US Pat. No. 9,791,816

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND SHEET ACCOMMODATING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a main body formed with an opening;
an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet;
an accommodation unit configured to accommodate, inside the main body, the sheet on which the image has been formed by the
image forming unit;

a sheet moving unit configured to move the sheet accommodated in the accommodation unit until the sheet is exposed to outside
the main body via the opening;

a display unit configured to display a screen; and
a controller configured to switch the screen of the display unit,
wherein, in a case where an instruction is received from a user to accommodate a sheet in the accommodation unit, the controller
switches the screen of the display unit from a predetermined screen to a selection screen which displays information concerning
the user giving the instruction to accommodate the sheet in the accommodation unit and the controller causes the accommodation
unit to accommodate the sheet,

wherein, in a case where the information has been selected on the selection screen, the sheet moving unit moves a sheet of
the user associated with the selected information until the sheet is exposed to outside the main body via the opening and
the controller determines whether the accommodation unit is in use,

wherein, in a case where the controller determines that the accommodation unit is in use, the controller causes the display
unit to display the selection screen, and

wherein, in a case where the controller determines that the accommodation unit is not in use, the controller causes the display
unit to display the predetermined screen.

US Pat. No. 9,791,822

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING AN OPENING-CLOSING MEMBER AND A LOCK MECHANISM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an apparatus body;
an opening-closing member configured to be opened and closed relative to the apparatus body;
a lock mechanism, provided in the apparatus body, configured to lock the opening-closing member in a locking position, the
lock mechanism including a rotatable lock member and a biasing member that biases the lock member; and

an engagement member, provided in the opening-closing member, configured to engage with the lock member,
wherein the lock member is rotated by being pressed by the engagement member when the opening-closing member is closed relative
to the apparatus body,

wherein when the lock member is rotated by being pressed by the engagement member, a rotation moment acting on the lock member
by the biasing member is switched from a second direction, in which the engagement member is pushed, to a first direction,
in which the engagement member is pulled toward the locking position, and

wherein the lock member sandwiches the engagement member at a first timing earlier than a second timing at which the rotation
moment is switched from the second direction to the first direction.

US Pat. No. 9,791,825

CARTRIDGE AND DRUM UNIT FOR ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge comprising:
a frame;
a rotatable carrying member for carrying developer;
a rotatable member rotatably supported by the frame;
a coupling member rotatable about a rotational axis thereof and including a first portion provided with a through-hole and
a second portion more remote from the rotatable member than the first portion, the coupling member being movable between a
first position in which the rotational axis of the coupling member is coaxial with a rotational axis of the rotatable member
and a second position in which the rotational axis of the coupling member is inclined relative to the rotational axis of the
rotatable member;

a shaft portion penetrating the through-hole so that the coupling member is movable relative to the shaft portion, and having
opposite end portions supported by the rotatable member; and

an urging member urging the coupling member toward the second position.

US Pat. No. 9,791,826

DEVELOPING APPARATUS HAVING A FRAME PORTION WITH VARIED THICKNESS, AND PROCESS CARTRIDGE THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing apparatus comprising:
a first frame member molded by pouring resin from a gate, with a conductive sheet integrally adhered by the resin; and
a second frame member configured to define a toner storage portion by being coupled with the first frame member,
wherein the first frame member includes a bent portion to which the conductive sheet is adhered, and a thickness varied portion
and

wherein the thickness varied portion is formed adjacent to the conductive sheet and between the conductive sheet and the gate.

US Pat. No. 9,788,809

APPARATUS, METHOD AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM FOR RADIOGRAPHIC IMAGING WITH ELAPSED TIME CONTROL OF RADIATION SENSOR APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiographic imaging control apparatus, comprising:
a processor configured to function as:
a control unit configured to perform a first control to cause a radiation sensor to transit into a storage state, where electric
charges can be stored, in response to a determination that a predetermined time elapses since a predetermined instruction
is input, and to perform a second control to cause the radiation sensor to transit into the storage in response to a signal
from a detecting circuit, of the radiation sensor, configured to detect a start of a generation of radioactive rays;

a setting unit configured to set either the first control or the second control as a control to be performed; and
an obtaining unit configured to obtain radiation image data from the radiation sensor that has transited into the storage
state based on the control set by the setting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,794,468

IMAGE SENSOR, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, FOCUS DETECTION APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS USING PUPIL DIVISION IN DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image sensor in which pixels, each having a photoelectric conversion region divided into a plurality of regions, are
arranged two-dimensionally, the image sensor comprising:
a first pixel, from the pixels, for which each of photoelectric conversion regions divided in a first direction receives a
light beam that passes through a pupil region of an imaging optical system that corresponds to each of photoelectric conversion
regions;

a second pixel, from the pixels, for which each of photoelectric conversion regions divided in a second direction different
to the first direction receives a light beam that passes through the pupil region of the imaging optical system that corresponds
to each of photoelectric conversion regions,

wherein the first pixel outputs signals having parallax in the first direction from the photoelectric conversion regions divided
in the first direction, and

the second pixel outputs signals having parallax in the second direction from the photoelectric conversion regions divided
in the second direction; and

an image processing circuit configured to generate, based on a first signal output from the first pixel and a second signal
output from the second pixel, parallax images having a number of parallaxes that is more than a number of parallaxes included
in each of the first signal and the second signal.

US Pat. No. 9,791,679

IMAGING OPTICAL SYSTEM FOR FORMING HIGH-DEFINITION IMAGE AND IMAGE PROJECTION APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging optical system comprising:
in order from an enlargement conjugate side to a reduction conjugate side,
a first lens unit having a negative refractive power configured not to move for zooming from a wide-angle end to a telephoto
end; and

a plurality of lens units configured to move so that a space between lens units adjacent to each other changes during the
zooming,

wherein the first lens unit includes, in order from the enlargement conjugate side to the reduction conjugate side, a first
lens subunit having a negative refractive power, a second lens subunit having a negative refractive power, and a third lens
subunit having a positive refractive power,

wherein the first lens subunit is configured not to move for focusing from an infinity to a close range, and
wherein both the second lens subunit and the third lens subunit are configured to move, during the focusing from the infinity
to the close range, from the enlargement conjugate side to the reduction conjugate side while a space between the second lens
subunit and the third lens subunit is narrowed.

US Pat. No. 9,772,804

JOB PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM THAT PROCESSES A PLURALITY OF JOBS IN RESPONSE TO RECEPTION OF EXECUTION INSTRUCTIONS THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing system in which at least a client apparatus and a server apparatus and at least a printing apparatus are to
be connected, the printing system comprising:
the client apparatus including:
a display unit configured to display a list of documents stored in the server apparatus; and
a first controlling unit having a processor which executes instructions stored in a memory or having circuitry, the first
controlling unit being configured to:

transmit, to the server apparatus, a printing request for printing a plurality of documents selected from the list of documents
displayed by the display unit;

the server apparatus including:
a second controlling unit having a processor which executes instructions stored in a memory or having circuitry, the second
controlling unit being configured to:

generate print data from the plurality of documents based on the transmitted printing request; and
transmit, to the client apparatus, a generation request for generating a print job in response to the transmitted printing
request; and

the printing apparatus including:
a third controlling unit having a processor which executes instructions stored in a memory or having circuitry, the third
controlling unit being configured to:

generate a plurality of job identifications as many as a number of the plurality of documents selected in the client apparatus
in response to receiving, from the client apparatus, the generation request transmitted from the server apparatus; and

transmit, to the client apparatus, the generated plurality of job identifications,
wherein the second controlling unit of the server apparatus is further configured to transmit, to the client apparatus, a
plurality of uniform resource locators and a plurality of job identifications corresponding to respective pieces of the print
data in response to receiving, from the client apparatus, the plurality of job identifications transmitted from the printing
apparatus, the uniform resource locators being information indicating a storing destination of the print data on the server
apparatus, and

wherein the first controlling unit of the client apparatus is further configured to transmit, to the printing apparatus, the
plurality of uniform resource locators and the plurality of job identifications transmitted from the server apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,772,811

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

8. An image processing apparatus capable of communicating with a projection apparatus, the image processing apparatus comprising
at least one processor coupled to at least one memory, the at least one processor being programmed for:
controlling display on a display device connected to the image processing apparatus;
detecting a change in an image to be displayed on the display device;
controlling to transmit a partial area of an entire area of the image to be displayed, if the detecting detects the change
in the image, the partial area including the detected change of the image and not being the entire area of the image;

controlling to transmit the entire area of the image to be displayed, if a method of transmitting an image to the projection
apparatus is a first communication method; and

controlling to transmit the partial area and not transmit the entire area at predetermined intervals, if the detecting detects
the change in the partial area of the image, the partial area not being the entire area of the image, if a method of transmitting
an image to the projection apparatus is a second communication method,

wherein transmission of the partial area and/or the entire area is controlled based on whether a reception response is made
to transmission of the image.

US Pat. No. 9,773,458

DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display apparatus comprising:
a light emission unit;
a display unit configured to display an image on a screen by modulating light from the light emission unit;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire base image data and difference data used in an expansion process for expanding at
least one of a dynamic range and a color gamut of image data;

a control unit configured to control light emission of the light emission unit, based on the difference data; and
a generation unit configured to generate display image data outputted to the display unit, based on the base image data.

US Pat. No. 9,736,380

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:
one or more processors; and
one or more memories coupled to the one or more processors and having instructions stored thereon which, when executed by
the one or more processors, cause the display control apparatus to:

obtain information from storage in which light field information with which an image whose focus state has been changed can
be generated is stored in association with an image having a predetermined focus state; and

perform control to display an image stored in the storage on a display unit, wherein in a case where an image having a different
focus state from the predetermined focus state is associated with the light field information, a first display item that notifies
that the image having the different focus state is present is displayed on the display unit together with the image having
the predetermined focus state,

wherein in response to receiving an input of an instruction on the first display item, the image having the different focus
state is displayed,

wherein in response to receiving an input of an instruction on the image having the predetermined focus state, information
regarding the image having the predetermined focus state is displayed together with the image having the predetermined focus
state,

wherein the predetermined focus state is a deep focus state, which is a focus state having a large depth of field,
wherein in response to designating a position in the image having the predetermined focus state, a reconstructed image in
which a subject located at the designated position is in an in-focus state is generated based on the light field information,
and

wherein in response to receiving an input of an instruction to save the reconstructed image, the reconstructed image is associated
with the light field information as a new image.

US Pat. No. 9,736,223

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS CAPABLE OF REFERRING TO TRANSMISSION JOB HISTORY, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image transmitting apparatus which is able to transmit image data by at least a first transmission protocol and a second
transmission protocol, comprising:
a scanning unit configured to scan a document;
an execution unit configured to execute a transmission job for transmitting image data generated by scanning the document
by the scanning unit;

a storage configured to store transmission history information of transmission jobs executed by the execution unit;
a control unit configured to read out setting information included in the transmission history information which has been
stored in the storage and use the setting information as setting information of a new transmission job;

a first setting unit configured to set, based on a user instruction, whether to permit a use of the first transmission protocol;
and

a second setting unit configured to set, based on a user instruction, whether to permit a use of the second transmission protocol,
wherein use of setting information included in transmission history information of transmission job of the first transmission
protocol is permitted based on the use of the first transmission protocol being set to be permitted by the first setting unit,

wherein use of setting information included in transmission history information of transmission job of the second transmission
protocol is permitted based on the use of the second transmission protocol being set to be permitted by the second setting
unit, and

wherein the execution unit, the control unit, the first setting unit, and the second setting unit are implemented by a processor
and a memory.

US Pat. No. 9,736,239

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that communicates with a first device and a second device, the information processing
apparatus comprising:
a management unit configured to manage a plurality of pieces of setting information that the first device uses and a plurality
of pieces of setting information that the second device uses;

an acceptance unit configured to accept a change instruction for changing setting information that the first device uses;
a processing unit configured to perform synchronization processing for synchronizing at least a part of pieces of setting
information from among the plurality of pieces of setting information that the first device uses and at least a part of pieces
of setting information from among the plurality of pieces of setting information that the second device uses; and

a control unit configured to, in a case where, if setting information that the second device uses is synchronized with setting
information obtained by changing the setting information that the first device uses according to the change instruction, the
plurality of pieces of setting information that the second device uses becomes mismatched with one another, cancel the setting
information that the first device uses from being changed according to the change instruction.

US Pat. No. 9,769,380

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR OBTAINING WATERMARK INFORMATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that obtains information of a digital watermark based on an image obtained by causing an
image capturing device to capture a print product in which the digital watermark is embedded, comprising:
an image capturing unit configured to cause the image capturing device to capture a plurality of areas on the print product
by repeating continuous shooting a plurality of times, wherein the continuous shooting is performed under a plurality of image
capturing conditions;

a selection unit configured to select, from a plurality of images obtained by the continuous shooting by said image capturing
unit, an image from which the information of the digital watermark is to be obtained; and

an obtaining unit configured to obtain the information of the digital watermark based on the image selected by said selection
unit from the plurality of images obtained by the respective times of the continuous shooting by said image capturing unit,

wherein the plurality of the image capturing conditions correspond to a plurality of different focal lengths to the print
product, and

wherein said selection unit selects an image by using a predetermined criterion corresponding to a degree of an edge contained
in each of the plurality of images obtained by the continuous shooting.

US Pat. No. 9,736,350

CONTROL APPARATUS, IMAGE INPUT APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHODS THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A control apparatus capable of controlling a plurality of apparatuses comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing a program which, when executed by the processor, causes the control apparatus to perform:
a first obtaining process for obtaining, from one of a first apparatus into which image data is input and a second apparatus
that outputs image data to be input into the first apparatus, pair information identifying the first apparatus and the second
apparatus;

a second obtaining process for obtaining first attribute information, which identifies formats in which the image data can
be input into the first apparatus, from the first apparatus and second attribute information, which identifies formats in
which the image data can be output by the second apparatus, from the second apparatus; and

interlock control of the first apparatus and the second apparatus on the basis of the pair information, wherein
in the interlock control, an operating mode in the first apparatus is set to an operating mode that is suitable for inputting
image data in a shared format, which is a format shared by the first attribute information and the second attribute information,
and

in the interlock control, an operating mode in the second apparatus is set to an operating mode for outputting image data
in the shared format.

US Pat. No. 9,736,351

TRANSMISSION APPARATUS, RECEPTION APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus configured to transmit a command to an image capturing device including an encoding unit which is configured
to generate image data by encoding captured data generated by an image capturing unit, the control apparatus comprising:
a display control unit configured to display, in a display unit, a graphical user interface for setting a first set value
which is for generating the captured data by the image capturing unit and a graphical user interface for setting a second
set value which is for generating the image data by the encoding unit;

a transmission unit capable of transmitting, to the image capturing device, a first command for changing the first set value
and a second command for changing the second set value; and

a receiving unit configured to receive, in a case where, in response to one command of either the first command or the second
command being executed in the image capturing device, a set value corresponding to the other command of the either the first
command or the second command is changed in the image capturing device, information indicating the set value corresponding
to the other command in the image capturing device from the image capturing device,

wherein the display control unit changes a content of a graphical user interface for setting the set value corresponding to
the other command, based on the information, received by the receiving unit, indicating the set value corresponding to the
other command.

US Pat. No. 9,729,743

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a first sheet support unit configured to support sheets;
a second sheet support unit configured to support sheets;
a feed reservation unit configured to issue a feed reservation for specifying, from among the first and second support units,
a support unit from which a sheet is fed for each page of a first job;

a sheet feeding unit configured to feed one of sheets supported by the specified sheet support unit for each page;
a transfer unit configured to transfer an image of each page on the fed sheet, wherein a sheet conveyance path from the second
sheet support unit to the transfer unit is longer than a sheet conveyance path from the first sheet support unit to the transfer
unit, and
wherein the sheet feeding unit feeds one of the sheets supported by the second sheet support unit for a page of the first
job before feeding one of the sheets supported by the first sheet support unit for a previous page of the first job; and
a cancel unit configured to cancel a feed reservation for a page of the first job,
wherein, when the first job is interrupted by a second job after the feed reservation for each page of the first job has been
issued,

the cancel unit cancels the feed reservation for the page for which a sheet has not been fed and behind which there is no
page for which a sheet has been fed,

the cancel unit does not cancel a feed reservation for a page for which a sheet has not been fed and behind which there is
a page for which a sheet has been fed, and

wherein the feed reservation unit, and the cancel unit are implemented by at least one processor.

US Pat. No. 9,729,750

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising at least one CPU controller and at least one memory, wherein the information
processing apparatus is communicable with a storage control device that causes a storage medium to store data, the at least
one CPU controller, according to a program stored in the at least one memory, configured to function as:
a reading unit configured to read the data from the storage medium attached to the storage control device;
a completion notification receiving unit configured to receive a completion notification corresponding to completion of storage
of the data from the storage control device in a case where the storage control device causes the storage medium to store
the data;

a progress notification receiving unit configured to receive, from the storage control device, a progress notification indicating
that a process for storing the data is halfway done before receiving the completion notification in a case where the storage
control device causes the storage medium to store the data; and

a control unit configured to control the reading unit to change a state in which reading by the reading unit is limited into
a state in which limitation of the reading is released, in a case where the completion notification receiving unit receives
the completion notification or in a case where the progress notification receiving unit receives the progress notification,

wherein the reading unit accesses the storage medium in response to release of the limitation and automatically reads the
data from the storage medium.

US Pat. No. 9,729,786

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS USING A PLURALITY OF INTEGRATED CIRCUITS FOR IMAGE PROCESSING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain moving image data in a first format;
a first integrated circuit (IC) connected to the obtaining unit, wherein the first IC executes image processing with respect
to the moving image data in the first format output from the obtaining unit;

a second IC that executes image processing with respect to moving image data in a second format that is different from the
first format;

a third IC connected to the first IC and the second IC; and
an output unit that outputs the moving image data in the first format and the moving image data in the second format to an
external device,

wherein the image processing apparatus has a first mode for outputting the moving image data in the first format by the output
unit and a second mode for outputting the moving image data in the second format and corresponding to the obtained moving
image data in the first format,

wherein in the first mode, the first IC performs image processing on the obtained moving image data in the first format and
outputs the moving image data in the first format on which the image processing of the first IC is performed to the third
IC, the third IC provides the moving image data in the first format received from the first IC to the output unit without
converting the moving image data into the second format, and the output unit outputs the moving image data in the first format
provided from the third IC to an external device,

wherein in the second mode, the first IC performs image processing on the obtained moving image data in the first format and
outputs the moving image data in the first format on which the image processing of the first IC is performed to the third
IC, and the third IC converts the moving image data in the first format received from the first IC into moving image data
in the second format and outputs the converted moving image data in the second format to the second IC,

wherein in the second mode, the second IC performs image processing on the converted moving image data in the second format
received from the third IC and outputs to the third IC the converted moving image data in the second format on which the image
processing of the second IC is performed, and

wherein in the second mode, the third IC provides,
the converted moving image data in the second format, on which the image processing of the second IC is performed and received
from the second IC, to the output unit, and the output unit outputs the moving image data in the second format provided from
the third IC to the external device.

US Pat. No. 9,730,045

COMMUNICATING APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communicating apparatus capable of connecting with an access point which determines a channel for wireless communication,
comprising:
a processor operating to:
connect with the access point by using a channel selected from a plurality of channels and to directly connect with an external
apparatus, without using the access point, by using the selected channel, wherein the communicating apparatus directly connects
with the external apparatus while the communicating apparatus connects with the access point; and

search the access point by preferentially using the selected channel of the plurality of channels, in a case where the connection
with the access point is disconnected while the communicating apparatus directly connects with the external apparatus by using
the selected channel,

wherein the direct connection, by using the selected channel, between the external apparatus and the communicating apparatus
without using the access point is maintained while the access point is searched by preferentially using the selected channel
of the plurality of channels.

US Pat. No. 9,729,790

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING WIRELESS TRANSMITTER-RECEIVER UNIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image pickup device configured to photoelectrically convert an object image into image signals;
a lens unit configured to form the object image on the image pickup device;
an image processing unit configured to perform image processing on the image signals output from the image pickup device;
a control unit configured to control the image pickup device and the image processing unit;
a converting unit configured to convert electric power supplied from a battery and supply converted electric power to the
image pickup device, the image processing unit, and the control unit;

a first board on which the image processing unit, the control unit and the converting unit are mounted; and
a wireless transmitting unit configured to wirelessly transmit data,
wherein the image pickup device is mounted on the lens unit via a second board,
wherein the first board is disposed in such a manner that the converting unit mounted on the first board does not overlap
the image pickup device and the lens unit,

wherein the converting unit has heat resistance higher than any one of the image pickup device, the image processing unit,
and the control unit, and

wherein the wireless transmitting unit is disposed in such a manner that a distance between the wireless transmitting unit
and the converting unit is shorter than any one of a distance between the wireless transmitting unit and the image pickup
device, a distance between the wireless transmitting unit and the image processing unit, and a distance between the wireless
transmitting unit and the control unit.

US Pat. No. 9,761,618

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state imaging apparatus having a structure comprising:
a first semiconductor region of a first conductivity type provided on a substrate by an epitaxial growth method;
a second semiconductor region of the first conductivity type provided on the first semiconductor region; and
a third semiconductor region of a second conductivity type provided in the second semiconductor region such that a pn junction
is formed between the second semiconductor region and the third semiconductor region,

wherein the first semiconductor region is formed such that an impurity concentration of the first semiconductor region decreases
as a position within the first semiconductor region goes from a side of the substrate toward a side of the third semiconductor
region,

wherein the second semiconductor region includes (a) a first region provided, in a depth direction of the structure, below
the third semiconductor region and (b) a second region provided, in the depth direction of the structure, between the first
region and the first semiconductor region, and

wherein an impurity concentration peak of the first conductivity type of the first region is higher than that of the second
region.

US Pat. No. 9,727,585

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for processing light field information indicating an intensity distribution of light and
an incident direction of light, the image processing apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory that stores a program executable by the processor;
wherein the program, when executed by the processor, causes the processor to function as:
an image generating unit configured to generate a refocus image from the light field information;
a first obtaining unit configured to obtain a depth of field of the refocus image;
an information generating unit configured to generate first additional information to be attached to the refocus image, based
on the depth of field of the refocus image;

an attaching unit configured to attach the first additional information to the refocus image;
a second obtaining unit configured to obtain second additional information, which is provided together with the light field
information and includes subject information; and

a distance calculating unit configured to determine a subject distance with regard to each piece of subject information included
in the second additional information, from the light field information and the second additional information,

wherein the information generating unit generates the first additional information by extracting subject information, of which
subject distance determined by the distance calculating unit is included in the depth of field, from among pieces of subject
information included in the second additional information.

US Pat. No. 9,750,478

X-RAY IMAGE PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS AND MANAGEMENT METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus for medical imaging, comprising:
a control unit configured to control a medical imaging unit for detecting an X-ray to obtain a medical image; and
a communication unit configured to transmit the obtained medical image to an external apparatus,
wherein the control unit is configured to associate error information with the obtained medical image, wherein the error information
indicates an error in the medical imaging for the obtained medical image,

wherein, in a case where the control unit associates the error information with the obtained medical image, the communication
unit is configured to transmit the obtained medical image to a first external apparatus which is independent from the control
apparatus and is configured to store the obtained medical image associated with the error information, and

wherein, in a case where the control unit does not associate the error information with the obtained medical image, the communication
unit is configured to transmit the obtained medical image to a second external apparatus which is independent from the control
apparatus and different from the first external apparatus and is configured to store the obtained image to be used for diagnosis.

US Pat. No. 9,753,837

APPLICATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, APPLICATION EXECUTION TERMINAL, APPLICATION MANAGEMENT METHOD, APPLICATION EXECUTION TERMINAL CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing terminal being connected to an information processing apparatus via a network, the information
processing terminal comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive a condition that an application causes an error, the condition determined by the information
processing apparatus on the basis of the error of another information processing terminal in which the application has been
installed other than the information processing terminal; and

a display control unit configured to change a display form of the application satisfying the condition for causing the error,
wherein the error of the another information processing terminal other than the information processing terminal is determined
by selecting the another information processing terminal from a plurality of information processing terminals connected to
the information processing apparatus via the network according to installation information of the application and finding
common terminal identification information between the information processing terminal and the another information processing
terminal.

US Pat. No. 9,755,136

PIEZOELECTRIC MATERIAL, PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A piezoelectric material comprising:
a perovskite-type metal oxide represented by Formula (1):
(Ba1?xCax)a(Ti1?yZry)O3 (wherein, 1.00a 1.01, 0.125x 0.300, and 0.041y 0.074);

Mn; and
Mg, wherein
the content of Mn is 0.12 parts by weight or more and 0.40 parts by weight or less based on 100 parts by weight of the perovskite-type
metal oxide on a metal basis;

the content of Mg is 0.10 parts by weight or less and 0.0005 parts by weight or more based on 100 parts by weight of the perovskite-type
metal oxide on a metal basis, and the piezoelectric material is polarized.

US Pat. No. 9,750,827

NEAR-INFRARED DYE-CONJUGATED HYALURONIC ACID DERIVATIVE AND CONTRAST AGENT FOR OPTICAL IMAGING INCLUDING THEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A polymer formed of units each represented by general formula (1):

wherein:
R1's are independent of each other from unit to unit in the general formula (1); and
the polymer contains at least one unit in which R1 is selected from the group consisting of general formula (2) and general formula (25), and at least one unit in which R1 is general formula (3):

provided that: in the general formula (2), the general formula (3), and the general formula (25), L's represent linkers independent
of each other from unit to unit, and * represents a binding site with N in the general formula (1); and in the general formula
(3), R2 represents any one of H, OH, OMe, NH2, and COOH, and k represents an integer of 20 or more and 200 or less,
wherein 0.13

US Pat. No. 9,753,903

INFORMATION PROCESSING TERMINAL, PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing terminal comprising a memory storing instructions for a relay function of causing a client that
manages data to cooperate with a service that provides a function using the data manacled by the client via a network, and
a processor which is capable of executing the instructions causing the information processing terminal to:
execute a transmission of a first request to the service;
receive, from the service, information required to selectively register a plurality of pieces of function information as a
response to the first request, wherein the plurality of pieces of function information corresponds to processing capable of
being performed, based on different settings, using a function provided by the service;

execute a transmission of a second request to the service, according to a selection based on the received information;
perform registration processing of the function information using the relay function, according to a response to the second
request from the service; and

request the service, according to a designation of specific data managed by the client and a selection of registered function
information, to process the specific data based on settings corresponding to the selected function information,

wherein the relay function is provided as a web browser function of the information processing terminal.

US Pat. No. 9,753,681

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS TRANSMITTING A STORAGE DESTINATION OF DATA IN AN EXTERNAL INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS TO AN IMAGE FORMING DEVICE FOR ACQUIRING THE DATA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising a memory and a processor in communication with the memory configured to
control:
a display unit configured to display data that is saved by an external information processing apparatus;
an identification unit configured to identify an image forming device by short-range wireless communication;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire, from the image forming device, compatibility information indicating whether or
not the image forming device is compatible with a first print method for acquiring the data from the external information
processing apparatus, and printing based on the data; and

a transmission unit configured to transmit, to the image forming device, a storage destination of the data in the external
information processing apparatus so that the image forming device acquires the data and prints based on the acquired data,
if the compatibility information indicates that the image forming device is compatible with the first print method, and to
generate print data and transmit the generated print data to the image forming device, if the image forming device is not
compatible with the first print method but is compatible with a second print method for receiving print data from the information
processing apparatus and printing based on the received print data.

US Pat. No. 9,753,682

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire input data used to generate an image;
a conversion unit configured to generate intermediate data by performing data conversion on the input data with a first data
conversion filter activated as a first process, and to generate image data by performing data conversion on the intermediate
data with a second data conversion filter activated as a second process different from the first process;

an output unit configured to output the image data, and
a setting unit configured to set a transmission method for transmitting the intermediate data from the first process to the
second process based on a form available for the first process to output data and a form available for the second process
to input data, wherein said transmission method is at least one of a data communication method and a path communication method.

US Pat. No. 9,753,775

RESOURCE MANAGEMENT APPARATUS AND RESOURCE MANAGEMENT METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A resource management apparatus for managing a resource of an application in a unit of a group, wherein the resource management
apparatus includes at least one processor and at least one memory coupled to the at least one processor and having stored
thereon instructions which, when executed by the at least one processor, cause the at least one processor to function as:
a changing unit configured to, when an application belonging to a group is installed on a system that, due to an installation
of an application, allocates for the application a resource in accordance with a declaration value of the application, add
a declaration value of a resource of the group to which the installed application belongs to a declaration value of a resource
of a resource definition application; and

an install unit configured to install, after addition processing by the changing unit, the resource definition application
in the system,

wherein the changing unit, if instructed to install an application that belongs to the group, before installing the application
adds a declaration value of the resource of a group to which the application belongs to change the declaration value of the
resource of the resource definition application so not to duplicate,

and the install unit installs the resource definition application, and in a case where the installation of the resource definition
application fails, stops the installation of the application.

US Pat. No. 9,720,224

PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A processing apparatus that processes an object by scanning light on the object, the apparatus comprising:
a scanning device including a mirror for reflecting the light and configured to scan the light by driving the mirror; and
a controller configured to control the scanning device,
wherein the controller is configured to obtain, based on a target scanning velocity, an angle of the mirror at which the scanning
device is caused to start driving of the mirror, so that an angle of the mirror, at which scanning of the light is started,
is a target angle.

US Pat. No. 9,723,317

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method comprising:
generating a media file using a media file format;
providing a slice index box,
wherein the media file format includes a first portion and a second portion,
wherein the second portion is placed after the first portion in the media file format,
wherein the second portion includes NAL unit data in which a set of pictures including one or more pictures is coded and stored
such that each picture is divided, in coding order, into two or more slices, and coded data of each slice is stored; and

dividing each slice into two or more rectangular-shaped tiles and coding the two or more rectangular-shaped tiles, and
wherein a slice index box is provided in the first portion of the media file format such that a value indicating an ordinal
position of each slice to which each tile belongs in each picture is described in the slice index box.

US Pat. No. 9,721,539

IMAGE DISPLAY SYSTEM, IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A system comprising:
a display apparatus comprising:
a first processor; and
a first memory having instructions stored thereon, which, when executed by the first processor, cause the display apparatus
to:

capture an image of physical space; and
transmit the captured image of physical space; and
an image processing apparatus which communicates with the display apparatus, the image processing apparatus comprising:
a second processor; and
a second memory storing instructions that, when executed by the second processor, cause the image processing apparatus to:
receive the captured image of physical space;
generate a virtual image based on position and orientation information of the display apparatus;
generate a synthesized image based on the captured image of physical space and the generated virtual image; and
transmit the generated synthesized image to the display apparatus,
wherein the first memory has further instructions stored thereon which, when executed by the first processor, cause the display
apparatus to:

receive the generated synthesized image; and
display the generated synthesized image in a first display mode and the captured image of physical space in a second display
mode, and

wherein the display apparatus uses the second display mode when the display apparatus cannot communicate with the image processing
apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,719,773

MEASURING METHOD AND MEASURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of measuring a shape of a surface of an optical element, the method comprising:
a measuring step of measuring, using a measuring device, a shape for each of a plurality of regions on the surface by a surface
height measurement at each of a plurality of positions in each of the plurality of regions to obtain shape data for each of
the plurality of regions, each of the plurality of regions having a region overlapping another of the plurality of regions;

an error obtaining step of obtaining an error of the surface height measurements for each of the plurality of regions so as
to minimize a difference in shape with respect to each of the overlapping regions based on the shape data obtained in the
measuring step for each of the plurality of regions; and

a correcting step of correcting the shape data obtained in the measuring step for each of the plurality of regions using the
error obtained in the error obtaining step for each of the plurality of regions to obtain the shape,

wherein the measuring step obtains, for obtaining the error, the shape data for each of the plurality of regions so as not
to include a component having a spatial frequency higher than a spatial frequency corresponding to a maximum degree of a first
polynomial representing the error.

US Pat. No. 9,722,107

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE AND IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion device comprising:
a photoelectric conversion unit including a first electrode, a second electrode, a photoelectric conversion layer disposed
between the first electrode and the second electrode, and an insulating layer disposed between the photoelectric conversion
layer and the second electrode;

an amplification unit electrically connected to the second electrode and configured to output a signal generated by the photoelectric
conversion unit;

a reset unit configured to supply a reset voltage to the second electrode;
a first capacitor including a first terminal and a second terminal, the first terminal being electrically connected to the
second electrode; and

a voltage supply unit configured to supply at least a first voltage and a second voltage different from the first voltage
to the second terminal,

wherein the following relationship is satisfied:
where Vs denotes a voltage supplied to the first electrode, Vd1 denotes the first voltage, Vd2 denotes the second voltage, Vres denotes the reset voltage, C1 denotes a capacitance value of the first capacitor, and C2 denotes a capacitance value of a second capacitor formed by the first electrode and the second electrode.

US Pat. No. 9,719,810

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A unit detachably mountable to an image forming apparatus including an optical detecting device, said unit comprising:
a rotatable member including a first light blocking portion configured to block light for the optical detecting device and
a second light blocking portion having a light blocking range having a length different from that of a light blocking range
of the first light blocking portion; and

a contacting member contacting said second light blocking portion,
wherein said second light blocking portion is retractable to a retracted position which is inside a peripheral surface of
said rotatable member by contacting said contacting member with rotation of said rotatable member, and wherein said second
light blocking portion is not detected by the optical detecting device when said second light blocking portion is in the retracted
position.

US Pat. No. 9,722,126

PHOTOCONDUCTIVE DEVICE, MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoconductive device that generates or detects terahertz radiation, comprising:
a semiconductor layer;
a structure portion in contact with the semiconductor layer, the structure portion being configured to receive light input
from a light source and to excite a surface plasmon wave with the light; and

an electrode electrically connected to the structure portion,
wherein the semiconductor layer has a thickness that is no less than a first propagation distance and no greater than a second
propagation distance,

the first propagation distance being a distance that the surface plasmon wave propagates through the semiconductor layer in
a perpendicular direction of an interface between the semiconductor layer and the structure portion until an electric field
intensity of the surface plasmon wave becomes 1/e times the electric field intensity of the surface plasmon wave at the interface,
the second propagation distance being a distance that a terahertz wave having an optical phonon absorption frequency of the
semiconductor layer propagates through the semiconductor layer in the perpendicular direction until an electric field intensity
of the terahertz wave becomes 1/e2 times the electric field intensity of the terahertz wave at the interface.

US Pat. No. 9,720,333

EXPOSURE APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A scan-type exposure apparatus for transferring a pattern of a mask to a substrate via a projection optical system while
scanning the mask and the substrate in a scanning direction, comprising:
an aperture stop provided with at least one of a mask stage that holds the mask and is movable and a substrate stage that
holds the substrate and is movable and configured to reduce an influence of flare light that enters from the projection optical
system to the substrate,

wherein an opening of the aperture stop includes a first opening portion corresponding to one shot region on the substrate,
and a serrated second opening portion including a plurality of first openings that protrude in a second direction parallel
to the scanning direction from a side of the first opening portion along a first direction perpendicular to the scanning direction,
and

a length of each of the plurality of first openings in the first direction decreases outward in the second direction from
the side of the first opening portion along the first direction.

US Pat. No. 9,720,334

STAGE APPARATUS, LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING AN ARTICLE, AND DETERMINATION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

9. A lithography apparatus which forms a pattern on a substrate, the lithography apparatus comprising:
the stage apparatus which includes a stage configured to be movable,
wherein the stage apparatus includes:
a driving unit configured to drive the stage by providing thrust to the stage;
a measuring unit configured to measure a position of the stage; and
a control unit configured to control the position of the stage by supplying, to the driving unit, a first combination signal
including a first signal for reducing a deviation between a current position of the stage and a target position, and a second
signal for reducing vibration of the stage caused by a thrust ripple included in the thrust, and

wherein the second signal is generated by the control unit by performing a generation process, the generation process including:
preparing a plurality of third signals, wherein an amplitude, a phase, or both the amplitude and the phase of each of the
plurality of third signals is different from each other;

obtaining, as information relating to a response of the stage, a measurement result of the measuring unit when driving the
stage by supplying a second combination signal including the first signal and one of the plurality of third signals to the
driving unit, wherein the information is obtained with respect to each of the plurality of third signals; and

determining the second signal based on the information obtained with respect to each of the plurality of third signals, such
that the vibration of the stage caused by the thrust ripple falls within an allowable range.

US Pat. No. 9,720,337

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, AND CHLOROGALLIUM PHTHALOCYANINE CRYSTAL AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
a support; and
a photosensitive layer in this order,
wherein the photosensitive layer comprises a chlorogallium phthalocyanine crystal,
the chlorogallium phthalocyanine crystal has one or more peaks in each of a wavelength range of 646 nm or more and 668 nm
or less and a wavelength range of 782 nm or more and 809 nm or less in an absorption spectrum, and

when a peak with a maximum absorbance among the peaks in the wavelength range of 646 nm or more and 668 nm or less is assumed
to be a first peak and a peak with a maximum absorbance among the peaks in the wavelength range of 782 nm or more and 809
nm or less is assumed to be a second peak, an absorbance of the first peak is larger than an absorbance of the second peak.

US Pat. No. 9,720,340

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner, comprising:
toner particles, said toner particles comprising resin particles fixed to toner base particles, the toner base particles each
comprising resins and a colorant, wherein

the resins comprise a styrene-acrylic resin and a polyester resin A,
a content of the styrene-acrylic resin is 50.0 mass % or more with reference to the resins,
a content of the polyester resin A is 1.0 to 40.0 mass % with reference to the resins,
the styrene-acrylic resin has a peak molecular weight (Mp) of 5,000 to 30,000,
the polyester resin A has a unit represented by formula (1), and a ratio of the unit represented by formula (1) is 0.10 to
30.00 number % with reference to the number of all units constituting the polyester resin A,


a fixing amount of the resin particles to the toner base particles is 0.1 to 5.0 parts by mass with respect to 100.0 parts
by mass of the toner base particles, and

glass transition temperature of the resin particles Tg2 (° C.) is higher than glass transition temperature of the toner base
particles Tg1 (° C.).

US Pat. No. 9,720,345

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus in which a cartridge that supports a photosensitive member is mounted to an image forming position,
and which forms a latent image on the photosensitive member by exposure to form an image, the apparatus comprising:
an exposure member that (i) includes a light emitting element arranged in an array and (ii) exposes the photosensitive member
of the cartridge located in the image forming position when the exposure member is in an exposure position;

an operation member that moves to a first position and a second position with respect to a main body of the apparatus;
a first moving member that is pressed and moved by the operation member when the operation member is moved from the first
position to the second position, and switches the cartridge from a state where the cartridge is positioned in the image forming
position to a state where the positioning is released; and

a second moving member that is pressed and moved by the operation member when the operation member is moved from the first
position to the second position, and moves the exposure member from the exposure position to a retracted position where the
exposure member is more retracted from the photosensitive member than the exposure position,

wherein, while the operation member is moved from the first position to the second position to switch the cartridge from the
state where the cartridge is positioned to the state where the positioning is released, a first force acts from the first
moving member to the operation member in a direction in which the moving of the operation member from the first position to
the second position is suppressed, and

wherein, while the operation member is moved from the first position to the second position to move the exposure member from
the exposure position to the retracted position, a second force acts from the second moving member to the operation member
in a direction in which the moving of the operation member from the first position to the second position is suppressed, and
wherein, while the operation member is moved from the first position to the second position, timing of a peak of the first
force is different from timing of a peak of the second force.

US Pat. No. 9,720,346

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF CORRECTING RELATIVE POSITION BETWEEN LASER BEAMS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member configured to be rotatable;
a light source including a first light emitting element configured to emit a first light beam and a second light emitting
element configured to emit a second light beam and configured to form an electrostatic latent image corresponding to an image
to be formed on a recording medium, on the photosensitive member, the first light emitting element and the second light emitting
element being arranged such that the first light beam and the second light beam expose different positions on the photosensitive
member in a rotation direction of the photosensitive member;

a deflection unit configured to deflect the first light beam and the second light beam emitted from the light source such
that the first light beam and the second light beam scan the photosensitive member;

a lens configured to guide the first light beam and the second light beam deflected by the deflection unit to the photosensitive
member;

an image data generation unit configured to generate first image data corresponding to the first light emitting element and
second image data corresponding to the second light emitting element based on an input image data;

an output unit configured to output a first correction data corresponding to a first area on the photosensitive member and
a second correction data corresponding to a second area on the photosensitive member different from the first area in a scanning
direction of the first light beam and the second light beam, and each of the first correction data and the second correction
data is used for correcting a length of image formed by the second light beam for each of the first area and the second area
based on the second image data and is not used for correcting a length of image formed by the first light beam;

a drive signal generation unit configured to generate a first drive signal for driving the first light emitting element based
on the first image data corresponding to the first light emitting element and generate a second drive signal for driving the
second light emitting element based on the second image data corresponding to the second light emitting element, the second
drive signal including a signal corresponding to the first area and generated based on the second image data corresponding
to the first area and the first correction data, and the second drive signal including a signal corresponding to the second
area and generated based on the second image data corresponding to the second area and the second correction data; and

a drive unit configured to cause the first light emitting element to emit the first light beam based on the first drive signal
and cause the second light emitting element to emit the second light beam based on the second drive signal,

wherein the drive signal generation unit generates the first drive signal and the second drive signal so as to form pixels
included in each of the first image and the second image, and the first correction data and the second correction data are
data for inserting a pixel or auxiliary pixel that is less in width than a pixel or removing a pixel or auxiliary pixel that
is less in width than a pixel for correcting the length of image.

US Pat. No. 9,720,349

DEVELOPER SUPPLY KIT, DEVELOPER SUPPLYING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer supply kit comprising a developer supply container and developer accommodated therein,
wherein said developer supply container includes:
a developer accommodating portion accommodating said developer,
a discharge opening configured to discharge said developer accommodated in said developer accommodating portion,
a drive receiving portion configured to receive a driving force, and
a pump portion operable so that an internal pressure of said developer accommodating portion alternately and repetitively
changes between a pressure lower than an ambient pressure and a pressure higher than the ambient pressure by the driving force
received by said drive receiving portion,

wherein said developer accommodated in said developer supply container includes toner containing binder resin material and
a coloring material, and said developer satisfies:

10?E (mJ)?80,

0.4?Ea (mJ)?2.0,

where E is total energy when it is not aerated, and Ea is total energy when it is aerated.

US Pat. No. 9,720,352

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH ACCURATE POSITIONING OF SENSOR UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a belt unit including an endless belt capable of traveling around a plurality of stretching rollers supporting said endless
belt;

an image forming unit configured to form a toner image on said belt;
a sensor unit including a sensor including a light emitting portion and a light receiving portion and configured to detect
light from said belt;

a setting portion configured to set an image forming condition of said image forming unit in accordance with an output of
said sensor; and

a positioning member including a first portion-to-be-contacted contacting at least one end portion of said belt unit with
respect to a widthwise direction crossing with a moving direction of said belt at a plurality of positioning places and a
second portion-to-be-contacted contacting at least one end portion of said sensor unit with respect to the widthwise direction
at a plurality of positioning places.

US Pat. No. 9,719,847

DETECTION CIRCUIT, DRIVING METHOD, PROBE, AND SUBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A probe comprising:
a transducer configured to:
transmit an acoustic wave;
receive a reflected acoustic wave; and
output a detection signal in response to receiving the reflected acoustic wave;
a detection circuit configured to:
receive the detection signal from the transducer; and
perform, an operation on the detection signal; and
an operation control unit configured to output an operation signal to the detection circuit based on a transmission operation
signal,

wherein the transmission operation signal causes the transducer to transmit the acoustic wave,
wherein the transducer and the detection circuit are installed in built-in manner, and
wherein the detection circuit is caused to perform the operation, by the operation signal, for a first period of time, and
caused to not perform the operation, by the operation signal, for a second period of time.

US Pat. No. 9,722,669

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a communication unit configured to communicate with an operation device by power generated when a communication portion included
in the operation device comes close to within a predetermined distance range;

an acquisition unit configured to acquire information held by the operation device via the communication portion of the operation
device;

a reception unit configured to receive an operation from the operation device by an operation portion while the communication
unit establishes communication with the communication portion; and

a control unit configured to control an operation based on the information acquired by the acquisition unit while the communication
unit establishes communication with the communication portion,

wherein the operation portion includes a display unit configured to display an operation screen which receives an operation
from the operation device,

wherein the operation screen is a language setting screen for setting one of a plurality of kinds of display languages, and
wherein while the communication unit establishes communication with the communication portion, the control unit switches the
language setting screen in accordance with the information acquired by the acquisition unit.

US Pat. No. 9,720,367

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a printer;
a main processor of the image forming apparatus;
a human sensor;
a display;
a backlight of the display;
a touch panel that detects user operation for the display; and
a power controller that performs control such that power is supplied to the main processor, without turning on the backlight,
based on a detection result of the human sensor;

a sub processor that turns on the backlight, on a basis that the touch panel detects the user operation for the display that
the backlight has been turned off,

wherein the main processor controls the printer to be driven, on a basis that a screen displayed on the display that the backlight
has been turned on is operated by a user.

US Pat. No. 9,722,170

PIEZOELECTRIC MATERIAL, PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A piezoelectric material comprising:
a main component containing a perovskite-type metal oxide that can be expressed by the following general formula (1);
a first subcomponent containing Mn;
a second subcomponent containing Li; and
a third subcomponent containing Bi,
wherein the content of Mn on a metal basis is not less than 0.04 parts by weight and is not greater than 0.36 parts by weight
when the metal oxide is 100 parts by weight, content ? of Li on a metal basis is not less than 0.0013 parts by weight and
is not greater than 0.0280 parts by weight when the metal oxide is 100 parts by weight, and content ? of Bi on a metal basis
is not less than 0.042 parts by weight and is not greater than 0.850 parts by weight when the metal oxide is 100 parts by
weight

(Ba1-xCax)a(Ti1-y-zZrySnz)O3  (1)
(in the general formula (1), 0.09?x?0.30, 0.074?y?0.085, 0?z?0.02, and 0.986?a?1.02).

US Pat. No. 9,722,171

PIEZOELECTRIC MATERIAL, PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A piezoelectric material comprising:
a perovskite-type metal oxide represented by Formula (1):
(Ba1-xCax)a(Ti1-yZry)O3 (1.00?a?1.01, 0.125?x<0.155, and 0.041?y?0.074)

 as a main component; and
Mn component,
wherein the piezoelectric material:
contains Mn in a content of 0.12 parts by weight or more and 0.40 parts by weight or less based on 100 parts by weight of
the metal oxide on a metal basis; and

is polarized,
wherein an average equivalent circular diameter of crystal grains of the piezoelectric material is 1 ?m or more and 10 ?m
or less.

US Pat. No. 9,722,434

WIRELESS POWER TRANSFER SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD OF WIRELESS POWER TRANSFER SYSTEM, WIRELESS POWER TRANSMITTING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF WIRELESS POWER TRANSMITTING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power transmitting apparatus comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect a power receiving apparatus;
a power transmitting unit configured to wirelessly transmit power to a power receiving apparatus detected by said detection
unit; and

a transmitting unit configured to transmit information regarding a waiting to a first power receiving apparatus in a case
where said first power receiving apparatus is detected by said detection unit while said power transmitting unit transmits
power to a second power receiving apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,721,153

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM THAT RECOGNIZE AN IMAGE BASED ON A DESIGNATED OBJECT TYPE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a hardware processor; and
a memory storing instructions executable by the hardware processor,
wherein the hardware processor executes the instructions stored in the memory to execute:
an acquisition task that acquires an analysis processing result including information related to at least an object direction
of an object detected from a plurality of images;

a designation task that designates a type of a target object; and
a determination task that determines, from among the plurality of images processed to obtain the analysis processing result,
at least one image applied to detection processing of the target object corresponding to the type designated by the designation
task and the information related to at least the object direction of the object included in the analysis processing result
acquired by the acquisition task.

US Pat. No. 9,723,220

IMAGING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus which can set a high-dynamic-range mode which outputs a first image and outputs a second image with
an exposure amount different from that of the first image after the first image, the imaging apparatus comprising at least
one processor coupled to at least one memory, the at least one processor being programmed to implement:
a light amount adjustment unit configured to drive a light amount adjustment member to adjust the amount of light input to
an imaging unit which outputs images by imaging a subject;

a control unit configured to control the imaging unit; and
a setting unit configured to set a difference in the exposure amount between the first image and the second image to a predetermined
difference based on at least one of the light amount adjustment by the light amount adjustment unit and the controlling of
the imaging unit by the control unit when the high-dynamic-range mode is set,

wherein the first image and the second image are images used for compositing,
wherein the predetermined difference is a difference that maintains relative relationship in the exposure amount between the
first image and the second image, and

wherein the setting unit sets the predetermined difference in the exposure amount so that the relative relationship in the
exposure amount between the first image and the second image outputted when the light amount adjustment member is driven in
accordance with changes in a luminance of the subject is the same as the relative relationship in the exposure amount between
the first image and the second image outputted when the light amount adjustment member is not driven.

US Pat. No. 9,722,461

PRINTING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a contactless power feeding unit configured to feed power wirelessly to a power receiving apparatus; and
a control unit configured to determine whether it is necessary to stop power feeding to the contactless power feeding unit
based on a power-saving setting of the printing apparatus, in a case where the printing apparatus shifts to a power-saving
mode,

wherein the control unit stops power feeding to the contactless power feeding unit, in a case where it is determined that
it is necessary to stop power feeding to the contactless power feeding unit, and

wherein power feeding to the contactless power feeding unit is continued in the power-saving mode, in a case where it is determined
that it is not necessary to stop power feeding to the contactless power feeding unit.

US Pat. No. 9,723,232

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image sensor comprising:
a substrate, the substrate including an electrode layer, a semiconductor layer, and an insulating layer arranged between the
electrode layer and the semiconductor layer; and

a transfer gate electrode,
wherein the semiconductor layer and the insulating layer are arranged between the electrode layer and the transfer gate electrode,
wherein the semiconductor layer includes:
a first semiconductor region of a first conductivity type;
a second semiconductor region configured to accumulate charges generated by photoelectric conversion, the second semiconductor
region having a second conductivity type opposite to the first conductivity type; and

a third semiconductor region of the second conductivity type to which the charges accumulated in the second semiconductor
region are transferred by the transfer gate electrode,

wherein the first semiconductor region is arranged between the second semiconductor region and the insulating layer and between
the third semiconductor region and the insulating layer,

wherein the second semiconductor region and the third semiconductor region are spaced a distance from the insulating layer
by the first semiconductor region, and

wherein the electrode layer is configured to be applied with a plurality of voltages.

US Pat. No. 9,723,236

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DRIVING PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus comprising: a control unit and a plurality of pixels each including a photoelectric
conversion unit,
the photoelectric conversion unit including,
a first electrode,
a second electrode,
a photoelectric conversion layer that is disposed between the first electrode and the second electrode and is configured to
store signal charges, and

an insulating layer disposed between the photoelectric conversion layer and the second electrode,
wherein
the control unit sets, in a part of the plurality of pixels, a magnitude relationship between a potential of the first electrode
and a potential of the second electrode, in a first relationship in which a potential of the first electrode is lower than
a potential of the second electrode,

the control unit changes, in the part of the plurality of pixels, the magnitude relationship from the first relationship to
a second relationship opposite to the first relationship, in a period,

the control unit sets, in other part of the plurality of pixels, the magnitude relationship in the second relationship; and
the control unit changes, in the other part of the plurality of pixels, the magnitude relationship from the second relationship
to the first relationship, in the period.

US Pat. No. 9,718,633

SHEET CONVEYANCE APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveyance apparatus comprising:
a sheet conveyance portion configured to convey a sheet;
a conveyance guide arranged pivotably between a first open position and a first closed position around a pivot axis and comprising
a guide configured to guide a sheet conveyed by the sheet conveyance portion and a convex portion protruding in an axial direction
from the guide portion;

a retaining portion configured to be pivotable between a retention position and a release position, the retention position
being a position where the retaining portion retains the convex portion in a case where the conveyance guide is positioned
at the first closed position, and the release position being a position where the retaining portion allows the convex portion
to move such that the conveyance guide moves from the first closed position to the first open position; and

a door configured to come in contact with and separate from the conveyance guide, the door arranged pivotably between a second
open position and a second closed position around an opening and closing axis, and moving the conveyance guide from the first
open position to the first closed position by pressing the conveyance guide while pivoting from the second open position to
the second closed position in a state where the conveyance guide is positioned at the first open position.

US Pat. No. 9,720,440

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING COMMUNICATION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

5. A method for controlling a communication apparatus having:
an output unit configured to output a clock signal to a communication module that communicates with an external device;
a generation unit configured to generate a timing signal by delaying the clock signal; and
a communication unit configured to transmit data to the communication module according to the clock signal, and to receive
data from the communication module in accordance with a timing corresponding to the timing signal,

the method comprising:
performing an adjustment process for requesting a predetermined test pattern from the communication module and for adjusting
an amount of the delay in accordance with a result of receiving the test pattern which is sent from the communication module
in response to the request of the test pattern and is received by the communication unit in accordance with the timing signal;
and

controlling the communication unit, in a predetermined mode for continuously transmitting stream data to the communication
module, to repeatedly perform first processing for transmitting a first command to the communication module, second processing
for receiving a first response that is sent from the communication module in response to the first command, and third processing
for transmitting a packet including the stream data to the communication module according to the first response,

wherein, in the predetermined mode, if the first response sent from the communication module in response to the first command
is received by the communication unit, the communication unit is controlled to perform processing for transmitting the packet
including the stream data by the third process regardless of contents of the first response sent from the communication module
in response to the first command and received by the communication unit, and if the first response sent from the communication
module in response to the first command is not received by the communication unit, the communication unit is controlled so
that the packet including the stream data is not transmitted to the communication module,

wherein, in the predetermined mode, the communication unit is controlled to transmit a second command different from the first
command to the communication module and controls to perform the adjustment process if there is an error in a second response
sent from the communication module in response to the second command, and

wherein at least the controlling is performed by a CPU operating under control of instructions stored in a memory.

US Pat. No. 9,723,024

MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A management apparatus that manages a plurality of image forming apparatuses including a first image forming apparatus
compliant with a setting management function that enables, by a specific authority, an operation of a plurality of setting
values that are sorted into a prescribed policy and included in setting information for the image forming apparatus, and a
second image forming apparatus, different from the first image forming apparatus, non-compliant with the setting management
function, comprising:
a memory storing instructions; and
a processor which can execute the instructions causing the management apparatus to:
receive setting information from one of the plurality of image forming apparatuses;
determine whether the plurality of setting values that are sorted into the prescribed policy and included in the received
setting information includes a change;

determine whether or not the image forming apparatus that is a transmission source of the setting values of which it is determined
that the setting values include the change is the first image forming apparatus compliant with the setting management function;

output information indicating that the setting values have been changed as a warning if it is determined that the image forming
apparatus that is the transmission source is not the first image forming apparatus and if the image forming apparatus that
is the transmission source is identified as the second image forming apparatus, wherein one of the setting values of the image
forming apparatus that is the transmission source and is identified as the second image forming apparatus, which is sorted
into the prescribed policy, has been changed without the specific authority; and

output information indicating that the setting values have been changed as a notice as distinguished from the warning if it
is determined that the image forming apparatus that is the transmission source is the first image forming apparatus, and

wherein the change, in the case where it is determined that the image forming apparatus that is the transmission source is
the first image forming apparatus, is a change of the setting values according to the specific authority.

US Pat. No. 9,721,232

APPARATUS, METHOD, AND PROGRAM FOR COMMUNICATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a scanner that scans a document, and
a processor and a memory storing computer code that, when executed by the processor, causes the image processing apparatus
to function as:

a setting unit that sets an upper limit value of a data size of an electronic mail, the upper limit value being designated
by a user;

a determining unit configured to determine, by subtracting a predetermined value from the upper limit value designated by
the user, a second upper limit value for dividing the electronic mail, the determined second upper limit value being less
than the upper limit value designated by the user;

a dividing unit that divides an electronic mail including image data of the document scanned by the scanner into a plurality
of electronic mails so that a data size of each of the plurality of electronic mails does not exceed the determined second
upper limit value; and

a transmitting unit that transmits the plurality of electronic mails divided by the dividing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,715,862

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus capable of matching a perceived color of printed matter and a perceived color on a display
to display the perceived color of printed matter on the display, the image processing apparatus comprising:
at least one processor that functions as:
an acquiring unit configured to:
acquire a first field of view that is a field of view of a user with respect to a first region in an image based on image
data, on the display that displays the image,

acquire a second field of view of the user with respect to a second region that corresponds to the first region on printed
matter on which the image based on the image data is printed,

acquire information regarding spectral characteristics of the display, and
acquire information regarding spectral characteristics of reflected light from the printed matter;
a converting unit configured to convert image data to be displayed on the display based on the first field of view, the information
regarding spectral characteristics of the display, the second field of view, and the information regarding spectral characteristics
of reflected light from the printed matter so that a color perceived by the user in the first field of view on the display
becomes a color that corresponds to a color perceived by the user in the second field of view on the printed matter; and

a display control unit configured to control the display to display the image data converted by the converting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,715,356

METHOD, APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING A MERGED INTERMEDIATE REPRESENTATION OF A PAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A computer implemented method for controlling an image rendering device to merge intermediate representations of a page
to be rendered, the method comprising:
receiving a page description language representation of the page, the page description language representation having a plurality
of sequential graphic objects ordered by drawing order;

forming a plurality of groups of sequentially adjacent graphic objects of the plurality of sequential objects, each group
being associated with a z-order according to the drawing order;

generating an intermediate representation from each of the groups, wherein at least two of the intermediate representations
are generated concurrently;

creating a data structure comprising records each corresponding to one of the intermediate representations, a priority of
each of the records, and a status of generating the corresponding intermediate representation;

merging by the image rendering device, in the z-order, at least two intermediate representations consecutive in the z-order
to form a merged intermediate representation independently of an intermediate representation preceding, in the z-order, the
at least two intermediate representations, wherein the at least two intermediate representations are selected using the priority
and status of the records in the created data structure; and

merging, by the image rendering device using the created data structure, the merged intermediate representation and the intermediate
representation preceding the merged representation in the z-order to render the page.

US Pat. No. 9,715,884

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
at least one processor functioning as:
an acquisition unit adapted to acquire a plurality of activity vectors corresponding to a plurality of basis vectors as a
result of performing non-negative matrix factorization for an audio signal including audio and noise;

a determination unit adapted to determine for each of the plurality of acquired activity vectors whether the activity vector
has a noise characteristic based on a waveform of the activity vector, wherein when the difference between a component of
a first frequency band of a first activity vector and a component of a second frequency band of the first activity vector
which is higher than the first frequency band is smaller than the difference between a component of the first frequency band
of a second activity vector having an audio characteristic and a component of the second frequency band of the second activity
vector, the first activity vector is determined to have the noise characteristic; and

an output unit adapted to output a signal obtained by separating, from the audio signal, a component corresponding to the
activity vector which is determined to have the noise characteristic by said determination unit.

US Pat. No. 9,715,636

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising a processor executing a program to function as:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire image data resulting from reading an image printed sequentially in a first direction;
a setting unit configured to set a division size in the first direction and a second direction of a division area for dividing
the image data, the second direction crossing the first direction, as well as a shift amount in the first direction and the
second direction of the division area;

a processing unit configured to perform a predetermined process including an averaging process on the image data according
to the division size and the shift amount, a quantization process for quantizing a value obtained by performing the averaging
process on image data in each division area shifted in accordance with the shift amount, and an addition process for adding
values obtained by the quantization process; and
an extraction unit configured to extract a unique portion from image data on which the predetermined process has been performed;
wherein the setting unit sets
(i) the division size greater in the first direction than in the second direction; and/or
(ii) the shift amount greater in the first direction than in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 9,715,161

SHUTTER DEVICE, AND IMAGING APPARATUS HAVING SHUTTER DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

a detecting unit to detect information relating to an environment in which the shutter device is used,
wherein the cam portion is provided with a first zone where the light-shielding member maintains the closed state or the opened
state even if the cam member is driven by the motor, and a second zone where the light-shielding member moves from the closed
state to the opened state or from the opened state to the closed state if the cam member is driven by the motor,

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

and wherein the control unit changes at least one of a driving start timing at the time of driving the motor and a driving
speed at the time of driving the motor based on the information detected by the detecting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,715,187

METHOD OF PRODUCING A COMPOUND HAVING A COLORANT STRUCTURE, AND TONER CONTAINING A COMPOUND OBTAINED BY THE PRODUCTION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of producing a compound represented by formula (1), comprising the steps of:
(a) polymerizing a vinyl-based polymerizable monomer represented by the formula (A) with a radical initiator having a protective
group by living radical polymerization to provide a polymer having the protective group at a terminal thereof;

(b) hydrolyzing the protective group of the polymer having the protective group at a terminal thereof obtained by the step
(a) to deprotect the polymer; and

(c) bonding the deprotected polymer obtained by the step (b) and a colorant to each other through a covalent bond:
X-L-Y  (1)
in which X represents a polymer portion having a monomer unit derived from the vinyl-based polymerizable monomer represented
by formula (A), L represents a linking group, and Y represents a colorant portion; and


in which R1 represents a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group, and R2 represents a phenyl group, a phenyl group having a substituent, a carboxy group, an alkoxycarbonyl group, or a carboxamide
group,

wherein the vinyl-based polymerizable monomer comprises one of styrene and an acrylic acid ester.
US Pat. No. 9,715,188

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising:
a toner particle containing a binder resin and a colorant;
an iron oxide particle;
an inorganic fine particle “a” selected from the group consisting of a silica particle, a titanium oxide particle and an alumina
particle; and

an organic-inorganic composite fine particle, the organic-inorganic composite fine particle comprising a vinyl resin particle
and inorganic fine particles “b” which are embedded in the vinyl resin particle, at least a part of said inorganic fine particles
“b” being exposed at surface of the organic-inorganic composite fine particle, wherein

the organic-inorganic composite fine particle has convexes derived from the inorganic fine particles,
a coverage ratio A of the toner particle surface with the inorganic fine particle “a” is 45.0 to 70.0%,
a ratio of a coverage ratio B to coverage ratio A is 0.50 to 0.85, when coverage ratio B (%) is a coverage ratio of the inorganic
fine particle “a” adhered to the toner particle surface,

a coverage ratio C of the surface of the organic-inorganic composite fine particle with the inorganic fine particles “b” is
20 to 70%, and

the content of the iron oxide particle present on a surface of the toner particle is 0.1 to 5.0% by mass based on the mass
of the toner particle.

US Pat. No. 9,715,199

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH REMOVABLE FEEDING UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an apparatus main assembly including a door;
a feeding unit including first and second rotatable members configured to form a nip for feeding a sheet and a moving mechanism
configured to move the first rotatable member in a spacing direction relative to the second rotatable member, wherein said
feeding unit is detachably mountable to said apparatus main assembly when the door is in an open state;

a power source provided in said apparatus main assembly;
a motor, provided in said apparatus main assembly, configured to drive the moving mechanism; and
an electric power supplying path capable of supplying electric power from said power source to said motor via said feeding
unit despite the door being in the open state.

US Pat. No. 9,715,210

MAIN BODY OF IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A main body of an image forming apparatus selectively detachably attachable a first cartridge group and a second cartridge
group thereto,
wherein the first cartridge group comprises a first drum cartridge including a first photosensitive drum and a first developing
cartridge which is a separate body from the first drum cartridge and includes a first developing roller, and

the second cartridge group comprises a second drum cartridge including a second photosensitive drum and a second developing
cartridge which is a separate body from the second drum cartridge and includes a second developing roller,

wherein the main body of the image forming apparatus comprises an exposure unit configured to form an electrostatic latent
image on the first photosensitive drum or the second photosensitive drum, and

wherein a first guide configured to position the first cartridge group to the main body of the image forming apparatus and
a second guide configured to position the second cartridge group to the main body of the image forming apparatus
are selectively detachable and attachable to the main body of the image forming apparatus.
US Pat. No. 9,713,932

RECORDING MEDIUM WITH ENHANCED FLEXIBILITY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording medium comprising:
a substrate; and
an ink receiving layer on the substrate, the ink receiving layer including
inorganic particles, and
a binder,
the inorganic particles including fumed silica particles,
the binder including
a water-soluble resin (1), and
a polyurethane resin (2) having an average particle diameter of 0.3 ?m or more and an elongation of 550% or more,
the total amount of the resin (1) and the resin (2) included in the ink receiving layer being 40% by mass or more and 80%
by mass or less of the content of the fumed silica particles included in the ink receiving layer,

the ink receiving layer further including a crosslinking agent that enables the resin (1) to be crosslinked,
the amount of the crosslinking agent included in the ink receiving layer being 1% by mass or more and 20% by mass or less
of the content of the resin (1) included in the ink receiving layer.

US Pat. No. 9,715,730

THREE-DIMENSIONAL MEASUREMENT APPARATUS AND ROBOT SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A three-dimensional measurement apparatus comprising:
a first camera arranged to capture an object to acquire a first image;
a second camera arranged to capture the object from a view point different from that of the first camera to acquire a second
image; and

a control unit configured to
extract a plurality of edge lines of the object respectively from the first image and the second image,
calculate each of line-of-sight errors with respect to provisional three-dimensional coordinates, wherein the line-of-sight
errors are calculated from an endpoint of a first edge line selected from the plurality of edge lines of the first image and
an endpoint of a second edge line extracted from the plurality of edge lines of the second image so as to correspond to the
first edge line,

set an evaluation function from the respective line-of-sight errors and a three-dimensional constraint condition set based
on a relationship between different elements of a three-dimensional shape of the object, and

make an optimization calculation based on the evaluation function to determine three-dimensional coordinates of the object.

US Pat. No. 9,715,738

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS RECOGNIZING MULTI-TOUCH OPERATION, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
one or more processors; and
one or more memories storing instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, causes the apparatus to:
acquire information about an image of a space on an operation surface;
identify a position where each of a plurality of objects to be used for an operational input has entered into the space, based
on the acquired information about the image;

identify a combination of a plurality of objects, among the plurality of objects, based on the position identified for each
of the plurality of objects, and associate the combined plurality of objects with each other;

extract at least one area including a plurality of objects to be used for the operational input, from periodically acquired
images; and

identify an intersectional position where a borderline of an image in which each area has been initially extracted crosses
with the area as the position where the object has entered into the space.

US Pat. No. 9,715,765

HEAD MOUNTED DISPLAY AND DISPLAY FOR SELECTIVELY DISPLAYING A SYNTHESIZED IMAGE AND A PHYSICAL SPACE IMAGE, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising one or more processors carrying out functions of a first obtaining unit, a second obtaining unit,
a generation unit, a synthesizing unit, a determination unit, and a display control unit;
the first obtaining unit obtaining a physical space image obtained by sensing a physical space by an image sensing device;
the second obtaining unit obtaining a position and orientation of the image sensing device;
the generation unit generating a virtual object based on the position and orientation obtained by the second obtaining unit;
the synthesizing unit generating a synthesized image by synthesizing the physical space image with the virtual object;
the determination unit determining whether an error region exists in the synthesized image; and
the display control unit causing a display device to display the synthesized image in a case where the determination unit
does not determine that the error region exists in the synthesized image, and to cause the display device to display the physical
space image in a case where the determination unit does determine that the error region exists in the synthesized image.

US Pat. No. 9,716,809

IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing method comprising:
obtaining input printing data that includes respective values for a plurality of pixels, wherein the input printing data includes
image pixel data and character pixel data;

identifying image pixels in the plurality of pixels in the input printing data;
identifying character pixels in the plurality of pixels in the input printing data;
selecting a first group of pixels in the input printing data, wherein the first group of pixels includes two or more image
pixels and one or more character pixels, and wherein the first group of pixels is located at a first area in the plurality
of pixels;

generating a value for a first target pixel corresponding to the entire first area by generating an average value of the respective
values of the two or more image pixels in the first group of pixels without using the respective values of any of the one
or more character pixels in the first group of pixels, thereby generating reduced-resolution image pixel data;

generating values indicating characters for second target pixels corresponding to the one or more character pixels in the
first group of pixels and generating values for not indicating characters for third target pixels corresponding to an area
of the two or more image pixels in the first group of pixels, wherein the values indicating characters and the values for
not indicating characters are represented by fewer bits than the respective values of the plurality of pixel in the input
printing data, thereby generating reduced-gradation-level character pixel data for a group of the second target pixels and
the third target pixels corresponding to the entire first area,

wherein a resolution of the reduced-gradation-level character pixel data is identical to a resolution of the input printing
data, and

wherein each of an area of the first target pixel in the reduced-resolution image pixel data and an area of the group of the
second and third target pixels in the reduced-gradation-level character pixel data coincides with the first area in the plurality
of pixels in the input printing data;

generating first dot data based on the reduced-resolution image pixel data;
generating second dot data based on the reduced-gradation-level character pixel data; and
generating image print data by combining the first dot data and the second dot data.

US Pat. No. 9,715,043

OPTICAL MEMBER AND METHOD OF PRODUCING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of producing, on a substrate, an optical member having an antireflection film, the method comprising:
performing coating with a liquid having particles dispersed in a dispersion medium and containing no component forming a binder,
and then performing coating with a solution not containing the particles and containing a component forming a binder to form
a layer in which spaces between the particles in the liquid having been used for the coating are filled with the binder by
the solution being saturated between the particles; and

drying the layer,
wherein, in the layer, the particles are present both in an area close to a surface facing the substrate and an area close
to a surface on a side opposite to the substrate, and are protruding from the surface on the side opposite to the substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,716,848

IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an imaging element including a pixel unit having first and second photoelectric conversion units configured to generate image
signals by photoelectrically converting optical fluxes passing through different regions into which an exit pupil of an imaging
optical system is divided for one micro-lens; and

a controller configured to read the image signals from the photoelectric conversion units provided in the pixel unit,
wherein the controller controls a timing of a first removal operation of removing a noise component from a first image signal
read from the first photoelectric conversion unit and a timing of a second removal operation of removing a noise component
from a second image signal read from the first and second photoelectric conversion units to have a predetermined relationship
with a frequency of a noise source occurring during an operation of reading the image signals.

US Pat. No. 9,716,849

SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state imaging device comprising:
a plurality of pixels each of which includes:
a photoelectric conversion portion which photoelectrically converts incident light to generate a signal charge of a first
polarity;

a charge holding portion that accumulates the signal charge transferred from the photoelectric conversion portion; and
a floating diffusion region to which the signal charge of the charge holding portion is transferred, wherein:
the photoelectric conversion portion includes a first semiconductor region of a first conductivity type including carriers
of a second polarity as a majority carrier, and a second semiconductor region of a second conductivity type including carriers
of the first polarity as a majority carrier formed under the first semiconductor region,

the charge holding portion includes a third semiconductor region of the first conductivity type, and a fourth semiconductor
region of the second conductivity type formed under the third semiconductor region, and

a p-n junction between the third semiconductor region and the fourth semiconductor region is positioned deeper than a p-n
junction between the first semiconductor region and the second semiconductor region.

US Pat. No. 9,707,750

INTERMEDIATE TRANSFER MEMBER AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An intermediate transfer member used in an image forming method including applying a treatment liquid onto an intermediate
transfer member, forming an intermediate image by applying an ink onto the intermediate transfer member coated with the treatment
liquid so as to form dots having an average diameter of R, and transferring the intermediate image to a recording medium,
the intermediate transfer member comprising:
a surface capable of receiving the treatment liquid and the ink, the surface having:
a plurality of recessed portions having bottoms, each allowing a circle having a diameter of less than R to be present therein
when viewed from above, and

a plurality of protruding portions separating the plurality of recessed portions such that a projected area S1 and an actual surface area S2 satisfies the relationship 1.1?S2/S1?5, wherein the actual surface area S2 includes upright surface of the plurality of protruding portions and the projected area S1 does not include the upright surface of the plurality of protruding portions.

US Pat. No. 9,707,751

TRANSFER-TYPE INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A transfer-type ink jet recording apparatus comprising
an intermediate image forming unit for applying an ink containing a resin to an intermediate transfer member to form an intermediate
image and

a transfer unit for transferring the intermediate image to a recording medium,
wherein the apparatus further comprises
a heating unit for heating the intermediate image to a temperature equal to or higher than a minimum film forming temperature
of the resin and

a cooling unit for cooling the intermediate image heated by the heating unit to a temperature lower than a glass transition
temperature of the resin to supply the image to the transfer unit.

US Pat. No. 9,707,757

PHOTOSENSITIVE NEGATIVE RESIN COMPOSITION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

6. A method for forming a fine structure, comprising:
(1) disposing on a substrate the photosensitive negative resin composition according to claim 1, and
(2) subjecting the photosensitive negative resin composition to a patterning processing by photolithography using an i-line.

US Pat. No. 9,707,759

LIQUID-EJECTING HEAD AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE LIQUID-EJECTING HEAD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid-ejecting head, comprising a member having opened therein an ejection orifice configured to eject a liquid, wherein
the liquid-ejecting head has, on a side being positioned on the member and having opened therein the ejection orifice, a cured
layer of a mixture containing:
a condensate of hydrolyzable silane compounds containing a hydrolyzable silane compound having 20 or more fluorine atoms and
a hydrolyzable silane compound having a cationically polymerizable group;

a fluorine atom-containing nonionic surfactant; and
an epoxy resin,
wherein the fluorine atom-containing nonionic surfactant includes a polyoxyethylene alkyl ether, a polyoxyethylene aryl ether,
or a polyoxyethylene dialkyl ester substituted by fluorine atoms.

US Pat. No. 9,707,763

PRINTING APPARATUS AND MIST COLLECTION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus performing a printing operation to form an image on a sheet, comprising:
a print head configured to eject ink;
a platen configured to hold the sheet, wherein the platen has an ink absorption element that absorbs ink ejected outside of
the sheet while performing a margin-less printing operation;

a collection unit configured to collect ink mist generated from the print head while the print head ejects ink; and
a control unit configured to control the collection unit to increase a collection power in a maintenance operation to be greater
than in the margin-less printing operation,

wherein the maintenance operation is a dissolving operation different from the margin-less printing operation, in which the
print head ejects ink onto the ink absorption element to dissolve deposited ink that was ejected and deposited on the ink
absorption element in the margin-less printing operation.

US Pat. No. 9,706,120

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS CAPABLE OF CHANGING PRIORITIES PUT ON TYPES OF IMAGE PROCESSING, IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a system controller that determines a scene by analyzing an image, and
an image processor that generates a plurality of images by performing a plurality of types of image processing on the image,
wherein the system controller puts a priority on each type of image processing based on the scene and causes the image processor
to perform a predetermined number of types of image processing which are selected in accordance with the priority,

wherein the system controller changes priorities which are put on at least one type of image processing in accordance with
whether or not an object of the image is a human, and

wherein the system controller changes priorities which are put on types of image processing related to an aspect ratio in
accordance with whether or not an object of the image is human.

US Pat. No. 9,705,876

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF REDUCING SECURITY RISK, METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, SYSTEM INCLUDING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
at least one processor and at least one memory coupled to the at least one processor which act as:
an authentication control unit configured to execute a user authentication using a password;
a setting unit configured to set a password policy defining a password which can be used for the user authentication, in terms
of at least one of a length of the password, and a kind of character included in the password;

a receiving unit configured to receive data, which includes a password, from an information processing apparatus;
an input unit configured to input a password in accordance with an operation by a user; and
an execution unit configured to execute a processing using the received data in a case where the password input by the input
unit is compared with the password included in the received data, the password included in the received data is compared with
the password policy, it is determined that the password input by the input unit matches the password included in the received
data, and it is determined that the password included in the received data satisfies the password policy.

US Pat. No. 9,706,070

IMAGE READING APPARATUS, IMAGE READING METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image reading apparatus, comprising:
a reading unit configured to read an image of an original placed on a platen glass, and to output image data of the image;
a processor and a memory;
a cover which is openably and closably provided to the platen glass;
a detector configured to detect open state/close state of the cover with respect to the platen glass;
a sensor configured to detect whether the original is placed at a predetermined position of the platen glass, responsive to
a detection of a close state of the cover;

a determination unit configured to determine presence/absence of the original on the platen glass and to determine a size
of the original based on a detection result of the sensor and on the image data output from the reading unit;

a blank determination unit configured to determine whether the original is blank or not based on the image data within a determination
area which is changeable according to the determined size of the original, responsive to an instruction to start reading of
the original by the reading unit; and

a control unit configured to cause a display to display information which indicates that the original is not on the platen
glass responsive to a determination by the determination unit of the absence of the original on the platen glass and configured
to cause a display to display information corresponding to the original being blank responsive to a determination by the determination
unit of the presence of the original on the platen glass and a determination by the blank determination unit that the original
is blank;

wherein the processor and the memory operate to function as the determination unit, the blank determination unit, and the
control unit.

US Pat. No. 9,696,644

RESIN FOR TONER AND TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A crystalline polyester resin for toner, satisfying the following relationships:
30?R?100

25?Tg?70

(Tg+273)/(Mp+273)?0.75, and

R=(IC20/IC)×100,

wherein R (%) represents a ratio of low diffraction angle components of the crystalline polyester resin for toner as calculated
based on measurement by wide-angle X-ray diffraction,

Tg (° C.) represents a glass transition temperature of the crystalline polyester resin for toner,
Mp (° C.) represents a melting point of the crystalline polyester resin for toner,
IC20 indicates the total area of crystalline peaks detected within a range of 5?2??20,

IC indicates the total area of crystalline peaks detected within a range of 5?2??60, and

2? indicates a diffraction angle (deg).

US Pat. No. 9,696,651

IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image-forming apparatus comprising:
a light-irradiation unit configured to irradiate a surface of a charged photosensitive member with laser light emitted by
a light source in accordance with image data so that the laser light moves on the surface of the photosensitive member at
a non-constant scanning velocity in a main scanning direction to form a latent image on the surface of the photosensitive
member;

a first correcting unit configured to correct an emission period of the laser light so that the emission period of the laser
light becomes shorter as the scanning velocity increases, and/or the emission period of the laser light becomes longer as
the scanning velocity decreases; and

a second correcting unit configured to select at least one of correcting an emission ratio of the laser light so that the
emission ratio of the laser light increases as the scanning velocity increases, and/or the emission ratio of the laser light
decreases as the scanning velocity decreases, and correcting a brightness of the laser light so that an emission brightness
of the light source increases as the scanning velocity increases and/or the emission brightness of the light source decreases
as the scanning velocity decreases,

wherein the image-forming apparatus forms a toner image by applying toner onto the latent image.

US Pat. No. 9,698,189

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERTER AND PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoelectric converter, comprising:
a plurality of pixels each having a photoelectric conversion layer and a pixel electrode configured to supply a potential
to the photoelectric conversion layer thereof;

a first electrode configured to supply a potential to each of the photoelectric conversion layers of the plurality of pixels
in common, and the first electrode having a region opposite to the pixel electrode via the photoelectric conversion layer
of each pixel; and

a second electrode configured to supply the potential to the first electrode, wherein
the pixel electrode of each pixel is formed by metal, and further includes an oxide conductive film provided between the first
electrode and the second electrode, and the oxide conductive film contacts the first electrode and the second electrode.

US Pat. No. 9,698,705

ELECTROMECHANICAL TRANSDUCER DEVICE AND ANALYTE INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electromechanical transducer device, comprising:
a first substrate having electromechanical transducer elements configured to provide conversion between acoustic waves and
electric signals, two-dimensionally arrayed on a first surface side of the first substrate;

an electric wiring substrate that is a second substrate electrically connected with the electromechanical transducer elements,
and is located on a second surface side being a back side of the first surface which is opposite the first surface side of
the first substrate; and

a first acoustic matching layer provided between the first substrate and the second substrate, containing electrically connecting
parts between the first substrate and the second substrate, wherein the first acoustic matching layer having an acoustic impedance
larger than that of the second substrate such that a reflection of an acoustic wave entering from the first substrate is restricted.

US Pat. No. 9,696,658

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer container including an opening and configured to store developer therein, the developer container comprising
a conveyance member configured to convey the developer,
wherein the conveyance member includes a vibration target unit configured to receive a vibration,
wherein the conveyance member conveys the developer in a first direction in which the developer is conveyed toward an opening
side, and in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction, along a surface of the conveyance member for carrying
the developer,

wherein the conveyance member conveys the developer by the vibration transmitted from the vibration target unit with a resultant
force generated by a conveyance component in the first direction and a conveyance component in the second direction, and

wherein a maximum acceleration in the first direction that is provided to the conveyance member by the vibration transmitted
from the vibration target unit is set to a lower acceleration than a maximum acceleration in an opposite direction from the
first direction that is provided by the vibration transmitted from the vibration target unit.

US Pat. No. 9,694,613

RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording medium comprising:
a substrate;
a first ink-receiving layer; and
a second ink-receiving layer serving as a top layer in this order,
wherein the first ink-receiving layer comprises an amorphous silica having an average particle size of 1.0 ?m or more,
the second ink-receiving layer comprises a colloidal silica having an average particle size of 30 nm to 100 nm,
a coating amount of the second ink-receiving layer is 0.2 g/m2 or more and 3.0 g/m2 or less, and

a root-mean-square slope R?q of roughness profile elements of a surface of the second ink-receiving layer is 0.3 or more.

US Pat. No. 9,696,663

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a developer bearing member that bears developer to which externally added particles have been added;
an image bearing member that is in contact with the developer bearing member and on which an electrostatic latent image formed
on a surface of the image bearing member is developed;

an intermediate transfer member to which a developer image developed on the surface of the image bearing member is transferred;
and

a cleaning member that is in contact with the image bearing member and cleans the surface of the image bearing member,
wherein the developer bearing member and the image bearing member are configured to be separable in a non-image-formation
period in which the development of the electrostatic latent image is not performed,

wherein a cleaning operation, in which the developer borne by the intermediate transfer member is transferred to the image
bearing member and removed from the surface of the image bearing member with the cleaning member, is executable in the non-image-formation
period,

wherein the image bearing member is in contact with the developer bearing member and the intermediate transfer member at least
within a period in which the cleaning operation is executed within the non-image-formation period,

wherein a first mode, in which the developer bearing member and the image bearing member are not brought into contact with
each other, and a second mode, in which the developer bearing member and the image bearing member are brought into contact
with each other, are selectively executable in a period in which the cleaning operation is executed, and

wherein the second mode is executed at least within the non-image-formation period immediately after an image formation period
in which the development of the electrostatic latent image is performed.

US Pat. No. 9,696,666

TRANSFER APPARATUS HAVING PRESSING MEMBER FOR TRANSFER BELT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A transfer apparatus comprising:
a transfer belt configured to carry a toner image on a surface for transferring the toner image onto a recording material;
a steering roller configured to steer the transfer belt,
wherein, during a transferring operation for transferring a toner image on the transfer belt onto a recording material, at
least one end of the steering roller is swingably held so that a position in a width direction of the transfer belt to be
settled within a predetermined range;

a pair of transfer members disposed opposite to each other by having the transfer belt therebetween, configured to form a
transfer nip that transfers a toner image on the transfer belt onto a recording material; and

a pressing member provided at an upstream side in a moving direction of the transfer belt with respect to the transfer nip,
configured to press an inner surface of the transfer belt,

wherein the pressing member is configured to press an area within 25 mm or less from the transfer nip with respect to a moving
direction of the transfer belt, and

wherein the pressing member is configured to contact both ends of the transfer belt when the transfer belt is positioned to
one end of the predetermined range, and contact both ends of the transfer belt when the transfer belt is positioned to the
other end side of the predetermined range.

US Pat. No. 9,696,673

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a first image forming unit having a first photoreceptor and a first laser scanner including a first light source which emits
a first laser light and a first rotating polygon mirror which reflects the first laser light such that the first laser light
scans the first photoreceptor and, the first image forming unit is configured to form a first toner image, using a first toner,
by developing an electrostatic latent image formed on the first photoreceptor by scanning the first laser light;

a second image forming unit having a second photoreceptor and a second laser scanner including a second light source which
emits a second laser light and a second rotating polygon mirror which reflects the second laser light such that the second
laser light scans the second photoreceptor, the second image forming unit is configured to form a second toner image, using
a second toner having a color which is different from a color of the first toner, by developing an electrostatic latent image
formed on the second photoreceptor by scanning the second laser light;

an intermediate transfer member to which the first toner image formed on the first photoreceptor and the second toner image
formed on the second photoreceptor are transferred;

a transfer unit configured to transfer the first toner image and the second toner image transferred to the intermediate transfer
member to a recording medium;

a conveyance unit configured to convey the recording medium to a transfer position at which toner images on the intermediate
transfer member are transferred to the recording medium by the transfer unit;

a first optical sensor configured to detect the first toner image and the second toner image transferred to the intermediate
transfer member;

a second optical sensor arranged at a position different from where the first optical sensor is arranged in a direction which
crosses a direction in which the surface of the intermediate transfer member moves and configured to detect the first toner
image and the second toner image formed on the intermediate transfer member;

a storing unit configured to store data relating to the amount of skew of the recording medium to be conveyed to the transfer
position by the conveyance unit in a conveying direction of the recording medium at the transfer position; and

a control unit configured to control the first image forming unit and the second image forming unit,
wherein the control unit is further configured to:
control, based on at least one of the data relating to the amount of skew and a detection result of a color registration detection
toner image for detecting relative position relation of the first toner image and the second toner image, toner image forming
positions of the first toner image and the second toner image by controlling at least one of a phase relation of the first
rotating polygon mirror and the second rotating polygon mirror and an emission timing of the first laser light and an emission
timing of the second laser light;

cause the first image forming unit and the second image forming unit to form the color registration detection toner image
without correcting the first toner image forming position and the second toner image forming position using the data relating
to the amount of skew;

control, based on the data relating to the amount of skew and the detection result of the color registration detection toner
image detected by the first optical sensor and the second optical sensor, the emission timing of the first laser light and
the emission timing of the second laser light to correct the rotation phase relation of the first rotating polygon mirror
and the second rotating polygon mirror, and to correct the image forming position of the recording medium in the conveying
direction of the recording medium such that the first toner image and the second toner image to be transferred to the recording
medium is formed on the intermediate transfer member corresponding to the amount of skew of the recording medium to be conveyed
to the transfer position and color registration between the first toner image and the second toner image is suppressed, and

cause the first image forming unit and the second image forming unit to form density detection toner image for detecting density
of the first toner image and the second toner image formed by the first image forming unit and the second image forming unit
by controlling the emission timing of the first laser light and the emission timing of the second laser light without controlling
the rotation phase relation based on the data relating to the amount of skew and the detection result of the color registration
detection toner image detected by the first optical sensor and the second optical sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,696,684

PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge comprising:
(i) a photosensitive drum;
(ii) a rotatable developing roller for developing an electrostatic latent image formed on said photosensitive drum;
(iii) a developer supplying roller, provided in contact with said developing roller, for supplying a developer to said developing
roller;

(iv) a driving force receiving portion for receiving a driving force, wherein said driving force receiving portion is provided
at a shaft end portion of said developer supplying roller and is movable in a direction crossing a shaft of said developer
supplying roller;

(v) a first driving force transmitting portion configured to transmit the driving force received by said driving force receiving
portion, to said developing roller, wherein said first driving force transmitting portion is provided on said developer supplying
roller; and

(vi) a second driving force transmitting portion provided on said developing roller and configured to transmit the driving
force by engaging with said driving force transmitting portion,

(v) flexible sheets provided adjacent to an engaging portion between said first driving force transmitting portion and second
driving force transmitting portion and configured to intermittently contact said second driving force transmitting portion
with rotation of said second driving force transmitting portion,

wherein a peripheral movement direction of said developing roller is opposite to a peripheral movement direction of said developer
supplying roller, and a peripheral speed of said developer supplying roller is larger than a peripheral speed of said developing
roller.

US Pat. No. 9,696,433

RADIATION MEASUREMENT APPARATUS AND RADIATION MEASUREMENT METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiation measurement apparatus including an array-type radiation detector having a plurality of pixels and an information
calculation unit which obtains information on detected energies of the individual pixels from the radiation detector and information
on a pixel on which a radiation ray is incident,
wherein the information calculation unit includes
an energy conversion unit configured to convert a detected signal of a pixel which is equal to or larger than a predetermined
threshold value into a detected energy,

a judgment value calculation unit configured to obtain a Compton scattering judgment value used to judge whether Compton scattering
has been generated in the pixel in accordance with the detected energy,

a scattering judgment unit configured to judge whether the Compton scattering has been generated in the pixel in accordance
with the Compton scattering judgment value, and

an incident pixel determination unit configured to obtain information on a pixel on which a radiation ray is first incident
in accordance with a result of the judgment performed by the scattering judgment unit, and

wherein the judgment value calculation unit obtains a Compton scattering judgment value CSV of the pixel in accordance with
Expression 1 below based on the Klein-Nishina formula d?/d?, an incident energy EO, a detected energy E?, and an electron static energy mc2:


US Pat. No. 9,696,954

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD FOR EXECUTING PRINT PROCESSING USING HOT FOLDER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory,
wherein the processor functions as:
a read unit configured to read a print setting set for print data;
a specifying unit configured to specify a page number of a page included in the print data, to which page the print setting
is applied; and

a determining unit configured to determine print settings for pages included in the print data based on the read print setting
and the specified page number,

wherein if the read print setting includes a back cover print setting, different from an entire print setting for the entirety
of the print data, for a back cover of the print data, the specifying unit specifies, in a first way set for the back cover
print setting, a first page number of a page included in the print data, to which page the back cover print setting is applied,

wherein if the read print setting further includes an exceptional page print setting, different from the entire print setting
and from the back cover print setting, the specifying unit specifies, in a second way set for the exceptional page print setting,
a second page number of a page included in the print data, to which page the exceptional page print setting is applied, and

wherein if the specified first and second page numbers are identical to each other, the determining unit determines that the
back cover print setting is applied to the page for the identical page number, in place of the exceptional page print setting.

US Pat. No. 9,696,203

SPECTRAL DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS, SPECTRAL DATA PROCESSING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A spectral data processing apparatus comprising:
an analyzer configured to perform principal component analysis of spectral data acquired for each of a plurality of regions
of a sample,

the analyzer obtaining an eigenvector by performing the principal component analysis of first spectral data of a first region
out of the plurality of regions, and performing the principal component analysis of second spectral data of a second region
different from the first region out of the plurality of regions using the obtained eigenvector; and

a time comparator configured to compare a required time Te from the termination of acquisition of the second spectral data
until acquisition of an eigenvector by performing the principal component analysis of the second spectral data and a required
time Ti from the termination of acquisition of the second spectral data until the termination of acquisition of spectral data
of a third region different from the first and second regions, wherein

the analyzer performs the principal component analysis of the second spectral data by using the eigenvector obtained by performing
the principal component analysis of the first spectral data in a case where Te is longer than Ti, and performs the principal
component analysis of the second spectral data by using the eigenvector obtained by performing the principal component analysis
of the second spectral data in a case where Te is shorter than Ti or in a case where Te and Ti are equal.

US Pat. No. 9,696,469

MULTILAYER DIFFRACTIVE OPTICAL ELEMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A multilayer diffractive optical element, comprising:
a first substrate;
a second substrate;
a first resin layer having a first diffraction grating pattern disposed on the first substrate; and
a second resin layer having a second diffraction grating pattern disposed on the second substrate,
wherein the first diffraction grating pattern and the second diffraction grating pattern oppose each other in adhesion to
each other,

wherein the first resin layer includes a first region provided at a peripheral portion adjacent to a portion of the first
diffraction grating pattern, the first region satisfying 1?hR1/hd, wherein hR1 represents a thickness of the first resin layer in a direction normal to a surface of the first substrate, and hd represents
an average grating height of the first diffraction grating pattern,

wherein the first resin layer includes a second region provided at a peripheral portion adjacent to the first region, the
second region satisfying hR2/h1?0.34, wherein hR2 represents a thickness of the second region in a direction normal to a surface of the first substrate, and h1 represents an average thickness of the first region, and

wherein Expression (1) below is satisfied,
50?w1/hd and 0.5?w2/w1 (1), wherein w1 represents a width of the first region in a radial direction along a plane parallel to the surface of the first substrate,
and w2 represents a width of the second region in the radial direction along a plane parallel to the surface of the first substrate,
and

wherein the first resin layer and the second resin layer are in adhesion to each other at the first region and the second
region.

US Pat. No. 9,699,327

IMAGE READING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF DETERMINING READING POSITION LESS AFFECTED BY FOREIGN MATTER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image reading apparatus comprising:
a conveying unit configured to convey an original to a reading area on an original platen glass;
a reading unit configured to read the original at a reading position within the reading area; and
a processor configured to execute:
a detection task that detects, using image data read at a plurality of candidate reading positions within the reading area
in a state where the original is not conveyed, foreign matter adhering to the plurality of candidate reading positions;

a first determination task that determines the number of pieces of foreign matter of first width and the number of pieces
of foreign matter of a second width, the first width being not smaller than the second width; and

a calculation task that calculates an amount of stain based on the number of pieces of foreign matter of the first width and
the number of pieces of foreign matter of the second width; and

a second determination to task that determines a reading position at which the original is to be read, out of the plurality
of candidate reading positions, based on the amount of stain.

US Pat. No. 9,699,329

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD FOR NOTIFYING THAT A FILE IS BEING MOVED

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a memory; and
at least one processor in communication with the memory, wherein the at least one processor performs a process which comprises:
detecting provision of a movement instruction for moving a file stored in a first folder to a second folder;
determining whether exclusion processing is already performed for the file;
in a case where it is determined that the exclusion processing is not performed for the file, performing the exclusion processing
for not allowing the file to be operated by another user and storing first information indicating that the file is being moved;

moving the file to the second folder in a case where it is determined that the exclusion processing is not performed for the
file;

canceling the exclusion processing for the file after the file is moved to the second folder; and
notifying that the file is being moved, in a case where it is determined that the exclusion processing has been performed
for the file and when the first information is stored for the file for which the exclusion processing has been performed.

US Pat. No. 9,699,334

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS INCLUDING AN IMAGING UNIT CONFIGURED TO GENERATE AN IMAGE SIGNAL BY PHOTO-ELECTRICALLY CONVERTING AN OPTICAL IMAGE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus for displaying a plurality of menu items ordered from a first menu item to a last menu item,
each of the plurality of menu items being associated with a respective image processing setting function, the apparatus comprising:
an imaging unit configured to generate an image signal by photo-electrically converting an optical image;
a display control unit configured to control to display, on a display screen, an image based on the image signal generated
by the imaging unit and selectable menu items of the plurality of menu items, wherein the selectable menu items have end menu
items that are positioned at ends of the selectable menu items displayed on the display screen;

a detection unit configured to detect a touch operation on one of the selectable menu items on the display screen; and
a function control unit configured to execute the respective image processing setting function associated with a menu item
selected by a user,

wherein, (1) in response to the detection unit detecting release from the display screen of a touch without movement along
the display screen on one of the end menu items that is not the first or last menu item, the display control unit controls
(a) to shift a display position of the selected one of the end menu items, (b) to display a menu item of the plurality of
menu items that was not displayed on the display screen and (c) to shift a display position of an indicator indicating that
the one of the end menu items is selected, and (2) the function control unit starts executing the image processing setting
function associated with the selected one of the end menu items before end of the shifting of the display position of the
selected one of the end menu items, and

wherein, in response to the detection unit detecting release from the display screen of a touch without movement along the
display screen on one of the end menu items that is the first or last menu item, the display control unit controls not to
shift display positions of the selectable menu items; and

a memory and at least one processor that implement at least one of the display control unit, the detection unit, and the function
control unit.

US Pat. No. 9,696,529

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens, comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:
a first lens unit having a positive refractive power;
a second lens unit having a negative refractive power;
a third lens unit having a positive refractive power;
a fourth lens unit having a positive refractive power; and
a fifth lens unit having a negative refractive power,
wherein at a telephoto end as compared to a wide angle end, an interval between the first lens unit and the second lens unit
is increased, and an interval between the second lens unit and the third lens unit is decreased,

wherein an interval between each pair of adjacent lens units is changed during zooming,
wherein the fifth lens unit is configured to move in an optical axis direction during focusing, and
wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
0.4
?1.0
where fw represents a focal length of the zoom lens at the wide angle end, f3 represents a focal length of the third lens
unit, and m5 represents a movement amount of the fifth lens unit during zooming from the wide angle end to the telephoto end.

US Pat. No. 9,699,354

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS METHOD AND MEDIUM CORRECTING VALUE OF PIXEL OF INTEREST IN IMAGE DATA USING DETERMINED AMOUNT OF CORRECTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
a first obtaining unit configured to obtain a feature amount indicating variance of signal values of pixels included in a
region of image data, wherein the region is of a predetermined size and includes a pixel of interest;

a second obtaining unit configured to obtain a feature amount indicating a brightness in the region;
a determination unit configured to determine an amount of correction of a value of the pixel of interest using the feature
amount indicating the brightness and an index value corresponding to the feature amount indicating variance in reference to
index values corresponding to each of a plurality of mutually differing feature amounts indicating variance; and

a correction unit configured to correct the value of the pixel of interest using the amount of correction determined by the
determination unit,

wherein the first obtaining unit, the second obtaining unit, the determination unit, and the correction unit are implemented
by one or more processors or circuitry, or a combination thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,696,539

DEFORMABLE MIRROR AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A deformable mirror, comprising:
a mirror substrate having a continuous reflective surface; and
a plurality of actuators connected to the mirror substrate at a plurality of coupling portions,
wherein the mirror substrate has first regions and a second region thicker than the first regions,
wherein the first regions are arranged around the coupling portions,
wherein each of the actuators is connected to the mirror substrate at a different one of the coupling portions, and
wherein the second region is arranged between two coupling portions adjacent to each other.

US Pat. No. 9,698,337

PIEZOELECTRIC CERAMIC, PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, AND ELECTRONIC APPLIANCE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A piezoelectric material comprising: a metal oxide represented by General Formula (1); and 0.04 parts by weight or more
and 0.36 parts by weight or less of Mn and 0.042 parts by weight or more and 0.850 parts by weight or less of Bi on a metal
basis relative to 100 parts by weight of the metal oxide, wherein the piezoelectric material includes first crystal grains
having a perovskite structure, and second crystal grains having a crystal structure different from that of the first crystal
grain, and the second crystal grain contains at least one metal oxide selected from Ba4Ti12O27 and Ba6Ti17O40 (Ba1-xCax)a(Ti1-yZry)O3  (1)

(where 0.09?x?0.30, 0.025?y?0.085, 0.986?a?1.02).

US Pat. No. 9,699,368

FOCUS DETECTION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A focus detection apparatus comprising at least one processor or one circuitry which functions as:
a focus detection unit that detects a defocus value;
a first calculation unit that obtains a correction value for shifting an in-focus position by a first method, the in-focus
position being based on the defocus value;

a second calculation unit that obtains a correction value for shifting the in-focus position by a second method that is different
from the first method, the in-focus position being based on the defocus value;

a conversion unit that converts the correction value obtained by the second method to a correction value of the first method
by changing units;

a storage unit that stores the correction value obtained by the first calculation unit or the correction value converted by
the conversion unit; and

a control unit that controls driving of a focus lens to a lens position based an a value obtained by correcting the defocus
value by the correction value stored in the storage unit,

wherein, in the second method, at least one of a plurality of images obtained by driving the focus lens to a plurality of
different lens position is selected by a user, and the correction value is calculated based on the defocus value corresponding
to the selected image.

US Pat. No. 9,699,369

FOCUS DETECTION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
at least one processor or one circuitry which functions as:
a detection unit configured to detect a defocus value;
a first calculation unit configured to, using a first mode, obtain a correction value for shifting an in-focus position that
is based on the defocus value; and

a second calculation unit configured to, using a second mode that is different from the first mode, obtain a correction value
for shifting the in-focus position that is based on the defocus value; and

a memory configured to store a correction value; and
a controller configured to perform control to move a focus position based on the defocus value and the correction value stored
in the memory,

wherein the first mode is to make a user select an amount for shifting the focus position, and the correction value is obtained
according to the selection,

in the second mode, the focus position is moved by a predetermined amount, imaging as well as detection of the defocus value
by the detection unit are performed at each focus position, and the correction value is obtained based on a defocus value
that corresponds to an image selected from among a plurality of obtained images, and

a minimum unit of the correction value that can be set in the second mode is larger than a minimum unit of the correction
value that can be set in the first mode.

US Pat. No. 9,699,376

IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

generate RAW moving image data representing an undeveloped moving image which is captured by the image sensor in response
to a capturing instruction,

generate first developed moving image data by applying, to the RAW moving image data, a first development process or a second
development process that provides a moving image having higher image quality than that obtained by the first development process,

read and write data from and to a recording medium,
write, in the recording medium, the RAW moving image data and the first developed moving image data obtained by applying the
first development process to the RAW moving image data, and thereafter performing a post development process which generates
second developed moving image data by applying the second development process to the RAW moving image data, which was written
in the recording medium, and then writing the generated second developed moving image data in the recording medium, and

when thumbnail images are displayed for selecting any of the RAW moving image data recorded in the recording medium, display
information indicating a ratio of progress of the post development process in association with respective thumbnail images.

US Pat. No. 9,699,386

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

11. An image processing method comprising:
obtaining a first image of an object shot with flashing of an illumination device and distance information of distances to
a plurality of positions of the object;

determining a position of a virtual light source that emits virtual light;
obtaining shape information of the object based on the distance information; and
generating an image in which the object is illuminated by the virtual light source by processing the first image based on
the obtained shape information of the object, the distance information, and the position of the virtual light source with
respect to the object.

US Pat. No. 9,699,387

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE FOR PROCESSING PUPIL-DIVIDED IMAGES OBTAINED THROUGH DIFFERENT PUPIL REGIONS OF AN IMAGING OPTICAL SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing device comprising:
an image sensor configured to capture a plurality of pupil-divided images obtained from light fluxes passing through different
pupil regions of an imaging optical system; and

a selection unit configured to select an image to be used for image processing from the plurality of pupil-divided images,
according to a position of an imaging area in the image sensor,

wherein
the plurality of pupil-divided images includes at least a first pupil-divided image obtained from a first pixel in the image
sensor, and a second pupil-divided image obtained from a second pixel in the image sensor,

the imaging area in the image sensor is divided into a plurality of areas including at least a first area and a second area,
regarding the first area, the selection unit selects the first pupil-divided image as an image which involves a first exposure
amount and is used for the image processing, and selects another pupil-divided image, other than the first pupil-divided image,
as an image which involves a second exposure amount less than the first exposure amount and is used for the image processing,
and

regarding the second area, the selection unit selects the second pupil-divided image as an image which involves the first
exposure amount and is used for the image processing, and selects another pupil-divided image, other than the second pupil-divided
image, as an image which involves the second exposure amount and is used for the image processing.

US Pat. No. 9,694,535

IMPRINT APPARATUS AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD USING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus for forming a pattern of an imprint material on a plurality of areas of a substrate using a mold,
the imprint apparatus comprising:
a gas supply and recover mechanism configured to supply gas from a side of the mold toward the substrate and to recover the
supplied gas at the mold side;

a substrate holding unit configured to hold the substrate, the substrate holding unit having a chuck and a plate disposed
surrounding the chuck with a gap region provided between an outer circumferential side of the chuck and an inner circumferential
side of the plate, with a surface height of the plate leveled with a surface of the held substrate; and

a gas recovery mechanism, including a plurality of suction ports each facing the gap region, configured to recover the gas
entrapped in the gap region through at least one of the plurality of suction ports; and

a control unit configured to control the gas recovery mechanism,
wherein the control unit changes a suction port, among the plurality of suction ports, for recovering the gas, in accordance
with a position of an area, among the plurality of areas of the substrate, to be imprint processed.

US Pat. No. 9,696,855

INFORMATION PROCESSING TERMINAL, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing terminal comprising:
an imaging unit configured to image a video in front of the head of a user;
a glass see-through type head mounted display unit configured to overlap and display an image of a keyboard arranging a plurality
of keys therein as a virtual object on the video in the real world;

a touch determination unit configured to determine a touch by the user on an actual object in the real world in the video;
a determination unit configured to, when the touch determination unit determines a touch by the user on the actual object,
determine that a touch operation is performed on the keyboard overlapped and displayed as the virtual object on the actual
object;

a calibration unit configured to cause a coordinate of a position determined as touched by the touch determination unit in
the video to accord with coordinates of display positions of the virtual object; and

a generation unit configured to generate a character string by key codes of keys corresponding to user's touch positions on
the displayed keyboard that is the virtual object, determined by the touch determination unit,

wherein when a key that is not virtually displayed is defined in advance around the keyboard as the virtual object and the
coordinate determined as touched by the touch determination unit is a coordinate around the keyboard as the virtual object
in the video, the generation unit is configured to generate a key code of the key that is not virtually displayed, and

wherein when the generated character string is a meaningless character string having no meaning, one or more modified candidate
character strings obtained by shifting each character included in the character string by a predetermined amount on the keyboard
are generated.

US Pat. No. 9,699,419

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a holding unit that holds, for each event which may occur in an image, a type of an object to be determined whether or not
to come in contact with another object in a physical space, wherein the holding unit is configured to hold in advance, for
each event, an object type which is preset in advance as a type of an object to be determined whether or not to come in contact
with another object in the physical space;

a unit that sequentially acquires an image of each frame output from an image sensing device;
a first detection unit that detects, before performing an object detection on an image of interest, an event which occurs
in the image of interest;

a specifying unit that specifies, from object types each of which is held in advance in the holding unit and is preset in
advance as a type of an object to be determined whether or not to come in contact with another object in the physical space,
the object type which corresponds to the event detected by the first detection unit;

a second detection unit that detects an object of the object type specified by the specifying unit from the image of interest;
and

a determination unit that determines whether objects detected by the second detection unit come in contact with each other
in the physical space,

wherein the first detection unit detects a first event, and the specifying unit specifies, from the holding unit, a first
object type and a second object type as the object types which correspond to the first event, and

the determination unit:
sets an image, among the images of the frames, in which a distance between respective detection positions, in the image, of
a first object corresponding to the first object type and a second object corresponding to the second object type is equal
to or less than a threshold, as a target image, and

determines that the first object and the second object come in contact with each other in the physical space, if a magnitude
of acceleration, in the target image, of the first object is greater than or equal to a threshold, and an angle formed by
a vector representing the acceleration and a vector representing velocity, in the target image, of the second object is less
than a threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,696,618

PATTERN GENERATION METHOD FOR GENERATING CELL PATTERN INCLUDING PATTERN ELEMENT AND ASSIST PATTERN, RECORDING MEDIUM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND MASK FABRICATION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for generating a pattern of a cell used for a mask manufacturing method, the method comprising the following step
executed by a processor:
obtaining data of a cell including a plurality of pattern elements and data of a range of the cell;
calculating optical images of the pattern elements of the cell in the inside and the outside of a range of the cell using
the obtained data of the cell;

generating an assist pattern which assists resolution of the pattern elements in the inside of the range of the cell using
the calculated optical images of the pattern elements of the cell and the obtained data of the range of the cell;

generating a pattern including the pattern elements and the generated assist pattern as a cell pattern; and
storing the generated cell pattern in a cell library,
wherein a mask pattern is generated by arranging cells selected from a plurality of types of cells stored in the cell library,
wherein the mask manufacturing method comprises a step of manufacturing the mask including the generated mask pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,694,575

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE, LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD, LIQUID DISCHARGE CARTRIDGE, AND LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A semiconductor device for a liquid discharge head, the device comprising:
a plurality of first transistors each including a first terminal, a second terminal, and a control terminal, and configured
to receive a first voltage at the first terminal;

a plurality of second transistors each including a first terminal, a second terminal, and a control terminal, and configured
to receive a second voltage at the first terminal;

a plurality of discharge elements configured to discharge a liquid, each discharge element being connected between the second
terminal of one of the plurality of first transistors and the second terminal of one of the plurality of second transistors;

a first control circuit configured to supply a first control signal for controlling a conductive state of the plurality of
first transistors to the control terminals of the plurality of first transistors via a common signal line connected to the
plurality of first transistors; and

a stabilization circuit configured to stabilize a voltage of at least one of the second terminal of the first transistor or
the control terminal of the first transistor.

US Pat. No. 9,648,249

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor;
a processor programmed to operate as the following units;
a first calculation unit configured to calculate a first photometric value;
a setting unit configured to set a first exposure time of the image sensor based on the first photometric value;
a detection unit configured to detect a periodical light amount variation characteristics of ambient light;
a correction unit configured to correct the first photometric value to generate a second photometric value based on a relationship
between the first exposure tune set by the setting unit and the periodical light amount variation characteristics detected
by the detection unit; and

an exposure condition determination unit configured to determine exposure condition when performing an exposure of the image
sensor at a predetermined timing of the light amount variation detected by the detection unit, based on the second photometric
value generated by the correction unit.

US Pat. No. 9,647,021

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a semiconductor device including a semiconductor substrate having a first region where a plurality
of photoelectric conversion portions are disposed, and a second region where a circuit for processing signals from the plurality
of photoelectric conversion portions is disposed, and
an insulator including a first part disposed on the first region and a second part disposed on the second region, the method
comprising:

a first step of forming a plurality of first openings in the first part of the insulator, wherein the plurality of first openings
are respectively overlapped with the plurality of photoelectric conversion portions;

a second step of, after the first step, forming a first member in each of the plurality of first openings and on the first
and second parts of the insulator;

a third step of at least partially removing a part of the first member, the part of the first member being disposed on the
second part of the insulator, wherein the first member at least partially remains on the first part of the insulator after
the third step; and

a fourth step of, after the third step, forming a second member on the first member and planarizing the second member, resulting
in one planar surface across a part of the second member on the first region and a part of the second member on the second
region.

US Pat. No. 9,648,411

SOUND PROCESSING APPARATUS AND SOUND PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sound processing apparatus comprising:
one or more hardware processors; and
a memory having stored thereon instructions which, when executed by the one or more hardware processors, cause the sound processing
apparatus to:

generate an audio matrix formed from absolute amplitude values of coefficients obtained by frequency-transforming an audio
signal that is a signal of an environment sound including a target sound;

perform non-negative matrix factorization for the audio matrix, thereby factorizing the audio matrix into a basis spectrum
matrix and an activity matrix;

classify bases included in the basis spectrum matrix into bases concerning the target sound and bases concerning noise, and
classify the activity matrix into activity rows corresponding to bases concerning the target sound and activity rows corresponding
to bases concerning the noise;

perform a first calculation to obtain new bases concerning the target sound by separating specific frequency band components
from the bases concerning the noise classified from the basis spectrum matrix;

perform a second calculation to obtain a matrix including frequency amplitude values of the target sound as elements using
the bases concerning the target sound classified from the basis spectrum matrix, the activity rows corresponding to the bases
concerning the target sound and the activity rows corresponding to the bases concerning the noise, and the bases concerning
the target sound obtained by the first calculation; and

generate the audio signal of the target sound using the matrix obtained by the second calculation,
wherein the second calculation obtains, as the matrix including the frequency amplitude values of the target sound as the
elements, a sum of (1) a matrix product of a matrix formed from the bases concerning the target sound classified from the
basis spectrum matrix and a matrix formed from the activity rows corresponding to the bases concerning the target sound classified
from the activity matrix and (2) a matrix product of a matrix formed from the activity rows corresponding to the bases concerning
the noise classified from the activity matrix and a matrix formed from the bases concerning the target sound obtained by the
first calculation.

US Pat. No. 9,646,367

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD EACH WITH A FUNCTION OF APPLYING EDGE ENHANCEMENT TO INPUT IMAGE DATA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
at least one processor functioning as:
a processing unit that performs edge enhancement processing for an edge portion in an image; and,
an output unit that outputs an image for which the edge enhancement processing has been performed by the processing unit,
wherein the processing unit decreases the edge enhancement processing to be applied to a target pixel which is an edge portion
in an image, based on a sum of values indicating brightness of the plurality of pixels around the target pixel,

wherein
the plurality of pixels around the target pixel are pixels on four vertexes of an area consisting of n×n pixels that include
the target pixel at a center.

US Pat. No. 9,646,631

AUDIO SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An audio signal processing apparatus comprising:
one or more hardware processors; and
a memory having stored thereon instructions, which, when executed by the one or more hardware processors, cause the audio
signal processing apparatus to:

input an audio signal in which a first audio component and a second audio component are mixed;
transform the audio signal into a time-frequency signal representing relation between time and signal frequency;
divide the time-frequency signal into a plurality of frequency bands;
factorize a time-frequency signal in a frequency band, in which influence from the second audio component is small among the
plurality of frequency bands, into activity vectors composing a first activity matrix;

factorize the time-frequency signal transformed from the audio signal into activity vectors composing a second activity matrix
using the first activity matrix as a teacher activity; and

separate the first audio component and the second audio component from the audio signal, using the activity vectors composing
the second activity matrix.

US Pat. No. 9,646,390

PARALLEL IMAGE COMPRESSION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A computer-implemented method of image compression, the method comprising:
establishing, using a processor, a plurality of edge elements of an image comprising a plurality of pixels by analysing pixel
values associated with the pixels of the image, the plurality of edge elements being organised in an edge data structure having
at least two dimensions;

compacting, using the processor, the edge data structure along a first dimension by arranging the established edge elements
adjacent to each other along the first dimension in a compacted edge data structure;

determining, using the processor, edge elements to be joined along a second dimension in the compacted edge data structure
based on pixel values of neighbouring edge elements, along the second dimension, in the compacted edge data structure; and

compressing, using the processor, the image by encoding edges formed by joining the determined edge elements.

US Pat. No. 9,648,215

COMMUNICATION DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication device comprising:
a communication unit that is capable of performing bidirectional communication with an external lighting device; and
a communication control unit configured to cause the communication unit to transmit, to the external lighting device, an instruction
that prevents the external lighting device from transmitting information to the communication unit in a case that the external
lighting device is ready for lighting.

US Pat. No. 9,648,232

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit which obtains an image signal output by image capturing;
a separation unit which generates, from the image signal obtained by the obtaining unit, a plurality of image signals each
having a different resolution, wherein the plurality of image signals include a first age signal and a second image signal
having a rawer resolution than the first image signal;

an image processing unit which applies predetermined image processing to each of the plurality of image signals generated
by the separation unit;

a generation unit which generates an image signal for saving using the first and second image signals to which the image processing
unit have applied the predetermined image processing, and generates

an image signal for display using the second image signal to which the image processing unit has applied the predetermined
image processing and without using the first image signal.

US Pat. No. 9,665,803

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
one or more non-transitory computer-readable storage devices; and
one or more computer processing devices connected to the one or more non-transitory computer-readable storage devices and
configured by one or more programs stored in the one or more non-transitory computer-readable storage devices at least to:

set a plurality of first image process parameter candidates;
generate a plurality of processed training images by processing a training image using one of the plurality of first image
process parameter candidates, wherein each of the plurality of processed training images is an image generated by using a
different first image process parameter candidate;

generate a plurality of dictionary candidates based on the plurality of processed training images;
generate a plurality of first processed test images by processing a first test image using one of the plurality of first image
process parameter candidates, wherein each of the plurality of first processed test images is an image generated by using
a different first image process parameter candidate;

detect, in each of the plurality of first processed test images, a target object by using one of the plurality of dictionary
candidates;

determine a dictionary based on detection results of detecting the target object in the plurality of first processed test
images;

set a plurality of second image process parameter candidates;
generate a plurality of second processed test images by processing a second test image using one of the plurality of second
image process parameter candidates, wherein each of the plurality of second processed test images is an image generated by
using a different second image process parameter candidate;

detect, in each of the plurality of second processed test images, the target object by using the determined dictionary; and
determine a second image process parameter based on detection results of detecting the target object in the plurality of second
processed test images; and

store the determined dictionary and the determined second image process parameter in at least one of the one or more non-transitory
computer-readable storage devices,

wherein the training image is different from the first and second test images, and
wherein each of the first and second test image is a photographed image.

US Pat. No. 9,630,409

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head comprising:
a print element substrate provided with discharge ports, through which liquid is discharged; and
a support member having a liquid chamber, which is provided with a communicating opening that communicates with the discharge
ports, wherein

the liquid chamber has a first surface provided with the communicating opening, and a second surface facing the first surface,
the second surface is provided with a buffer chamber, which is a hollow space for storing gas, and
the buffer chamber has, in the second surface, an opening having a projecting portion projecting toward the inner side of
the opening.

US Pat. No. 9,627,005

VIDEO PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF VIDEO PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image display apparatus configured to display a video, the image display apparatus comprising:
an inputter for inputting a video frame constituting the video;
a video compressor for performing compression processing on the input video frame; and
a controller for (1) determining, in response to an input of a pause instruction to temporarily stop a display of the video,
a target video frame to be displayed during temporary stop by the pause instruction, and for (2) controlling a compression
ratio of the compression processing performed by the video compressor of the target video frame, so that image quality of
the target video frame to be displayed during temporary stop is higher than image quality of the target video frame displayed
during non-temporary stop in a case where the pause instruction is not input during the display of the video.

US Pat. No. 9,618,899

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A FIRST UNIT WHICH IS MOVED INTERRELATEDLY WITH A SECOND UNIT VIA AN URGING PORTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a main assembly;
a first unit openable about a rotational axis relative to said main assembly;
a second unit which is provided further inward than said first unit and which is openable relative to said main assembly;
and

an urging portion, provided in said first unit, for urging said second unit when a state of said second unit is changed from
an open state to a closed state,

wherein when said first unit is moved from an open state to a closed state, said urging portion causes said second unit to
interrelate with movement of said first unit, and

wherein said urging portion urges a central region of said second unit with respect to a direction of the rotational axis.

US Pat. No. 9,618,900

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording material, to which apparatus a cartridge is detachably mountable,
said image forming apparatus comprising:
a main assembly;
an opening provided in said main assembly;
a main assembly door movable between a closing position for closing the opening and an open position for opening the opening;
a tray for carrying said cartridge, said tray is capable of taking (i) an image forming position in which said cartridge is
in a position capable of image forming operation in said main assembly, when said main assembly door is in the closing position,
and (ii) a mounting and demounting position for permitting mounting and demounting of said cartridge outside said main assembly,
when said main assembly door is in the open position;

a tray holding member for movably holding said tray;
a drive transmission member for transmitting a driving force to said cartridge;
an urging member for urging said drive transmission member so that said cartridge carried on said tray is pressed in a longitudinal
direction of said cartridge which is from one longitudinal end to a second, opposite longitudinal end of said cartridge through
said drive transmission member; and

a fixed side plate opposed to said second longitudinal end of said cartridge carried on said tray,
wherein said tray is movable relative to said fixed side plate between the image forming position and the mounting and demounting
position,

wherein said tray holding member is movable relative to said fixed side plate in interrelation with movement of said main
assembly door between the closing position and the open position, and

wherein said cartridge is provided said second longitudinal end with a positioning portion, and wherein when said tray carrying
said cartridge is in the image forming position, said positioning portion is contacted to said fixed side plate by said cartridge
being pressed in the longitudinal direction by said drive transmission member urged by said urging member so that said cartridge
is positioned in the longitudinal direction.

US Pat. No. 9,618,723

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, LENS UNIT, AND IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus to which a lens unit having an optical imaging system is attachable, comprising:
an image sensor configured to generate an image signal by performing photoelectric conversion on a light flux passing through
the optical imaging system;

a processor performing the functions of a first calculation unit, the first calculation unit configured to obtain first control
information for focus control by using a signal output from the image sensor;

a controller performing the functions of a second calculation unit, the second calculation unit configured to perform communication
control between the lens unit and the image capturing apparatus, obtain second control information for focus control without
using a signal output from the image sensor, and transmit the second control information to the lens unit; and

a communication switching circuit performing the functions of a switching unit, the switching unit configured to switch between
the first calculation unit and the second calculation unit that communicates with the lens unit,

wherein the first calculation unit transmits the first control information to the lens unit without mediation of the second
calculation unit, and

wherein the second calculation unit determines which of the first calculation unit and the second calculation unit is to be
used for communication with the lens unit, and outputs a signal for controlling the switching unit.

US Pat. No. 9,621,351

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND IMAGE DATA TRANSMISSION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing device comprising:
a memory device storing a set of instructions; and
at least one processor configured to execute the instructions to:
communicate with a portable memory in which a private key is stored;
input from a user an instruction for a transmission of image data;
determine whether or not an electronic signature is to be transmitted with the transmission of the image data in accordance
with the inputted instruction, the electronic signature being generated using the private key stored in the portable memory;

perform a process for not letting a user remove the portable memory from the image processing device, in accordance with a
determination that the electronic signature is to be transmitted with the image data in accordance with the inputted instruction;
and

transmit, in accordance with the inputted instruction, the image data and the electronic signature to an external device,
in accordance with the determination that the electronic signature is to be transmitted with the image data.

US Pat. No. 9,619,306

INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing device comprising:
at least one processor coupled to a memory device and programmed to provide:
a registration unit configured to register a function of a module as a signal notification function that receives a signal
if an exception occurs in a program; and

a determination unit configured to determine whether the function is already registered as the signal notification function;
wherein, if the registration unit registers a first function of a first module as the signal notification function, the determination
unit determines whether a second function of a second module is already registered as the signal notification function, and
if the determination unit determines that the second function is already registered as the signal notification function, the
registration unit registers a third function for calling the first function and the second function as the signal notification
function.

US Pat. No. 9,620,076

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display control apparatus for controlling a display device to display, on a screen, images arranged in a matrix pattern
including lines for arranging the images comprising:
a processor;
a display oriented video random access memory (VRAM);
a buffer memory; and
a memory storing a program which, when executed by the processor, causes the display control apparatus to:
update images to be displayed on the screen by moving the lines in a scroll direction perpendicular to the lines depending
on scroll processing,

wherein a second line in which images are to be arranged is in upper stream side in the scroll direction than a first line,
wherein images are updated to be displayed on the screen by copying images from the buffer memory into the matrix pattern
of the display oriented VRAM; and

perform displaying in a predetermined order images in each line on which the images are to be arranged,
wherein the displaying is performed by displaying the matrix pattern of image in the display oriented VRAM,
wherein the displaying at least one of the images which are to be arranged in the second line starts before completing displaying
all the images which are to be arranged in the first line so that not all but some of the images in the first line and not
all but some of the images in the second line are simultaneously displayed if a speed of the moving lines depending on the
scroll processing is such that the second line is newly moving into the screen before displaying all the images which are
to be arranged in the first line,

wherein the displaying of the images which are to be arranged in a line perpendicular to the scroll direction is performed
from left to right when the scroll direction causes a display order from top to bottom, and

wherein the displaying of the images which are to be arranged in a line perpendicular to the scroll direction is performed
from right to left when the scroll direction causes a display order from bottom to top.

US Pat. No. 9,601,704

ORGANIC LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE AND DISPLAY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An organic light-emitting device, comprising:
a pair of electrodes; and
an organic compound layer placed between the pair of electrodes,
wherein the organic compound layer comprises an iridium complex represented by the following general formula [1] and a metal
complex represented by the following general formula [5]:


in the formula [1]:
m represents an integer of 1 to 3, and n represents an integer of 0 to 2, provided that a relationship of m+n=3 is satisfied;
R1 to R14 each represent a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, an alkyl group, an alkoxy group, a substituted amino group, a substituted
or unsubstituted aryl group, or a substituted or unsubstituted heterocyclic group, and may be identical to or different from
one another, provided that when m represents 3 or when X is free of an alkyl group, at least one of substituents represented
by R1 to R14 comprises an alkyl group;

X represents a bidentate ligand; and
a partial structure IrXn represents any one of partial structures represented by the following general formulae [2] to [4]:


in the formulae [2] to [4], R15 to R29 each represent a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, an alkyl group, an alkoxy group, a substituted amino group, a substituted
or unsubstituted aryl group, or a substituted or unsubstituted heterocyclic group, and may be identical to or different from
one another, provided that when none of R1 to R14 represents an alkyl group, at least one of substituents represented by R15 to R29 comprises an alkyl group, and when n represents 2, multiple substituents represented by any one of R15 to R29 may be identical to or different from each other;

ML2  [5]

in the formula [5]:
M represents a divalent metal atom selected from beryllium, magnesium, and zinc;
L represents a bidentate ligand;
when M represents beryllium or magnesium, a partial structure ML comprises any one of structures represented by the following
general formulae [6] to [11]; and

when M represents zinc, the partial structure ML comprises any one of structures represented by the following general formulae
[7] to [11]:


in the formulae [6] to [11], R30 to R57 each represent a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group, an alkoxy group, a substituted
amino group, a substituted or unsubstituted aromatic hydrocarbon group, or a substituted or unsubstituted heteroaromatic group,
and in the formulae [8] to [11], a ring B comprises any one of cyclic structures represented by the following general formulae
[12] to [14], *1 represents a bonding position with an oxygen atom, and *2 represents a bonding position with a carbon atom
in a five-membered heterocyclic skeleton:


in the formulae [12] to [14], R58 to R71 each represent a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group, an alkoxy group, a substituted
amino group, a substituted or unsubstituted aromatic hydrocarbon group, or a substituted or unsubstituted heteroaromatic group.

US Pat. No. 9,579,756

SCREWING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A screwing system comprising:
a plurality of screw feeders;
a screwing device configured to move in one direction on a plane between the plurality of screw feeders and a screwing position
and tighten a screw, obtained by the screwing device from one of the plurality of screw feeders, on a part at the screwing
position; and

a robot capable of holding the part,
wherein the screwing position is aligned, in the one direction, with each screw obtaining position where the screwing device
obtains a screw from the respective plurality of screw feeders,

wherein the robot carries the held part to the screwing position, changes a posture of the part, and carries the part from
the screwing position, and

wherein, while the robot holds the part, the screwing device screws the part.

US Pat. No. 9,580,268

ARTICLE RECEIVING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A receiving device that is connected to a sheet processing device to receive a sheet comprising:
a receiving port that receives the sheet discharged from a discharge port of the sheet processing device along a first direction;
casters that support the receiving device on a floor; and
a roller that rides up a support part provided with the sheet processing device at the time of connecting the receiving device
and the sheet processing device to receive a part of a weight of the receiving device on the support part, wherein when the
roller rides up the support part, a part of the casters floats up from the floor, and the receiving port is positioned to
the discharge port,

wherein the receiving device further comprises:
a receiving member that receives the sheet in a vicinity of the receiving port, and
a support mechanism that supports the receiving member flexibly with respect to the receiving device such that the receiving
member is displaced at a time of connecting the receiving device to the sheet processing device to position the receiving
port with respect to a reference part provided in a vicinity of the discharge port,

wherein the support mechanism includes a first engagement portion and a second engagement portion provided on both sides of
the receiving member in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction respectively, each of the first engagement
portion and the second engagement portion has a side plate with an elongated hole extending in the first direction, and a
shaft being engaged in the elongated hole,

wherein the shaft is movable along the elongated hole in each of the first engagement portion and the second engagement portion
independently, thereby the receiving member rotatably follows to the reference part.

US Pat. No. 9,581,950

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH FIRST AND SECOND POWER SUPPLY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a first power supply unit configured to supply first output power;
a second power supply unit configured to supply second output power;
a switching unit disposed on an input side of the second power supply unit;
a monitoring unit configured to monitor the second output power supplied by the second power supply unit;
a power source control unit configured to turn the switching unit ON or OFF; and
a control unit supplied with the first output power, and configured to control the image forming apparatus,
wherein, based on the second output power monitored by the monitoring unit having been lower than a threshold value since
the switching unit is turned ON, the power source control unit turns the switching unit OFF and then turns back to ON in a
state where the first output power is supplied to the control unit.

US Pat. No. 9,581,952

HUMIDIFICATION DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A humidification device for humidifying a sheet, the humidification device comprising:
a pair of humidification rollers configured to come into contact with each other so as to form a nip portion, and configured
to humidify the sheet which passes through the nip portion;

a liquid-supply roller configured to rotate while being in contact with one roller of the pair of humidification rollers so
as to supply liquid to one roller of the pair of humidification rollers;

a switching unit which switches a positional relationship between one roller of the pair of humidification rollers and the
liquid-supply roller between a separate state where one roller of the pair of humidification rollers and the liquid-supply
roller are separated from each other and a contact state where one roller of the pair of humidification rollers and the liquid-supply
roller are in contact with each other;

a detector located on the upstream side of the pair of humidification rollers and which detects the sheet;
a drive unit which rotates the liquid-supply roller; and
a controller which controls the switching unit and the drive unit,
wherein the controller controls the switching unit and the drive unit such that the liquid-supply roller rotates in the separate
state and when the sheet is detected by the detector and a predetermined time has passed, the switching unit switches from
the separate state to the contact state.

US Pat. No. 9,581,958

PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge comprising:
(i) a photosensitive drum;
(ii) a first frame configured and positioned to rotatably support said photosensitive drum;
(iii) a developing roller configured and positioned to develop an electrostatic latent image formed on said photosensitive
drum;

(iv) a second frame configured and positioned (a) to rotatably support said developing roller, and (b) to be connected to
said first frame so as to be movable relative to said first frame;

(v) a coupling member provided adjacent to an end of said second frame in a direction parallel to a rotational axis of said
developing roller, said coupling member including:

(v-i) a driving force receiving portion configured and positioned (a) to receive a driving force for rotating said developing
roller, and (b) to be movable relative to said second frame in a crossing direction crossing a rotational axis of said driving
force receiving portion, and

(vi) an urging portion configured and positioned to urge said driving force receiving portion in the crossing direction.

US Pat. No. 9,578,214

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS WITH AIR COOLING UNIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image pickup unit having an image sensing device;
a circuit board with a plurality of circuit elements mounted thereon;
an air cooling fan unit having an air inlet port and an air outlet port;
a heat sink unit having an inlet portion for sucking air from outside, an opening corresponding to the air inlet port of the
air cooling fan, and a plurality of fins disposed in a ventilation path from the inlet portion to the opening; and

a pair of cover members disposed facing each other, providing left and right exteriors of the image pickup apparatus,
wherein the image pickup unit, the air cooling fan unit, the heat sink unit, and the circuit board are disposed along an optical
axis,

wherein the air cooling fan unit is sandwiched between the image pickup unit and the heat sink unit,
wherein the heat sink unit is sandwiched between the air cooling fan unit and the circuit board, and
wherein each of the pair of cover members is directly fastened to the heat sink at both sides thereof in a lateral direction
of the image pickup apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,573,089

FILTER FRAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A filter frame for holding a filter, the filter frame comprising:
a first frame portion including a first holding portion, having a first side portion corresponding to a first side of the
filter, for holding the filter, a first plurality of ridges and troughs being formed on the first side portion;

a second frame portion including a second holding portion, having a second side portion corresponding to a second side of
the filter that is a back surface of the first side of the filter, for holding the filter by sandwiching the filter between
the first and second holding portions so as to oppose the first holding portion via the filter, a second plurality of ridges
and troughs being formed on the second side portion complementarily to the first plurality of ridges and troughs formed on
the first side portion; and

a hinge portion, rotatably connecting the first frame portion and the second frame portion.

US Pat. No. 9,578,225

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS ARRANGED TO DETECT AN ATTITUDE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus having an image sensor which picks up an object image and obtains a picked-up image, comprising:
a memory and at least one processor which function as:
an attitude detection unit configured to detect an attitude of the image pickup apparatus wherein the attitude detection unit
is capable of detecting at least a normal attitude, vertical attitude vertical to the normal attitude, and an upside down
attitude; and

a control unit configured to control on the basis of the attitude detected by the attitude detection unit when the picking
up by the image sensor is performed, in such a manner that

in a case where the attitude detection unit detects that an attitude of the image pickup apparatus in image pickup corresponds
to the normal attitude, picked-up image is recorded to a recording, medium without being rotated, and a first attitude information
corresponding to the normal attitude is added thereto as attribute information,

in a case where the attitude detection unit detects that an attitude of the image pickup apparatus in image pickup corresponds
to the vertical attitude, picked-up image is recorded to the recording medium without being rotated, and a second attitude
information corresponding to the vertical attitude is added thereto as attribute information, and

in a case where the attitude detection unit detects that an attitude of the image pickup apparatus in image pickup corresponds
to the upside down attitude, picked-up image is recorded to the recording medium with being rotated upside down, and the first
attitude information is added thereto as attribute information.

US Pat. No. 9,575,400

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image display apparatus comprising:
a projection unit comprising a plurality of point light sources, each of which emits light to project an image; and
a control unit configured to, in a case where a part of a first projection region projected by the projection unit and a part
of a second projection region projected by another projection unit are overlapped with each other, control a maximum light
intensity for each of the plurality of point light sources of the projection unit such that (a) a maximum light intensity
for one or more point light sources used to project an image on an overlapped area within the first projection region is lower
than (b) a maximum light intensity for one or more point light sources used to project an image on a non-overlapped area within
the first projection region.

US Pat. No. 9,575,407

IMPRINT APPARATUS AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus that forms a pattern of a resin on a substrate by using a mold, the imprint apparatus comprising:
a movable unit configured to mount and move the substrate on which a first shot area and a second shot area different from
the first shot area are provided;

a dispenser configured to apply an uncured resin to the first shot area and the second shot area on the substrate; and
a particle inspection unit configured to inspect whether or not a particle is present on the second shot area which is not
opposed to the mold, prior to application of the uncured resin to the second shot area and while a pattern surface of the
mold is brought into contact with the uncured resin applied to the first shot area.

US Pat. No. 9,575,420

LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lithography apparatus for forming a pattern on a substrate, comprising:
a substrate holder configured to hold the substrate;
a cleaning unit configured to perform cleaning of the substrate holder;
a detector configured to detect a foreign substance by observing the substrate held by the substrate holder; and
a controller configured to control execution of a pattern forming operation on the substrate and a cleaning operation by the
cleaning unit;

wherein the controller operates such that,
in a case where a foreign substance is detected out of a predetermined area including a position at which a foreign substance
was previously detected after a predetermined number of executions of the cleaning operation, a next pattern forming operation
is performed after executing the cleaning operation, and

in a case where a foreign substance is detected again within the predetermined area after the predetermined number of executions
of the cleaning operation, a next pattern forming operation is performed without executing the cleaning operation,

wherein the lithography apparatus forms a pattern on a first substrate and a second substrate which is processed next to the
first substrate,

wherein when the controller controls execution of pattern forming operation on the first substrate and the second substrate,
the controller controls execution of the cleaning operation after processing the first substrate and before processing the
second substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,575,426

TONER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A toner comprising toner particles containing a binder resin and a colorant,
wherein each of the toner particles has a core-shell structure,
the binder resin contains an amorphous resin A and a crystalline resin C, the amorphous resin A has a glass transition temperature
Tg (A) of 40° C. or higher and 80° C. or lower,

the crystalline resin C
(i) has a melting point Tm (C) of 50° C. or higher and 110° C. or lower,
(ii) is a side-chain crystalline resin,
(iii) is a vinyl-based resin containing a moiety represented by the general formula 1 in an amount of 50% by mass or more,

 where R1 represents an alkyl group having 16 to 34 carbon atoms, and R2 represents hydrogen or a methyl group, and

(iv) has an acid value AV(C) of 0.0 mg KOH/g or more and 0.3 mgKOH/g or less,
in a cross section observation of each of the toner particles,
a sea-island structure including
a sea portion composed of the crystalline resin C serving as a main component and
island portions composed of the amorphous resin A serving as a main component, is observed in a core of the core-shell structure,
a resin S constituting a shell of the core-shell structure has a storage modulus G? of 1×104 Pa to 1×1010 Pa at the melting point Tm (C), and

when an acid value of the resin S is represented by AV(S), AV(C) and AV(S) satisfy following expression:
5.0 mgKOH/g?AV(S)?AV(C).

US Pat. No. 9,575,429

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF PERFORMING COLOR CORRECTION, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to divide an image, which an image forming unit generates, into density regions, to cause the
image forming unit to form a patch for gray to be formed with toners of cyan, magenta, and yellow (CMY) for each of the density
regions, and to acquire a chromaticity value with respect to the patch for gray;

a determination unit configured to determine whether a chroma value obtained from the chromaticity value of the patch for
gray for each density region acquired by the acquisition unit is equal to or greater than a threshold value; and

a generation unit configured to generate, for a first density region corresponding to a patch with respect to which a chroma
value determined by the determination unit to be less than the threshold value is obtained, using the obtained chroma value,
a first correction value used to decrease the chroma value, and configured to generate, for a second density region corresponding
to a patch with respect to which a chroma value determined by the determination unit to be equal to or greater than the threshold
value is obtained, a second correction value by performing interpolation calculation based on the first correction value generated
for the first density region and predetermined approximations.

US Pat. No. 9,575,433

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING VOLTAGE APPLICATION TO REGULATING MEMBER AND DEVELOPER CARRIER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising
a developing apparatus including:
a container for storing a developer;
a developer carrier in which a surface that carries the developer is configured so that a plurality of dielectric portions
are interspersed on a surface formed of a conductor portion; and

a regulating member that regulates a layer thickness of the developer that is carried on the developer carrier,
the image forming apparatus forming an image on a recording material by developing, using the developing apparatus, an electrostatic
latent image formed on an image bearing member to yield a developer image, and transferring the developer image from the image
bearing member to the recording material,

the image forming apparatus further comprising:
a voltage applying unit for applying voltages to the developer carrier and the regulating member,
wherein the voltage applying unit has a period, during non-image formation, over which voltages are applied to the developer
carrier and the regulating member, with an absolute value of potential difference between the applied voltages being greater
than the potential difference when a voltage is applied during image formation to at least one of the developer carrier and
the regulating member, such that a force generated to attract the developer toward the developer carrier during non-image
formation is weaker than that generated during image formation.

US Pat. No. 9,576,203

DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR KNOWLEDGE-BASED INFERENCE FOR MATERIAL RECOGNITION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method comprising:
extracting one or more features from a patch in an image of a scene;
generating an initial prediction of a material category of the patch from candidate material categories based on the one or
more features;

identifying a scene in the image;
identifying one or more objects in the image;
obtaining a first relationship model of two or more of
the one or more features, the candidate material categories, the one or more objects, and the scene; and
generating a refined prediction of the material category of the patch based on the initial prediction of the material category
and on the first relationship model.

US Pat. No. 9,575,434

REMANUFACTURING METHOD OF DEVELOPER ACCOMMODATING UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A remanufacturing method of a developer accommodating unit including a flexible container configured to accommodate developer
and provided with a plurality of openings for discharging the developer into a frame member, the frame member configured to
accommodate the flexible container and a developer bearing member, the remanufacturing method comprising:
removing the developer bearing member from the developer accommodating unit, and
refilling developer between the frame member and the flexible container.

US Pat. No. 9,575,442

IMAGE FIXING APPARATUS HAVING A HEATER, A THERMOSENSITIVE ELEMENT, AND A TENSION SPRING CONFIGURED TO BIAS OR URGE THE THERMOSENSITIVE ELEMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image fixing apparatus:
a heater configured to heat and fix a toner image formed on a recording material;
a heater holder configured to hold said heater,
a thermosensitive element configured to sense heat from said heater; and
a tension spring configured to urge said thermosensitive element toward said heater,
wherein at least one end of said tension spring is fixed to said heater holder, by which said thermosensitive element is urged
toward said heater, and

wherein said tension spring is provided so as to surround said thermosensitive element.

US Pat. No. 9,575,451

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet processing apparatus comprising:
a sheet storage unit configured to enable itself to be opened and closed;
a display unit configured to display a screen for setting an attribute of a sheet stored in the sheet storage unit;
an obtaining unit including a processor configured to obtain with input from a sensor a remaining number of sheets stored
in the sheet storage unit;

a determining unit including a processor configured to determine whether or not to display the screen based on a remaining
number of the sheets obtained before the sheet storage unit is opened and a remaining number of the sheets obtained after
the sheet storage unit is closed; and

a control unit configured to cause the setting screen to be displayed on the display unit based on a result of determination
by the determining unit,

wherein in a case where the remaining number of the sheets obtained after the sheet storage unit is closed is smaller than
the remaining number of the sheets obtained before the sheet unit is opened, the determining unit determines that the screen
is to be displayed.

US Pat. No. 9,577,003

METHOD OF FORMING AN IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE HAVING TWO WAVEGUIDES AND A LIGHT-SHIELDING MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of making a solid-state image pickup device, comprising:
preparing a substrate having a first photoelectric conversion unit and a second photoelectric conversion unit;
forming a structure on the semiconductor substrate, the structure including a first insulating layer, a second insulating
layer arranged between the first insulating layer and the substrate, a first interconnect layer arranged between the second
insulating layer and the substrate, and a second interconnect layer arranged between the first insulating layer and the second
insulating layer;

forming a first hole and a second hole in the structure so that the first hole is arranged on the first photoelectric conversion
unit and the second hole is arranged on the second photoelectric conversion unit by etching the first insulating layer and
the second insulating layer;

forming a first portion in the first hole and a second portion in the second hole in a parallel manner by putting a first
material in the first hole and the second hole, after forming the first hole and the second hole in the structure;

forming a first film having a first part that covers the first portion and a second part that covers the second portion, the
first film comprising a second material different from the first material;

forming a light shielding member that covers the second portion so that the second part is arranged between the light shielding
member and the second portion; and

forming a second film that covers the light shielding member so that the first part is arranged between the second film and
the first portion.

US Pat. No. 9,578,327

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An encoding apparatus for encoding video data captured by a plurality of imaging units by a data unit, comprising:
an encoder configured to perform inter-encoding for encoding, according to a predetermined reference relationship including
(i) a reference relationship between data units each for which an image has been captured at a different image capturing time,
and (ii) a reference relationship between data units each for which an image has been captured by a different imaging unit,
a data unit to be encoded by referring to data units included in the predetermined reference relationship;

an output processor configured to output the data unit encoded by the encoder to a decoding apparatus;
a receiver configured to receive, from the decoding apparatus, error information indicating an error data unit which was not
decoded by the decoding apparatus; and

a controller configured to (iii) specify, based on the predetermined reference relationship, a data unit group, which has
not been encoded, to which an error may propagate in a state where the error data unit indicated by the error information
cannot be decoded, in a case where the error information is received by the receiver and (iv) change the inter-encoding by
the encoder so that the data unit group is encoded based on a reference relationship being different from the predetermined
reference relationship without referring to the error data unit and a data unit to which the error has propagated and the
encoding has been performed.

US Pat. No. 9,576,361

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a first estimation unit configured to estimate a deformation between a first image and a second image under a first condition
and obtain first deformation information;

a second estimation unit configured to estimate a deformation between the first image and the second image under a second
condition different from the first condition and obtain second deformation information; and

an obtaining unit configured to obtain one of an estimation error and reliability of the deformation at a point on an image
based on a difference between the first deformation information and the second deformation information.

US Pat. No. 9,576,370

DISTANCE MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, DISTANCE MEASUREMENT METHOD AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A distance measurement apparatus that calculates distance information from a first image and a second image that are image-captured
with different image-capturing parameters, the distance measurement apparatus comprising:
at least one processor operatively coupled to a memory, serving as:
(i) a setting unit configured to set a first local region located in the first image and including a distance calculation
target pixel, and a second local region located in the second image and corresponding to the first local region;

(ii) an extraction unit configured to extract a plurality of shift regions, which are regions of which a shift amount from
the second local region is within a predetermined range;

(iii) a first calculation unit configured to calculate a correlation value between the first local region and each of the
plurality of shift regions;

(iv) a first decision unit configured to determine a correlation value used for calculating the distance information, based
on the plurality of correlation values calculated by the first calculation unit; and

(v) a second calculation unit configured to calculate the distance information on the distance calculation target pixel, based
on the correlation value determined by the first decision unit.

US Pat. No. 9,570,919

POWER TRANSMISSION DEVICE, POWER TRANSMISSION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power transmission device that transmits power wirelessly to an external device, the power transmission device comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive, from a power reception device, identification information of the power reception device
and frequency information indicating a first transmission frequency that is suitable for the power reception device;

a first determination unit configured to determine whether the identification information is registered in the power transmission
device, as information of an external device to which the power transmission device can transmit power;

a second determination unit configured to determine whether the first transmission frequency indicated by the frequency information
coincides with a second transmission frequency used for transmitting power to another power reception device, if the first
determination unit determines that the identification information is not registered in the power transmission device; and

a changing unit configured to change the second transmission frequency, if the second determination unit determines that the
first transmission frequency coincides with the second transmission frequency.

US Pat. No. 9,568,617

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND RADIATION INSPECTION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising:
a sensor panel on which a plurality of sensors are arrayed;
a scintillator that is arranged over a base member and is made of an alkali halide; and
a protective film configured to suppress deliquescence of the scintillator,
wherein the protective film includes
a first portion that covers a side face of the scintillator and an end of the scintillator on a side opposite to the base
member, and

a second portion that is smaller in a content of fluorine than the first portion and covers at least part of a surface of
the first portion.

US Pat. No. 9,568,873

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH DETECTION UNIT, CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS SHIFTING BETWEEN POWER STATES, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a sensor unit for detecting a human;
a power supply unit which supplies power to a device of the image forming apparatus in a case where a detection result of
the sensor unit satisfies a predetermined condition when power supply to the device is stopped; and

a controller which specifies a position at which the human is first detected in a detection area of the sensor unit and
changes the predetermined condition based on the specified position.

US Pat. No. 9,569,148

PRINTING APPARATUS ENABLING TWO-SIDED PRINTING, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus capable of two-sided printing, the printing apparatus comprising:
a communicator configured to receive image data;
a printing device configured to print an image on a sheet based on the image data received by said communicator;
a timer configured to measure an elapsed time; and
a controller configured to:
instruct said printing device to print a first side of a first sheet;
instruct, after the printing of the first side of the first sheet, said printing device to print a second side of the first
sheet in a case where the elapsed time measured by said timer reaches a predetermined amount of time before said communicator
receives image data to be printed on a first side of a second sheet; and

instruct, after the printing of the first side of the first sheet, said printing device to print the first side of the second
sheet in a case where said communicator has received the image data to be printed on the first side of the second sheet before
the elapsed time measured by said timer reaches the predetermined amount of time.

US Pat. No. 9,569,150

SERVER CONTROLLING JOB MANAGEMENT BY A PLURALITY OF IMAGE FORMING DEVICES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A server for managing a plurality of jobs to be performed by a plurality of image forming devices having a print engine,
the server comprising:
a processor and a memory storing a program to be executed by the processor, wherein the processor executes the program to
function as:

a job division instruction unit configured to instruct the image forming devices to which the jobs are input to divide each
of the plurality of jobs into preprocessing that does not involve driving of the print engine and postprocessing that involves
driving of the print engine; and

a job management unit configured to control timing of starting the postprocessing to prevent the postprocessing from being
performed simultaneously by the plurality of image forming devices, wherein the preprocessing is a low power consumption mode
and the postprocessing is a high power consumption mode.

US Pat. No. 9,569,411

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a memory storing a computer program; and
at least one processor executing the computer program in the memory to control the information processing apparatus to function
as units comprising:

a reception unit configured to receive specification of a plurality of items and an instruction for generation of an integrated
electronic document based on the plurality of items, wherein the plurality of items include a file and a folder which includes
a plurality of files;

a display unit configured to, when the reception unit receives the instruction, display on a display a setting screen for
receiving setting for a chapter structure of the integrated electronic document and setting for an order of material electronic
documents;

wherein, if one of the plurality of items is a first folder, the display unit displays, as a chapter of the chapter structure
of the integrated electronic document displayed in the setting screen, a chapter to which a name of the first folder is given
and further displays, as a plurality of material electronic documents included in the displayed chapter to which the name
of the first folder is given, first files included in the first folder, and

wherein, if one of the plurality of items is a second file, the display unit displays, as one chapter of the chapter structure
of the integrated electronic document displayed in the setting screen, a chapter to which a name of the second file is given
and further displays the second file as a material electronic document included in the displayed chapter to which the name
of the second file is given, and

wherein the setting for the chapter structure of the integrated electronic document and the setting for the order of material
electronic documents are instructed in a unit of material electronic document, and

a generation unit configured to generate the integrated electronic document based on the settings received via the setting
screen.

US Pat. No. 9,569,706

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a target value calculation unit configured to calculate a target value, to be output in a predetermined region in input image
data, based on pixel values of pixels included in the region;

a holding unit configured to hold a threshold value matrix including a plurality of threshold values;
a distribution order determination unit configured to determine a distribution order of output values for distributing output
values corresponding to the target value in the predetermined region based on a difference between a pixel value of each pixel
representing the input image data and a threshold value in the threshold value matrix corresponding to the pixel for each
pixel included in the region; and

an output value determination unit configured to determine an output value of each pixel included in the region by allocating
an output value corresponding to the target value to at least one pixel included in the region in the distribution order.

US Pat. No. 9,565,381

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR AND IMAGE-CAPTURING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image sensor comprising one or more pixels, the one or more pixels each including a microlens, a plurality
of photoelectric conversion units, and a plurality of waveguides disposed between the microlens and the plurality of photoelectric
conversion units so as to correspond to the plurality of photoelectric conversion units, the plurality of waveguides each
including a core and a clad,
wherein, in at least two of the pixels that are located in a peripheral region of the solid-state image sensor,
the microlens is so disposed that a center axis thereof is shifted relative to a center axis of the pixel,
the plurality of waveguides includes a first waveguide and a second waveguide,
the first waveguide is disposed on a side of the center axis of the pixel that is in a direction opposite to a direction obtained
by projecting a shift direction of the microlens onto a straight line connecting a center of the first waveguide and a center
of the second waveguide,

the second waveguide is disposed on another side of the center axis of the pixel that is in a direction identical to the direction
obtained by projecting the shift direction of the microlens onto the straight line,

a cross-sectional area of the core in the first waveguide is greater than a cross-sectional area of the core in the second
waveguide, and

the at least two of the pixels in which the microlenses are disposed such that shift amounts of the microlenses are different
from each other are disposed in the peripheral region,

wherein the at least two of the pixels include a first pixel and a second pixel,
wherein shift amount of the microlens of the first pixel is greater than shift amount of the microlens of the second pixel,
and

wherein a value representing a ratio of the cross-sectional area of the core in the first waveguide to the cross-sectional
area of the core in the second waveguide in the first pixel is greater than a value representing a ratio of the cross-sectional
area of the core in the first waveguide to the cross-sectional area of the core in the second waveguide in the second pixel.

US Pat. No. 9,565,174

INFORMATION PROCESSING SERVER SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

5. A method for controlling an information processing server system having a tenant management server and a first authentication
server, the method comprising:
receiving an SAML response generated when a user is authenticated by a second authentication server that is in an SSO (Single
Sign On) cooperative relation to the first authentication server;

in a case where the SAML response is verified to be valid, generating a first authentication session, and transmitting the
generated first authentication session to a client;

hooking the HTTP response to be transmitted to the client by an HTTP response transmission unit, confirm whether the first
authentication session is included in the HTTP response or not, and acquire the first authentication session contained in
the hooked HTTP response if the HTTP response has been confirmed to contain the first authentication session;

generating a second authentication session by encrypting the first authentication session generated after authentication of
a user, and the first authentication session is used when a client uses a web service;

transmitting the second authentication session to the client; and
receiving the second authentication session together with information representing agreement to terms of the web service from
the client,

wherein, the first authentication session corresponding to the second authentication session is transmitted to the client
when it is determined that the user has agreed to the terms of the web service in accordance with the received information
and the second authentication session.

US Pat. No. 9,565,362

IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus, comprising:
an image sensor capable of photoelectrically converting a subject image;
an image processing circuit configured to acquire foreign substance information including information relating to at least
a position and a size of a foreign substance adhered to an optical element disposed on a front side of the image sensor;

a system control circuit configured to control clipping a predetermined area on an entire screen of the image sensor and to
output image clipping information indicating a position of the predetermined area; and

a recording unit configured to record the foreign substance information and the image clipping information in association
with image data generated based on an output signal of the image sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,554,278

RELAY APPARATUS, RELAY METHOD, RELAY SYSTEM, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A relay apparatus capable of relaying communication between a communication apparatus and a server, the relay apparatus
comprising:
a connection unit configured to connect the communication apparatus by close-proximity wireless communication;
a first receiving unit configured to receive an authorization request from the communication apparatus connected by the connection
unit;

a selection unit configured to select an authorization type to be used from a first authorization type to authorize a plurality
of apparatuses and a second authorization type to authorize one apparatus;

an accepting unit configured to accept an input of authentication information;
a first sending unit configured to send the authentication information accepted by the accepting unit to the server;
a second receiving unit configured to receive an authorization response indicating that an authentication process was successful
from the server;

a relay unit configured to relay the authorization response to the communication apparatus;
a storage unit configured to store the authorization response in a case where the first authorization type is selected by
the selection unit;

a display control unit configured to cause a display unit to display a screen representing to prompt a user to connect the
relay apparatus and another communication apparatus by close-proximity wireless communication in a case where the first authorization
type is selected by the selection unit, and not to display the screen in a case where the second authorization type is selected
by the selection unit; and

a second sending unit configured to send the authorization response stored by the storage unit to the another communication
apparatus in response to connect the relay apparatus and the another communication apparatus after the screen is displayed
by the display control unit.

US Pat. No. 9,554,054

IMAGING APPARATUS AND ITS CONTROL METHOD AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus having an imaging element which has a plurality of pixels, each of which receives one of rays of light
from one of a plurality of different exit pupil areas of a photographing optical system, comprising at least one processor
that functions as:
an exposure condition determination unit configured to determine an exposure condition of the imaging element on the basis
of pixel data which is generated by photoelectrically converting the rays of light by the plurality of pixels; and

a vignetting determination unit configured to determine a state of vignetting of the photographing optical system on the basis
of information about a construction of the photographing optical system,

wherein the exposure condition determination unit has a first exposure mode for determining the exposure condition on the
basis of the pixel data selected, in accordance with the state of vignetting, from the pixel data which is generated by photoelectrically
converting the rays of light by the plurality of pixels, and a second exposure mode for deciding the exposure condition on
the basis of data obtained by adding, with respect to the exit pupil areas, the pixel data which is generated by photoelectrically
converting the rays of light by the plurality of pixels.

US Pat. No. 9,538,032

IMAGE READING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image reading apparatus, comprising:
a first reading unit having a flat-bed scanner with a platen surface on which a document is placed, the first reading unit
further having a guide face being inclined with respect to the platen surface, and

a second reading unit having a document feeder and a line image sensor to read a fed document, the second reading unit being
closable and openable with respect to the platen surface of the first reading unit,

wherein the line image sensor is retained flexibly in the second reading unit such that a posture of the line image sensor
is changed to follow the guide face by contacting with the guide face when the second reading unit is closed, and such that
the line image sensor is separated from the guide face when the second reading unit is opened, and

wherein the line image sensor is retained to be rotatable with regard to at least a first axis parallel to a longer side direction
of the line image sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,525,121

ELECTROMECHANICAL TRANSDUCER AND METHOD OF PRODUCING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electromechanical transducer comprising a plurality of cells, the cell including:
a first electrode;
a silicon oxide film;
a vibration film that includes a silicon nitride film and a second electrode; and
a voltage-applying unit for applying a voltage between the first electrode and the second electrode;
the voltage-applying unit applies a voltage so that the silicon nitride film is applied with an electric field intensity of
2 MV/cm or less;

wherein a space is formed between the silicon oxide film and the silicon nitride film in a direction in which the silicon
oxide film and the silicon nitride film are stacked,

wherein the silicon oxide film is contacted with the first electrode and the space,
wherein the silicon nitride film is contacted with the second electrode and the space, and
wherein the voltage-applying unit applies the voltage so that a potential of the first electrode is lower than a potential
of the second electrode.

US Pat. No. 9,522,553

SHEET CONVEYANCE APPARATUS, PRINTING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR SHEET CONVEYANCE APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveyance apparatus comprising:
a convey unit configured to convey sheets;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain attribute information about sheets used in a job;
a determining unit configured to determine a first interval and a second interval,
wherein the first interval is an interval between sheets that are conveyed by the convey unit in a case where the attribute
information about the sheets obtained by the obtaining unit is first attribute information, and

wherein the second interval is an interval between sheets that are conveyed by the convey unit in a case where the attribute
information about the sheets obtained by the obtaining unit is second attribute information that is different from the first
attribute information;

a control unit configured to perform control to make the convey unit convey sheets at the interval between sheets determined
by the determining unit; and

a setting unit configured to set, in accordance with an instruction given by a user, the first interval or the second interval
as an interval between sheets at which sheets, fed from a predetermined sheet holding unit, are to be conveyed by the convey
unit,

wherein, in a case where the sheets used in the job are fed from the predetermined sheet holding unit, the determining unit
performs determination to make the convey unit convey the sheets used in the job at the interval set by the setting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,522,356

FILTER FRAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A filter frame for holding a filter, the filter frame comprising:
a first frame portion including a first holding portion, having a first side portion corresponding to a first side of the
filter, for holding the filter, a first plurality of ridges and troughs being formed on the first side portion;

a second frame portion including a second holding portion, having a second side portion corresponding to a second side of
the filter that is a back surface of the first side of the filter, for holding the filter by sandwiching the filter between
the first and second holding portions so as to oppose the first holding portion via the filter, a second plurality of ridges
and troughs being formed on the second side portion complementarily to the first plurality of ridges and troughs formed on
the first side portion; and

a hinge portion, rotatably connecting the first frame portion and the second frame portion.

US Pat. No. 9,524,026

PORTABLE APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A portable apparatus comprising:
a first notification unit configured to notify a user of an event by a first method that gives a tactile sensation to an operation
element via a touch panel;

a second notification unit configured to notify the user of the event in accordance with a second method that is different
from the first method used by the first notification unit;

a processor; and
a memory having stored thereon instructions that when executed by the processor, cause the processor to:
determine whether there occurs an event of which a user is to be notified, and
control the first notification unit and the second notification unit to give a notification,
wherein, in a case where the touch panel is in a contact state when the event occurs, the first notification unit is controlled
to give a notification, and

wherein, in a case where the touch panel is in a not-touched state when the event occurs, the second notification unit is
controlled to give a notification.

US Pat. No. 10,430,667

METHOD, DEVICE, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM FOR RE-IDENTIFICATION OF OBJECTS IN IMAGES OBTAINED FROM A PLURALITY OF CAMERAS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for re-identification by a computing device of at least one target object in images obtained from at least two image sources, each of the image sources obtaining images representing an area associated with the corresponding image source, the method comprising:identifying, by the computer device, at least one target object in images obtained from one of a pair of image sources;
estimating, by the computer device, a relative velocity of the at least one target object in comparison with at least another object previously identified in images obtained from the one of the pair of image sources, wherein the previously identified another object is a moving object; and
establishing, by the computer device, based on the estimated relative velocity of the at least one target object, a correspondence between the at least one target object identified in images obtained from the one of the pair of image sources and a plurality of candidate objects represented in images obtained from an other image source of the pair of image sources, thereby determining which among the plurality of candidate objects is the at least one target object; and
wherein the method further comprises, by the computer device, a step of extracting, for the at least one target object and each of the plurality of candidate objects, respective image-based features, and a step of selecting at least one candidate object of the plurality of candidate objects based on the extracted image-based features and the relative velocity of each of the plurality of candidate objects, and on the extracted image-based features and the relative velocity of the at least one target object.