rotary member supported on the shaft and driven to rotate by the driving source;
a second rotary member supported on the shaft and connected to the conveyance roller so as to rotate the conveyance roller; and
a coupling member engaged with the first rotary member and rotated integrally with the first rotary member, the coupling member comprising a body portion positioned on a side opposite from the second rotary member in an axial direction of the shaft with respect to the first rotary member and a projected portion projected from the body portion and extending toward the second rotary member in the axial direction through the first rotary member,
the coupling member being movable in the axial direction between a coupling position, at which the projected portion engages with the second rotary member such that the second rotary member rotates integrally with the first rotary member, and a release position, at which the projected portion is separated from the second rotary member such that a relative rotation of the second rotary member with respect to the first rotary member is permitted,
wherein the first rotary member comprises an opening portion through which the projected portion of the coupling member is inserted, and
the second rotary member comprises an engagement portion engaging with the projected portion projected from the first rotary member through the opening portion.

US Pat. No. 10,393,518

APPARATUS FOR DETECTING FLOOR-TO-FLOOR HEIGHT OF BUILDING, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A portable apparatus that operates to determine a movement trajectory and a location of the apparatus, the apparatus comprising:one or more processors that operate to:
acquire, using at least an atmospheric pressure sensor configured to cyclically detect an amplitude of atmospheric pressure applied to the apparatus, height information corresponding to a height at which the apparatus is present;
specify, in a case where an amount of change in the acquired height information, the height information being acquired during a period from a predetermined time ago to current time, is larger than a predetermined amount, that the apparatus is in a first state where the apparatus starts moving up or down, and in a case where the amount of change in the height information acquired during the period is smaller than the predetermined amount, that the apparatus is in a second state where the apparatus finishes moving up or down;
detect, in response to a transition of a state, from the first state to the second state, of the apparatus specified by the one or more processors, that the apparatus performs moving up or down corresponding to one floor in a building having one or more floors;
estimate, using the height information acquired by the one or more processors during the detected moving up or down corresponding to the one floor, a floor-to-floor height of the building having the one or more floors where the apparatus is present; and
determine the movement trajectory and the location of the apparatus in the building by one or more of the following:
(i) detecting a change in a movement direction of the apparatus; and
(ii) using the estimated floor-to-floor height of the building to confirm whether the apparatus is located on the one floor or on a floor different from the one floor in the building.

US Pat. No. 10,390,706

PHOTOACOUSTIC IMAGING APPARATUS, PHOTOACOUSTIC IMAGING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for acquiring subject information comprising the steps of:acquiring first image data by using an electrical signal acquired by converting an acoustic wave generated by irradiating a subject with light;
acquiring a surface-illuminance distribution of the light incident on a surface of the subject by using information about a surface shape of the subject and an intensity distribution of light for irradiation to the subject;
setting, on the surface of the subject in a numerical space, an imaginary light source having a light intensity distribution that is the same as the surface-illuminance distribution;
acquiring an internal light intensity distribution inside the subject by calculating light propagation inside the subject in the numerical space, of light emitted from the imaginary light source; and
acquiring second image data based on the first image data and the internal light intensity distribution inside the subject.

US Pat. No. 10,396,603

POWER RECEIVING APPARATUS THAT WIRELESSLY RECEIVES POWER, CONTROL METHOD OF THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power receiving apparatus that is capable of communicating with a power transmitting apparatus with wireless power transmission capability, the power receiving apparatus comprising:a battery;
a power receiving unit configured to wirelessly receive power from a power transmitting apparatus;
a communication unit configured to communicate with the power transmitting apparatus; and
a control unit configured to control a first mode for transmitting a signal for notifying surrounding apparatuses of an own existence using the communication unit and for receiving a connection request transmitted in response to the signal, and a second mode for detecting existence of an external apparatus by receiving the signal transmitted for notifying surrounding apparatuses of own existence from the external apparatus and for transmitting a connection request to the external apparatus,
wherein the control unit controls the power receiving apparatus in the first mode in a case where the control unit detects, through the power receiving unit, power induced by an electromagnetic wave emitted from the power transmitting apparatus for detecting an other party to which the power transmitting apparatus provides power in a state where the control unit controls the power receiving apparatus in the second mode.

US Pat. No. 10,389,964

SOLID STATE IMAGING DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD OF SOLID STATE IMAGING DEVICE, IMAGING SYSTEM, AND MOBILE APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid state imaging device comprising:a pixel unit including a plurality of pixels arranged to form a plurality of rows, each of the plurality of pixels including a photoelectric conversion element;
a plurality of row drive circuits respectively corresponding to the plurality of rows of the pixel unit, each including
a first signal generation unit,
a second signal generation unit, and
a drive signal generation unit configured to generate a readout scan signal for reading out a signal from the pixels and a shutter scan signal for causing the photoelectric conversion element to start charge accumulation, as drive signals for driving the plurality of pixels, based on a signal output from the first signal generation unit and a signal output from corresponding one of the second signal generation unit; and
a switching unit configured to switch the row drive circuit between:
a first state in which the first signal generation unit generates the readout scan signal and the second signal generation unit generates the shutter scan signal and
a second state in which the first signal generation unit generates the shutter scan signal and the second signal generation unit generates the readout scan signal.

US Pat. No. 10,390,223

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more memories including instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the apparatus to:
acquire, from a captured image, information about a communication-parameter setting process;
determine whether the acquired information includes identification information for identifying another communication apparatus which executes the communication-parameter setting process with the communication apparatus;
select, based on a result of the determination, either transmitting a signal for an authentication process performed in the communication-parameter setting process by broadcast or unicast, wherein the communication apparatus selects to transmit the signal by broadcast in a case where it is determined that the acquired information does not include the identification information, and selects to transmit the signal by unicast in a case where it is determined that the acquired information includes the identification information; and
transmit the signal by broadcast in a case where the communication apparatus selects to transmit the signal by broadcast, and transmit the signal to the another communication apparatus by unicast based on the identification information in a case where the communication apparatus selects to transmit the signal by unicast.

US Pat. No. 10,389,259

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS SWITCHING A CAPACITANCE VALUE OF A RESONANCE CAPACITOR AT A TIME OF A CONTINUOUS OPERATION AND AN INTERMITTENT OPERATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power supply apparatus comprising:a transformer including a primary winding and a secondary winding;
a first switching element connected in series to the primary winding of the transformer;
a resonance capacitor unit connected in parallel with the first switching element;
a second switching element connected in parallel with the primary winding of the transformer;
a capacitor connected in series to the second switching element, and connected in parallel with the primary winding of the transformer with the second switching element;
a feedback unit configured to output information according to an output voltage obtained by rectifying and smoothing a voltage induced by the secondary winding of the transformer; and
a control unit configured to, based on the information output from the feedback unit and which is input to the control unit, control turn-on or turn-off of the first switching element by a first control signal, and to control turn-on or turn-off of the second switching element by a second control signal,
wherein the control unit is capable of performing a continuous operation repeating a period for performing a switching operation that alternately turns on or turns off the first switching element and the second switching element before and after a dead time at which both of the first switching element and the second switching element are turned off, and capable of performing an intermittent operation alternately repeating a period for performing the switching operation and a period for stopping the switching operation, and
wherein the resonance capacitor unit includes a first resonance capacitor, a second resonance capacitor, and a third switching element connected in series to the second resonance capacitor,
wherein the second resonance capacitor and the third switching element are connected in parallel with the first resonance capacitor, and
wherein the control unit turns on the third switching element at the time of the continuous operation, and turns off the third switching element at the time of the intermittent operation.

US Pat. No. 10,386,743

DEVELOPING DEVICE THAT REDUCES THE BENDING OF A DEVELOPER REGULATING MEMBER WHEN THE DEVELOPER REGULATING MEMBER RECEIVES DEVELOPER PRESSURE OR MAGNETIC FORCE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing device comprising:a developing container configured to store developer including toner and a carrier;
a developer bearing member rotatably provided and configured to bear the developer to develop an electrostatic latent image formed on an image bearing member;
a magnet fixedly placed within the developer bearing member and configured to generate a magnetic field for the developer bearing member to bear the developer; and
a developer regulating member placed not in contact with the developer bearing member so as to be opposed to the developer bearing member, configured to be magnetized by an external magnetic field, and configured to regulate an amount of developer borne on the developer bearing member,
wherein only both end portions of the developer regulating member are supported by the developing container such that the developer regulating member cannot rotate, and
wherein, in a cross section of the developer regulating member orthogonal to a rotational axis of the developer bearing member, the following are satisfied:
an area of the cross section of the developer regulating member is smaller than 28 mm2;
a magnitude of a normal direction component of a second moment of area of the developer regulating member with respect to a centroid of the cross section is larger than 25 mm4, the normal direction component being a component in a normal direction of the developer bearing member; and
a magnitude of a tangent direction component of the second moment of area of the developer regulating member with respect to the centroid of the cross section is larger than 70 mm4, the tangent direction component being a component in a tangent direction of the developer bearing member.

US Pat. No. 10,386,763

ADDITION-CURABLE LIQUID SILICONE RUBBER MIXTURE, ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC MEMBER AND PRODUCTION METHOD THEREFOR, AND FIXING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An addition-curable liquid silicone rubber mixture comprising:an addition-curable liquid silicone rubber; and
graphite particles,
wherein the graphite particles have a DBP oil absorption number of 40 cm3/100 g to less than 80 cm3/100 g.

US Pat. No. 10,386,767

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND DETECTING STREAKS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a photosensitive member;
a charging unit configured to charge the photosensitive member;
an exposure unit configured to expose the photosensitive member, which is charged by the charging unit, to form an electrostatic latent image;
a developer unit configured to develop the electrostatic latent image on the photosensitive member, using a developer, to form an image;
an intermediate transfer body to which the image on the photosensitive member is transferred;
a transfer unit configured to transfer the image on the intermediate transfer body to a sheet;
a first removing unit configured to remove developer remaining on the photosensitive member;
a second removing unit configured to remove developer remaining on the intermediate transfer body; and
a controller configured to output a test sheet on which a test image is formed by controlling the photosensitive member, the charging unit, the exposure unit, the developer unit, and the transfer unit, and to obtain read data related to the test sheet, and to detect a streak image included in the test sheet based on the read data,
wherein
the read data is outputted from a reading device,
the test image includes a first test image, a second test image, and a third test image,
the controller, in a case where the first test image is formed, controls the charging unit to adjust a potential of the photosensitive member to a first charging potential, controls the exposure unit to form an electrostatic latent image corresponding to the first test image, and controls the developer unit to adjust a potential of the developer unit to a first developing potential,
the controller, in a case where the second test image is formed, controls the charging unit to adjust the potential of the photosensitive member to a second charging potential, but not cause the exposure unit to expose the photosensitive member, and controls the developer unit to adjust the potential of the developer unit to a second developing potential,
the controller, in a case where the third test image is formed, controls the developer unit to adjust the potential of the developer unit to a third developing potential, but not cause the charging unit to charge the photosensitive member, and not cause the exposure unit to expose the photosensitive member,
the controller controls the second charging potential, the second developing potential, and the third developing potential so that a density of the second test image and a density of the third test image become a predetermined density, and
the controller detects the streak image based on first read data corresponding to the first test image, second read data corresponding to the second test image, third read data corresponding to the third test image, and fourth read data corresponding to a non-image region of the test sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,384,457

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD UNIT AND LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head unit comprising a page-wide type liquid ejection head including an ejection port surface on which an ejection port for ejecting a liquid is provided, the liquid ejection head being detachably attached to a liquid ejecting apparatus, and a protective member detachably attached to the liquid ejection head, whereinthe liquid ejection head includes a first rail portion along a longitudinal direction of the liquid ejection head, and the protective member includes a second rail portion along a longitudinal direction of the protective member; and
the second rail portion of the protective member is brought into contact with the first rail portion of the liquid ejection head mounted on the liquid ejecting apparatus, the ejection port surface is covered by sliding the protective member in a first direction along the longitudinal direction of the liquid ejection head, and after the protective member is attached to the liquid ejection head, the liquid ejection head and the protective member are both moved in a second direction opposite to the first direction to be removed from the liquid ejecting apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,386,768

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:at least one processor configured to function as:
a printer engine configured to perform image formation using a recording material stored in a cartridge; and
a printer controller communicably connected to the printer engine,
wherein the printer engine:
notifies the printer controller of a predicted value predicted based on a consumption amount of the recording material upon condition that an engine state does not satisfy a predetermined state, and
notifies the printer controller of raw data acquired using a sensor, instead of the predicted value, upon condition that the engine state satisfies the predetermined state, and
wherein the printer controller:
determines whether a cartridge mounted on the image forming apparatus is a cartridge refilled with a recording material,
if it is determined that the cartridge mounted on the image forming apparatus is the cartridge refilled with the recording material, performs control for shifting the printer engine to a predetermined state, acquires the raw data from the printer engine that has been shifted to the predetermined state, and notifies a user of a degree of wear of the cartridge based on the acquired raw data, and
if it is determined that the cartridge mounted on the image forming apparatus is not the cartridge refilled with the recording material avoids performing the control for shifting the printer engine to the predetermined state, acquires the predicted value from the printer engine, and notifies the user of the degree of wear of the cartridge based on the acquired predicted value.

US Pat. No. 10,386,772

RECORDING MATERIAL PROCESSING APPARATUS INCLUDING ALIGNMENT UNIT FOR ALIGNING RECORDING MATERIALS AND IMAGING FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording material processing apparatus comprising:a conveyance unit configured to convey a recording material;
an alignment unit including a first alignment member and a second alignment member, the first alignment member and the second alignment member being configured to support the recording material conveyed by the conveyance unit, wherein at least the first alignment member approaches the second alignment member to align the supported recording material in a direction perpendicular to a conveyance direction of the recording material;
a stacking unit on which the recording material is stacked, wherein the supported recording material is discharged to the stacking unit when at least the first alignment member separates from the second alignment member; and
a control unit configured to execute a first control and a second control alternately,
wherein, in a case where the control unit executes the first control, the control unit controls the alignment unit to support a first recording material conveyed by the conveyance unit, to not align the first recording material in the direction perpendicular to the conveyance direction, and to discharge the first recording material to the stacking unit, and
wherein, in a case where the control unit executes the second control, the control unit controls the alignment unit to support a second recording material conveyed by the conveyance unit, to align the second recording material in the direction perpendicular to the conveyance direction, and to discharge the second recording material to the stacking unit.

US Pat. No. 10,384,468

RECORDING METHOD, RECORDED MATTER, RECORDED MATTER PROCESSING METHOD, AND METHOD FOR IMPROVING FOLD-CRACK RESISTANCE OF RECORDED MATTER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording method, comprising:applying ink to a record medium, wherein the record medium comprises a base paper having a density of 0.6 g/cm3 or more and 1.2 g/cm3 or less;
forming a cover layer by applying a liquid composition containing polyurethane resin particles to the record medium to which the ink is applied in such a manner as to be at least partially overlapped with a region to which the ink is applied, wherein breaking strength of the cover layer is 0.43N or more and 0.58N or less, and breaking elongation of the cover layer is 313% or more and 708% or less; and
after forming the cover layer, folding the record medium,
wherein an application amount in terms of solid content of the liquid composition is 13.0 g/m2 or more and 19.2 g/m2 or less.

US Pat. No. 10,384,470

INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet recording apparatus comprising:an image forming unit that forms a first image containing a first liquid and a coloring material on an ink receiving medium;
a liquid absorbing member that has a porous body coming in contact with the first image and absorbing at least a part of the first liquid from the first image; and
a liquid collecting device that collects the first liquid absorbed in the porous body,
wherein the porous body has a first surface that is a side contacting the first image and a second surface opposing the first surface, an average pore size of the second surface of the porous body is larger than an average pore size of the first surface, and
the liquid collecting device includes a gas ejection member that ejects gas to the second surface of the porous body to extrude the first liquid from the second surface.

US Pat. No. 10,386,782

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image, said apparatus comprising:a main assembly;
a photosensitive member unit supported by said main assembly and including a photosensitive member;
a cartridge including a developer carrying member, a coupling for receiving a driving force for driving said developer carrying member, and an accommodating portion accommodating a developer to be supplied to said photosensitive member; and
a supporting member provided inside said main assembly to support said cartridge and movable between an inside position in which said cartridge is mounted to said main assembly, and an outside position outside said main assembly, wherein said supporting member is movable to the outside position independently from said photosensitive member unit,
wherein when said supporting member is in the inside position, said photosensitive member and said cartridge are disposed at positions overlapping with each other as seen in a moving direction of said supporting member, and
wherein said cartridge is displaced from a first position taken when said supporting member is in the inside position to a second position in which said cartridge does not interfere with said photosensitive member, by said cartridge rotating about a rotation axis of said coupling relative to said supporting member, during movement of said supporting member from the inside position to the outside position independently from said photosensitive member which remains inside said main assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,386,785

CLEANING APPARATUS, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cleaning apparatus comprising a photosensitive body and a frame body that supports the photosensitive body and being attachable to and detachable from an installation position in an apparatus main body of an image forming apparatus configured to form an image on a recording material, the cleaning apparatus being installed in the apparatus main body with a developing apparatus including a developer bearing member that bears developer for developing an electrostatic image formed on the photosensitive body,wherein a surface of the frame body faces toward a side where the developing apparatus is provided in an arrangement direction of the developing apparatus and the cleaning apparatus being installed in the apparatus main body, and
a projection portion projects from the surface of the frame body, and moves an engaged portion, which is disposed on the apparatus main body, so as to allow a movement of the cleaning apparatus to the installation position when the cleaning apparatus is attached to the apparatus main body.

US Pat. No. 10,389,895

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a display configured to display a preview image and at least one operation key for instructing processing to be performed on the preview image being displayed;
a user interface configured to receive an enlargement operation performed by a user for enlarging the preview image displayed on the display; and
at least one processor that executes instructions to, upon detecting that a distance between at least two input instruction objects has increased from a state in which the preview image is touched with the at least two input instruction objects, enlarge the preview image displayed on the display, and control the display not to display the operation key,
upon detecting that the distance between the at least two input instruction objects has decreased from a state in which the enlarged preview image is touched with the at least two input instruction objects, reduce the enlarged preview image, and
after detecting a release of at least one of the at least two input instruction objects from the preview image in a state in which the preview image has been reduced, change the operation key that has been in a non-displayed state into a displayed state,
wherein, a change key for changing a page of a preview image including a plurality of pages to another page of the preview image is displayed together with the operation key, the change key and the operation key being displayed in a second display area different from a first display area in which the preview image is displayed, and
wherein, in a case where the preview image is enlarged and the operation key is not displayed, the change key is displayed in the first display area in which the preview image is displayed.

US Pat. No. 10,389,897

LIGHT SCANNING APPARATUS WITH OVERLAPPED HOLDERS FOR LIGHT SOURCES, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THEREWITH

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light scanning apparatus, comprising:a plurality of optical elements including a mirror and a lens;
a housing configured to house the plurality of optical elements therein;
a first holder attached to the housing, and configured to hold a first laser light source having a plurality of light emitting points to emit first laser lights for exposing a first photosensitive member and a first collimator lens through which the first laser lights emitted from the first laser light source pass, wherein the first holder is configured to have a first lens barrel portion that connects a portion for holding the first laser light source and a portion for holding the first collimator lens;
a second holder attached to the housing, and configured to hold a second laser light source having a plurality of light emitting points to emit second laser lights for exposing a second photosensitive member and a second collimator lens through which the second leaser lights emitted from the second laser light source pass, wherein the second holder is configured to have a second lens barrel portion that connects a portion for holding the second laser light source and a portion for holding the second collimator lens;
a rotary polygon mirror configured to be rotated and provided with a plurality of reflection surfaces by which the first laser lights emitted from the first laser light source and the second laser lights emitted from the second laser light source are deflected; and
a lens, of the plurality of optical elements, to which respective laser lights of the first laser lights emitted from the first laser light source and deflected by the rotary polygon mirror and the second laser lights emitted from the second laser light source and deflected by the rotary polygon mirror are first incident,
wherein the first laser lights emitted from the first laser light source and the second laser lights emitted from the second laser light source are incident to a reflection surface of the rotary polygon mirror at respective angles inclined over and under a virtual plane that is perpendicular to a rotation axis of the rotary polygon mirror and passes through the plurality of reflection surfaces without being reflected by a mirror,
wherein when viewing the first holder and the second holder from above the virtual plane in a rotation axis direction of the rotary polygon mirror, the first holder and the second holder are attached to the housing so that a first incident light path of the first laser lights incident to the rotary polygon mirror is placed between a second incident light path of the second laser lights incident to the rotary polygon mirror and the lens, and
wherein in the rotation axis direction, a part of the first lens barrel portion and a part of the second lens barrel portion overlap one another.

US Pat. No. 10,389,653

REQUEST DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM, MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A request distribution system connected with a first processing system and a second processing system and capable of adjusting resources to be used in request processing according to an amount of requests received, the request distribution system comprising:a memory storing instructions; and
a processor that, when executing the instructions, causes the request distribution system to perform operations including:
specifying information indicating a part of users out of a plurality of users belonging to a predetermined network system as specification information for determining a processing system as a transmission destination, wherein processing for specifying the information indicating a part of users out of the plurality of users is repetitively performed at intervals of a predetermined time period,
receiving a request,
determining a processing system as the transmission destination of the received request, and
transmitting the received request to the determined processing system,
wherein, when a processing system for processing a request from a predetermined network system is switched in a switching from the first processing system to the second processing system, according to identification information included in each request and the information that has been specified when the each request is received, the second processing system is determined as a transmission destination of a part of a plurality of requests during a time period between a start and an end of the relevant switching,
wherein, during the time period between the start and the end of the relevant switching, the first processing system is determined as a transmission destination of requests other than the part of the plurality of requests, and
wherein resources to be used in request processing by the second processing system are adjusted according to the amount of requests of which the transmission destination is determined to be the second processing system.

US Pat. No. 10,383,516

IMAGE GENERATION METHOD, IMAGE GENERATION APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image generation method comprising:an acquisition step of acquiring a plurality of pieces of tomogram data of a subject, the plurality of pieces of tomogram data representing cross-sections at a substantially identical portion of the subject;
a calculation step of calculating a motion contrast value by using pieces of pixel data corresponding to one another among the plurality of pieces of tomogram data that have been acquired;
a comparison step of comparing the motion contrast value with a threshold for generating a motion contrast image of the subject;
a generation step of generating the motion contrast image based on a result of the comparing; and
a change step of changing the threshold,
wherein at least one processor in communication with at least one memory configured to perform the acquisition step, calculation step, comparison step, generation step and changing step.

US Pat. No. 10,380,465

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a printing unit configured to print image data on a sheet;
a sheet feeding unit configured to feed the sheet from a sheet storage unit to the printing unit;
a sheet re-feeding unit configured to be operable when two-sided printing is to be performed, to re-feed the sheet, printed on a front side of the sheet, toward the printing unit so as to print another image data on a back side of the sheet;
a receiving unit configured to receive a print job for printing a first page of image data on a front side of a first sheet, printing a second page of image data on a front side of a second sheet, and printing a third page of image data on a back side of the second sheet; and
a control unit configured to:
specify a type of sheets that are to be used for the first and second sheets,
control, in a case where the type of sheets is specified as pre-numbered sheets, the printing unit to print on the first and second sheets in the following order:
firstly, the first page of image data is printed on the front side of the first sheet fed by the sheet feeding unit,
secondly, the second page of image data is printed on the front side of the second sheet fed by the sheet feeding unit, and
thirdly, the third page of image data is printed on the back side of the second sheet re-fed by the re-feeding unit, and
control, in a case where the type of sheets is not specified as pre-numbered sheets, the printing unit to print on the first and second sheets in the following order:
firstly, the second page of image data is printed on the front side of the second sheet fed by the sheet feeding unit,
secondly, the first page of image data is printed on the front side of the first sheet fed by the sheet feeding unit, the first sheet being not re-fed by the re-feeding unit, and
thirdly, the third page of image data is printed on the back side of the second sheet re-fed by the re-feeding unit.

US Pat. No. 10,380,725

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus generating an image for displaying an input image with dynamic range smaller than the dynamic range of the input image by a display device, the image processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors that operate to:
perform a first process of expanding a contrast of a light portion on the input image;
perform a second process of expanding a contrast of an intermediate portion on the input image;
perform a third process of expanding a contrast of a dark portion on the input image;
acquire gradation values of a plurality of neighborhood pixels positioned in a predetermined range from a processing target pixel of the input image; and
determine a gradation value of a pixel on a converted image corresponding to the processing target pixel by using the acquired gradation values of the plurality of neighborhood pixels, the converted gradation values output by the first process, the converted gradation values output by the second process, and the converted gradation values output by the third process.

US Pat. No. 10,379,457

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a photosensitive member;
an exposure unit configured to expose the photosensitive member to form an electrostatic latent image on the photosensitive member;
a charger, arranged upstream of a position of exposure for the photosensitive member by the exposure unit in a rotation direction of the photosensitive member, including a first discharge electrode and a second discharge electrode and configured to charge the photosensitive member to be an identical polarity, before exposure by the exposure unit, by discharge caused by voltages being supplied to the first discharge electrode and the second discharge electrode;
a first high-voltage power supply including a first transformer that generates a voltage to be supplied to the first discharge electrode and configured to supply, to the first discharge electrode, the voltage generated by driving the first transformer in accordance with a first pulse signal;
a second high-voltage power supply including a second transformer that generates a voltage having a polarity identical with that of the voltage generated by the first high-voltage power supply and to be supplied to the second discharge electrode, and configured to supply, to the second discharge electrode, the voltage generated by driving the second transformer in accordance with a second pulse signal having frequency and phase identical with those of the first pulse signal; and
a controller configured to control the first high-voltage power supply and the second high-voltage power supply;
wherein the second pulse signal is a signal branched from the first pulse signal.

US Pat. No. 10,379,458

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a rotatable photosensitive member;
a movable intermediate transfer member;
an image forming portion configured to form a toner image, to be transferred onto the intermediate transfer member, onto the photosensitive member;
a cleaning unit configured to remove toner left on a surface of the photosensitive member after transferring the toner image onto the intermediate transfer member, the cleaning unit comprising a cleaning member configured to remove the toner and a cleaning frame supporting the cleaning member; and
a light irradiating portion configured to irradiate the photosensitive member with light after transferring the toner image onto the intermediate transfer member to remove electricity of the photosensitive member, the light irradiating portion comprising:
a first light guide body configured to extend along a rotation axial direction of the photosensitive member;
a light source portion provided to face an end surface portion of the first light guide body in the rotation axial direction;
a reflecting portion disposed to face the first light guide body in an intersecting direction intersecting with the rotation axial direction; and
a second light guide body comprising a facing portion disposed to face the first light guide body and to oppose the reflecting portion through the first light guide body, and configured to irradiate the photosensitive member with the light transmitted through the first light guide body,
wherein in a cross-section orthogonal to the rotation axial direction, the first light guide body is disposed at a position farther from the photosensitive member than the cleaning frame with respect to a moving direction of the intermediate transfer member, and at least a part of the second light guide body extends from a first light guide body side toward a photosensitive member side between the cleaning frame and the intermediate transfer member.

US Pat. No. 10,379,460

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic member, comprising:an electro-conductive substrate; and
an electro-conductive resin layer serving as a surface layer on the substrate,
wherein:
the surface layer contains
a urethane resin and
a first polymer having at least one structure selected from the group consisting of structures represented by the following structural formulae (1) to (6):
in the structural formulae (1) to (6),R1, R5, R10, R13, R16, and R20 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or a methyl group,
R2 and R6 each independently represent a hydrocarbon chain having 2 to 4 carbon atoms,
R3 and R4 each independently represent a methyl group or an ethyl group,
R7, R8, and R9 each independently represent a hydrocarbon group having 1 to 18 carbon atoms,
R11, R14, R17, and R21 each independently represent a single bond or a hydrocarbon chain having 1 to 6 carbon atoms,
R12, R15, R18, and R22 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or a hydrocarbon group having 1 to 3 carbon atoms,
R19 and R23 each independently represent a hydrocarbon group having 1 to 13 carbon atoms, and
A?'s each independently represent a halogen ion or a p-toluenesulfonate ion;
the urethane resin has one of a structure derived from a second polymer containing a fluorine atom, and a structure derived from a third polymer containing a fluorine atom and a silicon atom;wherein,in a region from an outer surface of the surface layer to a depth of 300 nm,
a ratio of a total number of nitrogen atoms derived from the structures represented by the structural formulae (1) to (6) in the first polymer to a total number of atoms measured by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (ESCA), is 0.1 atomic % or more and 7.0 atomic % or less,and wherein, when,in a region from a depth of 100 nm from the outer surface of the surface layer to a depth of 300 nm,
a ratio of a total number of nitrogen atoms derived from the structures represented by the structural formulae (1) to (6) in the first polymer to a total number of atoms measured by the X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (ESCA) is defined as Nna,
a ratio of a number of fluorine atoms derived from the urethane resin to the total number of the atoms measured by the X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (ESCA) is defined as Fna, and
a ratio of a number of silicon atoms derived from the urethane resin to the total number of the atoms measured by the X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (ESCA) is defined as Sina;andin a region from the outer surface of the surface layer to a depth of 10 nm,
a ratio of a total number of nitrogen atoms derived from the structures represented by the structural formulae (1) to (6) in the first polymer to a total number of atoms measured by the X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (ESCA) is defined as Nnb,
a ratio of a number of fluorine atoms derived from the urethane resin to the total number of the atoms measured by the X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (ESCA) is defined as Fnb, and
a ratio of a number of silicon atoms derived from the urethane resin to the total number of the atoms measured by the X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (ESCA) is defined as Sinb,the Nna, the Fna, the Sina, the Nnb, the Fnb, and the Sinb satisfy relationships represented by the following expression (1) and the following expression (2):(Fna+Sina)<(Fnb+Sinb)   Expression (1)
Nna>Nnb.   Expression (2)

US Pat. No. 10,379,462

DEVELOPER SUPPLY CONTAINER, DEVELOPER SUPPLYING SYSTEM AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING FILTERED VENTING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developer supplying system comprising a developer receiving apparatus, and a developer supply container detachably mountable to said developer receiving apparatus, wherein:said developer receiving apparatus includes a developer receiving portion defining a developer receiving opening for receiving a developer, a filter for permitting venting of air into and out of said developer receiving portion without substantially discharging the toner out of said developer receiving portion, a driver for applying a driving force to said developer supply container, and a first discharging opening for discharging the developer, with said filter not provided in said discharging opening; and
said developer supply container includes a developer accommodating portion configured to accommodate the developer, a second discharge opening configured to permit discharging of the developer from said developer accommodating portion toward said developer receiving portion, a driving force receiving portion configured to receive a driving force from said driver, and a pump portion capable of being driven by the driving force received by said driving force receiving portion to alternate repeatedly an air discharging operation and an air suction operation through said second discharge opening and said filter, with the discharging operation supplying the developer from said developer supply container to said developer receiving portion while discharging the air out of said developer receiving apparatus through said filter and sucking air into said developer receiving apparatus through said filter.

US Pat. No. 10,379,463

TRANSFER UNIT AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image bearing member configured to bear a toner image;
a transfer belt that is movable and comes into contact with the image bearing member;
a first contact member that comes into contact with an inner peripheral surface of the transfer belt and is configured to press the transfer belt toward the image bearing member;
a secondary transfer member that comes into contact with an outer peripheral surface of the transfer belt and thereby forms a secondary transfer portion;
an opposing member that is disposed at a position opposing the secondary transfer member with the transfer belt interposed therebetween;
an urging member configured to urge the secondary transfer member toward the opposing member; and
a separation unit configured to separate the transfer belt from the image bearing member by switching a pressing state of the first contact member, wherein
the separation unit includes a rotating member that rotates about a rotation axis of the opposing member and thereby moves the secondary transfer member in a direction opposite to an urging direction of the urging member and separates the secondary transfer member from the transfer belt.

US Pat. No. 10,379,464

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC MEMBER, FIXING MEMBER, FIXING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF PRODUCING ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC BELT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An endless belt-shaped electrophotographic member comprising:an endless belt-shaped substrate; and
a surface layer on the outer peripheral surface of the substrate,
wherein the surface layer comprises an ionizing radiation crosslinked product of a tetrafluoroethylene-perfluoroalkyl vinyl ether copolymer,
the surface layer is formed by irradiation of electron beam to a resin layer provided on the substrate, the resin layer comprising the tetrafluoroethylene-perfluoroalkyl vinyl ether copolymer,
the surface layer has a universal hardness HU at 200° C. of 18 N/mm2?HU?40 N/mm2, and
when
a degree of orientation of the tetrafluoroethylene-perfluoroalkyl vinyl ether copolymer in the resin layer in a direction orthogonal to the circumferential direction of the substrate is defined as Ri, and
a degree of orientation of the crosslinked product of the tetrafluoroethylene-perfluoroalkyl vinyl ether copolymer in the surface layer in the direction orthogonal to the circumferential direction of the substrate is defined as Rf,
Ri and Rf satisfy a relationship represented by expression (1):
Ri×0.8?Rf?Ri  (1)
wherein Ri is represented by expression (2):
Ri=AR0/AR90  (2)
wherein when
in polarized spectrum in the direction orthogonal to the circumferential direction of the substrate in an infrared-spectroscopic measurement of the resin layer, an absorption peak value at 640 cm?1 is defined as Abs640r0 and an absorption peak value at 993 cm?1 is defined as Abs993r0,
AR0 is represented by expression (3):
AR0=Abs640r0/Abs993r0  (3)
and when
in polarized spectrum in the circumferential direction of the substrate in an infrared-spectroscopic measurement of the resin layer, an absorption peak value at 640 cm?1 is defined as Abs640r90 and an absorption peak value at 993 cm?1 is defined as Abs993r90,
AR90 is represented by expression (4):
AR90=Abs640r90/Abs993r90  (4)
and Rf is represented by expression (5):
Rf=AS0/AS90  (5)
wherein when
in polarized spectrum in the direction orthogonal to the circumferential direction of the substrate in an infrared-spectroscopic measurement of the surface layer, an absorption peak value at 640 cm?1 is defined as Abs640s0 and an absorption peak value at 993 cm?1 is defined as Abs993s0,
AS0 is represented by expression (6):
AS0=Abs640s0/Abs993s0  (6)
and when
in polarized spectrum in the circumferential direction of the substrate in an infrared-spectroscopic measurement of the surface layer, an absorption peak value at 640 cm?1 is defined as Abs640s90 and an absorption peak value at 993 cm?1 is defined as Abs993s90,
AS90 is represented by expression (7):
AS90=Abs640s90/Abs993s90  (7).

US Pat. No. 10,379,467

COMPACT FIXING DEVICE WITH REDUCED COST OF WIRING INCLUDING ELECTRICAL CABLES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device comprising:a tubular fixing film;
a heater in contact with an inner surface of the fixing film;
a temperature detection element that detects the temperature of the heater; and
a safety element that, when the temperature of the heater rises to an abnormal degree, operates by the heat and interrupts power supply to the heater,
wherein an unfixed toner image formed on a recording material is fixed to the recording material by the heat of the heater through the fixing film, and
wherein first and second wire guide members that seal a part of wires electrically connected to terminals of the temperature detection element and a part of wires electrically connected to terminals of the safety element are disposed in an internal space of the fixing film.

US Pat. No. 10,377,165

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM IN WHICH PROGRAM IS RECORDED

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a first apparatus configured to perform punching on a sheet by using a punching member;
a second apparatus, including a stacking part on which a plurality of sheets punched by the first apparatus is stacked, and configured to perform binding so as to obtain a bookbinding article in which a binding member penetrates in a ring shape through punched holes of the plurality of sheets;
a notification unit notifying information; and
a control unit configured, in a case of starting a job using the first apparatus and the second apparatus and determining that a jam has occurred in the stacking part, to cancel the job, and to cause the notification unit to notify that a thickness of a sheet stack stacked on the stacking part exceeds a thickness that enables to be bound by the binding member used by the second apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,379,471

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS HAVING A PRESSURE REMOVAL MECHANISM INCLUDING A CAMSHAFT AND A REGULATING PORTION THAT REGULATES FLEXURE OF THE CAMSHAFT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:(A) a first rotatable member;
(B) a second rotatable member that cooperates with said first rotatable member to form a nip configured to heat a toner image on a recording material;
(C) a pressing mechanism including a pressing spring configured to press said first rotatable member toward said second rotatable member at opposite longitudinal ends of said first rotatable member; and
(D) a pressure removal mechanism including:
(a) a camshaft;
(b) a first cam portion provided at one longitudinal end of said camshaft;
(c) a second cam portion provided at another longitudinal end of said camshaft, wherein said first cam portion and said second cam portion are capable of placing said pressing mechanism at a first position, in which said first rotatable member and said second rotatable member form the nip, and a second position, in which said pressing mechanism is moved against an urging force provided by said pressing spring at the first position and in which a force applied between said first rotatable member and said second rotatable member by said pressing mechanism is less than a force applied between said first rotatable member and said second rotatable member by said pressing mechanism when said pressing mechanism is in the first position, and wherein said cam shaft rotates said first cam portion and said second cam portion;
(d) a first bearing portion;
(e) a second bearing portion, said first bearing portion and said second bearing portion being provided between said first cam portion and said second cam portion with respect to a longitudinal direction of said camshaft, and configured to support said camshaft;
(f) a first supporting portion supporting said first bearing portion;
(g) a second supporting portion supporting said second bearing portion, wherein said first supporting portion and said second supporting portion rotatably support said camshaft;
(h) a driving mechanism configured to rotate said camshaft; and
(i) a regulating portion configured to regulate flexure of said camshaft by contacting said camshaft at a position between said first bearing portion and said second bearing portion with respect to the longitudinal direction of said camshaft, when said pressing mechanism is in the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,379,473

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveyance apparatus comprising:a conveying path on which a sheet is to be conveyed in a conveying direction of the sheet;
an abutting portion provided on the conveying path and extending in the sheet conveying direction, wherein the abutting portion is configured to abut an end portion of the sheet in a width direction of the sheet orthogonal to the sheet conveying direction;
a conveying portion configured to convey the sheet obliquely on the conveying path so that the sheet approaches the abutting portion as the abutting portion extends in the sheet conveying direction;
a first rib provided on the conveying path; and
a second rib provided on the conveying path and upstream of the first rib in the sheet conveying direction, wherein the second rib extends in a direction approaching the abutting portion as the abutting portion extends in the sheet conveying direction,
wherein the first rib and the second rib are shaped to extend from an upstream side outwardly in the width and sheet conveyance directions to a downstream side.

US Pat. No. 10,383,061

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus operable in one of a plurality of setting modes including a Wi-Fi ON setting mode and a Wi-Fi OFF setting mode, the information processing apparatus comprising:a wireless communicator configured to receive information from outside the information processing apparatus, the wireless communicator being used for communication by a method different from Wi-Fi communication;
a wireless LAN interface configured to perform Wi-Fi communication with an external device;
one or more controllers configured to function as:
a unit configured to acquire, via the wireless communicator, first connection information including at least an SSID of an access point, wherein the first connection information is acquired without inputting of any characters by a user;
a unit configured to establish a Wi-Fi communication environment based on the first connection information, upon reception of the first connection information by the wireless communicator, wherein the first change processing for automatically changing a setting mode to the Wi-Fi ON setting mode is performed before the Wi-Fi communication environment is established, in a case where the setting mode before the first connection information is received by the wireless communicator is the Wi-Fi OFF setting mode;
a unit configured to store setting information including at least information for identifying the setting mode before the first connection information is received by the wireless communicator; and
a unit configured to perform second change processing for automatically changing the setting mode to the Wi-Fi OFF setting mode in response to a predetermined condition being satisfied after the Wi-Fi communication environment is established, at least based on the setting information indicating that the setting mode before the first connection information is received by the wireless communicator is the Wi-Fi OFF setting mode, and to not perform the second change processing even if the predetermined condition is satisfied after the Wi-Fi communication environment is established, at least based on the setting information indicating that the setting mode before the first connection information is received by the wireless communicator is the Wi-Fi ON setting mode.

US Pat. No. 10,379,475

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS PROJECTING INFORMATION ONTO INNER SURFACE OF OPEN COVER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a main assembly including an image forming portion configured to form an image on a sheet;
a front cover mounted on a front side of said main assembly and configured to expose said image forming portion by being rotated from above toward below about a rotational axis crossing a vertical direction;
a fixing portion configured to fix a position of said front cover in an open state;
an exchange unit detachably mountable to said image forming portion in the open state of said front cover;
an operating portion provided on the front side of said main assembly and configured to operate said image forming apparatus; and
a projecting portion provided above said front cover with respect to the vertical direction and configured to project information regarding exchange of said exchange unit onto an inner surface of said front cover in the open state when said exchange unit is to be exchanged.

US Pat. No. 10,380,759

POSTURE ESTIMATING APPARATUS, POSTURE ESTIMATING METHOD AND STORING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus which estimates an orientation of a multi-joint object by determining joint positions of the multi-joint object, the apparatus comprising:at least one processors; and
a memory coupled to the at least one processor, the memory having stored thereon instructions which, when executed by the at least one processor, cause the apparatus to:
input an image including the multi joint object;
estimate at least one first joint position candidate for a first joint and at least one second joint position candidate for a second joint of the multi-joint object, from the input image, and respective likelihoods of the at least one first joint position candidate and the at least one second joint position candidate;
calculate respective evaluation values for a plurality of combinations of one of the at least one first joint position candidate and one of the at least one second joint position candidate based on the respective likelihoods of the at least one first joint position candidate and the at least one second joint position candidate in a combination and a positional relationship between the at least one first joint position candidate and the at least one second joint position candidate; and
determine respective joint positions of the first joint and the second joint by selecting one of the plurality of combinations of one of the at least one first joint position candidate and one of the at least one second joint position candidate, on a basis of the respective evaluation values for the plurality of combinations.

US Pat. No. 10,379,487

APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING WHETHER DOOR IS OPEN OR CLOSED AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An open-close discriminating apparatus comprising:an output portion configured to output a DC voltage having been converted from an AC voltage;
a switch portion having an end connected with said output portion, said switch portion being configured to supply the DC voltage outputted to said output portion to a load when said switch portion is in a closed state, and to shut off the supply when said switch portion is in an open state;
a capacitor connected with the other end of said switch portion; and
a discriminating portion configured to discriminate whether said switch portion is in the open state or the closed state on the basis of a change amount of a voltage of the other end of said switch portion,
wherein said discriminating portion is swichably operable in a first mode in which a first DC voltage is outputted from said output portion and a second mode in which a second DC voltage lower than the first DC voltage is outputted from said output portion, and
wherein, when the mode is switched between the first mode and the second mode, said discriminating portion discriminates the state of said switch portion on the basis of the change amount of the voltage at the other end of said switch portion in a predetermined time period.

US Pat. No. 10,379,490

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,379,272

OPTICAL SYSTEM AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical system, comprising a front unit, an aperture stop, and a rear unit, which are arranged in order from an object side to an image side,the front unit comprising a diffractive optical element, at least one first refractive optical element having a power in the same sign as a sign of a power of a diffractive surface of the diffractive optical element, and at least one second refractive optical element having a power in a different sign from the sign of the power of the diffractive surface,
wherein the following conditional expression is satisfied:

where ??dC-fsi is defined as ?dC-fsi?(?0.1968×?gd-fsi+0.548), and ?dC-fsi and ?gd-fsi represent a partial dispersion ratio between a d-line and a C-line and a partial dispersion ratio between a g-line and the d-line, respectively, of a material of an i-th (i is an integer of 1 or more and M or less, and M is an integer of 1 or more) first refractive optical element counted from the object side among the at least one first refractive optical element,
wherein the following conditional expression is satisfied:

where ??dC-fdj is defined as ?dC-fdj?(?0.1968×?gd-fdj+0.548), and ?dC-fdj and ?gd-fdj represent a partial dispersion ratio between the d-line and the C-line and a partial dispersion ratio between the g-line and the d-line, respectively, of a material of a j-th (j is an integer of 1 or more and N or less, and N is an integer of 1 or more) second refractive optical element counted from the object side among the at least one second refractive optical element, and
wherein the following conditional expression is satisfied:

where ??gd-fdj is defined as ?gd-fdj?(?1.687×10?7×vdfdj3+5.702×10?5×vdfdj2?6.603×10?3×vdfdj+1.462), and vdfdj represents an Abbe number of the material of the j-th (j is an integer of 1 or more and N or less, and N is an integer of 1 or more) refractive optical element counted from the object side among the at least one second refractive optical element.

US Pat. No. 10,382,604

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

2. An image processing apparatus communicable with an external apparatus, the image processing apparatus comprising:a storage;
at least one memory storing instructions, and
at least one processor that, upon executing the instructions, causes the image processing apparatus to:
set whether or not to remove information corresponding to an external line call number in an import process of a destination number based on communication type of the destination number;
obtain, from the external apparatus, destination information;
import, to the storage, a destination number obtained by removing the information corresponding to the external line call number from the obtained destination information, if a setting to remove the information corresponding to the external line call number has been performed, and
import, to the storage, the obtained destination information without removing the information corresponding to the external line call number, if a setting to not remove the information corresponding to the external line call number has been performed.

US Pat. No. 10,379,787

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus being capable of performing first wireless communication and second wireless communication whose communication standard is different from that of the first wireless communication, the apparatus comprising:a memory device that stores a program; and
at least one processor that executes the program to set, as a transmission time interval, a time interval for periodically transmitting a predetermined type of data packet in the first wireless communication;
a first wireless communication unit configured to perform the first wireless communication, wherein the first wireless communication unit periodically transmits the predetermined type of data packet in accordance with the set transmission time interval;
a second wireless communication unit configured to perform the second wireless communication;
a setting unit that sets whether or not to use the second wireless communication, wherein the second wireless communication periodically takes place between a time of the first wireless communication unit transmitting the predetermined type of data packet and a time of the first wireless communication unit transmitting a next predetermined type of data packet in accordance with the set transmission time interval;
wherein the at least one processor
sets, as the transmission time interval, a different time interval between a case that the setting unit sets to use the second wireless communication and a case that the setting unit sets not to use the second wireless communication.

US Pat. No. 10,382,618

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:a processor; and
a plurality of communication interfaces configured to be capable of wireless communication with an external apparatus,
wherein in a case where a first notification is received from the external apparatus via a predetermined communication interface out of the plurality of communication interfaces, the first notification being transmitted in accordance with execution of an operation for deactivating all communication functions of a plurality of communication interfaces of the external apparatus, the processor does not deactivate a communication function of the predetermined communication interface for a predetermined time,
in a case where a second notification is received via the predetermined communication interface within the predetermined time, the second notification being transmitted in accordance with execution of an operation for individually activating at least one communication function out of the communication functions of the plurality of communication interfaces of the external apparatus, the processor determines to maintain the communication function of the communication interface corresponding to the second notification in an activate state even after the predetermined period elapses, and
after the predetermined time elapses, the processor maintains the communication function of the communication interface corresponding to the second notification in the activate state, and deactivates a communication function of a communication interface that does not correspond to the second notification.

US Pat. No. 10,379,037

SPECTRAL COLORIMETRIC APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT USES THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A spectral colorimetric apparatus comprising:a light source configured to irradiate light onto a surface to be detected;
a spectral optical element configured to disperse reflected light that is reflected from the surface to be detected;
a light receiver configured to receive light dispersed by the spectral optical element;
a substrate on which the light receiver is mounted;
a housing having a first side wall on which the substrate is fixed and a second side wall on which the spectral optical element is fixed; and
a pressing arm configured to pinch the spectral optical element together with the second side wall and to press the spectral optical element to the second side wall.

US Pat. No. 10,379,554

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS AND PRINTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power supply apparatus capable of switching an output voltage Vout, the power supply apparatus comprising:a transformer;
an NPN transistor connected to a primary-side auxiliary winding of the transformer;
a second resistance R2 connected between a base and a collector of the NPN transistor;
a first zener diode whose anode is connected to a ground;
a first resistance R1 connected between the base of the NPN transistor and a cathode of the first zener diode, the first resistance R1 being connected to the second resistance R2 in series; and
a controller configured to operate based on power supplied to a Vcc terminal connected to the primary-side auxiliary winding of the transformer via the NPN transistor,
wherein the NPN transistor is connected to the ground via the first zener diode and first resistance R1,
the controller determines a voltage value of the Vcc terminal and controls to stop an output from the power supply apparatus in a case where the voltage value of the Vcc terminal is higher than a predetermined voltage value Vovp, and
in a case where a rectified voltage obtained by rectifying an output from the primary-side auxiliary winding is denoted by Vaux, the rectified voltage Vaux at a time the output voltage Vout reaches a voltage at which the output from the power supply apparatus is stopped is denoted by Vauxer, a voltage in the first zener diode is denoted by VZ1, and a voltage between the base and an emitter of the NPN transistor is denoted by Veb, the values have a relationship expressed by the following formula:
Vovp<(Vauxer?VZ1)*{R1/(R1+R2)}+VZ1?Veb  (1).

US Pat. No. 10,376,229

COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHIC MAMMOGRAPHY SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A computed tomographic mammography system, comprising:a transmission type X-ray tube including a transmission type target and an X-ray detector disposed to face each other via a breast chamber;
a rotation unit which rotates the X-ray tube and the X-ray detector cooperatively around a rotation axis which is in the breast chamber; and
a gantry which houses the X-ray tube and the X-ray detector and has a front part with an insertion opening for a breast,
wherein the transmission type X-ray tube includes an electron emission source configured to emit an electron beam toward the transmission type target,
wherein the transmission type target includes a target layer which generates X-ray upon irradiation of electrons, and a supporting substrate which supports the target layer,
wherein the supporting substrate is configured to face toward a front part side of the gantry.

US Pat. No. 10,379,316

OPTICAL DRIVER APPARATUS, OPTICAL APPARATUS AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical driving apparatus detachably attachable to an optical apparatus,the optical apparatus including:
a lens operation member operable manually; and
a locking mechanism switchable between a locking state of restraining motion of the lens operation member and an unlocking state of releasing the restraint,
the optical driving apparatus comprising:
a driving operation member;
an actuator configured to move the lens operation member; and
a controller configured to control the actuator,
wherein the locking mechanism includes a first portion and a second portion,
wherein the first portion engages with the second portion in the locking state and the first portion separates from the second portion in the unlocking state, and
wherein the controller is configured to:
drive the actuator in response to an operation of the driving operation member when the locking mechanism is in the unlocking state; and
control the actuator, when the locking mechanism is in the locking state, so as to provide one of a state of not driving the actuator in response to the operation of the driving operation member and a state of performing a warning operation.

US Pat. No. 10,381,389

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid state imaging device comprising:a semiconductor substrate including a first region, a second region, and a third region, which are arranged in a plane along a surface of the semiconductor substrate;
a first gate electrode of a first transistor, the first gate electrode being on the first region of the semiconductor substrate;
a second gate electrode of a second transistor, the second gate electrode being on the second region of the semiconductor substrate and adjacent to the first gate electrode;
an insulator arranged on the semiconductor substrate, and a portion of the insulator is arranged between the first gate electrode and the second gate electrode;
an insulating film covering the first gate electrode and the second gate electrode;
wirings arranged on the semiconductor substrate so that the insulating film is arranged between the semiconductor substrate and the wirings; and
a light shielding member arranged between the insulating film and the third region of the semiconductor substrate,
wherein a void is present between the insulating film and the portion of the insulator arranged between the first gate electrode and the second gate electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,380,173

DYNAMIC FEATURE SELECTION FOR JOINT PROBABILISTIC RECOGNITION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A computer-implemented method of jointly classifying a plurality of objects in an image using a feature type selected from a plurality of feature types, the method comprising:determining classification information for each of the plurality of objects in the image by applying a predetermined joint classifier to at least one feature of a first type, the at least one feature being generated from the image using a first feature extractor, the classification information being based on a probability of each of a plurality of possible classifications;
estimating, using the determined classification information for each of the plurality of objects in the image, an improvement in an accuracy of classification for each of the plurality of objects corresponding to a feature of a further type, the estimated improvement being a sum of a direct accuracy improvement and an indirect accuracy improvement associated with the feature of the further type, wherein the indirect accuracy improvement estimates an indirect effect of the feature of the further type on improving accuracy of classification based on a dependency between one of the objects and remaining objects of the plurality of objects, a type of each of the plurality of objects, and a number of objects in the image conditioned on the feature of the further type;
selecting the feature of the further type, from the plurality of feature types, according to the estimated improvement in the accuracy of the classification of each of the plurality of objects; and
classifying the plurality of objects in the image using the selected feature of the further type.

US Pat. No. 10,381,969

CONTROL DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A control device, comprising:a driving unit configured to drive a plurality of coils of a multiple-phase motor by pulse width modulation;
a detection unit configured to detect currents flowing through the plurality of coils in a time-division manner; and
a change unit configured to change, in accordance with a duty in the pulse width modulation, a sequence of detecting the currents flowing through the plurality of coils by the detection unit, wherein if the duty in the pulse width modulation satisfies a predetermined condition, the change unit changes the sequence of detecting the currents flowing through the coils from a default sequence to the sequence according to the duty.

US Pat. No. 10,379,678

INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, OPERATION DETECTION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM THAT DETERMINE THE POSITION OF AN OPERATION OBJECT IN A THREE-DIMENSIONAL SPACE BASED ON A HISTOGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing device comprising:a distance acquisition unit configured to acquire depth information on a distance from an image pickup unit to a surface to be imaged, the surface to be imaged containing an operation object for an operation on a surface to be operated;
an extraction unit configured to extract a tip area of the operation object using the depth information; and
a determination unit configured to determine a tip position of the operation object in a height direction from the surface to be operated, based on a histogram, which indicates a relationship between a height of a point cloud in a three-dimensional space from the surface to be operated and a number of point clouds, generated from a group of pieces of depth information on the tip area;
wherein the distance acquisition unit is configured to continuously acquire the depth information with the histogram changing with lapse of time, and
wherein the determination unit is configured to:
determine whether a shape of the histogram has changed based on a ratio of a predetermined width of a window corresponding to the operation object and a width corresponding to a distribution of the point cloud;
increase the predetermined width of the window based on continuity of the histogram when the shape has changed; and
determine the tip position using a lowest height value in the window.

US Pat. No. 10,379,423

IMAGE-CAPTURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image-capturing apparatus comprising:a main body;
a light-emitting unit including a light emitter and being movable relative to the main body between a retracted position and a light-emitting position at which the light emitter faces a direction different from an image-capturing direction toward an object; and
a moving mechanism configured to rotate the light-emitting unit about a rotation center axis not parallel to the image-capturing direction to move the light-emitting unit between the retracted position and the light-emitting position,
wherein:the moving mechanism is configured such that, when the light-emitting unit is located at the retracted position, the light emitter is located on an object side further than the rotation center axis located at a first position relative to the main body, and such that, when the light-emitting unit is located at the light-emitting position, the rotation center axis is located at a second position located on the object side further than the first position; andthe moving mechanism includes a stopper portion provided to stop the rotation center axis at the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,380,453

IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM HAVING MULTIPLE COMPARATORS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:a plurality of pixels; and
a plurality of comparator circuits each outputting a comparison signal,
wherein a pixel signal based on outputs from the pixels and a reference signal are input into each of the plurality of comparator circuits, a level of the comparison signal when a difference between the pixel signal and the reference signal is smaller than a threshold value is different from a level of the comparison signal when the difference between the pixel signal and the reference signal is greater than the threshold value, and
wherein a plurality of first comparator circuits, among the plurality of comparator circuits, and a plurality of second comparator circuits, among the plurality of comparator circuits, are arranged in line, the imaging apparatus further comprising:
a first reset signal line which is commonly connected to the plurality of first comparator circuits and through which a first reset signal to reset a threshold value of each of the plurality of first comparator circuits is transmitted;
a second reset signal line which is commonly connected to the plurality of second comparator circuits and through which a second reset signal to reset a threshold value of each of the plurality of second comparator circuits is transmitted; and
a shield line,
wherein a distance between the first reset signal line and the shield line and a distance between the second reset signal line and the shield line are smaller than a distance between the first reset signal line and the second reset signal line.

US Pat. No. 10,382,259

MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A management apparatus comprising:a memory storing instructions related to operations for management of a plurality of network devices using a first protocol that is SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) and a second protocol different from the first protocol; and
a processor executing the instructions causing the management apparatus to:
manage whether or not each of the network device supports the second protocol and the first protocol;
display a screen in which a setting for sending the setting information to a plurality of sending target network devices simultaneously can be selected if a network device that supports the second protocol and a network device that does not support the second protocol are included in the plurality of sending target network devices:
display information indicating that the timings at which the sending to the network devices do not match if the setting for sending the setting information to the plurality of sending target network devices simultaneously is selected:
send the setting information according to specifications of the second protocol to the sending target network device that supports the second protocol; and
send the setting information according to specifications of the first protocol to the sending target network device that does not support the second protocol, wherein the second protocol defines a request for controlling a setting operation using a plurality of data stores secured in the network device, in which setting information is managed in a data format different from that of the first protocol.

US Pat. No. 10,375,639

POWER TRANSMISSION APPARATUS FOR WIRELESSLY SUPPLYING POWER TO POWER RECEPTION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power transmission apparatus comprising:a communication interface configured to execute communication with an electronic apparatus;
a power transmitter configured to wirelessly supply power to the electronic apparatus; and
a controller configured to control communication executed by the communication interface and power supply executed by the power transmitter to be executed alternately,
wherein the controller adjusts communication power of the communication interface and transmission power of the power transmitter and/or a length of a communication period and a length of a power transmission period so that an average magnetic field intensity does not exceed a first magnetic field intensity in a predetermined region throughout the communication period of communication executed by the communication interface and the power transmission period of power transmission executed by the power transmitter;
wherein the controller adjusts the communication power of the communication interface and the transmission power of the power transmitter and/or the length of the communication period and the length of the power transmission period so that a maximum magnetic field intensity does not exceed a second magnetic field intensity in the predetermined region throughout the communication period of communication executed by the communication interface and the power transmission period of power transmission executed by the power transmitter, and
wherein the first magnetic field intensity is set to 10 A/m and the second magnetic field intensity is set to 12 A/m.

US Pat. No. 10,372,056

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING GRID ELECTRODE WITH OPENING AND NON-OPENING PORTIONS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a rotatable photosensitive member;
a corona charger including a discharging wire and a plate-like grid electrode and being configured to charge a surface of said photosensitive member at a charging position; and
an exposure device configured to expose the surface of said photosensitive member charged by said corona charger at an exposure position, which is at a downstream side of said corona charger in a rotational direction of said photosensitive member at the charging position, to form an electrostatic image,
wherein said grid electrode includes a first portion having a plurality of openings and a second portion provided adjacent to said first portion with respect to the rotational direction, said second portion including a downstream side peripheral portion not provided with an opening in a charging region in a longitudinal direction of said corona charger, and
wherein in a cross-section orthogonal to the longitudinal direction and including the charging region, the downstream side peripheral portion extends from a downstream end portion of said plate-like grid electrode at least to a position crossing with a straight line A passing through the exposure position and said discharging wire.

US Pat. No. 10,372,066

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that forms an image on a sheet, the image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming unit including
a photosensitive member, and
a developer bearing member configured to rotate, and bear a developing agent,
and configured to form the image on the photosensitive member using the developing agent on the developer bearing member;
an intermediate transfer member onto which the image is transferred;
a primary transfer member configured to transfer the image from the photosensitive member onto the intermediate transfer member;
a secondary transfer member configured to transfer the image from the intermediate transfer member onto the sheet;
a photosensitive member motor configured to rotate the photosensitive member;
an intermediate transfer member motor configured to rotate the intermediate transfer member;
a controller configured to:
control the photosensitive member motor so that a rotation speed of the photosensitive member is a photosensitive member target rotation speed;
control the intermediate transfer member motor so that a rotation speed of the intermediate transfer member is an intermediate transfer member target rotation speed;
acquire information related to a load of the photosensitive member motor in a period where the photosensitive member and the intermediate transfer member are rotated without rotating the developer bearing member; and
control the photosensitive member target rotation speed based on the information,
wherein, in a case where a predetermined condition is satisfied while the plurality of images are continuously formed by the image forming unit, the controller stops rotation of the developer bearing member to acquire the information.

US Pat. No. 10,372,068

DEVELOPMENT DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A development device comprising:a developer bearing member provided rotatably and configured to bear developer including toner and carrier to convey the developer to a development region facing an image bearing member;
a first chamber configured to supply the developer to the developer bearing member;
a second chamber configured to collect the developer having passed through the development region from the developer bearing member;
a first communication portion configured to permit movement of the developer from the second chamber to the first chamber;
a second communication portion configured to permit movement of the developer from the first chamber to the second chamber;
a first conveyance screw disposed in the first chamber and configured to convey the developer in a first direction from the first communication portion toward the second communication portion, the first conveyance screw being disposed below the developer bearing member when the development device develops an electrostatic latent image formed on the image bearing member;
a second conveyance screw disposed in the second chamber and configured to convey the developer in a second direction from the second communication portion toward the first communication portion;
a partition wall configured to partition the first chamber and the second chamber;
a guiding surface provided on the partition wall and configured to guide collecting the developer having passed through the development region from the developer bearing member to the second chamber;
a developer replenish portion configured to replenish the developer; and
a developer discharge portion configured to discharge a part of the developer as the developer is replenished by the developer replenish portion,
wherein the developer discharge portion is provided on a bottom portion of the first chamber which is disposed downstream of the second communication portion with respect to the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,372,069

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A CONTROL PORTION CAPABLE OF CONTROLLING A ROTATION SPEED OF A PAIR OF CONVEYANCE MEMBERS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a movable endless belt;
a toner image forming unit configured to form a toner image on the belt;
a transfer rotary member forming a transfer nip portion with the belt, and configured to transfer the toner image, formed on the belt, onto a recording material;
a pair of conveyance members arranged upstream of the transfer nip portion in a conveyance direction of the recording material, and configured to convey the recording material to the transfer nip portion, the pair of conveyance members forming a conveyance nip portion;
a first drive source configured to drive at least one of the pair of conveyance members;
a pair of fixing members arranged downstream of the transfer nip portion in the conveyance direction of the recording material, and configured to fix the toner image, which has been transferred onto the recording material in the transfer nip portion, onto the recording material, the pair of fixing members forming a fixing nip portion;
a second drive source configured to drive at least one of the pair of fixing members; and
a control portion configured to control:
(a) a drive speed of the first drive source, so that a speed of the recording material conveyed in the conveyance nip portion is greater than a speed of the recording material conveyed in the transfer nip portion; and
(b) a drive speed of the second drive source, so that the speed of the recording material conveyed in the transfer nip portion is greater than a speed of the recording material conveyed in the fixing nip portion,
wherein the control portion changes a rotation speed of the pair of conveyance members from a first speed to a second speed greater than the first speed after a first loop amount of the recording material, formed between the transfer nip portion and the fixing nip portion, becomes greater than a second loop amount of the recording material, formed between the transfer nip portion and the conveyance nip portion.

US Pat. No. 10,371,838

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus that includes a radiation detection unit with a pixel array configured to generate a signal according to radiation and a notification unit configured to perform notification by sound production, the apparatus comprising:a detection unit configured to detect a notification event occurring in accordance with a state of the radiation imaging apparatus; and
a control unit configured to control the notification by the notification unit to produce a sound associated with the notification event of high priority corresponding to each of a plurality of notification events, when the detection unit detects the plurality of notification events.

US Pat. No. 10,374,658

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication system including a printing apparatus, a mobile terminal, and a Near Field Communication (NFC) tag, whereinthe printing apparatus comprises:
a first display that can display information; and
a first network interface that can perform network communication, and the mobile terminal comprises:
an image capturing device that can obtain an image;
an NFC device that can perform short-range wireless communication;
a second display that can display information; and
a second network interface that can perform network communication, and wherein
the printing apparatus causes the first display to display a bar code that is based on connection information available for connecting the first network interface and the second network interface,
the mobile terminal reads the bar code by using the image capturing device,
the mobile terminal causes, in accordance with reading of the bar code, the second display to display a first screen in which connection information obtained based on the bar code and a specific button for displaying a second screen are arranged,
the mobile terminal causes, in accordance with the specific button being selected, the second display to display the second screen, the second screen is a screen for prompting a user to perform an operation of bringing the mobile terminal close to the NFC tag, and
the mobile terminal, after the second screen is displayed, transmits information corresponding to the connection information displayed in the first screen to the NFC tag by using the NFC device.

US Pat. No. 10,374,660

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS CONFIGURED TO CARRY OUT WIRELESS POWER SUPPLY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power supply apparatus comprising:an interface configured to establish a connection between the power supply apparatus and an electronic apparatus;
a communication unit configured to transmit, to the electronic apparatus, information indicating whether a foreign object detection process for detecting a foreign object is to be performed by the power supply apparatus;
a power supply unit configured to wirelessly supply power to the electronic apparatus; and
a control unit configured to:
cause the communication unit to transmit, to the electronic apparatus, the information indicating whether the power supply apparatus is to perform the foreign object detection process, after the power supply apparatus establishes the connection between the power supply apparatus and the electronic apparatus, and before the power supply apparatus outputs predetermined power to the electronic apparatus, and
in a case where the communication unit transmits the information indicating that the foreign object detection process is to be performed by the power supply apparatus, the control unit performs the foreign object detection process before the power supply apparatus outputs predetermined power to the electronic apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,371,649

RADIATION PHASE CHANGE DETECTION METHOD AND RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation phase change detection method for detecting a phase change of a radiation, the radiation phase change detection method comprising changing an interference state of the radiation using a phase grating configured to cause interference in the radiation radiated by a radiation source, a scintillator configured to convert the radiation into light, and a two-dimensional optical image pickup element,wherein the two-dimensional optical image pickup element is incapable of sampling a period of a self-image of the radiation generated through the phase grating, and is capable of sampling interference fringes generated between the period of the self-image and a period of a pixel pitch of the two-dimensional optical image pickup element.

US Pat. No. 10,375,268

COMMUNICATION DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication device comprising:a first holding unit which is configured to hold a disk-like first recording medium capable of storing information;
a second holding unit which is configured to hold a second recording medium which is different from the first recording medium; and
at least one processor, wherein the at least one processor performs operations comprising:
transmitting information indicating the first recording medium to a terminal device; and
transmitting, to the terminal device, information indicating the second recording medium selected, as the second recording medium held by the second holding unit, by an operation by a user to a display device which displays a plurality of the second recording media the second holding unit can hold, or information indicating the second recording medium detected, as the second recording medium held by the second holding unit, by the communication device,
wherein print setting information corresponding to the first recording medium and print setting information corresponding to the second recording medium selected by the user are displayed in the terminal device so as to be selectable by the user in a case that the information indicating the first recording medium and the information indicating the second recording medium selected by the user are transmitted to the terminal device.

US Pat. No. 10,375,270

SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image reading apparatus comprising:a sensor configured to read a document to output an analog image signal;
an AD converter configured to convert the analog image signal into digital image signal;
a memory configured to store the digital image signal, the digital image signal being written to the memory at a first speed;
a serializer configured to:
read out from the memory four second signals, each of which is a 10-bit digital image signal at a second speed lower than two times the first speed, respectively; and
serialize the four second signals to generate six 7-bit serial signals; and
a transmitter configured to convert the six 7-bit serial signals into low-voltage differential signals, respectively, and to transmit the low-voltage differential signals to an apparatus in a subsequent stage.

US Pat. No. 10,375,271

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM FOR PERFORMING HALFTONE PROCESSING USING A DITHERING MATRIX

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a controlling portion having a processor which executes a set of instructions or having a circuitry, the controlling portion being configured to:
perform halftone processing using a dithering matrix on input image data having multiple tones to output halftone image data; and
rotate the output halftone image data by one of 90°, 180°, and 270°;
wherein the dithering matrix includes a plurality of submatrices including a first submatrix and a second submatrix adjacent to the first submatrix,
wherein threshold arrangement of the first submatrix is configured to output the halftone image data including a dot of a first shape when the halftone processing is performed on the input image data of a predetermined density,
wherein threshold arrangement of the second submatrix is configured to output the halftone image data including a dot of a second shape when the halftone processing is performed on the input image data of the predetermined density, and
wherein the second shape is different from the first shape, but is same as the first shape when the second shape is rotated by one of 90°, 180°, and 270°.

US Pat. No. 10,372,750

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, PROGRAM AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a processor; and
a memory storing a program which, when executed by the processor, causes the information processing apparatus to:
read a plurality of images which are captured in succession using a bracketing photography technique by changing parameters of a capturing setting;
detect a subject from each of the read images;
determine a tag corresponding to the detected subject;
calculate, for an area of the subject corresponding to the tag of each image, a value based on an image quality corresponding to a type of the capturing setting;
select, based on the value calculated for each image, at least one of the read images from which the subject corresponding to the tag is detected; and
store the tag in association with the selected image.

US Pat. No. 10,367,685

COMMUNICATION DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD OF COMMUNICATION DEVICE, AND STORAGE MEDIUM, FOR PERFORMING WIRELESS COMMUNICATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication device comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more memories storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the communication device to:
perform predetermined prevention processing to prevent operating as a base station in communication between a second another communication device and the communication device in a case where the communication device operates in a first mode in which the communication device disconnects from a wireless network according to connection of a first another communication device and the second another communication device to the wireless network to which the communication device is connected, and not perform the predetermined prevention processing in a case where the communication device operates in a second mode in which the communication device remains in a wireless network to which the communication device is connected after the first another communication device and the second another communication device are connected to the wireless network;
connect to a wireless network constructed by the second another communication device as a base station in a case where the communication device operates in the first mode; and
transmit information on the first another communication device to the second another communication device, via the connected wireless network.

US Pat. No. 10,364,109

FEEDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A feeding apparatus comprising:a feeding rotary member configured to feed a recording material;
a conveyance rotary member configured to convey the recording material fed by the feeding rotary member;
a separation rotary member configured to form a nip portion with the conveyance rotary member and configured to separate a plurality of recording materials one by one at the nip portion;
an output unit configured to output a signal according to a rotation state of the separation rotary member; and
a control unit configured to determine a life of the separation rotary member based on variation in rotation speed of the separation rotary member corresponding to the signal output from the output unit.

US Pat. No. 10,364,371

ANTIREFLECTION FILM, OPTICAL MEMBER, AND METHOD OF PRODUCING OPTICAL MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An antireflection film comprising a layer including particles, a binder and a void,wherein at least a part of a surface formed by the particles and the binder and facing to the void is covered with a fluorine compound and the fluorine compound is discontinuously disposed on the surface.

US Pat. No. 10,364,121

SHEET CUTTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet cutting apparatus for cutting sheets on which images are formed, comprising:a cutting unit configured to cut the sheets supported on a supporting surface;
a blowing unit disposed above the supporting surface and configured to blow air toward the cutting unit;
a path member disposed below the supporting surface and configured to define a scrap path through which scraps generated when the cutting unit cuts the sheets pass; and
a container unit configured to contain scraps which has passed through the scrap path,
wherein the path member comprises a first portion disposed below the cutting unit and a second portion disposed below the first portion, an opening for allowing the air sent by the blowing unit to pass through is provided on the second portion of the path member, and
wherein the container unit is disposed below the second portion of the path member.

US Pat. No. 10,367,973

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:one or more memories that store first language information associated with a first user and second language information associated with a second user;
a display that displays an operation screen; and
one or more processors that operate to:
receive a login request from a user;
cause the display to display a first operation screen using the first language information stored in association with the first user according to the login of the first user to the image processing apparatus;
cause the first user to log out of the image processing apparatus according to receipt of a login request from the second user while the first user is logging in to the image processing apparatus; and
cause the display to switch from the display of the first operation screen to a display of a second operation screen using the second language information stored in association with the second user according to the login of the second user to the image processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,364,142

METHOD OF FORMING SPACE FOR USE IN ANALYSIS DEVICES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of forming a space, comprising:a step of tenting, on a substrate having a recessed portion, a dry film including a dry film material that is to be a top plate on the recessed portion,
wherein the step of tenting the dry film includes a press period and a release period and performs a press-release cycle of the press period and the release period a plurality of times, a pressed state in which the dry film is pressed against the substrate by using a pressing member is maintained during the press period, and a released state in which the pressed state is released is maintained during the release period,
wherein the step of tenting the dry film includes starting the press period in a vacuum state, performing the press-release cycle in the vacuum state a plurality of times, and subsequently starting ventilation,
wherein the step of tenting the dry film includes cooling a process temperature to a temperature equal to or less than a glass-transition temperature of the dry film material while maintaining the pressed state during the press period of a final cycle of the press-release cycle performed a plurality of times, and subsequently starting the ventilation.

US Pat. No. 10,368,008

IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD WHEREIN AUTO BRACKET PARAMETERS AND IMAGE PROCESSES APPLIED ARE DETERMINED FROM IMAGE ANALYSIS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:an imaging unit that includes an imaging optical system and an imaging device;
a system control circuit that determines a photographing scene based on a result of analysis on an image captured in advance by the imaging unit, selects one type of auto bracketing from a plurality of types of auto bracketing based on the determined photographing scene, causes the imaging unit to perform the one type of auto bracketing, and selects a predetermined number of modification processes from among a plurality of modification processes; and
an image processing circuit that performs the predetermined number of modification processes on a plurality of images generated by the one type of auto bracketing to generate output images,
wherein the system control circuit changes at least one of an upper limit, a lower limit, and a center value of a variance range of a value of at least one photographing parameter to be changed during the one type of auto bracketing based on a category instructed by a user, and
wherein the system control circuit selects the predetermined number of modification processes based on results of analysis on the plurality of images generated by the one type of auto bracketing and the category.

US Pat. No. 10,363,658

ANGLE DETECTION METHOD, ANGLE DETECTION APPARATUS, ROTATION DRIVE APPARATUS, ROBOT APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An angle correcting method performed by an apparatus provided with a first shaft, a power transmission unit, and a second shaft which are connected, and also provided with a first encoder for obtaining a first rotation angle of the first shaft and a second encoder for obtaining a second rotation angle of the second shaft, the angle correcting method comprising:obtaining first rotation angle data from the first encoder, wherein the first rotation angle data indicates a plurality of rotation angles of the first shaft that were detected by the first encoder;
obtaining second rotation angle data from the second encoder, wherein the second rotation angle data indicates a plurality of rotation angles of the second shaft that were detected by the second encoder;
generating correction data for the second encoder by interpolating sampling points of a detection error of the second encoder, wherein each of the sampling points of the detection error indicates a difference between a rotation angle detected by the second encoder and a physical rotation angle of the second shaft, and wherein the interpolating is performed by linear interpolation or sine wave estimation interpolation using the sampling points of the detection error; and
obtaining corrected second rotation angle data by correcting the second rotation angle data using the correction data for the second encoder.

US Pat. No. 10,363,660

ROBOT SYSTEM CONTROLLING METHOD, PROGRAM, RECORDING MEDIUM, ROBOT SYSTEM, AND DIAGNOSIS APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A diagnosis apparatus for diagnosing a failure of an articulated robot, the articulated robot including a plurality of links connected by joints, a plurality of motors each configured to drive a corresponding one of the joints, and a plurality of encoders each configured to output a value based on a rotational angle of a corresponding one of the motors, the diagnosis apparatus comprising:one or more processors configured to determine presence or absence of a failure in the articulated robot by analyzing a magnitude and a direction of a force acted on each of the joints based on an output value of each of the plurality of encoders and an output value of each of the plurality of motors.

US Pat. No. 10,368,016

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion device comprising a semiconductor substrate and a pixel,wherein the pixel includes:
a first electrode portion;
a second electrode portion located between the first electrode portion and the semiconductor substrate;
a photoelectric conversion layer located between the first electrode portion and the second electrode portion and configured to generate signal electric charge; and
a voltage supply portion configured to set a reverse bias state and a forward bias state of the photoelectric conversion layer by supplying a plurality of voltages having respective different values to at least one of the first electrode portion and the second electrode portion,
wherein the signal electric charge accumulated in the second electrode portion is reset by setting the photoelectric conversion layer to the forward bias state,
wherein the voltage supply portion supplies a first voltage to one of the first electrode portion and the second electrode portion in order to set the reverse bias state such that electric charge having a first polarity is injected from the photoelectric conversion layer into the second electrode portion, the electric charge having the first polarity being the signal electric charge, and
wherein the voltage supply portion supplies a second voltage to the one of the first electrode portion and the second electrode portion in order to set the forward bias state such that electric charge having a second polarity opposite to the first polarity is injected from the photoelectric conversion layer into the second electrode portion.

US Pat. No. 10,363,664

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for controlling a robot which holds and moves an object, the apparatus comprising:a processor,
wherein the processor acquires, from a measurement apparatus, a three-dimensional coordinate of a plurality of objects measured in distance by the measurement apparatus,
acquires a position in an oblique direction inclining with respect to a measuring direction of a distance from the measurement apparatus to the object for the three-dimensional coordinate of the plurality of objects, and
determines an order to hold the plurality of objects by the robot based on the position in the oblique direction and outputs an information representing the order, and
wherein one of the axes of the three-dimensional coordinate is a measuring direction of the distance from the measurement apparatus to an object.

US Pat. No. 10,368,024

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR CAPABLE OF RESTRICTING DIGITAL SIGNAL PROCESSING OPERATION DURING TIME SENSITIVE AND HEAVY LOAD PERIODS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, ELECTRONIC DEVICE, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A stacked-type solid-state image sensor including a first semiconductor layer in which an imaging pixel portion including a plurality of pixels arranged in a matrix and a driving circuit to drive the plurality of pixels included in the imaging pixel portion are arranged, and a second semiconductor layer in which an A/D converter configured to convert an analog signal output from each pixel of the imaging pixel portion into a digital signal and a digital signal processing circuit configured to process the digital signal are arranged, the image sensor comprising:a clock generating circuit that generates clock signals and supply the clock signals to the driving circuit and the digital signal processing circuit, and
a restriction circuit that restricts the digital signal processing operation of the digital signal processing circuit which is controlled based on the clock signals generated by the clock generating circuit, wherein the restriction circuit restricts the digital signal processing operation of the digital signal processing circuit during a selection period of a vertical signal line of the imaging pixel portion or during the A/D converter converting an analog signal output from each pixel of the imaging pixel portion into a digital signal; and
wherein the restriction circuit restricts the digital signal processing operation of the digital signal processing circuit by applying a masking signal, masking clock edges of the clock signals supplied to the digital signal processing circuit during a predetermined period.

US Pat. No. 10,368,025

IMAGING ELEMENT, IMAGING APPARATUS, ITS CONTROL METHOD, AND CONTROL PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging element comprising:a pixel portion in which pixels, each for photoelectrically converting an optical image of an object and generating a pixel signal, are arranged in a matrix form;
a first converter that converts at least pixel signals of a first pixel group in the pixel portion into first digital signals;
a second converter that converts pixel signals of a second pixel group that is different from the first pixel group in the pixel portion into second digital signals;
a control information generator that generates control information of a photographing operation of the object by using the first digital signals;
an image data output portion that outputs the second digital signals as image data outside of the imaging element; and
a control information output portion that outputs the control information independently from the image data outside of the imaging element,
wherein a frame rate for outputting the image data by the image data output portion is different from a frame rate for outputting the control information by the control information output portion.

US Pat. No. 10,367,781

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a processor; and
a memory storing instructions which, when executed by the processor, cause the information processing apparatus to:
determine, when a data transmission is executed, whether or not a host name designated as a destination of the data transmission is set to a terminal list indicating an external terminal that is permitted as a data transmission destination;
permit, in a case where a result of the determination is that the host name is set to the terminal list, data transmission irrespective of whether or not an IP address corresponding to the host name is set to the terminal list;
determine, in a case where the result of the determination is not that the host name is set to the terminal list, whether or not the IP address designated as the destination of the data transmission is set to the terminal list;
permit, if a result of the determination is that the IP address is set to the terminal list, the data transmission; and
execute data transmission if data transmission is permitted.

US Pat. No. 10,368,041

IMAGING DEVICE, IMAGING SYSTEM, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging device comprising:a pixel unit in which at least one first pixel and a plurality of second pixels are arranged in a matrix, wherein the plurality of second pixels are arranged around the first pixel, and each of the plurality of second pixels is able to provide more brightness information than is provided by the first pixel;
a directional property determination unit that determines a direction of an intensity distribution based on differences among values of the plurality of second pixels;
a correlation value calculation unit that calculates a correlation value of the values of the plurality of second pixels; and
an interpolation processing unit that, when the correlation value is greater than a threshold that is based on a noise signal intensity in the values of the plurality of second pixels, interpolates a value of the first pixel based on the direction of the intensity distribution from the values of the plurality of second pixels and, when the correlation value is less than or equal to the threshold, interpolates the value of the first pixel from the values of the plurality of second pixels without depending on the direction of the intensity distribution.

US Pat. No. 10,363,692

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING LIQUID SUPPLY MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A manufacturing method for molding a liquid supply member by using a first mold and a second mold which are capable of being opened and closed relative to each other and in which the first mold is capable of being slid relatively to the second mold, the method comprising:a first molding step of performing injection molding to form a first component part of the liquid supply member and a second component part of the liquid supply member other than the first component part at different positions from each other, with the first and the second molds closed relative to each other;
a step of relatively moving the first mold and the second mold in a first direction to open the mold;
a step of retracting the second component part in a second direction;
a step of sliding the first mold with respect to the second mold in a third direction;
an abutting step of sliding the second component part in a fourth direction, which is opposite to the second direction, and bringing the second component part and the first component part into contact with each other; and
a second molding step of performing injection molding to join the first component part and the second component part with the first and the second molds closed relative to each other,
wherein the first direction, the second direction, and the third direction are orthogonal to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,367,022

SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE, MEMBERS FOR THE SAME, AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A device comprising:a first semiconductor substrate which is provided with a first transistor and a photoelectric conversion element, the first semiconductor substrate having a first face where the first transistor is provided and having a second face on the opposite side of the first face of the first semiconductor substrate;
a first wiring layer which includes a first wiring being connected to the first transistor, the first wiring being made mainly of copper;
a second semiconductor substrate which is provided with a second transistor, the second semiconductor substrate having a first face where the second transistor is provided and having a second face on the opposite side of the first face of the second semiconductor substrate;
a second wiring layer which includes a second wiring being connected to the second transistor, the second wiring being made mainly of copper;
a first layer which includes a pad being in contact with an external terminal, the pad being made mainly of aluminum; and
a second layer which includes a first portion arranged between the pad and the second semiconductor substrate,
wherein the first wiring layer is arranged between the first semiconductor substrate and the second wiring layer,
wherein the first semiconductor substrate has an opening, the second wiring layer includes a second portion arranged between the opening and the second semiconductor substrate, and the pad is electrically connected to the second portion via the first portion, and
wherein a distance between the first layer and the first face of the second semiconductor substrate is smaller than a distance between the second face of the first semiconductor substrate and the first face of the second semiconductor substrate, and is larger than a distance between the first wiring layer and the first face of the second semiconductor substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,367,030

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A device comprising:a substrate which is provided with a photoreceiving portion and a transistor including a gate electrode;
a wiring which is arranged above the substrate;
an insulation film which is arranged between the wiring and the substrate, the insulation film having an opening above the photoreceiving portion, the insulation film containing Si and O;
a region which is arranged in the opening, wherein a material of the region is in contact with the insulating film;
a first portion which is arranged between the region and the photoreceiving portion, the first portion containing Si and N; and
a second portion which is arranged between the insulation film and the substrate, the second portion containing Si and N,
wherein a first distance between the region and the substrate through the first portion is smaller than a second distance between the insulation film and the substrate through the second portion, and a difference between the first distance and the second distance is smaller than a thickness of the gate electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,365,251

APPARATUS WITH LASER CONTROLLING UNIT WHICH DECREASES A TIME DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SUBSEQUENTLY PULSED LASERS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:a first laser output unit configured to output a first pulsed laser;
a second laser output unit configured to output a second pulsed laser
a laser controlling unit configured to control the first laser output unit and the second laser output unit;
a first detecting unit configured to detect an emission timing of the first pulsed laser and output a first detection signal; and
a second detecting unit configured to detect an emission timing of the second pulsed laser and output a second detection signal,
wherein the laser controlling unit controls at least one of an intensity of the first pulsed laser and an intensity of the second pulsed laser, based on a time difference between the first detection signal and the second detection signal, so as to decrease a time difference between a subsequent first pulsed laser and a subsequent second pulsed laser to be irradiated to the object.

US Pat. No. 10,366,544

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:an image obtaining unit configured to obtain a first three-dimensional image and a second three-dimensional image different from the first three-dimensional image;
a corresponding position obtaining unit configured to obtain information on respective sets of points in the first and second three-dimensional images which correspond to each other;
a cross-sectional image generating unit configured to generate a first cross-sectional image from the first three-dimensional image and generates a second cross-sectional image from the second three-dimensional image;
a target position obtaining unit configured to obtain one of the set of points in the first three-dimensional image as a target position;
a corresponding position obtaining unit configured to obtain a corresponding position in the second three-dimensional image which corresponds to the target position on the basis of the information on the sets of points; and
a display controlling unit configured to control display of the first and second cross-sectional images on a displaying unit,
wherein the cross-sectional image generating unit is configured to generate a cross-sectional image including the target position as the first cross-sectional image and generates a cross-sectional image including the corresponding position as the second cross-sectional image, and
wherein the display controlling unit is configured to adjust a position of the first or second cross-sectional image such that, on a screen of the displaying unit, after the adjustment the corresponding position coincides with the target position in a vertical or lateral direction and displays the first and second cross-sectional images.

US Pat. No. 10,363,746

METHOD FOR PRODUCING LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for producing a liquid ejection head that includes a member having an ejection port and a flow path communicating with the ejection port and a substrate having an energy generating element configured to eject a liquid supplied from the flow path through the ejection port, the method comprising:a step of providing a positive photosensitive resin layer on a substrate;
a step of heat-treating the positive photosensitive resin layer on the substrate;
a step of forming a mold material having a pattern of the flow path by subjecting the heat-treated positive photosensitive resin layer on the substrate to exposure and development;
a step of covering the mold material on the substrate with a negative photosensitive resin layer for forming the member;
a step of forming the ejection port communicating with the mold material by subjecting the negative photosensitive resin layer covering the mold material to i-line irradiation and development treatment; and
a step of forming the flow path communicating with the ejection port by removing the mold material from the substrate,
wherein the positive photosensitive resin layer includes a light absorbing agent that is nonvolatile at a temperature of the heat treatment of the positive photosensitive resin layer, and
the light absorbing agent has “a light absorbance (a1) at a wavelength of 365 nm” and “an average light absorbance (a2) in a wavelength range of 280 nm or more to 330 nm or less”, and an absorbance ratio A is 1.0 or less where the absorbance ratio A is a ratio a2/a1.

US Pat. No. 10,365,563

FILM FORMATION METHOD, DRY FILM MANUFACTURING METHOD AND LIQUID EJECTION HEAD MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of forming a film, comprising:a step of forming a resist film on an object to be applied,
a step of forming a layer of a protecting material removable by a first dissolving liquid on an upper surface of the resist film,
a step of removing the resist film from a region of the resist film not having, on the upper surface thereof, the layer of the protecting material by side rinsing with a second dissolving liquid capable of dissolving the resist film therein, and
a step of removing the protecting material remaining on the upper surface of the resist film by the first dissolving liquid.

US Pat. No. 10,367,102

ELECTRONIC COMPONENT AND EQUIPMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic component comprising:a support member in which a recess part having a bottom face and a side face is provided; and
a device unit that includes a substrate and fixed to the support member so that a primary face of the substrate faces the recess part,
wherein an opening width of the recess part is, on a side of a bottom of the recess part with respect to the primary face, narrower than a width of the device unit and, on an opposite side of the bottom of the recess part with respect to the primary face, wider than the width of the device unit,
wherein an end face of the substrate overlaps with the side face of the recess part in a direction perpendicular to the primary face of the substrate, and
wherein a photoelectric conversion element is arranged on the primary face of the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,367,113

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE, IMAGING ELEMENT, AND IMAGING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A device comprising a plurality of photoelectric conversion elements containing a light-emitting material disposed at light incident side of the photoelectric conversion element, the plurality of photoelectric conversion elements, which convert light having color different from each other, comprises:an upper and a lower electrode;
at least one first photoelectric conversion portion between the upper electrode and the lower electrode, the first photoelectric conversion portion including a photoelectric conversion layer;
at least one second photoelectric conversion portion;
a first readout circuit connected to the first photoelectric conversion portion;
a second readout circuit connected to the second photoelectric conversion portion;
an incoming light-blocking member between the first photoelectric conversion portion and the second photoelectric conversion portion; and
a wavelength limiter disposed closer than the first photoelectric conversion portion to the light-incident side, the wavelength limiter limiting the wavelength of light in a range from a minimum wavelength ?L1 to a maximum wavelength ?L2,
wherein the incoming light-blocking member blocks light in a wavelength region from a minimum wavelength ?S1 to a maximum wavelength ?S2, and the incoming light-blocking member and the wavelength limiter satisfy the following relationship (A):
?S1??L1??L2??S2  (A), and
wherein the second photoelectric conversion portion converts light emitted from the light-emitting material into electrical charges.

US Pat. No. 10,367,894

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing system that performs communication between an image forming apparatus and an information processing apparatus via a relay server,the information processing apparatus comprising:
a plurality of communication clients respectively capable of communicating by different communication protocols; and
a first communication control unit that sets a local host as a connection destination, creates a first communication socket by designating a predetermined port, activates one communication client out of the plurality of communication clients, and in communication between the activated communication client and the relay server, adjusts and relays communication data between HTTP and the corresponding communication protocol via the first communication socket,
wherein at least one of the plurality of communication clients and the first communication control unit is implemented by at least one processor and a memory, and
the image forming apparatus comprising:
a plurality of communication servers respectively capable of communicating by different communication protocols; and
a second communication control unit that sets a local host as a connection destination, creates a second communication socket to one communication server out of the plurality of communication servers by designating a predetermined port designated from the information processing apparatus, and in communication between the communication server and the relay server, adjusts and relays communication data between HTTP and the corresponding communication protocol via the second communication socket,
wherein at least one the plurality of communication servers and the second communication control unit is implemented by at least one processor and a memory.

US Pat. No. 10,362,181

FACSIMILE APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A facsimile apparatus comprising:a memory that stores user identification information and a notification destination of a transmission result of a facsimile transmission;
a network interface that receives, from an external apparatus, image data, a transmission destination of a facsimile transmission, and user identification information; and
a facsimile controller that executes facsimile transmission of the image data to the transmission destination set by a user at the external apparatus, wherein the user can set a transmission destination that is different from the external apparatus as the transmission destination of the facsimile transmission;
wherein the network interface transmits a transmission result of the facsimile transmission executed by the facsimile controller to the notification destination associated with the user identification information received by the network interface,
wherein the memory has already stored the user identification information and the notification destination before the user identification information is received by the network interface.

US Pat. No. 10,360,707

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR TRANSFORMING PATH

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a memory configured to store a program; and
a processor configured to execute the program to function as:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a plurality of vertices forming one path included in a glyph path indicating an outline of a letter,
a calculation unit configured to calculate a winding value relating to the one path,
a determination unit configured to determine a shift direction of the one path based on the calculated winding value, and
a movement unit configured to move positions of the plurality of vertices based on the determined shift direction,
wherein, when a leftmost vertex among the plurality of vertices is a leftmost vertex among vertices forming the glyph path, the calculation unit sets the winding value to be associated with the one path as a specific value, and the determination unit determines a specific direction as the shift direction of the one path.

US Pat. No. 10,352,417

DRIVING APPARATUS THAT DRIVES DRIVEN BODY USING LEAD SCREW, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH THIS DRIVING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A driving apparatus comprising:a driving source;
a lead screw that has a lead groove that is formed over at least a first member and a second member and has a first surface and a second surface that face to each other in a width direction, said lead screw being rotationally driven by said driving source;
a moving member that engages with the lead groove of said lead screw, and moves approximately parallel to said lead screw according to rotation of said lead screw;
a driven body that is displaced between a first position and a second position according to movement of said moving member; and
a first energization member that energizes said moving member to a side of the second surface at least when said moving member passes across a first junction that occurs at a boundary between the first member and the second member in a stroke where said moving member contacts with a drive surface of the first surface of the lead groove and moves in a direction from a first end to a second end of the lead groove,
wherein there is a period during which said first energization member does not generate the energization force to said moving member in the stroke where said moving member moves in the direction from the first end to the second end of the lead groove until said moving member reaches the second end after said moving member finishes passing across the first junction.

US Pat. No. 10,353,999

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing system comprising:a document generation unit configured to generate an electronic form document page and a field attribute information file by performing an overlay process that uses form information and field data, wherein the form information includes attribute information indicating at least one of information about text position alignment of each field and information about an output format of each field, and wherein a file format of the generated electronic form document page is a PDF format, and wherein the generated field attribute information file includes the attribute information indicating at least one of the information about text position alignment of each field and the information about the output format of each field;
a conversion unit configured to convert the electronic form document page generated by the document generation unit into an electronic editable form document page, wherein a file format of the converted electronic editable form document page is an SVG format; and
a browsing screen generation unit configured to generate data for displaying a browsing screen for browsing and editing the converted electronic editable form document page of the SVG format, wherein the generated data include the generated field attribute information file, the converted electronic editable form document page of the SVG format, and a control program for controlling editing of the included electronic editable form document page of the SVG format based on the included field attribute information file, and wherein the included field attribute information file is used when editing a field in the included electronic editable form document page of the SVG format.