US Pat. No. 9,122,192

DETECTION DEVICE, DEVELOPING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A detection device configured to detect a charge amount of toner on a developer carrier, comprising:
an assembly including a quartz oscillator and having a first surface and a second surface that are provided in the quartz
oscillator, the first surface having a recess and a projection formed in a direction in which the quartz oscillator vibrates;

a capacitor connected to the assembly;
a first measurement unit configured to measure a potential difference between two ends of the capacitor; and
a second measurement unit configured to measure a frequency of the quartz oscillator,
wherein in a case where an alternating-current power is applied to the assembly, the direction in which the quartz oscillator
vibrates is parallel to the first surface.

US Pat. No. 9,120,942

IMAGE RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image recording method, comprising:
a first step of applying a first black ink containing a pigment to a record medium; and
after the first step, a second step of applying a second black ink containing a pigment to the record medium such that the
second ink at least partly overlaps the first black ink, wherein
the first black ink contains a salt containing at least one kind of cation selected from the group consisting of an alkali
metal ion, an ammonium ion, and an organic ammonium ion and at least one kind of anion selected from the group consisting
of Cl?, Br?, I?, ClO?, ClO2?, ClO3?, ClO4?, NO2?, NO3?, SO42?, CO32?, HCO3?, HCOO?, (COO?)2, COOH(COO?), CH3COO?, C2H4(COO?)2, C6H5COO?, C6H4(COO?)2, PO43?, HPO42?, and H2PO4?, anda static surface tension of the first black ink is higher than a static surface tension of the second black ink.

US Pat. No. 9,122,086

DISPLAY APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display apparatus comprising:
a liquid crystal panel unit including a quadrilateral display portion;
a screen protector protecting the liquid crystal panel unit; and
a spacer disposed between the liquid crystal panel unit and the screen protector so as to surround the display portion,
wherein the spacer has a cut, the cut cutting its corresponding side of the spacer.

US Pat. No. 9,118,931

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of encoding at least a part of an image comprising a plurality of samples, each sample comprising at least two
components, the encoded image comprising at least one filtering parameter, the method comprising:
encoding a first chroma component and a second chroma component of at least one sample of the image to provide at least one
encoded sample;

decoding the at least one encoded sample; and
computing the at least one filtering parameter as a function of the difference between at least one chroma component of the
at least one sample of the image and the at least one corresponding chroma component of the at least one corresponding decoded
sample, the at least one filtering parameter being computed so as to be used in a loop filter as a common filtering parameter
for sample adaptive offset loop filtering both the first and second chroma components of a decoded sample;

wherein when the sample adaptive offset loop filtering is of a first type at least one filtering parameter is computed to
be used as a common filtering parameter for the filtering of the first type, the first type of sample adaptive offset loop
filtering being one of edge-type filtering and band-type filtering, and when the sample adaptive offset loop filtering is
of a second type, different from the first type, different filtering parameters are computed to be used as dedicated filtering
parameters for filtering the first and second chroma components respectively, the second type of sample adaptive offset loop
filtering being the other of edge-type filtering and band-type filtering.

US Pat. No. 9,114,617

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD MANUFACTURING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a liquid discharge head having a flow path communicating with a discharge port for discharging
liquid, comprising in the following order:
preparing a substrate with an evenly provided first layer;
forming, from the first layer, a pattern of the flow path for forming the flow path, and a first member provided outside the
pattern via a gap;

providing a second layer to fill the gap and to cover the pattern and the first member;
forming, from the second layer, a second member for forming the discharge port above the pattern;
removing the first member and providing, at least on the substrate, a third layer to fill at least a part of an area where
the first member is removed, and to contact with the second member; and

removing the pattern to form the flow path.

US Pat. No. 9,116,646

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, PRINTING SYSTEM, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR MANAGING PRINT JOBS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a storage unit configured to store print jobs transmitted from an external apparatus, at least one of the print jobs having
a job owner name;

a display unit configured to display a print job list of the print jobs stored in the storage unit;
a print unit configured to execute a print process on a print job which is selected from the print job list displayed by the
display unit, on the basis of a print start instruction of a login user who logs in to the image forming apparatus; and

a determination unit configured to determine whether or not to store an unknown user print job which is transmitted from the
external apparatus, the unknown user print job having an unknown job owner name or no job owner name,

wherein, in a case where it is determined to store the unknown user print job, the unknown user print job is caused to be
stored in the storage unit and is displayed in the print job list, and

wherein, in a case where it is determined not to store the unknown user print job, a print process on the unknown user print
job is executed by the print unit without the print start instruction of the login user.

US Pat. No. 9,114,643

BELT FEEDING DEVICE FOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A belt feeding device for an image forming apparatus, comprising:
a movable endless belt;
a steering unit configured to be tilted for moving said endless belt in a widthwise direction crossing with a moving direction
of said endless belt,

said steering unit including,
a rotatable roller configured to stretch said endless belt and to be rotatable with a movement of said endless belt,
a shaft configured to rotatably support said rotatable roller, and
a pair of supporting members configured to support said shaft at end portions with respect to the widthwise direction, said
supporting members having sliding surfaces respectively for applying frictional forces by sliding relative to an inner surface
of said endless belt; and

a frame configured to tiltably support said steering unit.

US Pat. No. 9,110,874

DOCUMENT CONVERSION APPARATUS AND DOCUMENT CONVERSION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

18. A method for converting a format of a structured document using a template, the method comprising:
determining whether a binary format is specified as an output format of the structured document in the template;
acquiring a processing command for the structured document from the template used for converting the format of the structured
document in a case where it is determined that the binary format is specified as the output format of the structured document;

determining, in a case where the acquired processing command is a command for outputting a part of the structured document,
whether an output format of the part of the structured document is specified in the template;

performing, in a case where the output format of the part of the structured document is specified in the template, binary
conversion associated beforehand with the output format on the part of the structured document and write a result of the binary
conversion in a file for storing output data; and

writing, in a case where the output format of the part of the structured document is not specified in the template, the part
of the structured document in the file.

US Pat. No. 9,113,070

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for processing image signals that are obtained from an image pickup element, the image processing
apparatus comprising:
a correlation operation unit configured to operate a correlation of the image signals of two images that are obtained from
the image pickup element and to operate an image shift amount between images that are picked up by photoelectric conversion
units, on the basis of the correlation;

a saturation detection unit configured to detect whether or not an image signal, of the two images, reaches a saturation level,
and to produce a saturation detection result; and

a controller configured to control the correlation operation unit, wherein the controller controls whether or not the correlation
of the image signals from a plurality of photoelectric conversion units, including the photoelectric conversion units, is
used for the operation of the image shift amount that is performed by the correlation operation unit, and the control by the
controller is made in accordance with a result of the saturation detection result that is produced by the saturation detection
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,113,097

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS THAT CONTROLS PERFORMING OF SHORT-TERM AND LONG-TERM EXPOSURES AND CORRESPONDING READ OPERATIONS, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor in which a plurality of pixels each having a photoelectric conversion element are arranged in a matrix;
a synchronizing signal generation unit configured to generate a short-term vertical synchronizing signal as a vertical synchronizing
signal for short-term exposure, and a long-term vertical synchronizing signal for long-term exposure, one cycle of the long-term
vertical synchronizing signal being equal to N cycles of the short-term vertical synchronizing signal; and

an exposure control unit configured to repeat performing the short-term exposure for the predetermined number of short-term
exposure lines of said image sensor according to the generated short-term vertical synchronizing signal and performing the
long-term exposure for the predetermined number of long-term exposure lines of said image sensor according to the generated
long-term vertical synchronizing signal,

wherein said exposure control unit starts a first read operation of pixel signals for the long-term exposure lines in synchronism
with the long-term vertical synchronizing signal, and

said exposure control unit starts a second read operation of pixel signals for the short-term exposure lines in synchronism
with the short-term vertical synchronizing signal, which does not overlap a period of the first read operation.

US Pat. No. 9,104,155

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing apparatus comprising:
an endless belt configured to fix an unfixed toner image on a sheet at a nip portion by heat;
a first supporting roller and a second supporting roller configured to rotatably support an inner surface of the endless belt;
a rotary member configured to form the nip portion in cooperation with the endless belt;
a displacing mechanism configured to displace the first supporting roller so the endless belt is within a predetermined zone
in a width direction of the endless belt; and

a rubbing roller configured to rub an outer surface of the endless belt at a rubbing position where the rubbing roller causes
the endless belt to be brought into press contact with the second supporting roller,

wherein the rubbing position is a position that avoids a region where the endless belt is separated from the second supporting
roller with a displacement of the first supporting roller.

US Pat. No. 9,102,153

PROCESSES FOR PRODUCING SUBSTRATE FOR LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process for producing a substrate for a liquid ejection head, comprising a step of forming a liquid supply port passing
through a silicon substrate by dry etching, the step being a step of sequentially repeating the steps of:
(1) forming an etching protection film on the silicon substrate,
(2) removing a bottom portion of the etching protection film, and
(3) etching the silicon substrate,
wherein a sheath formed in the step (2) is thicker than a sheath formed in the step (3).

US Pat. No. 9,106,836

IMAGING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME, AND RECORDING MEDIUM, WHERE CONTINUOUS SHOOTING OR SINGLE SHOOTING IS PERFORMED BASED ON TOUCH

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an imaging unit;
a touch panel;
an imaging preparation unit configured to conduct a preparation for imaging processing of the imaging unit based in response
to a touch-down operation on the touch panel; and

a control unit configured to cause the imaging unit to perform continuous shooting in response to a touch-up operation in
a case where an operation for instructing about continuous shooting is performed on the touch panel since the touch-down operation
until the touch-up operation, and cause the imaging unit to perform single shooting in response to the touch-up operation
in a case where the operation for instructing about continuous shooting is not performed on the touch panel since the touch-down
operation until the touch-up operation,

wherein, in a case where continuous shooting is performed based on the touch-up operation, the control unit controls the imaging
unit to shoot a number of images based on a moving amount from a touch-down position.

US Pat. No. 9,096,936

METAL STRUCTURAL BODY-CONTAINING POLYMER FILM, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING METAL STRUCTURAL BODY-CONTAINING POLYMER FILM, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING PATTERNED STRUCTURAL BODY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a patterned structural body, comprising the steps of:
preparing a metal structural body-containing polymer film by:
preparing a polymer film that includes a block copolymer having an ion-conductive segment and a non-ion-conductive segment
and has a microphase-separated structure including ion-conductive domains and non-ion-conductive domains; and

forming a metal structural body localized at the ion-conductive domains;
providing the metal structural body-containing polymer film into contact with a base material and producing a composite body
including the metal structural body-containing polymer film and the base material; and

etching the base material by using the metal structural body as a mask.

US Pat. No. 9,098,797

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect an object;
a display unit configured to display information indicating a state of the image forming apparatus;
an adjustment unit configured to adjust detection sensitivity of the detection unit in accordance with the state of the image
forming apparatus; and

a power control unit configured to, if it is determined that the detection unit whose detection sensitivity has been adjusted
by the adjustment unit has detected an object, perform control such that power is supplied to the display unit,

wherein, when the state of the image forming apparatus is a normal state, the adjustment unit adjusts the detection sensitivity
of the detection unit such that an object existing in a first region can be detected and, when the state of the image forming
apparatus is an error state, adjusts the detection sensitivity of the detection unit such that an object existing in a second
region, which is larger than the first region, can be detected.

US Pat. No. 9,098,027

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS WITH MOVABLE RUBBING MEMBER RUBBING A HEATING ROTATING BODY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus, comprising:
a heating rotating body heating a toner image on a recording material at a nip portion;
a rubbing member rubbing the heating rotating body;
a moving mechanism moving the rubbing member from a position where the rubbing member is spaced apart from a surface of the
heating rotating body to a position where the rubbing member rubs the heating rotating body;

a first temperature sensor detecting a temperature of a first region of the heating rotating body through which the recording
material having a conveyable minimum width in a width direction of the heating rotating body passes;

a second temperature sensor detecting a temperature of a second region of the heating rotating body which is provided outside
the first region of the heating rotating body and through which the recording material having a conveyable maximum size in
the width direction of the heating rotating body passes;

a controller executing an operation of moving the rubbing member to the position where the rubbing member rubs the heating
rotating body when a number of the recording materials with a predetermined width conveyed to the nip portion reaches a predetermined
number, and when a difference between the temperature of the first region detected by the first temperature sensor and the
temperature of the second region detected by the second temperature sensor is more than a predetermined value in a case that
the number of the recording materials with the predetermined width conveyed to the nip portion reaches the predetermined number,
the controller executing the operation with a delay until the difference becomes equal to or less than a predetermined value;
and

a heat homogenizing unit smoothing the temperature distribution of the heating rotating body,
wherein, when the difference is more than the predetermined value in the case that the number of the recording materials with
the predetermined width conveyed to the nip portion reaches the predetermined number, the heat homogenizing unit is operated.

US Pat. No. 9,094,624

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS AND CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state imaging apparatus which includes a semiconductor portion having a first face on the light incident side and
a second face which is opposite to the first face, and an optical system arranged on the first face of the semiconductor portion,
comprising:
a first semiconductor region of a first conductivity type configured to be provided on the second face side in the semiconductor
region;

a photoelectric conversion portion configured to be provided in the semiconductor portion so as to surround the first semiconductor
region, and include a second semiconductor region of the first conductivity type; and

a gate electrode configured to be arranged between the first semiconductor region and the second semiconductor region on the
second face of the semiconductor portion, and transfer a charge generated in the photoelectric conversion portion to the first
semiconductor region,

wherein the optical system is configured so as to make a light intensity in the second semiconductor region higher than that
in the first semiconductor region.

US Pat. No. 9,094,897

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a selection unit configured to select a base station to which the communication apparatus is to be connected in order to receive
a communication parameter; and

a reception unit configured to receive a communication parameter from the connected base station or an external apparatus
that communicates with the connected base station,

wherein, in a case where a base station, to which the communication apparatus has connected when the communication apparatus
has failed to receive the communication parameter, activates communication parameter configuration processing as a providing
apparatus for providing a communication parameter, the selection unit selects the base station,

wherein the selection unit selects the base station that activates communication parameter configuration processing as a providing
apparatus for providing a communication parameter in preference to a base station for which a communication parameter different
from a communication parameter set at a time of initialization is set.

US Pat. No. 9,080,914

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS USING FIXED PATTERN NOISES OF SENSOR AND MEMORY CELLS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus comprising:
a sensor cell unit including a photoelectric conversion unit and a sensor cell unit writing switch connected to the photoelectric
conversion unit;

a memory cell unit including a memory capacitance and a memory cell unit writing switch connected to the memory capacitance;
and

a common signal line connected to the sensor cell unit and the memory cell unit,
wherein the memory cell unit holds a signal including voltage fluctuation of the photoelectric conversion unit due to an OFF
operation of the sensor cell unit writing switch, a fixed pattern noise of the sensor cell unit, and a fixed pattern noise
of the memory cell unit, to the memory capacitance before holding a signal of the photoelectric conversion unit to the memory
capacitance.

US Pat. No. 9,083,925

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A color processing method of performing image processing for an image recording apparatus which records an image by arranging,
on a recording medium, dots of a plurality of types of dot structures having different arrangements of color materials to
be used, comprising the steps of:
generating a dot arrangement signal which corresponds to an input color signal and represents an arrangement of dots of the
plurality of types of dot structures; and

outputting image data which arranges dots of the plurality of types of dot structures on a recording medium based on the dot
arrangement signal,

wherein, in a case where a set of dot structures recordable by the image recording apparatus is defined as a set A, a set
of color points corresponding to the respective dot structures of the set A is defined as a set B, a polyhedron forming a
convex hull of the color points of the set B in a color space is defined as a polyhedron C, a set of polygons forming a surface
of the polyhedron C is defined as a set D, and a set of dot structures in which color points are positioned on the polygons
of the set D out of the dot structures of the set A is defined as a set E, the dot arrangement signal out of the dot arrangement
signals that corresponds to a color signal value representing a color capable of output on a gamut boundary represents an
arrangement of dot structures serving as a subset of the set E.

US Pat. No. 9,081,321

CHARGING MEMBER AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A charging member comprising:
an electro-conductive support,
an elastic layer containing electro-conductive particles dispersed in the elastic layer, and
a surface layer, wherein
the elastic layer holds polyethylene particles in such a manner that at least a part of the polyethylene particles are exposed
from the elastic layer, and a surface of the elastic layer is roughened thereby,

the surface of the elastic layer is covered with the surface layer in such a manner that the surface shape of the elastic
layer is reflected in the surface shape of the charging member, and wherein

the surface layer contains a high-molecular compound having a constitutional unit represented by formula (1):
(wherein in formula (1), R1 and R2 each independently represent any one of formulae (2) to (5):
wherein in formulae (2) to (5), R3 to R7, R10 to R14, R19, R20, R24, and R25 each independently represent hydrogen, an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms, a hydroxy group, a carboxyl group, or an
amino group; R8, R9, R15 to R18, R22, R23, and R27 to R30 each independently represent hydrogen or an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms; n, m, l, q, s, and t each independently
represent an integer of 1 to 8; p and r each independently represent an integer of 4 to 12; x and y each independently represent
0 or 1; the symbols “*” represent a binding site to a corresponding one of the silicon atoms in formula (1).

US Pat. No. 9,081,334

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image carrying member for carrying a toner image;
a movable intermediary transfer member for carrying the toner image transferred from said image carrying member;
a first transfer member for transferring the toner image from said intermediary transfer member onto a recording material,
said first transfer member having a first resistance and being contacted to an outer surface of said intermediary transfer
member;

a second transfer member for transferring the toner image from said intermediary transfer member onto the recording material,
said second transfer member having a second resistance higher than the first resistance and being contacted to the outer surface
of said intermediary transfer member at a position downstream of said first transfer member with respect to a moving direction
of said intermediary transfer member; and

voltage applying means, connected to both of said first transfer member and said second transfer member, for applying the
same voltage to said first transfer member and to said second transfer member to transfer the toner image onto the recording
material.

US Pat. No. 9,069,497

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS HAVING RELAY VIRTUAL PRINTER AND FUNCTIONAL RELAY VIRTUAL PRINTER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus communicable via a network with an image forming device and a print server that generates
print data based on a print request received from a user device via the network, wherein the print server is provided by a
first vendor that releases a unique specification for executing data communication between the print server and the image
forming device, comprising:
a relay virtual printer unit that corresponds to the image forming device and instructs the corresponding image forming device
to print out print data generated by the print server; and

a functional relay virtual printer unit that has a function for realizing a specified print service not provided by the print
server and for responding to a print request from the user device,

wherein the relay virtual printer unit comprises:
a receiving unit configured to acquire, in response to the print server receiving a printing instruction input by a user via
the user device, print data from the print server according to a first specification, which is the unique specification of
the first vendor that also is for data communication between the print server and the information processing apparatus; and

a transmission unit configured to transmit the print data acquired by the receiving unit from the relay virtual printer unit
to the image forming device according to a second specification which is for executing data communication between the information
processing apparatus and the image forming device, wherein the second specification is released by a second vendor that provides
the information processing apparatus and is other than the first vendor, and

wherein the functional relay virtual printer unit comprises:
a print data acquisition unit that acquires print data from the print server which has generated the print data in response
to a print request from the user device; and

a print instruction unit that executes a process for realizing the specified print service not provided by the print server,
and instructs the image forming device to print the print data via the transmission unit of the relay virtual printer unit

wherein the functional relay virtual printer unit has a temporarily stored printing function that stores the print data acquired
from the print server when a print request is made by the user device and instructs the image forming device to print the
stored print data upon reception of a print instruction from the image forming device,

wherein the print server generates a print job in response to a print request by the user device and notifies the print job
to the functional relay virtual printer unit,

wherein the functional relay virtual printer unit acquires the print data in response to the print job from the print server
and transmits the acquired print data to the relay virtual printer unit corresponding to each of image forming devices upon
reception of a print instruction from the image forming devices which execute a process for realizing the specified print
service not provided by the print server, and

wherein each of the relay virtual printer units, which has received the print data from the functional relay virtual printer
unit, instructs the corresponding image forming device to print the print data.

US Pat. No. 9,069,512

DISPLAYING SCREEN INFORMATION OF A PRINTING DEVICE ON A CLIENT DEVICE IN ACCORDANCE WITH A TYPE OF CLIENT DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus, comprising:
a storing unit configured to store a plurality of pieces of screen information, each corresponding to a type of an external
device that is capable of accessing the apparatus;

a transmitting unit configured to transmit the screen information to the external device;
a receiving unit configured to receive an instruction request that is based on the screen information displayed in the external
device; and

an executing unit configured to execute processing in response to the instruction request received by the receiving unit,
wherein the screen information includes a common section that is common among the plurality of pieces of screen information
regardless of the type of the external device and a difference section that differs among the plurality of pieces of screen
information depending on the type of the external device

wherein the screen information stored in the storing unit includes first screen information for displaying a reload object
and second screen information for not displaying the reload object, the reload object allowing data on a display screen of
the external device to return to an initial setting.

US Pat. No. 9,064,105

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit that acquires, from each of a plurality of applications operating on said information processing apparatus,
manifest information defining a sharing condition for indicating another application out of the plurality of applications
which is trusted by the application to access a user credential, wherein the user credential includes information for certifying
a user;

a generation unit that analyzes the manifest information acquired from each of the plurality of applications, and, based on
the analyzing result, generates sharing settings which define sharing conditions for sharing the user credential among the
applications, and stores the generated sharing settings in a memory;

a holding unit that holds, in a memory, the user credential sent from at least one of the applications;
a provision unit that provides, upon receiving a request of the user credential from one of the applications, the requested
user credential to the requesting application according to the stored sharing settings, wherein the provision unit includes:

(a) an encryption unit that encrypts the user credential held by said holding unit, and
(b) a distribution unit that distributes, to each application, an encryption key used to encrypt the user credential held
by said holding unit;

a non-transitory computer-readable memory configured to store computer-executable process steps; and
a processor configured to function as at least one of the acquisition unit, the generation unit, the holding unit, and the
provision unit by executing the computer-executable process steps stored in the memory,

wherein the manifest information acquired from each of the plurality of applications is created by one or more respective
vendors of each of the plurality of applications, and

wherein the manifest information acquired from each of the plurality of applications is read by an application platform, when
the application platform is installing or starting the application.

US Pat. No. 9,063,497

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A POWER SUPPLY COMMON TO PRIMARY TRANSFER AND SECONDARY TRANSFER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member configured to bear a toner image;
a movable endless conductive intermediate transfer belt configured to allow the toner image to be primarily transferred from
the image bearing member onto the intermediate transfer belt;

a primary transfer member configured to primarily transfer the toner image from the image bearing member onto the intermediate
transfer belt, wherein the primary transfer member contacts with inner periphery of the intermediate transfer belt and faces
to the image bearing member through the intermediate transfer belt;

a secondary transfer member in contact with the intermediate transfer belt, wherein the secondary transfer member forms a
secondary transfer section together with the intermediate transfer belt;

a secondary transfer counter member disposed to face the secondary transfer member with the intermediate transfer belt between
the secondary transfer counter member and the secondary transfer member; and

a voltage maintenance element having a ground side being electrically grounded and an anti-ground side that is in opposite
side of the ground side, and connected to the primary transfer member and the secondary transfer counter member at the anti-ground
side, configured to maintain the primary transfer member and the secondary transfer counter member at a predetermined potential
or higher with a current flowing from the secondary transfer member through the intermediate transfer belt.

US Pat. No. 9,053,538

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER RECORDING MEDIUM FOR REDUCING AN AMOUNT OF NOISE INCLUDED IN AN IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that can perform time-sequential weighting addition processing on a moving image constituted
by a plurality of frames, the apparatus comprising:
a decomposition unit configured to generate decomposed image data of a plurality of different frequency bands;
a filter unit configured to obtain an image by performing recursive filter processing on a preceding frame that precedes a
present target frame of the decomposed image data, which is one of the plurality of frames of the decomposed image data constituting
the moving image;

a coefficient acquisition unit configured to acquire a weighting coefficient for the present target frame of the decomposed
image data based on a noise statistic of a differential image data between an image of the present target frame of the decomposed
image data and the image of the preceding frame of the decomposed image data obtained by the filter unit in different frequency
bands; and

a reconstruction unit configured to reconstruct image data of a plurality of different frequency bands,
wherein the filter unit adds the present target frame of the decomposed image data with the weighting coefficient acquired
by the coefficient acquisition unit to the preceding frame of the decomposed image data.

US Pat. No. 9,053,407

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for printing an image on a unit area of a printing medium by performing a plurality of relative
scans, which include a first relative scan and a second relative scan, of a printing head with respect to the printing medium
that is conveyed in a conveying direction to differentiate a position on the printing medium to which printing is to be performed
and processing multi-valued image data for the image to be printed on the unit area, said apparatus comprising:
a first division unit configured to divide the multi-valued image data into at least a first multi-valued data for the first
relative scan, a second multi-valued data for the second relative scan, and a third multi-valued data for both of the first
and second relative scans;

a first quantization unit configured to perform quantization processing for each of the multi-valued data divided by said
first division unit to generate first, second and third quantized data, respectively;

a combination unit configured to combine the first and third quantized data generated by said first quantization unit to generate
a first combined quantized data for the first relative scan and to combine the second and third quantized data generated by
the first quantization unit to generate a second combined quantized data for the second relative scan;

a second quantization unit configured to perform quantization processing for the multi-valued image data to generate quantized
data;

a second division unit configured to divide the quantized data generated by said second quantization unit into respective
quantized data for each of the plurality of relative scans; and

a selecting unit configured to select one of a first process, which processes the multi-valued image data by the first division
unit, the first quantization unit and the combination unit, and a second process, which processes the multi-valued image data
by the second quantization unit and the second division unit, in accordance with a position of the unit area on the printing
medium in the conveying direction.

US Pat. No. 9,052,656

CLEANING DEVICE AND FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cleaning device comprising:
(i) a cleaning unit for cleaning a rotatable member, said cleaning unit including,
(i-i) a web;
(i-ii) a first roller on which said web is wound,
(i-iii) a second roller configured and positioned to wind said web up;
(i-iv) a driving mechanism configured to drive said second roller,
(i-v) a third roller configured and positioned to urge said web to said rotatable member,
(i-vi) an urging portion configured and positioned to urge said third roller toward said rotatable member,
(i-vii) a supporting mechanism supporting said third roller, said supporting mechanism permitting movement of said third roller
relative to said first roller and said second roller against an urging force of said urging portion;

(ii) a moving mechanism configured and positioned to cause a relative movement between said cleaning unit and said rotatable
member, between a first position in which said web is spaced from said rotatable member and a second position in which said
web contacts said rotatable member; and

(iii) a controller configured to control an operation of said driving mechanism,
wherein when said moving mechanism causes the relative movement from the first position to the second position, said controller
operates said driving mechanism for a predetermined duration to substantially eliminate the slackness of said web resulting
from the relative movement.

US Pat. No. 9,052,661

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT MAKES FPOT (FIRST PRINT OUT TIME) APPROPRIATE IN ACCORDANCE WITH TIME TAKEN TO EXPAND IMAGE INFORMATION AND TO REDUCE DETERIORATION OF CONSUMABLE ITEMS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a first control unit that controls image information for performing image formation; and
a second control unit that is capable of communicating with the first control unit and that controls an image forming operation,
wherein the first control unit transmits, on the basis of a result of analyzing the image information using a first analysis
method and a time period taken to perform a pre-rotation sequence that is a preparation operation for starting image formation,
a first command associated with the start of the pre-rotation sequence to the second control unit,

wherein, after the first control unit has transmitted the first command, the first control unit transmits, on the basis of
a result of analyzing the image information using a second analysis method, a second command associated with a time period
taken to expand the image information, a processing load of the second analysis method being larger than that of the first
analysis method,

wherein, when the received first command is a command indicating that the pre-rotation sequence will be started, the second
control unit starts the pre-rotation sequence in accordance with the first command, and

wherein, when the received first command is not a command indicating that the pre-rotation sequence will be started, the second
control unit starts the pre-rotation sequence in accordance with the second command that has been received after the second
control unit has received the first command.

US Pat. No. 10,031,468

STRUCTURE AND STRUCTURE DETACHABLY MOUNTABLE TO IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A unit mountable to an image forming apparatus, the unit comprising:a rotatable member;
a first frame including (i) a first slit portion having a widthwise direction and a longitudinal direction and (ii) a second slit portion; and
a second frame including (i) a groove portion configured to rotatably hold said rotatable member, (ii) a first plate portion engaged with said first slit portion to position said second frame relative to said first frame and (iii) a second plate portion provided in a side opposite from said first plate portion so as to sandwich said groove portion with respect to the longitudinal direction of said first slit portion and having a size capable of entering said second slit portion,
wherein said first slit portion includes:
(a) a first positioning portion (i) having a length in the widthwise direction of said first slit portion and (ii) configured to position said first plate portion with respect to the widthwise direction of said first slit portion,
(b) an introducing portion having a length in the widthwise direction longer than the length of said first positioning portion in the widthwise direction, and
(c) a first tapered portion connecting said first positioning portion and said introducing portion, and
wherein said first plate portion includes:
(a) a free end portion having a size capable of entering said introducing portion of said first slit portion to engage said first slit portion with said first plate portion,
(b) a second positioning portion configured to position said first plate portion with respect to the longitudinal direction of said first slit portion,
(c) a second tapered portion connecting said free end portion and said second positioning portion,
(d) a third positioning portion contacting said first frame so as to position said first plate portion with respect to a direction normal to a surface of said first frame.

US Pat. No. 10,018,951

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH CONTROLLABLE VELOCITY RATIO BETWEEN IMAGE AND DEVELOPER BEARING MEMBERS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image bearing member on which an electrostatic image is formed;
a developer bearing member that develops the electrostatic image, which has been formed on the image bearing member, with a developer; and
a control portion that controls the image bearing member and the developer bearing member so as to enable execution of a first image forming operation by which a recorded image is formed by rotating the image bearing member and the developer bearing member at a first peripheral velocity ratio and a second image forming operation by which a recorded image is formed by rotating the image bearing member and the developer bearing member at a second peripheral velocity ratio which is greater than the first peripheral velocity ratio, where the peripheral velocity ratio is defined as a ratio of a peripheral velocity of the developer bearing member to a peripheral velocity of the image bearing member, wherein
the control portion:
has a conversion portion that converts image data, which are used for forming the recorded image, by using either a first conversion condition which has been set so as to obtain a first gradation characteristic in the recorded image when the first image forming operation is executed or a second conversion condition which has been set so as to obtain a second gradation characteristic, which is different from the first gradation characteristic, in the recorded image when the second image forming operation is executed, and
enables the first image forming operation or the second image forming operation to be performed on the basis of image data converted by the conversion portion.

US Pat. No. 10,001,746

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:a frame including a first side plate provided at one end portion and a second side plate provided at another end portion with respect to a longitudinal direction of said image heating apparatus;
a cylindrical rotatable member provided between said first and second side plates;
a heater contacting an inner surface of said rotatable member;
a holder for holding said heater, said holder having a positioning portion, said positioning portion (i) contacting said first side plate, and (ii) positioning said holder relative to said first side plate in the longitudinal direction, wherein said holder is provided in an inside space of said rotatable member, and with respect to the longitudinal direction, a length of said holder is greater than a distance between said first side plate and said second side plate;
a first preventing member, contactable to one end surface of said rotatable member when said rotatable member moves toward said first side plate, for preventing movement of said rotatable member in the longitudinal direction; and
a second preventing member, contactable to another end surface of said rotatable member when said rotatable member moves toward said second side plate, for preventing the movement of said rotatable member in the longitudinal direction,
wherein an image formed on a recording material is heated by heat of said heater while moving in a state in which the recording material contacts said rotatable member, and
wherein said holder is not integral with said first and second preventing members.

US Pat. No. 10,004,158

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS HAVING A PLURALITY OF COOLING FANS FOR SUPPRESSING TEMPERATURE INCREASE WITHIN THE ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic apparatus that has a heat source and a sound recording function, comprising:a duct unit which has an inlet and an outlet and thermally connected to heat source;
a temperature sensor which senses a temperature of the heat source;
a first air blowing unit which blows air in said duct unit from the inlet toward the outlet;
a second air blowing unit which circulates air inside the electronic apparatus; and
a controller which controls said first air blowing unit and said second air blowing unit according to a sound recording operation and the temperature sensed by said temperature sensor,
wherein said controller controls said first air blowing unit to stop and said second air blowing unit to drive in a case where the sound recording operation is in progress and the temperature is equal to or lower than a predetermined temperature.

US Pat. No. 9,948,809

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, MEMORY MANAGEMENT METHOD FOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM, USING DISCRETELY ARRANGED BLOCKS IN PRIORITIZING INFORMATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that performs image processing using information stored in a semiconductor memory, the image forming apparatus comprising:an obtaining unit configured to obtain from the semiconductor memory block size information indicating a block size of a block in the semiconductor memory; and
a management unit configured to manage information which is related to the image processing apparatus to be updated along with execution of the image processing; and
a storing unit configured to store, by arranging discretely in blocks in the semiconductor memory, at least a part of information which is related to the image processing apparatus in view of frequency of updating the information which is related to the image processing apparatus, priority of the information which is related to the image processing apparatus and the block size indicated by the block size information obtained by the obtaining unit so as to reduce a number of times of updating the blocks with the information related to the image processing apparatus in a predetermined time period.

US Pat. No. 9,924,051

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR PERFORMING PRINTING BASED ON COLLECTION SETTINGS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a controller which includes at least one processor and a memory, wherein the controller is configured to function as:
a receiving unit configured to receive, from an external device, first PDL data of one page including drawing commands for
drawing vector graphics objects, each of the drawing commands having coordinates within the one page, the first PDL data being
generated based on N-in-1 print setting by the external device;

a classifying unit configured to classify the drawing commands into N pages, based on the coordinates of the drawing commands;
and

a conversion unit configured to shift the coordinates of the drawing commands according to a result of the classification,
multiply the shifted coordinates by a multiplying factor which is more than 1, and insert a page separation command at a separation
of pages of the plurality of pages, in order to convert the first PDL data into second PDL data of the N pages, whose respective
sizes are same as the one page, including drawing commands having the multiplied coordinates for drawing larger versions of
the vector graphics objects, the larger versions being also vector graphics objects.

US Pat. No. 9,814,381

OPHTHALMIC APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, PERSONAL DIGITAL ASSISTANT DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, OPHTHALMIC SYSTEM, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An ophthalmic apparatus that is capable of communicating with a personal digital assistant (PDA) device, the PDA device
including a display unit, the ophthalmic apparatus comprising:
a main body that includes an image-capturing unit, the image-capturing unit obtaining a moving image of an eye to be examined
using light returned from the eye to be examined which is illuminated, the main body being for obtaining information regarding
the eye to be examined;

a driving unit that drives the main body;
a transmission unit that transmits, before the information regarding the eye to be examined is obtained, a moving image signal
of the obtained moving image, to the PDA device;

a reception unit that receives a control signal from the PDA device when the moving image signal is transmitted; and
a control unit that controls the driving unit using the received control signal.

US Pat. No. 9,818,234

3D SHAPE RECONSTRUCTION USING REFLECTION ONTO ELECTRONIC LIGHT DIFFUSING LAYERS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus for depth estimation of the surface of an object positioned at an inspection station, the apparatus comprising:
a projector positioned and configured to project patterned light toward the inspection station;
first and second transparency-controllable layers positioned to receive a reflection from a direction of the inspection station,
the first and second layers being positioned in spaced-apart relation relative to each other, wherein both of the first and
second layers are controllably switchable between a transparent mode in which the layer is transparent, and a diffuse mode
in which the layer diffuses light;

an image capture device positioned and configured to capture images of the first and second layers; and
a controller configured to control transparency of the first and second layers and to control projection of patterned light
by the projector, and configured to estimate depth of the surface of an object positioned at the inspection station by calculations
using images of the first and second layers captured by the image capture device.

US Pat. No. 9,812,646

ORGANIC COMPOUND AND ORGANIC LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE AND DISPLAY APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An organic light emitting device comprising:
a pair of electrodes; and
an organic compound layer disposed between the pair of electrodes, wherein
the organic compound layer includes an organic compound represented by the following formula (1):
wherein R1 and R2 each independently selected from a hydrogen atom, Substituent group A shown below, and Substituent group B shown below, wherein
at least one of R1 and R2 is selected from Substituent group A or Substituent group B;

R11 and R12 of a substituent belonging to Substituent group A are each independently selected from Substituent group B; and

each substituent belonging to Substituent group A or Substituent group B optionally has a halogen atom, a substituted or unsubstituted
alkyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted alkoxy group, a silyl group, or a cyano group at a position other than the R11 and R12 substitution positions:


US Pat. No. 9,812,474

IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a pixel that generates charge;
an integral amplifier that integrates charge transferred from the pixel;
a low pass filter to which output of the integral amplifier is supplied and whose time constant is variable;
a first sample-and-hold circuit that samples and holds output of the low pass filter before the charge is transferred from
the pixel to the integral amplifier;

a second sample-and-hold circuit that samples and holds output of the low pass filter after the charge is transferred from
the pixel to the integral amplifier;

a differential circuit that outputs a difference between a signal held by the first sample-and-hold circuit and a signal held
by the second sample-and-hold circuit; and

a control circuit that changes the time constant of the low pass filter,
wherein the control circuit decreases the time constant of the low pass filter after the sampling by the first sample-and-hold
circuit ends, and increases the time constant of the low pass filter in the middle of the sampling by the second sample-and-hold
circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,807,853

LIGHTING DEVICE, LIGHTING SYSTEM, AND EXTERNAL POWER SOURCE DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A lighting device comprising:
a light emitting component;
a main capacitor that supplies electric power to said light emitting component;
a connector that is electrically connectable to an external power source device, and that includes a first terminal for supplying
electric power from the external power source device to said main capacitor and a second terminal for discriminating a type
of the external power source device;

a switching unit configured to switch an input-output attribute of the second terminal;
a storage unit configured to store information for discriminating a type of an external power source device connectable to
said connector;

an obtaining unit configured to obtain the information for discriminating the type of the external power source device by
comparing a voltage value of a signal input to the second terminal from the external power source device with a predetermined
voltage threshold when said switching unit sets the attribute of the second terminal to an input; and

a discrimination unit configured to discriminate the type of the external power source device by contrasting the information
that said obtaining unit obtained with the information stored in said storage unit.

US Pat. No. 9,738,803

AQUEOUS INK, INK CARTRIDGE, AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An aqueous ink for ink jet comprising a resin particle,
wherein the resin particle has a first layer and a second layer in this order from the inside to the outside thereof,
wherein the first layer is composed of a first resin, a proportion of a unit derived from an aromatic-group-containing ethylenically
unsaturated monomer in the first resin being 10% by mass or less, and

wherein the second layer has a tetrahydrofuran-insoluble fraction of 10% by mass or more and is composed of a second resin
having a unit derived from an aromatic-group-containing ethylenically unsaturated monomer and a unit derived from an ionic-group-containing
ethylenically unsaturated monomer, a proportion of the unit derived from the ionic-group-containing ethylenically unsaturated
monomer in the second resin being 3% by mass or more to 70% by mass or less.

US Pat. No. 9,686,464

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS CAPABLE OF EASILY GENERATING ALBUM, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a display control unit configured to cause a display unit to display a plurality of frames and control the display unit to
display a still image or a live view image obtained by an image pickup unit;

a selection unit configured to select any one frame in response to a touch operation to an inside of any one of the plurality
of displayed frames;

a still image shooting unit configured to generate the still image by performing a predetermined image pickup process in response
to a touch operation that selects the frame by the selection unit while the live view image is being displayed in the selected
frame,

wherein said display control unit switches content of the inside of the selected frame from the live view image to the still
image generated by said still image shooting unit in response to the touch operation that selects the frame by the selection
unit while the live view image is being displayed in the selected frame, and

wherein said selection unit is configured to further designate a next frame in response to a touch operation to an inside
of any other one of the displayed frames after said still image is generated by the still image shooting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,684,223

HIGH EFFICIENCY FIBER OPTICAL PARAMETRIC OSCILLATOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical apparatus comprising:
an optical source that generates a first pulse with a first optical wavelength;
an optical amplifier that amplifies the first pulse and outputs an amplified pulse with the first optical wavelength;
a first waveguide that is connected to the optical amplifier which receives the amplified pulse;
a second waveguide that is connected to the first waveguide and receives the amplified pulse, wherein the second waveguide
converts the energy of the amplified pulse into energy of a second pulse while a relative center position of the second pulse
for the amplified pulse is crossing a center position of the amplified pulse in a first direction, wherein the second pulse
has a second optical wavelength different from the first optical wavelength;

wherein the amplifier, the first waveguide, and the second waveguide form an optical loop which feeds the second pulse back
to the amplifier, the first waveguide, and the second waveguide;

an output coupler to output a portion of the second pulse outside of the optical loop;
wherein the following equation is satisfied:
Lmin?L??/?P,
in which a length of the first waveguide is L, a nonlinear coefficient of the first waveguide is ?, a peak power of the amplified
pulse as it is received by the first waveguide is P, and a minimum length of the first waveguide is Lmin.

US Pat. No. 9,606,753

DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR TRANSMITTING PRINT DATA, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING DATE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A data processing apparatus comprising:
at least a processor and at least a memory coupled to the at least the processor and having stored thereon instructions for
causing, when executed by the at least the processor, the at least the processor and the at least the memory to cooperate
to act as:

a processing unit configured to start processing for downloading first print data and at least one page of an image for a
preview from an external apparatus, the first print data being generated based on a first print setting;

a reception unit configured to receive a change from the first print setting to a second print setting;
a display unit configured to display a print execution button in a state where reception of a print execution instruction
is disabled, and if a preview execution instruction is received and if the at least one page of the image for the preview
is downloaded, the display unit displays the print execution button in a state where the reception of the print execution
instruction is enabled; and

a transmission unit configured to transmit to a printing apparatus a print job based on downloaded print data if the print
execution instruction is received,

wherein if the reception unit receives the change from the first print setting to the second print setting and if second print
data based on the second print setting needs to be downloaded from the external apparatus, the processing unit stops the processing
for downloading the first print data and starts processing for downloading the second print data from the external apparatus,
and the transmission unit transmits a print job based on the second print data to the printing apparatus, and

wherein if the reception unit receives the change from the first print setting to the second print setting and if the second
print data does not need to be acquired from the external apparatus, the transmission unit transmits a print job based on
the first print data and the second print setting to the printing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,599,950

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND A POWER SUPPLY APPARATUSES FOR CONTROLLING A TURN-ON TIMING OF A SWITCHING ELEMENT WHOSE OUTPUT VOLTAGE DECREASES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power supply apparatus, comprising:
a transformer in which a primary side and a secondary side are insulated;
a switch element that drives the primary side of the transformer; and
a control unit that controls a drive frequency of the switch element,
wherein, in a case where a state in which the switch element is driven at a first drive frequency is shifted to a state in
which the switch element is driven at a second drive frequency lower than the first drive frequency, the control unit turns
on the switch element at a timing according to a vibration cycle of the transformer, and

wherein, an output voltage from the secondary side of the transformer in a state in which the switch element is driven at
the second drive frequency is smaller than an output voltage from the secondary side of the transformer in a state in which
the switch element is driven at the first drive frequency.

US Pat. No. 9,599,956

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A DUAL-POSITION DEVELOPING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording material, comprising:
a main assembly to which a cartridge including an image bearing member on which a latent image is formed and including a developing
device for developing the latent image on said image bearing member is detachably mountable; and

a transfer unit, detachably mountable to said main assembly separately from said cartridge, for transferring a developer image
formed on said image bearing member,

wherein said developing device includes a developer carrying member and is movable between a contact position where said developer
carrying member is contacted to said image bearing member and a spaced position where said developer carrying member is spaced
from said image bearing member,

wherein said transfer unit includes a developing device contact-and-separation mechanism for moving said developing device
between the contact position and the spaced position, and

wherein said developing device contact-and-separation mechanism includes an engaging member engageable with said cartridge
and movable between an engaging position and a non-engaging position, wherein said engaging member in the engaging position
places the developing device in the spaced position, and said engaging member in the non-engaging position permits the developing
device to be placed in the contact position.

US Pat. No. 9,591,779

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS CAPABLE OF ACCOMMODATING THEREIN MEMBER INCLUDING CABLE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:
a coupler including a coupler body and a cable, which extends out of the coupler body;
an accommodating unit configured to accommodate the coupler; and
an interlock member configured to interlock with the coupler accommodated in the accommodating unit,
wherein the coupler has a recessed portion which is capable of receiving the cable,
wherein a protrusion is provided on an inner wall of the recessed portion, and
wherein in a case where the cable is received within the recessed portion and the coupler is accommodated in the accommodating
unit, the interlock member interlocks with the coupler body and prevents the cable from coming out from the recessed portion,
and a tip portion of the interlock member is positioned above the recessed portion, and is positioned such that a length of
the tip portion of the interlock member protruding from the inner wall is longer than a length of the protrusion protruding
from the inner wall.

US Pat. No. 9,581,943

HEAT FIXING APPARATUS AND GREASE COMPOSITION FOR THE HEAT FIXING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A heat fixing apparatus comprising:
a heating rotary member;
a pressurizing rotary member configured to be brought into pressure contact with the heating rotary member;
a heating-side sliding portion configured to slide due to rotation of the heating rotary member;
a pressurizing-side sliding portion configured to slide due to rotation of the pressurizing rotary member; and
a grease composition supplied at, at least one of the heating-side sliding portion and the pressurizing-side sliding portion
to mediate sliding thereat,

the heat fixing apparatus being configured to fix toner onto the recording material by heating and pressurizing the toner
on a recording material in a nip portion formed by the heating rotary member and the pressurizing rotary member,

wherein the grease composition comprises:
a base oil; and
polytetrafluoroethylene particles, and
wherein the base oil is a perfluoropolyether oil having a kinetic viscosity at 40° C. from 100 to 200 mm2/s and an evaporation loss of 1.2 mass % or less in a case where 10 g of a sample of the perfluoropolyether oil is placed
in a petri dish having an inner diameter of 41 mm and allowed to stand still at 250° C. for 200 hours.

US Pat. No. 9,567,181

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an apparatus main body formed with a first opening portion and a second opening portion;
an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet;
a stacker portion configured to stack the sheet on which the image has been formed by the image forming unit, and which has
been conveyed outside of the apparatus main body through the first opening portion;

a sheet storage portion configured to store the sheet on which the image has been formed by the image forming unit inside
the apparatus main body in a state in which the sheet is not able to be taken out from the outside of the apparatus main body;
and

a sheet moving unit configured to move the sheet stored in the sheet storage portion and to stop the sheet in a state in which
a front end of the sheet in a movement direction is exposed from the second opening portion to the outside of the apparatus
main body,

wherein the sheet storage portion is provided above the image forming unit and below the stacker portion in a vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 9,563,387

PRINTING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF COUNTING THE NUMBER OF TIMES OF PRINTING, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING PRINTING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a memory;
a processor;
a network I/F that receives a print job;
a printer that executes printing based on the received print job;
a first identification unit configured to identify a printing protocol of the received print job;
a second identification unit configured to identify a transmission source application of the received print job; and
a counting unit configured to count a number of times of printing separately for each printing protocol,
wherein the counting unit counts, in a case where the printing protocol identified by the first identification unit is a specific
printing protocol, the number of times of printing further separately for each transmission source application of the received
print job,

wherein the second identification unit identifies one transmission source application from at least two transmission source
applications having the same printing protocol, based on a format of image data associated with the received print job so
that the counting unit is configured to distinguish between the number of times of printing for the at least two transmission
source applications having the same printing protocol, and

wherein the first identification unit, the second identification unit and the counting unit are implemented at least in part
by the processor executing at least one program recorded on the memory.

US Pat. No. 9,563,170

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CONFIGURED TO USE A COMMON DRIVING SOURCE FOR IMAGE BEARING MEMBERS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a plurality of image bearing members;
latent image forming means for forming a latent image on each of the image bearing members;
a plurality of developing units for developing the latent images on the image bearing members, wherein the developing units
are provided correspondingly to the image bearing members, respectively, and include developing members movable toward and
away from the image bearing members, respectively, and the latent images are capable of being formed on the image bearing
members by contacting the developing members with the image bearing members, respectively;

a movable member onto which images obtained by developing the latent images with developers are transferred from the image
bearing members;

a common driving source for driving the image bearing members;
a contact-and-separation unit for moving developing members toward and away from the image bearing members, respectively;
and

a control unit for outputting a signal for controlling the contact-and-separation unit,
wherein the image forming apparatus is capable of forming the images in an operation in a mode in which the latent images
are successively formed on the image bearing members and the images are successively transferred from the image bearing members
onto the movable member, and

wherein after end of the latent image formation on a final image bearing member of the plurality of image bearing members
on which latent image formation is finally started and before end of transfer of an associated image from the final image
bearing member, the control unit outputs a spacing signal for spacing associated developing members from other image bearing
members of the plurality of image bearing members, during the image formation in the operation in the mode.

US Pat. No. 9,538,074

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus which performs blurring processing on captured image data based on distance information of
a subject, the apparatus comprising:
a dividing unit configured to divide the captured image data into a plurality of image data pieces corresponding to pieces
of the distance information different from each other;

a generating unit configured to generate a plurality of blurred image data pieces by performing blurring processing on the
plurality of divided image data pieces; and

a synthesizing unit configured to synthesize the plurality of blurred image data pieces,
wherein the plurality of divided image data pieces includes a first divided image data piece corresponding to a first distance
information piece and a second divided image data piece corresponding to a second distance information piece that indicates
a more rear side than the first distance information piece,

wherein the generating unit generates a first blurred image data piece by performing the blurring processing on the first
divided image data piece and generates a second blurred image data piece by performing the blurring processing on the second
divided image data piece and an occlusion region, and

wherein the synthesizing unit adds pixel values of the occlusion region after the blurring process to pixel values of a region
of the first blurred image data piece corresponding to the occlusion region, and a different proportion is used for the adding
of the synthesizing unit in at least a partial region within the occlusion region.

US Pat. No. 9,538,145

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS, METHOD FOR SETTING MASK IMAGE, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A transmission apparatus that transmits an image to be distributed, which is at least a part of a captured image by an
image capture unit, to a reception apparatus, the transmission apparatus comprising:
a holding unit configured to hold at least one setting including an extraction range to extract a distribution image from
the captured image and a resolution of the captured image;

a determination unit configured to receive, from a reception apparatus, specification information for specifying one of the
at least one setting in the holding unit and to apply a coordinate system corresponding to an extraction range of the distribution
image, the extraction range being determined by the specified setting;

a setting unit configured to receive, from the reception apparatus, mask position information indicating a mask position in
the determined coordinate system for displaying a mask in the distributed image and set the mask position, based on the resolution
of the captured image, the extraction range and the received mask position in the determined coordinate system, at which the
mask is displayed in the distribution image extracted from the captured image; and

a transmission unit configured to transmit the distribution image with the mask to a reception apparatus by extracting the
distribution image within the extraction range of the captured image.

US Pat. No. 9,530,084

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF ASCERTAINING PRINTING REDUCTION EFFECT, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a printer;
a storage storing image data transmitted from an information processing apparatus;
an operation panel configured to receive a print start instruction from a user;
at least one processor; and
a memory,
wherein the at least one processor is connected to the memory and configured to:
control the printer to print the image data, in response to the print start instruction, in accordance with a print condition;
change the print condition to not print the image data;
delete the image data from the storage in accordance with a deletion instruction received by the operation panel;
record a deletion log in response to the deletion of the image data, the deletion log including a print flag indicative of
whether the image data has been printed by the printer or not and a number of recording sheets required to print the image
data; and

calculate the number of recording sheets saved by changing the print condition to not print the image data.

US Pat. No. 9,513,492

SHAKE CORRECTION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A shake correction apparatus comprising:
a lens barrel configured to move in an optical axis direction between a position of a collapsed state and a position of an
photographing state;

a correcting unit configured to optically correct an image shake based on an output of a shake detecting unit;
a moving member configured to hold the correcting unit;
a fixing member configured to regulate a movement of the moving member in an optical axis direction;
a rotating member configured to be interposed between the moving member and the fixing member and to be relatively moveable
to the respective moving member and fixing member;

a driving unit configured to drive the moving member; and
at least one processor or circuit configured to perform the operations of units comprising a control unit configured to perform
control of initialization driving of the moving member for directing the rotating member to a center position in a driving
area,

wherein, where the start-up mode of the shake correction apparatus is a first start-up mode not accompanying the movement
from the position of the collapsed state to the position of the photographing state, the control unit sets an amplitude of
the initialization driving of the moving member to a first driving amplitude that is smaller than the amplitude where the
start-up mode of the shake correction apparatus is a second start-up mode accompanying the movement from the position of the
collapsed state to the position of the photographing state.

US Pat. No. 9,514,532

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS OPHTHALMOLOGIC IMAGING SYSTEM AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an identifying unit configured to identify a region relating to the movement of blood cells on a fundus image captured by
an ophthalmologic imaging apparatus that includes an adaptive optics system; and

an acquisition unit configured to acquire information relating to a tissue that is positioned on a back side of a position
where the movement of blood cells is recognized, when it is seen from an anterior eye part side, in the identified region.

US Pat. No. 9,510,069

ELECTROMECHANICAL TRANSDUCER AND METHOD OF PRODUCING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A capacitive electromechanical transducer comprising:
a substrate;
a first electrode disposed on the substrate; and
a vibration film disposed on the first electrode with a space therebetween,
wherein
the first electrode has a surface roughness value of 6 nm RMS (root-mean-square) or less,
wherein the vibration film includes a first membrane, a second electrode and a second membrane, and
wherein the first membrane is disposed between the second electrode and the space, and the second membrane is disposed on
a surface of the second electrode opposite to a surface on which the first membrane is disposed.

US Pat. No. 9,507,307

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form a toner image on a sheet;
a fixing unit configured to fix the toner image formed by the image forming unit on the sheet;
a double-sided conveyance path along which the sheet is conveyed to form, after a toner image is fixed to one face of the
sheet by the fixing unit, a toner image on the other face of the sheet; and

a control unit configured to control conveyance of the sheet, allowing the sheet to be stopped at a first standby position
which is more downstream than the fixing unit in a sheet conveyance direction on the double-sided conveyance path and at a
second standby position which is more downstream than the first standby position, and changing stopping time for which the
sheet is stopped at the first standby position and stopping time for which the sheet is stopped at the second standby position
according to a material of the sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,509,870

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM ENABLING LAYOUT VARATIONS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus having one or more processors executing instructions in one or more memories, wherein the instructions causing
the one or more processors to function comprise:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire at least one image group including at least one image;
a creating unit configured to create a plurality of layout candidates, by selecting at least one image from an image group
acquired by the acquisition unit, and arranging the at least one selected image;

an evaluation unit configured to evaluate the layout candidates created by the creating unit;
a deciding unit configured to decide a presentation order of layout candidates by selecting the layout candidates from the
plurality of layout candidates, based on evaluation results from the evaluation unit and a predetermined rule different from
evaluation, the predetermined rule being a rule for selecting a layout candidate based on evaluation results from the evaluation
unit; and

a presenting unit configured to present the selected layout candidates in the presentation order decided by the deciding unit;
wherein the deciding unit decides the presentation order so that the presentation order is different from an evaluation order
based on evaluation results from the evaluation unit, based on evaluation results of the evaluation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,508,153

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A distance measurement apparatus that calculates distance information based at least on a first image and a second image,
the distance measurement apparatus comprising:
a first calculation unit configured to calculate, for each pixel to which distance calculation is performed, distance information
corresponding to the pixel on the basis of a local area of a number of local areas in the first image, including the pixel,
and a local area of a number of local areas in the second image, corresponding to the local area in the first image;

a second calculation unit configured to calculate a non-similarity value between the local area in the first image and the
local area in the second image;

a determination unit configured to determine whether the non-similarity value is equal to or greater than a threshold; and
a third calculation unit configured to calculate a ratio of the number of local areas for which the non-similarity value is
determined to be equal to or greater than the threshold in a predetermined area to the number of local areas in the predetermined
area.

US Pat. No. 9,501,032

PROCESS CARTRIDGE HAVING PROJECTED PORTIONS AND RECESSED PORTIONS PROVIDED ON SURFACE OF CHARGING MEMBER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge detachably mountable to an image forming apparatus, said process cartridge comprising:
an image bearing member for forming a latent image;
a charging member, press-contacted to said image bearing member at a predetermined urging force, for electrically charging
said image bearing member by being supplied with a charging bias;

developing means for developing the latent image by supplying a polymerized toner to said image bearing member; and
a cleaning blade for removing the polymerized toner deposited on said image bearing member in contact with said image bearing
member,

wherein said charging member comprises:
an electroconductive support;
one or more elastic layer formed around said electroconductive support; and
projected portions and recessed portions provided on a surface of said charging member,
wherein said projected portions are elastically deformable in contact with said image forming member, leaving electrically
dischargeable gaps between said recessed portions of said charging member and said image bearing member, and

wherein, when a potential difference between said charging member and said image bearing member is V in volts, an urging force
for urging said charging member to said image bearing member is P in Newtons, a height of said projected portions before elastic
deformation is L in meters, the sum of areas of contact portions where said projected portions contact said image bearing
member is S in square meters, and Young's modulus when said elastic layer is deformed is E in megapascals, these parameters
satisfy the following relationship:

(V?312)/6.2×10?6>L(1?P/ES)>7.7×10?6.

US Pat. No. 9,496,484

PIEZOELECTRIC MATERIAL, PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A piezoelectric material comprising:
a main component comprising a perovskite-type metal oxide represented by Formula (1):
(NaxBa1-y)(NbyTi1-y)O3 (wherein, 0.80?x?0.94 and 0.83?y?0.94), and

an additive component comprising at least one element selected from Mn and Ni, wherein
the content of the Ni is 0 mol or more and 0.05 mol or less based on 1 mol of the perovskite-type metal oxide; and
the content of the Mn is 0 mol or more and 0.005 mol or less based on 1 mol of the perovskite-type metal oxide (provided that
both the content of Mn and the content of Ni are not simultaneously 0 mol)

wherein a relative dielectric constant of the piezoelectric material is 200 or more and 1090 or less, and
wherein a resistivity of the piezoelectric material is 44 G?·cm or more and 3250 G?·cm or less.

US Pat. No. 9,492,998

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for generating recording data to be used in each of a plurality of times of relative scanning
of a recording head including a discharge port array in which discharge ports for discharging ink are arrayed in a predetermined
direction, with respect to a unit region on a recording medium, in a crossing direction intersecting with the predetermined
direction, the recording data defining ink discharge or non-discharge for each of a plurality of pixel regions corresponding
to a plurality of pixels in the unit region, the image processing apparatus comprising:
a first acquisition unit configured to acquire image data in which information about a number of ink discharge times from
0 to N (N?2) for each of the plurality of pixel regions is defined for each pixel;

a second acquisition unit configured to acquire, for each of a plurality of divided regions being obtained by dividing the
unit region in the predetermined direction and the crossing direction and each including a plurality of pixel regions, information
about a total value of respective numbers of ink discharge times for the plurality of pixel regions in each of the divided
regions based on the image data acquired by the first acquisition unit;

a third acquisition unit configured to acquire, based on pieces of information about the respective total values for a plurality
of divided regions adjacent to a target divided region, among pieces of information about the respective total values for
the plurality of divided regions that have been acquired by the second acquisition unit, information about a representative
value of numbers of ink discharge times for the plurality of adjacent divided regions;

a first generation unit configured to generate, based on the information acquired by the second acquisition unit and the information
acquired by the third acquisition unit, correction data in which information indicating the number of ink discharge times
from 0 to N for each of the plurality of pixel regions is defined for each pixel; and

a second generation unit configured to generate, based on the correction data generated by the first generation unit, the
recording data to be used in each of the plurality of times of scanning,

wherein, (i) in a case in which a difference between the total value for the target divided region that is indicated by the
information acquired by the second acquisition unit, and the representative value for the plurality of adjacent divided regions
that is indicated by the information acquired by the third acquisition unit is larger than a first threshold value, the first
generation unit generates the correction data so that a total value of the numbers of ink discharge times for the target divided
region that is indicated by the correction data becomes smaller than a total value of the numbers of ink discharge times for
the target divided region that is indicated by the image data, and (ii) in a case in which the difference is smaller than
the first threshold value, the first generation unit generates the correction data so that a total value of the numbers of
ink discharge times for the target divided region that is indicated by the correction data becomes equal to a total value
of the numbers of ink discharge times for the target divided region that is indicated by the image data.

US Pat. No. 9,491,359

AUTOMATIC-TRACKING CAMERA APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An automatic-tracking apparatus comprising:
an image pickup unit adapted to acquire an image;
an actuator adapted to change a position of said image pickup unit;
a position detecting unit adapted to detect the position of said image pickup unit;
a position instruction value generation unit adapted to generate a position instruction value, for instructing a target position
of said image pickup unit, realizing after a lapse of a predetermined time period from when said image pickup unit has acquired
the image, on the basis of the image acquired by said image pickup unit and the position of said image pickup unit detected
by said position detecting unit;

a speed prediction unit adapted to predict a speed of a tracking target object realizing after a lapse of a predetermined
time period from when said image pickup unit has acquired the image, using previously stored position information and speed
information of the tracking target object, the position information and speed information obtained from multiple acquired
images; and

a control unit adapted to control said actuator so that said image pickup unit reaches the position indicated by the position
instruction value realizing after a lapse of a predetermined time period from when said image pickup unit has acquired the
image, and the speed of said image pickup unit realizing after a lapse of a predetermined time period from when said image
pickup unit has acquired the image corresponds to the speed predicted by said speed prediction unit,

wherein said control unit is adapted to control said actuator so that said image pickup unit is displaced at a constant acceleration
during the period from the start timing of image acquisition by said image pickup unit to the next start timing of image acquisition.

US Pat. No. 9,481,532

FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

6. A feeding apparatus comprising:
an apparatus main body;
a feeding cassette configured to be inserted into and pulled out from the apparatus main body;
a stacking member provided to the feeding cassette and configured to have sheets stacked on the stacking member;
a feeding member configured to be raised and lowered and to feed the sheets stacked on the stacking member;
a regulating member provided on the feeding cassette and configured to move and regulate a position of the sheets stacked
on the stacking member;

a contact portion provided on the regulating member and configured to come into contact with the sheets stacked on the stacking
member;

an elastic portion configured to elastically bias the contact portion toward the sheets stacked on the stacking member;
a first movement unit configured to raise the feeding member in accordance with an operation of pulling the feeding cassette
out from the apparatus main body, and to lower the feeding member in accordance with an operation of inserting the feeding
cassette into the apparatus main body;

a second movement unit that includes a driving source configured to generate driving force and is configured to raise and
lower the feeding member; and

a control unit configured to control the second movement unit in such a manner that the feeding member, which has been lowered
in response to feeding cassette being inserted into the apparatus main body, is raised before a feeding operation is performed
by the feeding member,

wherein, in a case where an amount of sheets stacked on the stacking member is equal to or more than a predetermined amount,
the contact portion is disposed at a position in contact with the sheets stacked on the stacking member, and

wherein, in a case where the amount of sheets stacked on the stacking member is smaller than the predetermined amount, the
contact portion is disposed at a position not in contact with the sheets stacked on the stacking member.

US Pat. No. 9,485,383

IMAGE BASED CORRECTION OF DISTORTION FROM A SCANNER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging system for imaging an eye, comprising:
a scanner, wherein the scanner positions a spot of light on the eye along a scanning path, the scanning path includes a plurality
of scan lines;

a detector arranged to output raw data associated with positions along the scanning path, wherein the detector detects the
spot of light reflected from the eye;

one or more processors that perform calculations comprising:
dividing the raw data into forward scan data and backward scan data;
reversing the order of the backward scan data to produce inverted backward scan data;
determining an offset value by calculating cross-correlation between the forward scan data and the inverted backward scan
data; and

producing a first image of the eye that comprises the forward scan data and the inverted backward scan data, wherein the forward
scan data is shifted by the offset value relative to the inverted backward scan data, and

adjusting a data sampling window based on the offset value.

US Pat. No. 9,485,445

IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF DRIVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a plurality of photoelectric conversion units each configured to generate a charge based on photoelectric conversion;
a plurality of comparing circuits each configured to output a first comparing result signal by performing a first comparison
comparing a noise signal with a reference signal having a first time-changing rate, a second comparing result signal by performing
a second comparison comparing a signal based on the charge with a reference signal having a second time-changing rate larger
than the first-time changing rate;

a counter circuit configured to generate a count value by performing a counting operating; and
an operation unit, wherein
a count value at a time of changing a signal level of the first comparing result signal is generated as a first digital signal
based on the noise signal,

a count value at a time of changing a signal level of the second comparing result signal is generated as a second digital
signal based on the signal based on the charge,

the operation unit generates a third signal by correcting the second digital signal, based on a difference between the first
time-changing rate and the second time-changing rate, and

the operation unit generates a difference signal between the first digital signal and the third digital signal.

US Pat. No. 9,483,004

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR REDUCING FLUCTUATION OF TONER DENSITY IN A DEVELOPING UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a storage unit configured to store developer including a toner and a carrier;
an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet using the toner stored in the storage unit;
a replenishment unit configured to replenish the storage unit with toner;
a detection unit arranged in the storage unit and configured to detect a toner density of the developer in the storage unit;
a stoppage unit configured to stop, based on the toner density detected by the detection unit, an image forming operation
of the image forming unit forming the image on the sheet;

a first calculation unit configured to control the detection unit to detect the toner density in a duration from when the
stoppage unit stops the image forming operation to when the image forming unit resumes the image forming operation, and configured
to calculate a difference between the toner density and a target toner density;

a second calculation unit configured to accumulate the difference calculated by the first calculation unit to calculate a
cumulative value of the difference;

a determination unit configured to determine a value for determining whether or not replenishment of the toner is required,
based on the difference calculated and the cumulative value calculated; and

a controller configured to control a timing at which the replenishment unit replenishes the storage unit with the toner in
the duration based on the value determined by the determination unit.

US Pat. No. 9,477,433

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a user information storage unit configured to store relating user information related with a protocol;
a reception unit configured to receive, via an interface for connecting with an external device, a print job that includes
relating user information and that is requested to execute according to a specific protocol from the external apparatus;

a determination unit configured to determine whether the relating user information included in the print job received by the
reception unit is stored in the user information storage unit as the relating user information related with the specific protocol;

a storing unit configured to store the print job as a standby print job based on the determination by the determination unit
that the relating user information included in the print job is not stored in the user information storage unit as the relating
user information related with the specific protocol;

a printing unit configured to execute the standby print job according to a print instruction given by a user who has logged
in to the image forming apparatus after the print job is stored as the standby print job; and

a registration unit configured to register the relating user information included in the print job to the user information
storage unit as the relating user information related with the specific protocol, according to the print instruction given
by the user who has logged in.

US Pat. No. 9,470,880

POSITION DETECTING APPARATUS, AND LENS APPARATUS AND OPTICAL OPERATING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE POSITION DETECTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A position detecting apparatus which detects a position of a movable member with respect to a fixed member, comprising:
a scale having a plurality of pattern arrays formed of cycles that differ from one another in a moving direction of the movable
member;

a sensor configured to detect a plurality of phase signals based on the scale depending on the position of the movable member
with respect to the fixed member;

a signal processor configured to generate a plurality of displacement signals based on the plurality of phase signals detected
by the sensor and sequentially output the generated plurality of displacement signals by switching the plurality of displacement
signals at a predetermined cycle;

a speed detector configured to detect a moving speed of the movable member based on at least one of the plurality of displacement
signals;

an absolute position calculator configured to derive the position of the movable member based on at least two displacement
signals among the plurality of displacement signals; and

a relative position calculator configured to derive a displacement amount with respect to a predetermined position based on
a selected displacement signal among the plurality of displacement signals, wherein:

the position calculated by the absolute position calculator is set as the position of the movable member when the moving speed
of the movable member is lower than a first reference speed; and

the position of the movable member is calculated based on the position of the movable member obtained by the absolute position
calculator in advance and the displacement amount with respect to the position calculated by the relative position calculator
when the moving speed of the movable member is equal to or higher than the first reference speed.

US Pat. No. 9,473,679

IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND LENS UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus, to which a lens unit with an optical member is attached and which communicates with the lens unit
to transmit a control signal for the optical member, the imaging apparatus comprising:
at least one processor;
at least one memory;
a communication unit configured to communicate with the attached lens unit;
an imaging unit configured to be able to capture an object image formed by the optical member of the attached lens unit;
a lens information acquisition unit configured to acquire, via the communication unit, individual information of the attached
lens unit;

a determination unit configured to determine a communication method with the attached lens unit;
and a reset instruction unit configured to instruct, via the communication unit, the attached lens unit to reset the optical
member thereof,

wherein the lens information acquisition unit acquires the individual information of the attached lens unit in a first communication
method which does not use a signal corresponding to an imaging timing signal of an image sensor of the imaging apparatus,
thereafter the reset instruction unit instructs to reset the optical member in a second communication method which uses a
signal corresponding to an imaging timing signal of an image sensor of the imaging apparatus, and thereafter the lens information
acquisition unit acquires, via the communication unit, optical correction data of the attached lens unit in the first communication
method,

and wherein at least one of the units is implemented upon execution of the instructions stored in the at least one memory
by the at least one processor.

US Pat. No. 9,467,631

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising a sensor and a driving unit configured to drive said sensor,
said sensor including:
a detection element configured to detect radiation;
a first reset unit configured to reset said detection element;
a holding unit configured to hold a voltage corresponding to a signal from said detection element;
a second reset unit configured to reset said holding unit;
a first sampling unit configured to sample a signal corresponding to a voltage of said holding unit; and
a second sampling unit configured to sample a signal corresponding to the voltage of said holding unit,
wherein said driving unit drives said sensor so as to repeatedly perform
a first operation of making said first sampling unit sample a first signal corresponding to a voltage of said holding unit
which has changed in accordance with a dose of radiation detected by said detection element after said holding unit holds
a voltage corresponding to a signal from said detection element when said first reset unit resets said detection element,
and

a second operation of making said first reset unit reset said detection element after said second sampling unit samples a
second signal corresponding to a voltage of said reset holding unit, after the first operation, while said second reset unit
resets said holding unit, and

said driving unit further drives said sensor, in a first mode in which an interval from an end of the given second operation
to a start of the next first operation is a first interval, so as to execute a third operation of making said first reset
unit reset said detection element and making said second reset unit reset said holding unit in the interval,

while the second operation also functions as the third operation in a second mode in which an interval from an end of the
given second operation to a start of the next first operation is a second interval shorter than the first interval.

US Pat. No. 9,461,086

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a semiconductor device, comprising:
forming an insulating member on a structure, an upper surface of the structure including a first portion with a first height,
a second portion with a second height higher than the first height, a third portion with a third height lower than the second
height; and

forming a plurality of openings in the insulating member,
wherein the forming the plurality of openings comprises:
etching the insulating member under a first condition that makes an etching amount per unit time and unit area of the insulating
member larger as a size of the opening becomes larger; and

etching the insulating member under a second condition that makes the etching amount per unit time and unit area of the insulating
member larger as the size of the opening becomes smaller, after the etching the insulating member under the first condition,

in the etching the insulating member under the first condition,
a first opening, which has a first width and whose bottom surface is higher than the second height, is formed on the first
portion with the first height,

a second opening, which has a second width and whose bottom surface is higher than the second height, is formed on the second
portion with the second height, and

a third opening, which has a third width larger than the first width and the second width and whose bottom surface is higher
than the second height, is formed on the third portion with the third height, and

in the etching the insulating member under the second condition, portions under the first opening and the second opening out
of the insulating member are removed so as to expose the first portion with the first height and the second portion with the
second height while leaving a portion of the insulating member between the third opening and the third portion.

US Pat. No. 9,462,147

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for recording an image on a unit region of a recording medium by performing a plurality of
relative scanning operations of the recording medium and a recording head including a plurality of recording elements, with
ejecting a recording agent by each of a plurality of recording element groups formed by one or more recording elements, the
image processing apparatus comprising:
a processor which executes the following steps of
(i) obtaining image data corresponding to the image to be recorded on the unit region;
(ii) obtaining a plurality of contribution ratios corresponding to the plurality of recording element groups, wherein each
of the plurality of contribution ratios is a use ratio of the respective plurality of recording element groups for recoding
the image on the unit region;

(iii) obtaining a plurality of correcting values corresponding to the plurality of recording element groups, wherein each
of the plurality of correcting values is a value for correcting the image data with regard to a characteristic of a recording
agent ejection amount in the respective plurality of recording element groups; and

(iv) correcting the image data in accordance with the plurality of contribution ratios and the plurality of correcting values,
and

a controller which executes recording of the image on the recording medium in accordance with the corrected image data by
using the recording head.

US Pat. No. 9,462,177

FOCUS ADJUSTMENT APPARATUS, FOCUS ADJUSTMENT METHOD, STORAGE MEDIUM STORING FOCUS ADJUSTMENT PROGRAM, AND IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A focus adjustment apparatus comprising:
an imaging unit configured to output a pair of focus detection signals by photoelectrically converting rays of light which
pass through different pupil areas of a focusing optical system;

a focus detection unit configured to detect a first defocus amount by executing a first filter processing to the pair of focus
detection signals;

a determination unit configured to determine a focus state on the basis of the first defocus amount;
an evaluation value generation unit configured to generate an evaluation value of the first defocus amount by executing a
second filter processing to the pair of focus detection signals in accordance with a result of the determination about the
focus state; and

a control unit configured to evaluate the result of the determination about the focus state on the basis of the evaluation
value and control a focus adjustment in accordance with a result of the evaluation.

US Pat. No. 9,456,125

FOCUS DETECTION APPARATUS AND METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A focus detection apparatus comprising:
a sensor unit, having a plurality of photoelectric conversion elements for receiving light that passed through an imaging
optical system and accumulating charge, configured to generate an image signal to be used for correlation calculation for
focus detection based on the accumulated charge;

a control unit configured to control the photoelectric conversion elements to stop charge accumulation in a case where a first
signal that represents contrast of the image signal reaches a predetermined voltage level; and

a voltage level setting unit configured to set the predetermined voltage level,
wherein the voltage level setting unit sets a larger voltage level as the predetermined voltage level in a first case, in
which luminance change in a direction of the correlation calculation in the plurality of the photoelectric conversion elements
is gentler than a second case, than in the second case.

US Pat. No. 9,456,151

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD WHERE CORRECTION DATA ARE USED AND UPDATED FOR IMAGE DATA CORRECTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus, comprising:
an image pickup element that includes a pixel array of a plurality of pixels arranged in a first direction and a second direction
to generate an image signal read out line by line, the pixel array including a first area and a second area, the first area
including a plurality of third areas;

a read-out unit that reads out, frame by frame, the image signal from the first area and the second area in the image pickup
element, wherein with each frame, the read-out unit reads out the image signal by a line unit, the lines are in the first
direction;

a generation unit that generates a correction data for the image signal output from the second area based on the image signal
output from the first area; and

a storing unit that includes a memory, and stores the correction data generated by the generation unit,
wherein the read-out unit reads out in a frame, the image signals from a predetermined area among the second area in the second
direction, and reads out the image signal from a third area selected for the frame sequentially among the plurality of third
areas, wherein the plurality of third areas are arranged in the first area in the second direction, and the image signal from
the first area, for generating the correction data, is stored in a memory by sequentially reading out the image signal from
the plurality of third areas.

US Pat. No. 9,448,100

SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A signal processing apparatus, comprising:
a transducer that scans an elastic wave beam through an interior of an object and acquires received waveform data of a plurality
of scanlines;

an intensity screening unit that calculates signal intensities on the basis of the received waveform data of the plurality
of scanlines, and outputs, as a high intensity position, a position at which a calculated signal intensity is higher than
a first predetermined value;

a correlation calculation unit that selects, from among the plurality of scanlines, a first scanline and a second scanline
having a predetermined correlation with the first scanline, and that calculates a correlation value between received waveform
data of the first scanline and the second scanline, at a plurality of constant-width divisions;

a position extraction unit that extracts, as a candidate position at which a singular region is likely to be present, a position
corresponding to the high intensity position outputted by the intensity screening unit, at a division where the correlation
value is lower than a second predetermined value; and

an image processing unit that performs signal processing for generating image data of the object from the received waveform
data of the plurality of scanlines.

US Pat. No. 9,445,094

IMAGE CODING APPARATUS, IMAGE CODING METHOD, AND PROGRAM, AND IMAGE DECODING APPARATUS, IMAGE DECODING METHOD, AND PROGRAM, RELATING TO USE OF AN IMAGE QUALITY CONTROL PARAMETER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image encoding apparatus configured to divide an image into divisional blocks and to perform encoding on the image in
units of divisional blocks, the image coding apparatus comprising:
an acquiring unit configured to acquire information on a block size of a target block to be encoded;
a setting unit configured to set information on a minimum quantization size indicating a block size used to control a quantization
of the image; and

an encoding unit configured to encode a first quantization parameter used to control a quantization of the target block, the
first quantization parameter corresponding to encoding the target block to be encoded, in a case where the block size of the
target block to be encoded is greater than or equal to the minimum quantization size, and to encode a second quantization
parameter used to control a quantization of a plurality of blocks in a block group which contains the target block to be encoded,
the second quantization parameter corresponding to encoding a block of a block size smaller than the minimum quantization
size, in a case where the block size of the target block to be encoded is smaller than the minimum quantization size, and
the second quantization parameter used to control the quantization of the plurality of blocks has not been encoded.

US Pat. No. 9,436,252

SEMICONDUCTOR INTEGRATED CIRCUIT AND CONTROL METHOD OF SEMICONDUCTOR INTEGRATED CIRCUIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A semiconductor integrated circuit provided with a processing unit that repeats a processing state and a standby state,
comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a period of the standby state as a standby period;
a control unit configured to hold a plurality of candidate voltages in association with pieces of recovery information corresponding
to recovery times required for the processing unit to return to a normal operation voltage from the candidate voltages in
the standby state, and to control a standby voltage of the processing unit in the standby state in accordance with the candidate
voltage associated with the piece of recovery information corresponding to a recovery time that is shorter than the standby
period among the plurality of candidate voltages; and

a power information estimation unit configured to estimate leakage power of the plurality of candidate voltages and power
following an activation from the plurality of candidate voltages, based on the plurality of candidate voltages and the standby
period,

wherein said control unit further controls the standby voltage to save total power of both leakage power of the plurality
of candidate voltages and power following an activation from the plurality of candidate voltages estimated by said power information
estimation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,437,635

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME AND CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image sensor comprising:
a semiconductor layer having a first face and a second face, a plurality of photoelectric converters being arranged in the
semiconductor layer;

a plurality of conductive portions arranged at a side of the first face;
a plurality of lenses arranged at a side of the second face;
an interlayer insulator film disposed between the plurality of conductive portions and the semiconductor layer; and
a barrier metal portion disposed between a conductive portion of the plurality of conductive portions and the interlayer insulator
film,

wherein a surface of the conductive portion at a side of the semiconductor layer has a first region and a second region out
of the first region, the first region and the second region forming a stepped shape in the surface of the conductive portion,
and

wherein the barrier metal portion has an opening through which the first region of the conductive portion faces the semiconductor
layer through the interlayer insulator film so that a part of the conductive portion is provided in the opening, and the barrier
metal portion is disposed between the second region and the interlayer insulator film.

US Pat. No. 9,436,130

DEVELOPING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing device comprising:
a developing container for accommodating a developer;
a feeding member, including a blade helically extending on a rotation shaft, for feeding the developer in said developing
container along the rotation shaft by rotation thereof in a downstream developer feeding direction; and

a discharge opening for permitting discharge of excessive developer, with supply of the developer from said developing container,
said discharge opening being provided in a side surface of said developing container opposing said feeding member and being
configured to open independently of an amount of the developer in said developing container,

wherein in an overlapping region with said discharge opening, said blade is rotatable such that said blade moves the developer
in the downstream developer feeding direction at a side opposing said discharge opening,

wherein in the overlapping region with said discharge opening, a winding direction of said blade is such as to ascend toward
the downstream developer feeding direction, and

wherein when a first lower intersection position, with respect to a gravitational direction, between a downstream edge of
said discharge opening and a first cross-section perpendicular to a rotational axis of said feeding member and crossing said
discharge opening is a first position, and

when a second lower intersection position, with respect to the gravitational direction, between the downstream edge of said
discharge opening and a second cross-section which is perpendicular to the rotational axis of said feeding member and crossing
said discharge opening and which is provided downstream of the first cross-section with respect to the developer feeding direction
of said feeding member is a second position,

said discharge opening is configured so that the second position is higher than the first position.

US Pat. No. 9,436,140

FIXING DEVICE CONTROLLING FREQUENCY OF AC CURRENT CAUSED TO FLOW THROUGH HELICAL COIL CAUSING ELECTROCONDUCTIVE LAYER OF ROTATABLE MEMBER TO GENERATE HEAT THROUGH ELECTROMAGNETIC INDUCTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device for fixing a toner image on a recording material, comprising:
a rotatable member including an electroconductive layer;
a helical coil provided at a hollow portion of said rotatable member, a helical axis of said helical coil extending along
a generatrix direction of said rotatable member;

a magnetic core provided inside a helically shaped portion formed by said helical coil; and
a controller configured to control a frequency of an AC current caused to flow through said helical coil,
wherein the AC current is caused to flow through said helical coil to cause the electroconductive layer to generate heat through
electromagnetic induction heating to thereby heat and fix the toner image on the recording material by heat of said rotatable
member, and

wherein said controller controls the frequency in a predetermined period so that, when the frequency is denoted by f and a
resistance of the electroconductive layer with respect to a circumferential direction is denoted by R, f/R is substantially
constant.

US Pat. No. 9,430,089

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus configured to recognize a touch operation, the information processing apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a plurality of touch positions touched on a display screen;
a specifying unit configured to, in a case where at least one of the plurality of touch positions obtained by the obtaining
unit is included in a predetermined range that is a part of the display screen, specify one or more objects displayed at each
of the at least one touch position included in the predetermined range;

a determination unit configured to determine, with respect to each of the one or more objects specified by the specifying
unit, whether the object is associated with any of other objects displayed at each of other touch positions among the plurality
of touch positions obtained by the obtaining unit; and

a decision unit configured to decide, among the plurality of touch positions obtained by the obtaining unit, a touch position
included in the predetermined range, for which the determination unit does not determine that the object displayed at the
position corresponding to the touch position is associated with any of the other objects displayed on the display screen,
as an invalid input for the touch operation, and decide, among the plurality of touch positions obtained by the obtaining
unit, a touch position included in the predetermined range, for which the determination unit determines that the object displayed
at the position corresponding to the touch position is associated with any of the other objects displayed on the display screen,
as a valid input for the touch operation.

US Pat. No. 9,429,872

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising;
an image forming station including an image bearing member for bearing a latent image and a developing device configured to
develop the latent image formed on said image bearing member using toner;

a toner container configured to accommodate toner to be supplied to said developing device, said toner container being provided
with an expansion-and-contraction portion capable of being expanded and contracted in a longitudinal direction thereof by
being driven;

a holding member configured to hold said toner container;
a first side plate provided at one end side of said holding member with respect to the longitudinal direction and configured
to support one end portion of said holding member;

a second side plate provided at the other end side of said holding member with respect to the longitudinal direction and configured
to support the other end portion of said holding member; and

a driving device configured to drive said image forming station,
wherein said driving device is provided on said first side plate,
wherein said holding member is supported by said first side plate so as to be movable relative to the first side plate in
the longitudinal direction and is fixed to said second side plate, and

wherein said first and second side plates face each other.

US Pat. No. 9,429,418

INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a memory; and
a processor coupled to the memory which executes the following:
obtaining a plurality of relative positions and orientations with respect to an object relative to an imaging unit for each
of a plurality of view points based on a plurality of images captured by imaging the object from the plurality of view points
by the imaging unit;

deriving, as a lacking relative position and orientation, a relative position and orientation of the imaging unit from which
imaging by the imaging unit is lacking with respect to the object based on the obtained plurality of relative positions and
orientations; and

outputting information which indicates the derived lacking relative position and orientation,
wherein the deriving includes:
setting a plurality of virtual relative positions and orientations from which the object is imaged approximately uniformly
with the object at a center;

determining whether each of the virtual relative positions and orientations is similar to at least one of the obtained relative
positions and orientations; and

deriving the lacking relative position and orientation based on the virtual relative positions and orientations to each of
which it is not determined that any of the obtained relative positions and orientations is similar.

US Pat. No. 9,430,722

CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM TO NOTIFY USERS OF SHEET HOLDING UNITS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
at least one processor coupled to a memory;
a job holding unit configured to hold jobs, wherein each of the jobs is configured to perform printing an image on a sheet
which is conveyed from at least one sheet holding unit of a plurality of sheet holding units;

a selecting unit configured to select a job from among the jobs held by the job holding unit;
a receiving unit configured to receive, from a user, an execution instruction to execute the job selected by the selecting
unit;

a performing unit configured to perform the job for which the execution instruction is received by the receiving unit;
a displaying unit configured to display a screen for selecting at least one sheet holding unit of the plurality of sheet holding
units for which attribute information of a sheet, to be used in a first job selected by the selecting unit, is to be stored;
and

a notification unit configured to notify, on the screen in a distinguishable manner, a user of a first sheet holding unit
of the plurality of sheet holding units which is used in printing of a second job and a second sheet holding unit of the plurality
of sheet holding units which is not used in printing of the second job,

wherein at least the selecting unit, the receiving unit, and the notification unit are implemented by the at least one processor.

US Pat. No. 9,427,149

OPTICAL TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical tomographic imaging apparatus configured to acquire a tomographic image of an object to be examined based on
light generated by combining return light from the object to be examined irradiated by measurement light via a first lens,
and reference light corresponding to the measurement light, the optical tomographic imaging apparatus comprising:
a scanning unit disposed on an optical path of the measurement light, and configured to scan the measurement light on the
object to be examined;

a second lens disposed on the optical path of the measurement light between the scanning unit and the first lens; and
an optical path branching unit disposed between the first lens and the second lens, and configured to branch from the optical
path of the measurement light to an observation optical path for observing the object to be examined,

wherein the second lens and the scanning unit are disposed in such a manner that an angle at which the measurement light scanned
by the scanning unit is incident on the optical path branching unit satisfies a wavelength separation characteristic of 90%
or higher at a wavelength of observation light of the object to be examined in a wavelength band of the measurement light.

US Pat. No. 9,422,414

ORGANIC-INORGANIC COMPOSITE MATERIAL, OPTICAL ELEMENT, AND MULTILAYER DIFFRACTIVE OPTICAL ELEMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical element comprising:
a transparent substrate; and
an organic-inorganic composite material placed on the transparent substrate,
wherein the organic-inorganic composite material contains a cured material of an organic-inorganic composition containing
a resin component, fine particles of a transparent conductive substance, and a polymerization initiator; refractive properties
of the Abbe number ?d and anomalous dispersion ?g, F of the organic-inorganic composite material are within a range surrounded
by (?d, ?g, F)=(16, 0.50), (16, 0.40), (23, 0.50), (23, 0.47); the content of the fine particles of the transparent conductive
substance in the organic-inorganic composite material is from 7.7% to 20.0% by volume; and the resin component contains a
compound represented by the following formula:

wherein R1 and R2 represent a hydrogen atom or a polymerizable functional group including any one selected from a group consisting of an acrylic
group, a methacrylic group, an allyl group, a vinyl group, and an epoxy group, and wherein one or both of R1 and R2 represent the polymerizable functional group.

US Pat. No. 9,421,771

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:
a recording element substrate that ejects liquid; and
an element-substrate support member to which the recording element substrate is bonded with an adhesive,
wherein a groove to be filled with the adhesive is provided in a bonding region of the element-substrate support member, at
which the element-substrate support member and the recording element substrate are bonded together, along a part or an entirety
of an outer circumference of the recording element substrate,

wherein the recording element substrate includes a first recording element substrate and a second recording element substrate
that has a planar aspect ratio smaller than a planar aspect ratio of the first recording element substrate,

wherein the groove is provided in a bonding region of the element-substrate support member, at which the element-substrate
support member and the first recording element substrate are bonded together, along a short side of the outer circumference
of the first recording element substrate, and no groove is provided along a long side of the outer circumference of the first
recording element substrate, and

wherein the groove is provided in a bonding region of the element-substrate support member, at which the element-substrate
support member and the second recording element substrate are bonded together, along each of a short side and a long side
of the outer circumference of the second recording element substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,425,645

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:
a connection unit configured to connect to a first power supply device via a universal serial bus (USB);
a power receiving unit configured to receive power from a second power supply device wirelessly;
a selection unit configured to select a power supply device from the first power supply device and the second power supply
device based on a power supply capacity of the first power supply device, the power supply capacity including at least a low
capacity and a high capacity; and

a control unit that performs a predetermined process using power received from the selected power supply device, wherein the
predetermined process includes a process for charging a battery connected to the electronic apparatus,

wherein, in a case where the first power supply device has been selected and the second power supply device becomes available
for supplying power wirelessly, the selection unit selects the first power supply device as the power supply device if the
power supply capacity corresponds to the high capacity.

US Pat. No. 9,417,573

FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device, comprising:
a cylindrical rotary member including a conductive layer;
a coil that is disposed inside the rotary member, the coil including a helical portion of which a helical axis is substantially
parallel to a generatrix direction of the rotary member, the coil being configured to form an alternating magnetic field to
generate heat in the conductive layer by electromagnetic induction;

a core disposed inside the helical portion, the core configured to guide a line of magnetic force of the alternating magnetic
field;

a roller that comes in contact with an outer surface of the rotary member so as to form a fixing nip portion between the roller
and the rotary member;

a metal stay that is disposed inside the rotary member; and
a sliding member configured to form the fixing nip portion together with the roller through the rotary member,
wherein an image on a recording material is fixed to the recording material by being heated at the fixing nip portion, wherein
the sliding member is electrically insulating,

wherein a cross sectional shape of the metal stay has a U-shape,
wherein the metal stay is arranged such that an opening portion of the U-shape opposes to the nip portion,
wherein two leg portions of the U-shape are in contact with the sliding member,
wherein, when viewing from one end of the helical axis toward a direction of the helical axis, the coil is surrounded by the
metal stay and the sliding member, and

wherein the metal stay directly opposes to the rotary member.

US Pat. No. 9,419,204

PIEZOELECTRIC MATERIAL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A piezoelectric material comprising:
a perovskite-type metal oxide represented by general formula (1) as a main component
(Ba1-xCax)a(Ti1-yZry)O3 (where 1.00?a?1.01, 0.125?x?0.175, and 0.055?y?0.090)  (1);

 and
a manganese component,
wherein a manganese content relative to 100 parts by weight of the perovskite-type metal oxide is 0.02 parts by weight or
more and 0.10 parts by weight or less on a metal basis,

wherein an auxiliary component content other than manganese relative to 100 parts by weight of the perovskite-type metal oxide
is less than 1.2 parts by weight on an oxide basis,

wherein the piezoelectric material is constituted by crystal grains having an average circular equivalent diameter of more
than 1.0 ?m and less than 10.8 ?m, and

wherein the piezoelectric material has a relative density of 91.8% or more and 100% or less.

US Pat. No. 9,417,440

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising, in order from the object side to the image side:
a first lens unit having a positive refractive power which does not move for zooming;
a plurality of lens units which move during zooming; and
a rear lens unit having a positive refractive power which does not move for zooming;
wherein the zoom lens satisfies the following conditions:
0.6545
43.0 2.210
1.72 2.10<|fp/f1|<2.70,
where Np, ?p, and ?p are the refractive index, the Abbe constant and the partial dispersion ratio of the positive lens located
closest to the image side among the positive lenses in the first lens unit respectively, fp is the focal length of the positive
lens located closest to the image side among the positive lenses in the first lens unit, and f1 is the focal length of the
first lens unit, the Abbe constant ? and the partial dispersion ratio ? being defined as follows:
?=(Nd?1)/(NF?NC), and

?=(Ng?NF)/(NF?NC),
were Ng, NF, Nd, and NC are refractive indexes for the g-line, F-line, d-line, and C-line respectively.

US Pat. No. 9,413,921

IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an imaging unit configured to generate RAW image data representing an undeveloped image which is captured by an image sensor
in response to a capturing instruction;

a development unit configured to generate image data by applying, to the RAW image data, a first development process or a
second development process that can provide an image having higher image quality than that obtained by the first development
process;

a recording unit configured to read and write data from and to a recording medium; and
a control unit configured to control the recording unit so as to write, to the recording medium, the RAW image data and first
image data obtained by applying the first development process to said RAW image data, and thereafter control the development
unit and the recording unit so as to generate second image data by applying the second development process to the RAW image
data written to the recording medium and write the second image data to the recording medium,

wherein the control unit is further configured to: control the development unit so as to generate a plurality of pieces of
third image data from the RAW image data by using a plurality of different development parameters; and decide, from among
the plurality of pieces of third image data, a development parameter corresponding to image data selected by a user as a development
parameter used in a development process for the RAW image data that is applied after the RAW image data has been written to
the recording medium.

US Pat. No. 9,413,925

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
at least one hardware processor or circuit implementing the functions of a detection unit, a first calculation unit, a second
calculation unit and an image processing unit, wherein:

the detection unit is configured to detect a person region included in an image;
the first calculation unit is configured to calculate first tone characteristics based on information concerning the person
region detected by said detection unit;

the second calculation unit is configured to calculate second tone characteristics based on predetermined tone characteristics
and the first tone characteristics calculated by said first calculation unit; and

the image processing unit is configured to perform tone correction processing by using the second tone characteristics calculated
by stud second calculation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,411,401

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus having a platform for executing a specific application, the information processing
apparatus comprising:
a transfer unit configured to shift a power state of the information processing apparatus to a power off state, a power on
state, or a power saving state in which power consumption is lower than power consumption in the power on state and higher
than power consumption in the power off state; and

a control unit configured to:
(a) when the power state is shifted from the power on state to the power off state, execute first power OFF processing to
end the specific application, in which data, relating to the specific application being stored in a volatile memory is written
in a non-volatile memory, and execute a second power OFF processing to end an initial application of which type is different
from a type of the specific application,

(b) when the power state is shifted from the power off state to the power on state, execute first power ON processing to start
the specific application in which data, relating to the specific application, stored in the non-volatile memory is written
in the volatile memory, and execute a second power ON processing to start the initial application, and

(c) when the power state is shifted from the power on state to the power saving state, execute the first power OFF processing
to end the specific application and then execute the first power ON processing to start the specific application, and execute
power saving processing in which data, relating to the initial application, stored in a volatile memory is written in a non-volatile
memory, and

wherein the control unit does not execute the second power OFF processing and the second power ON processing when the power
state is shifted from the power on state to the power saving state.

US Pat. No. 9,409,413

RECORDING APPARATUS AND RECORDING METHOD FOR IMPROVING THE CLARITY OF AN IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording apparatus comprising:
a recording head configured to discharge a plurality of inks including a first color ink containing a pigment and a second
color ink which contains a pigment and is different from the first color ink; and

a recording control unit configured to, while scanning with the recording head at multiple times in a scan direction relative
to a unit area in a recording medium, discharge the plurality of inks from the recording head to the unit area, thereby recording
an image,

wherein a dot diameter of the first color ink formed by discharging a predetermined amount of the first color ink onto a surface
of the second color ink fixed on the recording medium is smaller than a dot diameter of the second color ink formed by discharging
the predetermined amount of the second color ink onto a surface of the first color ink fixed on the recording medium, and

wherein the recording head discharges the plurality of inks such that, with respect to pixels forming the image in the unit
area, the pixels in the unit area include more pixels formed by discharging the first color ink by a scan of the recording
head which is performed after a scan of the recording head with discharging the second color ink than pixels formed by discharging
the second color ink by a scan of the recording head which is performed after a scan of the recording head with discharging
the first color ink.

US Pat. No. 9,411,211

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND IMAGING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus, comprising:
an image sensor including focus detection pixels each including photoelectric converters that receive a pair of light beams
that have passed through different pupil regions in an imaging optical system;

a focus adjustment unit configured to perform focus adjustment of a phase difference type by using focus detection signals
output from the image sensor;

a pixel addition unit configured to add focus detection signals output every line of at least one focus detection pixel line
of the focus detection pixels of the image sensor, the at least one focus detection pixel line being arrayed in a first direction,
the pixel addition unit being configured to add the focus detection signals in a second direction that is different from the
first direction;

a correlation amount calculation unit configured to perform correlation calculation on the focus detection signals added in
the second direction to obtain a correlation waveform value;

a correlation amount addition unit configured to add correlation waveform values calculated by the correlation amount calculation
unit;

an addition ratio change unit configured to change the number of focus detection pixel lines to be subjected to the addition
in the second direction and change the number of correlation waveform values, based on information about a subject; and

an image displacement amount calculation unit configured to calculate an image displacement amount by using an output signal
output from the correlation amount addition unit.

US Pat. No. 9,411,282

FILM AND IMAGE HEATING DEVICE USING FILM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A cylindrical film used in an image heating device heating a recording material on which an image has been formed, the
cylindrical film comprising:
a resin layer, the resin layer being made from a resin in which a crystalline resin and an amorphous resin having a higher
glass transition temperature than that of the crystalline resin are blended,

wherein a volume ratio of the crystalline resin with respect to the amorphous resin in the resin layer is 70/30 to 99/1, and
wherein the crystalline resin is polyether ether ketone.

US Pat. No. 9,411,285

DRIVE TRANSMISSION DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A drive transmission device comprising:
a first gear, provided with a shaft hole, for transmitting a driving force;
a second gear engaging with the first gear;
a third gear engaging with the first gear;
a frame to which a fixing shaft for rotatably supporting the first gear by engaging with the shaft hole is fixed, wherein
during transmission of the driving force, the first gear is urged in a predetermined direction, which is a radial direction
of the shaft hole, by forces received from the second gear and the third gear, and at a predetermined region, an outer peripheral
surface of the fixing shaft contacts an inner peripheral surface of the shaft hole; and

a holding portion, provided in a position closer to a center of the fixing shaft than the predetermined region with respect
to a radial direction of the fixing shaft, for holding a lubricant between the holding portion and the shaft hole,

wherein, during the transmission of the driving force, the holding portion, the center of the shaft hole and the predetermined
region are disposed along a straight line, and the holding portion is disposed only in a position opposite the predetermined
region with respect to the center of the fixing shaft, and

wherein each of the first gear, the second gear, and the third gear has a rotation axis, and the rotation axes of the first
gear, the second gear, and the third gear are not disposed within a plane.

US Pat. No. 9,410,038

COMPOUND, INK, INK CARTRIDGE AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A compound represented by the following general formula (1):

wherein R1, R5, R6 and R10 each independently represent an alkyl group; R3 and R8 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, an alkoxy group or an aryloxy group; R2, R4, R7 and R9 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, an alkoxy group, an aryloxy group or a group represented by
the general formula (2) described below, at least one of R2, R4, R7 and R9 represents an alkyl group, an alkoxy group or an aryloxy group, and at least one of R2, R4, R7 and R9 represents a group represented by general formula (2) described below; Z independently represents a sulfonic group or a sulfamoyl
group; n represents an integer of 0 to 3 when at least one of R2, R3, R4, R7, R8 and R9 contains an ionic group, and n represents an integer of 1 to 3 when none of R2, R3, R4, R2, R8 and R9 contains an ionic group; and when Z is present, Z is substituted for at least one hydrogen atom of an aromatic ring in the
general formula (1),


wherein R11 represents an alkyl group, a cycloalkyl group, an aryl group, an aralkyl group, an alkenyl group or a heterocyclic group;
and * represents the bonding site of an aromatic ring in the general formula (1).

US Pat. No. 9,407,841

DEPTH MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING DEPTH MEASUREMENT APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A depth measurement apparatus, comprising:
an imaging optical system;
an image pickup device which includes pixels each having a photoelectric conversion unit for receiving a light flux that has
passed through a first pupil region of the imaging optical system and a photoelectric conversion unit for receiving a light
flux that has passed through a second pupil region, that is different from the first pupil region, of the imaging optical
system;

a reading unit that is shared by a plurality of photoelectric conversion units in the pixels; and
a control unit configured to control a ranging operation,
wherein the control unit is configured such that:
a signal charge accumulated in a first photoelectric conversion unit among the plurality of photoelectric conversion units
is transferred to the reading unit, and a first signal corresponding to the signal charge accumulated in the first photoelectric
conversion unit is output,

a signal charge accumulated in a second photoelectric conversion unit among the plurality of photoelectric conversion units
that is different from the first photoelectric conversion unit is transferred to the reading unit, and a second signal corresponding
to a sum of the signal charges accumulated in the first and second photoelectric conversion units is output,

a third signal corresponding to the signal charge accumulated in the second photoelectric conversion unit is obtained based
on a difference between the second signal and the first signal,

a distance to an object is measured based on an image shift amount of parallax images respectively obtained from the first
signal and the third signal, and

the first photoelectric conversion unit is, out of the photoelectric conversion units of a pixel including the photoelectric
conversion unit for receiving the light flux that has passed through the first pupil region and the photoelectric conversion
unit for receiving the light flux that has passed through the second pupil region, the photoelectric conversion unit which
receives light flux with a relatively lower transmittance in a travel path from an object to the pixel.

US Pat. No. 9,405,044

ANTIREFLECTION COATING FILM, AND OPTICAL ELEMENT, OPTICAL SYSTEM, AND OPTICAL APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An antireflection coating film formed on an optical base member comprising:
a first layer having a refractive index of N1 and a film thickness of D1;

a second layer having a refractive index of N2 and a film thickness of D2; and

a third layer formed of a fine concavo-convex structure, having a refractive index changing from N3 to 1.0, and a film thickness of D3,

wherein the first, second, and third layer are formed in order from the optical base member side having a refractive index
of Nsub, and

wherein when the refractive indices Nsub, N1, N2, and N3 are those taken for a light having a wavelength of 550 nm, the following conditions are satisfied;

1.43?Nsub?1.65
1.30?N1?1.50
22nm?D1?45 nm
1.42?N2?1.52
18 nm?D2?35 nm
1.35?N3?1.52
180 nm?D3?320 nm
N1 N1 N3?N2.

US Pat. No. 9,395,809

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a communication interface which communicates with an external apparatus having a face authentication function;
a memory which stores image data held in the external apparatus and a face feature amount used by the external apparatus for
the face authentication function received from the external apparatus by the communication interface; and

at least one processor which controls, in accordance with a result of comparing a type of a face authentication function of
the information processing apparatus with the type of the face authentication function of the external apparatus, using the
face feature amount received from the external apparatus for the face authentication function of the information processing
apparatus, or to re-generating, from the image data received from external apparatus, a face feature amount corresponding
to the type of the face authentication function of the information processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,398,195

IMAGE PROCESSING INCLUDING COLOR MATERIAL SAVING PROCESS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus to which a color material saving process can be applied, the image processing apparatus comprising:
an object analysis unit which determines object type for an object contained in print data;
an object conversion unit which, if the color material saving process is applied and the object analysis unit determines that
the print data contains an image object, decreases the size of the image object contained in the print data, and if the color
material saving process is applied and the object analysis unit determines that the print data contains a character object
or a graphic object, reduces the density of the character object or the graphic object contained in the print data; and

a priority level specifying unit which specifies a priority level of the size or the density,
wherein the object conversion unit reduces the density and decreases the size according to a weight which is based on the
specified priority level.

US Pat. No. 9,398,202

IMAGING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging device, comprising:
an imaging optical system;
an image sensor; and
an optical fiber bundle including a plurality of optical fibers configured to guide light from the imaging optical system
to the image sensor,

wherein the optical fiber bundle includes a first pair of optical fibers including two optical fibers that are adjacent in
a meridional direction and a second pair of optical fibers including two optical fibers that are adjacent in the meridional
direction,

wherein, in each of the first pair of optical fibers and the second pair of optical fibers, a first value, which is a value
representing a ratio of a component of a distance in the meridional direction between centers of the optical fibers along
a light-exit surface to a component of a distance in the meridional direction between centers of the optical fibers along
a light-incident surface, is greater than one, and

wherein the first value in the second pair of optical fibers, which is located farther from an optical axis of the imaging
optical system, is greater than the first value in the first pair of optical fibers, which is located closer to the optical
axis of the imaging optical system.

US Pat. No. 9,389,546

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH INTERMEDIATE TONER TRANSFER MEDIUM, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an exposure unit configured to form a latent image on an image bearing member;
a development unit configured to develop the latent image to form a toner image;
a primary transfer unit configured to transfer the toner image formed on the image bearing member to an intermediate transfer
medium;

a secondary transfer unit configured to transfer the toner image transferred to the intermediate transfer medium to a sheet;
a first drive unit configured to rotate the image bearing member;
a second drive unit configured to rotate the intermediate transfer medium; and
a control unit configured to control said first and second drive units so that a peripheral velocity difference between the
image bearing member and the intermediate transfer medium becomes a first value when driving of said first and second drive
units is started, and configured to control said first and second drive units so that the peripheral velocity difference becomes
a second value larger than the first value when toner, which is adhered to the image bearing member by said development unit
being operated, reaches the position of said primary transfer unit.

US Pat. No. 9,388,012

SHEET STORING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS EQUIPPED THEREWITH

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

2. A sheet storing apparatus comprising:
a plurality of sheet stacking units that are lapped over one another in a sheet thickness direction, wherein each of the plurality
of sheet stacking units includes:

a stacking portion on which a sheet conveyed by a conveyance unit is stacked, and
a contact member including a contact portion configured to contact an edge of the sheet stacked on the stacking portion and
an engaged portion that is movable integrally with the contact portion, wherein the contact member is configured to move the
sheet stacked on the stacking portion in a direction perpendicular to a direction in which the conveyance unit conveys the
sheet and discharges the sheet through a discharge port to outside of the sheet storing apparatus, and wherein the contact
member is moved from a standby position to a moved position to discharge the sheet,

wherein, in a state where the contact member is located in the standby position, the contact portion of the contact member
is located upstream of the edge of the sheet conveyed by the conveyance unit in a direction in which the contact member is
moved from the standby position to the moved position;

wherein the sheet storing apparatus further comprises:
an engaging portion;
a first moving unit configured to move the engaging portion in the sheet thickness direction to a position corresponding to
any one of the plurality of engaged portions included in the plurality of sheet stacking units; and

a second moving unit configured to engage the engaging portion which is moved by the first moving unit with the corresponding
engaged portion to move the corresponding contact portion.

US Pat. No. 9,388,322

INK, INK CARTRIDGE AND INK JET RECORDING PROCESS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink for use in an ink jet recording process in which an ink is ejected from a recording head by the action of thermal
energy, the ink comprising:
a pigment;
a water-soluble polyurethane polymer;
a compound represented by the following general formula (1) and having a weight-average molecular weight of 1,000 or more
and 8,500 or less; and

a polyethylene oxide alkyl ether, the alkyl group of which has 12 or more carbon atoms,

wherein n is 3 or more and 38 or less, m is 16 or more and 56 or less, and n/(n+m) is 0.15 or more and 0.85 or less,
wherein, based on the total mass of the ink, the content (mass %) of the compound represented by the general formula (1) is
from 0.40 to 1.00, and

wherein, based on the total mass of the ink, the content (mass %) of the polyethylene oxide alkyl ether is from 0.10 to 1.20.

US Pat. No. 9,392,263

3D SCANNER, 3D SCAN METHOD, COMPUTER PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A 3D scanner comprising:
a stage on which a target object, which is targeted for scan, is to be located;
a location object that is to be placed on the stage during scan and on which the target object is to be located during scan;
a display unit configured to display an image on the stage;
an imaging unit configured to perform image capturing on the stage; and
a control unit configured to generate 3D model data of the target object based on a video image of the target object captured
by the imaging unit, and to cause the display unit to display, on the stage, an image indicating a direction in which to move
the target object, based on video images of the target object and the location object captured by the imaging unit.

US Pat. No. 9,389,457

LIGHT SOURCE APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A light source apparatus capable of controlling brightness of light emitted for each light emission cluster,
the light source apparatus comprising:
a plurality of light emission clusters arranged in a matrix pattern, wherein
the light emission cluster has four sub light emission clusters of two rows and two columns,
the sub light emission cluster has a plurality of light sources, the plurality of light sources having a first light source
that emits light of a first color, a second light source that emits light of a second color, and a third light source that
emits light of a third color, a difference in brightness of the second and third colors being more easily perceived than a
difference in brightness of the first color, and

an interval between a center of the light emission cluster and the second light source of the light emission cluster and an
interval between the center of the light emission cluster and the third light source of the light emission cluster is greater
than or equal to an interval between the center of the light emission cluster and the first light source of the light emission
cluster.

US Pat. No. 9,392,063

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT CONTROLS TRANSFER OF IMAGE, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus which is a mobile device connectable to an external display device, comprising:
a requesting unit configured to request, from a server configured to send one or more of a plurality of contents including
a first content and a second content differing in an amount of information and associated with each other, the second content
being larger than the first content in the amount of information, a particular one of the plurality of contents;

a receiving unit configured to receive the particular one of the plurality of contents transmitted from the server in response
to the request from the requesting unit;

a display unit configured to display the particular one of the plurality of contents received by the receiving unit;
a transmission unit configured to transmit display data based on the particular one of the plurality of contents received
by the receiving unit to the external display device, wherein,

in a case where the particular one of the plurality of contents is requested from the server in a state in which the information
processing apparatus is not connected to the external display device, the requesting unit is configured to request the server
to send the first content,

in a case where the particular one of the plurality of contents is requested from the server in a state in which the information
processing apparatus is connected to the external display device, the requesting unit is configured to not request the server
to send the first content, and

in a case where a state of connection with the external display device changes while the particular one of the plurality of
contents received from the server is being displayed on said display unit, the requesting unit is configured to request another
one of the plurality of contents from the server again, and in accordance with the state of connection after the change, determine
whether to request the server to send the first content.

US Pat. No. 9,382,091

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet processing apparatus comprising:
an alignment unit configured to align sheets stacked on a sheet stack unit;
a receiving unit configured to receive a job for which a user has selected an option among a first option which indicates
that an alignment process is to be executed by the alignment unit, a second option which indicates that an alignment process
is not to be executed by the alignment unit, and a third option which indicates that whether or not an alignment process is
to be executed by the alignment unit is to be judged automatically, the selection being performed on a per-job basis;

a judgment unit configured to judge, based on the user selection for the received job, whether or not the alignment process
is to be executed by the alignment unit; and

a control unit configured to, in a case where the judgment unit has judged that the alignment process is to be executed by
the alignment unit, perform control such that the alignment process is executed,

wherein, in a case where the third option is selected, the judgment unit is configured to judge, based on settings for the
sheet processing apparatus, whether or not the alignment process is to be executed by the alignment unit.

US Pat. No. 9,386,195

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS HAVING EXTERIOR COVERS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:
a first exterior cover; and
a second exterior cover connected to the first exterior cover,
wherein said first and second exterior covers have first and second abutment portions, respectively,
wherein said first exterior cover has:
engagement portions formed on an inner face of said first exterior cover on a side close to the first abutment portion;
latch portions each disposed between adjacent ones of the engagement portions and provided to protrude toward said second
exterior cover beyond the first abutment portion;

inside ribs disposed inside the engagement portions with a distance therefrom and project toward said second exterior cover
beyond the first abutment portion; and

connection ribs disposed on respective ends of the latch portions and connecting the inside ribs with the engagement portions
together,

wherein said second exterior cover has:
engaged portions disposed along the second abutment portion so as to correspond to the engagement portions of said first exterior
cover and configured to protrude toward said first exterior cover beyond the second abutment portion; and

latched portions each disposed between adjacent ones of the engaged portions so as to correspond to the latch portions of
said first exterior cover,

wherein the engaged portions of said second exterior cover are engaged with the engagement portions of said first exterior
cover,

wherein the latched portions of said second exterior cover are latched to the latch portions of said first exterior cover,
wherein the latch portions each have a first slanted face portion having a first slanted face, and
wherein the latched portions each have a second slanted face portion having a second slanted face, the respective first and
second slanted faces of the first and second slanted face portions abutting each other in a case where the latched portions
are latched to the latch portions.

US Pat. No. 9,383,638

METHOD FOR GENERATING PATTERN, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for generating a mask pattern used for a mask manufacturing method for manufacturing the mask using data of the
generated mask pattern, the method comprising the following steps performed by a processor:
selecting a cell from a cell library including a plurality of cells;
adding, to the interior of the selected cell, a second pattern different from a first pattern of the selected cell;
performing a first optical proximity correction onto the pattern of the selected cell including the first pattern and the
second pattern;

performing a second optical proximity correction onto patterns of a plurality of cells in which the selected cell including
the first pattern and the second pattern, which have been subjected to the first optical proximity correction, and another
of the cells are proximately arranged; and

generating the pattern including the patterns of the plurality of cells which have been subjected to the second optical proximity
correction,

wherein the mask manufacturing method comprises a step of manufacturing the mask including the generated pattern using data
of the generated pattern,

wherein the first pattern and the second pattern of the manufactured mask are resolved on a line pattern extending in one
direction formed on a substrate,
wherein the line pattern is cut by the resolved first pattern and the resolved second pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,386,237

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image-pickup unit configured to capture an image;
a display unit configured to display an image at a resolution lower than a resolution at which the image-pickup unit can capture
the image; and

an image processing unit configured to perform image processing for displaying the image captured by the image-pickup unit
on the display unit,

wherein the image processing unit includes
an extraction section that extracts an edge component from the image,
an edge processing section that performs processing for enhancing the edge component by performing low-pass filter processing
on the edge component after performing full-wave rectification processing on the edge component,

a combining section that combines the enhanced edge component with the image to generate a composite image, and
a resolution conversion section that performs resolution conversion of the composite image so as to match a resolution of
the composite image with the resolution of the display unit.

US Pat. No. 9,386,312

VIDEO ENCODING AND DECODING WITH IMPROVED ERROR RESILIENCE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of encoding a sequence of digital images into a bitstream, at least one portion of an image being encoded by motion
compensation with respect to a reference image portion,
wherein, for at least one image portion to encode, the method comprises:
obtaining a target number of motion information predictors to be used for said image portion to encode; and
generating a set of motion information predictors using the obtained target number of motion information predictors; and
wherein generating comprises:
obtaining a first set of motion information predictors each associated with an image portion having a predetermined relationship
with said image portion being encoded, wherein the predetermined relationship is at least one selected from: a spatial relationship;
a temporal relationship; and a spatial and temporal relationship,

modifying said first set of motion information predictors by removing one or more duplicate motion information predictors
to obtain a reduced set of motion information predictors containing a first number of motion information predictors, each
motion information predictor of said reduced set being different from any other motion information predictor of said reduced
set,

after obtaining said reduced set of motion information predictors, comparing said first number of motion information predictors
to said target number obtained, and

if said first number is lower than said target number,
obtaining an additional motion information predictor, and
adding said additional motion information predictor to said reduced set of motion information predictors.

US Pat. No. 9,386,082

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, on which a local application is provided, comprising:
an access unit configured to access a web application provided on an external apparatus on a network;
a processing unit configured to perform a processing in accordance with a request from the local application or the web application;
a display unit configured to display a screen; and
a control unit configured to control the display unit to display information on an event by a detailed display method, in
a case where the event of a first processing occurs while the display unit is displaying a webpage of the web application
accessed by the access unit, wherein the first processing is performed in accordance with a request from the web application
accessed by the access unit, and to display information on an event by a simple display method, a size of a display area for
the display by the simple display method being smaller than a size of a display area for the display by the detailed display
method, in a case where the event of a second processing occurs while the display unit is displaying the webpage of the web
application accessed by the access unit, wherein the second processing is performed in accordance with a request from a local
application.

US Pat. No. 9,375,920

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:
a printing element substrate that includes multiple connecting terminals; and
an electric wiring substrate that includes a first wiring line having a first line width, a second wiring line having a second
line width, and inner leads that separately connect the first wiring line to a connecting terminal and the second wiring line
to a connecting terminal, wherein

the first wiring line is provided with one of the inner leads,
the second wiring line is provided with multiple inner leads, and
the second line width is larger than the first line width.

US Pat. No. 9,379,520

SURFACE EMITTING LASER AND OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A surface emitting laser, comprising:
a first reflector;
a semiconductor cavity including an active layer; and
a second reflector,
the first reflector, the semiconductor cavity, and the second reflector, which are formed in the stated order,
wherein a gap portion is formed between the first reflector and a semiconductor layer,
wherein a cavity length is tunable,
wherein the surface emitting laser has a high reflectivity structure formed between the gap portion and the semiconductor
cavity, and

wherein (?/2)×m+?/8 into an optical thickness in a case of no phase change in optical reflection at a first interface that is at a first reflector
side of the semiconductor cavity and at a second interface that is at a second reflector side of the semiconductor cavity,
m is an integer of 1 or larger, and ? is a center wavelength of laser oscillation.

US Pat. No. 9,377,714

DEVELOPER ACCOMMODATING UNIT WITH FRAMES FOR ACCOMMODATING A DEVELOPER ACCOMMODATING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer accommodating unit for accommodating developer, said developer accommodating unit comprising:
a flexible container, provided with an opening for permitting discharge of the developer, for accommodating the developer;
a sealing member for sealing the opening; and
a frame, including a first frame and a second frame, for accommodating said flexible container in a space formed by mounting
said first frame to said second frame and for accommodating the developer discharged through the opening of said flexible
container when said sealing member is peeled off to unseal the opening,

wherein, if a longitudinal end top surface of said flexible container is depressed in a mounting direction of said first frame
toward said second frame, a longitudinal end side surface of said flexible container adjacent to the longitudinal end top
surface is deformed and extends towards outside of said flexible container with respect to a longitudinal direction of said
flexible container.

US Pat. No. 9,372,450

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming portion configured to form a toner image on a sheet;
first and second rotatable members configured to form a nip for heating the toner image on the sheet therebetween;
a guiding portion provided adjacent to the nip and configured to guide the sheet passing through the nip;
an executing portion configured to execute a warm-up process to raise temperature of said first and second rotatable members,
which are spaced from each other; and

an air blowing portion configured to blow air toward said guiding portion through a portion between said first and second
rotatable member which are spaced from each other to heat said guiding portion during at least one time period of the warm-up
process.

US Pat. No. 9,371,225

SUBSTRATE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A substrate processing method for forming a through-hole in a substrate by reactive ion etching, the method comprising:
preparing a substrate that has a first surface and a second surface and on the first surface side of which a first layer and
a second layer are disposed, the second layer forming a side wall that covers a side surface of the first layer and a ceiling
that covers an upper surface of the first layer; and

performing reactive on etching on the substrate from the second surface to form a through-hole extending through the substrate
from the first surface to the second surface, the reactive on etching being performed to reach the first layer; defining,
as a vertical direction, a direction perpendicular to the first surface of the substrate, a length of the first layer in the
vertical direction being 0.5 um or greater; and defining, as a horizontal direction, a direction parallel to the first surface
of the substrate, the first layer having such a size that the first layer extends beyond an edge of the through-hole formed
by a distance of 0.7 m or greater to each side in the horizontal direction.

wherein the first layer is made of one of poly-Si and P—SiN,
wherein an etching rate of the second layer for the reactive on etching is less than that of the first layer, and wherein
the reactive on etching is performed to reach the ceiling of the second layer.

US Pat. No. 9,372,289

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A DIFFRACTION GRATING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a blazed diffraction grating, the method comprising
forming the blazed diffraction grating by forming a plurality of grating grooves on a machined surface of a workpiece made
of single crystalline gallium phosphide (GaP) or single crystalline gallium arsenide (GaAs) by machining,

wherein the grating grooves are formed to have a triangular cross-section shape,
wherein the grating grooves are formed so that a surface of a short side of the triangular cross-section shape comprises a
(110) plane, where (110) describes a crystal orientation of the single crystalline gallium phosphide (GaP) or the single crystalline
gallium arsenide (GaAs), and

wherein a surface roughness of the surface of the short side of the triangular cross-section shape is 10 nm or less.

US Pat. No. 9,367,008

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC MEMBER AND HEAT FIXING ASSEMBLY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic member comprising an elastic layer, wherein the elastic layer comprises:
a plurality of voids derived from resin microballoons, the voids being connected to and made open to each other; and
an ionic liquid.
US Pat. No. 9,365,066

RECORDING MEDIUM AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording medium comprising in this order:
a substrate;
a first ink receiving layer comprising inorganic particles, polyvinyl alcohol and a boric acid compound; and
a resin layer containing a resin,
wherein the inorganic particles comprise 70% by mass or more of alumina hydrate relative to the total mass thereof,
wherein the ratio of the boric acid compound content in the recording medium to the polyvinyl alcohol content in the recording
medium is 30% by mass or more, and

wherein the resin of the resin layer comprises polyethylene.

US Pat. No. 9,360,562

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising:
a detection unit in which conversion elements that convert radiation into an electric signal are arranged in a matrix shape;
a radiation detection unit configured to detect an irradiation state of radiation in accordance with a signal from a radiation
detection sensor that generates the signal in response to irradiated radiation;

a drive circuit configured to drive the detection unit in accordance with the irradiation state detected by the radiation
detection unit; and

a radiographing kind setting unit configured to set a radiographing kind,
wherein the radiation detection unit changes a radiation detection capability in accordance with the radiographing kind set
by the radiographing kind setting unit such that the radiation detection capability is increased in a case of a radiographing
kind for which a radiation input amount to the radiation detection unit is small, and the radiation detection capability is
decreased in a case of a radiographing kind for which a radiation input amount to the radiation detection unit is large.

US Pat. No. 9,363,429

IMAGING APPARATUS AND ITS CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an imaging device that outputs a parallax image of a first image signal and a second image signal;
a first focus detecting unit configured to calculate a defocus amount by a phase-difference detection method using the first
image signal and the second image signal;

a second focus detecting unit configured to calculate a contrast evaluation value based on a combined signal, wherein the
combined signal is a signal obtained by relatively shifting phases of the first and second image signals and combining the
first and second image signals;

a brightness detecting unit configured to detect the brightness level of an object, and a control unit configured to, when
the brightness level of the object detected by the brightness detecting unit is within a first range, the control unit controls
a focus adjustment operation using the result of the first focus detecting unit, whereas when the brightness level of the
object detecting by the brightness detecting unit is within a second range indicating the brightness level of the object detected
by the brightness detecting unit is greater than a brightness level of an object detected by the brightness detecting unit
within the first range, the control unit controls the focus adjustment operation using the results of both the first and second
focus detecting units.

US Pat. No. 9,354,770

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS DISPLAYING PATH INFORMATION IN REVERSE HIERARCHICAL ORDER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising;
a processor and a memory, cooperating to function as:
a determination unit configured to determine whether or not path information fits in a display area; and
a display unit configured to display the path information in the display area in reverse hierarchical order so that information
of a deepest level of a hierarchy is displayed at a head of the path information, in a case where it is determined by the
determination unit that the path information does not fit in the display area.

US Pat. No. 9,355,046

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

5. An information processing method comprising:
automatically selecting, by a processor, a first object and a second object from a plurality of objects corresponding to a
plurality of device drivers based on output port information of the plurality of objects corresponding to the plurality of
device driver, wherein the plurality of device drivers are installed in an information processing apparatus, and wherein the
selected first object corresponds to a first device driver of a first output function of one multi-function apparatus of a
plurality of multi-function apparatuses, and wherein the selected second object corresponds to a second device driver of a
second output function of the one multi-function apparatus of the plurality of multi-function apparatuses;

generating, by the processor, a virtual device object to which both of the first object and the second object selected in
the selecting step are assigned;

displaying, on a display device, the virtual device object generated in the generating step; and
accepting, by the processor, an operation, operated by a user, of dragging a file onto the displayed virtual device object,
wherein when the operation, operated by a user, of dragging the file onto the virtual device object displayed in the displaying
step is accepted in the accepting step, a first icon corresponding to the first output function and a second icon corresponding
to the second output function are further displayed,

wherein, when an operation, operated by the user, of dropping the file to one of the first icon corresponding to the first
output function and the second icon corresponding to the second output function is further accepted in the accepting step,
a setting screen of a function corresponding to the dropped-to icon is further displayed, and

wherein the displaying step displays only one virtual device object selected based on an object for normal use which is managed
by an operating system of the information processing apparatus, the object for normal use being an object designated as a
default in output processing by the operating system.

US Pat. No. 9,354,801

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a memory configured to store a program; and
a processor configured to execute the program stored in the memory,
wherein the processor causes a display screen to display an image and a rectangular object indicating a rectangular area in
the image,

wherein, in a case where a position designated by a user in the image is a first position which is outside the displayed rectangular
object and satisfies a predetermined condition, the processor causes the rectangular object to move in the display screen
so that a point on a side of the rectangular object nearest to the first position and different from two ends of the side
moves to the first position, the predetermined condition being a condition that a horizontal or vertical coordinate of the
first position in the image is greater than a minimum horizontal or vertical coordinate of the rectangular object and is smaller
than a maximum horizontal or vertical coordinate of the rectangular object respectively, and

wherein, in a case where the position designated by the user in the image is a second position which is outside the displayed
rectangular object and does not satisfy the predetermined condition, the processor causes the rectangular object to move,
in the display screen, so that a corner of the displayed rectangular object nearest to the second position moves to the second
position.

US Pat. No. 9,354,553

DEVELOPER ACCOMMODATING CONTAINER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer accommodating container for accommodating developer, said developer accommodating container comprising:
a flexible container provided with a surface having an opening therein for permitting discharge of the developer;
a sealing member for sealing the opening in a state in which said sealing member is bonded to a periphery of the opening in
said surface, wherein said sealing member is capable of exposing the opening by being removed in an unsealing direction; and

a reinforcing portion provided at the periphery of the opening and on said surface,
wherein a thickness of said flexible container and said reinforcing portion is thicker than that of a thickness of said flexible
container in a direction perpendicular to said surface, and

wherein said reinforcing portion is formed of the same material as a material for said flexible container.

US Pat. No. 9,348,298

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH WASTE TONER COLLECTION CONTAINER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image carrier;
an image forming unit configured to form a toner image on the image carrier by using toner, based on image information;
a transfer unit configured to transfer the toner image formed on the image carrier to a sheet;
a cleaning unit configured to clean toner on the image carrier;
a collected toner box in which the toner cleaned by the cleaning unit is collected;
a rotating member configured to be rotated for moving the toner in the collected toner box; and
a controller configured to control, based on the image information, whether or not to rotate the rotating member,
wherein the controller is configured to:
determine information related to a toner amount remaining on the image carrier after the toner image is transferred to the
sheet from the image carrier by the transfer unit, and

rotate the rotating member in a case where the information meets a predetermined condition.

US Pat. No. 9,349,328

BACKLIGHT APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A backlight apparatus comprising:
a plurality of light sources; and
a control unit which drives the plurality of light sources at an identical driving frequency and which performs pulse-width
modulation control for a turned-on period and a turned-off period of each of the light sources, wherein:

the control unit is capable of setting a duty ratio between the turned-on period and the turned-off period for each of the
light sources and each of driving cycles;

the control unit sets the duty ratio, for at least two of the light sources respectively, so that a condition, in which one
cycle period composed of one turned-on period and one turned-off period is N times the driving cycle, wherein N is an integer
of not less than 1, is fulfilled, and the duty ratio is 0 or 1 in at least one driving cycle of N pieces of the driving cycles
for constructing the one cycle period if N is not less than 2; and

the control unit driving the frequency is a least common multiple of reciprocals of the one cycle periods of the plurality
of light sources, and determines the duty ratios of the respective light sources so that the light source, which has the one
cycle period shorter than that of the light source in which N is not less than 2, is in the turned-off period in at least
a partial period of the turned-on period of the light source in which N is not less than 2.

wherein the driving frequency is a least common multiple of reciprocals of the one cycle periods of the plurality of light
sources.

US Pat. No. 9,348,305

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH A CARTRIDGE THAT INCLUDES AND IMAGE BEARING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a cartridge including at least an image bearing member, configured to be detachably mounted on an image forming apparatus;
a housing configured to house the cartridge;
an opening portion, provided on the housing, from which the cartridge is inserted toward the housing;
a contact portion configured to contact with a cover so as to slidably move the cartridge with respect to the cover in inserting
the cartridge that is provided with the cover to protect the image bearing member in the housing;

a positioning portion configured to determine, by contacting with the cartridge, a position of the cartridge relative to the
housing in a substantially orthogonal direction with respect to an inserting direction for inserting the cartridge into the
housing;

a biasing portion configured to bias the cartridge toward the positioning portion; and
a moving mechanism configured to move the biasing portion so that the biasing portion biases the cartridge according to the
motion of inserting the cartridge into the housing,

wherein the cartridge is separated from the positioning portion when the biasing portion biases the cartridge in a state that
the cover is in contact with the contact portion, and when the cover is removed from the contact portion, position of the
cartridge is set in the orthogonal direction of the contact portion by the cartridge contacting with the positioning portion.

US Pat. No. 9,349,083

IMAGE HALFTONE PROCESSING BY DITHERING OR ERROR DIFFUSION BASED ON PIXEL VALUE OR TIMES OF PRINTING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

9. An image processing apparatus that generates image data for forming an image by performing printing N times on the same
area of a printing medium, the image processing apparatus comprising:
a division unit configured to divide the image data into image data corresponding to the N times of printing by dividing the
image data for each pixel constituting the image data;

a first halftone processing unit configured to generate first halftone image data corresponding to (N??) times by performing
dither processing on image data corresponding to (N??) times of the image data corresponding to the N times of printing;

a second halftone processing unit configured to generate second halftone image data corresponding to ? times by performing
error diffusion processing on image data corresponding to ? times of the image data corresponding to the N times of printing;
and

a control unit configured to control printing based on the second halftone image data corresponding to the ? and the first
halftone image data corresponding to the (N??), wherein

the control unit causes the first halftone image data to be printed prior to the second halftone image data.

US Pat. No. 9,348,578

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF UPDATING FIRMWARE, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that is operable in a normal state and an update state, the information processing
apparatus comprising:
a storage device;
a processor configured to execute computer executable instructions recorded on the storage device, the computer executable
instructions including instructions, that when executed by the processor, cause the information processing apparatus to:

set an obtaining time at which update firmware for updating firmware of the information processing apparatus is obtained and
an update time at which the firmware of the information processing apparatus is updated;

obtain the update firmware from an external apparatus at the set obtaining time;
develop the obtained update firmware to a predetermined area; and
determine whether development of the obtained update firmware has been completed at the set update time,
wherein the information processing apparatus is caused to change to the update state from the normal state in a case where
it is determined that the development of the obtained update firmware has been completed, and

wherein the information processing apparatus is caused to cancel the obtained update firmware that has been developed to the
predetermined area and change to the update state from the normal state after cancelling the obtained update firmware that
has been developed to the predetermined area in a case where it is determined that the development of the obtained update
firmware has not been completed.

US Pat. No. 9,348,083

LIGHT GUIDING UNIT, AND LIGHT ILLUMINATING DEVICE AND IMAGE READING APPARATUS USING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light guiding unit, which is to be used in an image reading apparatus configured to read an original, the light guiding
unit comprising:
a light guiding member comprising an incident surface, an exit surface that is elongated in a first direction, and a light
guiding surface opposed to the exit surface; and

a diffusion member opposed to the light guiding surface,
wherein light entering the light guiding member from the incident surface is guided via the light guiding surface and the
diffusion member to the exit surface, and exits from the exit surface to illuminate the original,

wherein the light guiding member further comprises a plurality of prisms arrayed in the first direction on the light guiding
surface on a side opposed to the diffusion member,

wherein each of the plurality of prisms has a rectangular shape in a first section including the first direction and being
perpendicular to the light guiding surface, and

wherein each of the plurality of prisms satisfies the following condition:
W tan(sin?1(1/n))?H?2W, where W represents a width of the each of the plurality of prisms in the first section, H represents a height of the each
of the plurality of prisms, and n represents a refractive index of the light guiding member.

US Pat. No. 9,348,443

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus provided with a display unit including a touch panel, the information processing apparatus
comprising:
a detection unit that detects a plurality of touch points being touched at a time on the touch panel;
a division unit that divides, if a number of the plurality of touch points detected by the detection unit is a predetermined
number or more, a plurality of display objects into two groups of display objects according to one of the plurality of touch
points moving in an opposite direction on the touch panel to another of the plurality of touch points;

a decision unit that decides one or more objects that are to be displayed in each of the two groups of display objects obtained
by the division unit, according to an attribute, including an aggregation setting in which the plurality of display objects
are constituted by a plurality of objects, of an object that is included in each of the plurality of display objects before
the division; and

a determination unit that determines, if the plurality of display objects before the division have the aggregation setting
of a plurality of objects, whether or not to execute the division of the plurality of display objects by the division unit,
on the basis of a number of display objects in the horizontal direction that are arranged in the plurality of display objects,

wherein one of the two groups of display objects includes the one of the plurality of touch points and another of the two
groups of display objects includes the another of the plurality of touch points.

US Pat. No. 9,342,005

FIXING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing apparatus for fixing a toner image on a recording material, the apparatus comprising:
a rotating member including a conductive layer;
a helical coil arranged inside the rotating member, a helical axis of the coil extending in a generatrix direction of the
rotating member; and

a magnetic member provided inside the coil, the magnetic member including a first magnetic member and a second magnetic member
that are aligned in a line in a direction along the generatrix direction,

wherein a magnetic field is formed by a current flowing in the coil
wherein the toner image is fixed on the recording material by heat which the conductive layer generates by electromagnetic
induction in the magnetic field,

wherein a protruded portion is provided on an end surface of the first magnetic member in the generatrix direction, and a
recessed portion is provided in an end surface of the second magnetic member in the generatrix direction, and

wherein the protruded portion and the recessed portion are disposed so as to oppose each other and overlap each other in the
generatrix direction.

US Pat. No. 9,342,040

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CARTRIDGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, to which a cartridge is detachably mountable, for forming an image on a recording material,
comprising:
a mounting portion for mounting to the image forming apparatus when the cartridge performs an image forming operation;
a drive transmission member for transmitting a driving force by being engaged with a drive-transmitted member provided on
the cartridge when the cartridge is mounted to said mounting portion; and

a protecting member movable from a protecting position where said drive transmission member is prevented from engaging with
the drive-transmitted member to an open position where said protecting member is retracted from the protecting position thereby
to permit engagement of said drive transmission member with the drive-transmitted member, with said protecting member moving
to the open direction during transference of the cartridge in an insertion direction.

US Pat. No. 9,338,388

RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording apparatus comprising:
a generation unit configured to generate first moving image data and second moving image data corresponding to the first moving
image data and having a smaller amount of data than that of the first moving image data;

an output unit configured to output the first moving image data generated by the generation unit to an external apparatus;
a recording unit configured to record on a recording medium the second moving image data generated by the generation unit
as a moving image file while the first moving image data is output by the output unit; and

wherein the second moving image data of one clip is recorded from a recording start instruction to a recording stop instruction;
a control unit configured to generate identification information for identifying the clip and to add the identification information
to the moving image file including the second moving image data of the clip,

wherein the control unit generates the identification information having different value for each of a plurality of clips,
and

wherein the control unit adds the identification information having a first predetermined value for identifying a first clip
to each of a plurality of moving image files including the second moving image data of the first clip and controls the output
unit to add the identification information having the first predetermined value to the first moving image data being output
while the second moving image data of the first clip is recorded,

wherein the output unit outputs the first moving image data in accordance with Serial Digital Interface format, and the control
unit controls the output unit to add the identification information to a predetermined line in a V-ancillary of the first
moving image data.

US Pat. No. 9,335,666

DEVELOPING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing device, comprising:
a first developer bearing member configured to bear developer including non-magnetic toner and magnetic carrier and to develop
an electrostatic latent image at a first developing region;

a second developer bearing member disposed oppositely to the first developer bearing member, which is configured to bear the
developer delivered from the first developer bearing member and to develop the electrostatic latent image at a second developing
region;

a first magnet fixed inside the first developer bearing member, which is configured to make the first developer bearing member
bear the developer on the surface of the first developer bearing member, the first magnet including a pair of first repulsion
magnetic poles with the same polarity as each other, the first repulsion magnetic poles being disposed adjacent to each other;

a second magnet fixed inside the second developer bearing member, which is configured to make the second developer bearing
member bear the developer on the surface of the second developer bearing member, the second magnet including a pair of second
repulsion magnetic poles with the same polarity as each other, the second repulsion magnetic poles being disposed adjacent
to each other,

wherein the first magnet is configured such that a magnetic flux density distribution of a normal component of the first developer
bearing member in the circumferential direction of the first developer bearing member has only one minimal point between the
pair of first repulsion magnetic poles, and

wherein the second magnet is configured such that the magnetic flux density distribution of a normal component of the second
developer bearing member in the circumferential direction of the second developer bearing member has a plurality of minimal
points between the pair of second repulsion magnetic poles.

US Pat. No. 9,332,166

IMAGING APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH ILLUMINATION OPTICAL SYSTEM HAVING A PLURALITY OF OPTICAL INTEGRATORS THAT GUIDE LIGHT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus, comprising:
an illumination optical system that includes a light source and is configured to guide light from the light source to a target;
an imaging optical system configured to form an image of the target; and
a plurality of image sensors arranged on an image plane of the imaging optical system and configured to convert light from
the imaging optical system into electrical signals,

wherein the illumination optical system includes a plurality of integrators,
wherein light exiting from one of the plurality of integrators illuminates at least one of the plurality of image sensors,
wherein light exiting from the other integrators illuminates at least one of the plurality of image sensors other than the
image sensor illuminated by the light exiting from the one of the plurality of integrators, and

wherein the plurality of integrators is a plurality of rod integrators that performs inner reflection a plurality of times.

US Pat. No. 9,316,948

DEVELOPING APPARATUS WITH DISCHARGE REGULATING MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing apparatus comprising:
a developing container for containing a developer comprising toner and carrier, said developing container including a first
chamber configured to accommodate the developer, a second chamber provided adjacent to said first chamber in a direction crossing
with a longitudinal direction of said first chamber and communicating with said first chamber to establish a circulation path
along which the developer circulates, a partition between said first chamber and said second chamber, a first communication
opening provided at one end portion side of said partition with respect to the longitudinal direction and configured to supply
the developer from said first chamber into said second chamber, and a second communication opening provided at the other end
portion side of said partition with respect to the longitudinal direction and configured to supply the developer from said
second chamber into said first chamber;

a first rotatable feeding member provided in said first chamber and configured to feed the developer, said first feeding member
including a rotatable shaft, a first helical blade portion provided around said rotatable shaft and configured to feed the
developer, and a second helical blade portion provided around the rotatable shaft at a position downstream of said first helical
blade portion with respect to a developer feeding direction of said first helical blade portion, said second helical blade
portion having a helix which is opposed to that of said first helical blade portion:

a second rotatable feeding member provided in said second chamber and configured to feed the developer;
a discharge opening provided downstream of said second helical blade portion with respect to the developer feeding direction
of said first helical blade portion and configured to permit discharge of the developer out of said developing container;
and

a disk portion provided on said rotatable shaft at a position between said first helical blade portion and said second helical
blade portion.

US Pat. No. 9,316,956

INTERMEDIATE TRANSFER MEMBER, IMAGE-RECORDING METHOD, AND IMAGE-RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An intermediate transfer member for use in an image-recording method that comprises a process for applying a reaction liquid
to an intermediate transfer member, a process for forming an intermediate image by applying an ink to the intermediate transfer
member to which the reaction liquid has been applied, and a process for transferring the intermediate image to a recording
medium,
wherein the intermediate transfer member has protruding structures having an average height of 3.0 ?m or less on a surface
thereof, and

an average ratio R of surface areas of the intermediate transfer member to a unit area of a surface of the intermediate transfer
member and an average ratio S of a total surface area of upper portions of the protruding structures to a unit area of the
surface of the intermediate transfer member satisfy the following formula (1):

S?1/24·(10R?13)  (1)

wherein R?1.3, and 0?S?1.

US Pat. No. 9,312,116

MASS DISTRIBUTION SPECTROMETRY METHOD AND MASS DISTRIBUTION SPECTROMETER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A mass distribution spectrometry method including irradiating a sample with a primary ion beam and detecting a generated
secondary ion,
wherein the primary ion beam having a spread toward a direction perpendicular to a travelling direction is obliquely incident
on a surface of the sample after a path length of each primary ion contained in the primary ion beam is adjusted by deflecting
a trajectory between a primary ion source and the surface of the sample,

wherein the mass distribution spectrometry method is a projection type mass distribution spectrometry method, and
wherein path lengths of primary ions incident on arbitrary two points on the surface of the sample on which the primary ions
are incident are adjusted so that:

a difference of the path lengths of the primary ions incident on the two points becomes smaller than d*cos ?, when d is defined
as a distance in an incident direction of the ion beam between the arbitrary two points which have been projected on a horizontal
plane on the surface of the sample, and ? is defined as an incident angle of an ion which is incident on either one of the
points out of the two points.

US Pat. No. 9,313,365

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for processing multi-valued data corresponding to an image to be recorded in a unit area
on a recording medium to record an image in the unit area during each of a plurality of relative scans of a recording head
across the unit area in a scanning direction, the recording head being configured to eject at least ink of a first color containing
a pigment and ink of a second color containing a pigment, in accordance with recording data that specifies ejection or non-ejection
of each of the ink of the first color and the ink of the second color to each of a plurality of pixel areas each having a
plurality of pixels within the unit area, the image processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire information concerning gradation values in the multi-valued data, each of the gradation
values corresponding to one of the ink of the first color and the ink of the second color; and

a quantization unit configured to quantize the multi-valued data to generate binary data that specifies, for each of the plurality
of pixels, ejection or non-ejection of each of the ink of the first color and the ink of the second color to each of the plurality
of pixel areas, wherein

a dot formed by applying the ink of the second color to the recording medium a predetermined amount has a lower height than
a dot formed by applying the ink of the first color to the recording medium the predetermined amount, and

the quantization unit quantizes the multi-valued data corresponding to the ink of the second color so that an average of numbers
of adjacent pixels among pixels within the unit area for which ejection of the ink of the second color is specified by the
binary data in a case where the gradation value in the multi-valued data corresponding to the ink of the second color, which
is acquired by the acquisition unit, is a first value and in a case where the gradation value in the multi-valued data corresponding
to the ink of the first color, which is acquired by the acquisition unit, is a second value is larger than an average of numbers
of adjacent pixels among pixels for which ejection of the ink of the second color is specified by the binary data in a case
where the gradation value in the multi-valued data corresponding to the ink of the second color, which is acquired by the
acquisition unit, is the first value and in a case where the gradation value in the multi-valued data corresponding to the
ink of the first color, which is acquired by the acquisition unit, is a third value higher than the second value.

US Pat. No. 9,311,578

PRINTING SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing system comprising:
a printing unit configured to print an image on a sheet;
a post-processing unit configured to perform C-folding for the sheet, the sheet being folded into three pieces, on which the
printing unit has printed the image; and

a notification unit configured to notify a user of a candidate for a size of a sheet on which the post-processing unit can
perform the C-folding in a case where the C-folding is to be performed by the post-processing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,302,391

OBJECT GRIPPING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit adapted to obtain distance information of a region including a plurality of objects;
a first selection unit configured to select a plurality of holding candidate objects from the plurality of objects based on
the distance information;

a measurement unit adapted to measure three-dimensional position and orientation information of the selected plurality of
holding candidate objects based on the distance information;

a second selection unit adapted to select a holding target object from the plurality of holding candidate objects and select
one or more tracking target objects other than the selected holding target object from the plurality of holding candidate
objects, based on the three-dimensional position and orientation information measured by said measurement unit;

a controlling unit adapted to cause a holding unit to hold the holding target object; and
an updating unit adapted to update the three-dimensional position and orientation information of the tracking target objects
by obtaining a visible image including the tracking target objects at a predetermined time interval during holding of the
holding target object by said holding unit without obtaining distance information newly, wherein the update by said updating
unit is performed by a different method from the measurement by said measurement unit,

wherein when the holding by said holding unit has ended, said second selection unit selects a next holding target object based
on the three-dimensional position and orientation information of the tracking target objects updated by said updating unit,
wherein the updating unit updates the three-dimensional position and orientation information of the tracking target objects
so that a difference between a position in the visible image where registered model data of the tracking target objects is
projected to the position of the target tracking objects in the visible image decreases.

US Pat. No. 9,305,249

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM FOR RASTERIZING SCAN LINE USING INTERMEDIATE DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an input unit configured to input image data of a page including one or more objects;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a block image data of a block part of the page, a width of the block part being less
than a width of the page, the block image data including a first scan line and a second scan line, wherein each of the first
and the second scan lines are formed by one or more closed regions, and each closed region is associated with information
indicating at least one of the one or more objects contributing to the closed region;

a determining unit configured to determine whether a first set of one or more closed regions forming the first scan line and
a second set of one or more closed regions forming the second scan line are identical, with respect to a number of closed
regions and the information of each closed region; and

a rasterizing unit configured to rasterize the first scan line using first intermediate data which is generated by analyzing
the second scan line and is used for rasterization of the second scan line if the first set and the second set are identical,
and to rasterize the first scan line using second intermediate data which is generated by analyzing the first scan line without
using the first intermediate data if the first set and the second set are not identical.

US Pat. No. 9,304,482

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH DETACHABLE COMPONENTS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording material, comprising:
a drum cartridge including an image bearing member;
a developing cartridge including developing means for developing the image formed on said image bearing member;
a cartridge mounting member to which said drum cartridge and said developing cartridge are detachably mountable;
a transfer roller for transferring a visualized image provided by said developing means on said image bearing member, onto
the recording material fed along a feeding path; and

an opening and closing cover provided across the feeding path from said image bearing member,
wherein said transfer roller is mounted on said opening and closing cover,
wherein a path of removing said detachable developing cartridge is accessed by opening said opening and closing cover with
the path extending across the feeding path so as to permit said developing cartridge to pass through the feeding path without
removing said drum cartridge.

US Pat. No. 9,307,152

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND CAMERA SYSTEM WHERE DIALOGUE BOX IS DISPLAYED BASED ON DISPLAY MODE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising a processor and a memory including instructions which, when executed by the processor,
cause the display control apparatus to:
determine a state of a function which is executed while a dialogue box relating to the function is displayed; and
control a displaying of the dialogue box relating to the function, based on data stored in the memory indicating as to whether
the dialogue box is displayed or not in accordance with a displaying mode for displaying an image photographed by a camera,
and based on the determined state.

US Pat. No. 9,307,157

LENS APPARATUS AND IMAGING APPARATUS DETACHABLE THEREFROM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a sensor configured to photoelectrically convert light from an object to output a signal;
a selection unit configured to select one of a first exposure control mode and a second exposure control mode having an exposure
changing amount per unit time larger than that of the first exposure control mode; and

a controller configured to perform control to transmit diaphragm control information in a case where a speed of a diaphragm
unit is controllable, and to inhibit the selection of the exposure control mode in a case where a speed of the diaphragm unit
is uncontrollable,

wherein the diaphragm control information is generated based on the output signal from the sensor, first information, and
second information to a connected lens unit, and

wherein the first information is about the exposure control mode selected by the selection unit, and the second information
is speed information of the diaphragm unit corresponding to the lens unit.

US Pat. No. 9,295,989

CHANNEL DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A channel device comprising:
a first substrate having a groove portion for forming a channel; and
a second substrate having a protruding portion that covers the groove portion, the first substrate and the second substrate
being bonded together with an adhesive,

wherein the protruding portion of the second substrate extends along a direction corresponding to an extending direction of
the groove portion of the first substrate,

wherein mutually corresponding parts of the protruding portion of the second substrate and the groove portion of the first
substrate are in direct and linear contact with each other without an adhesive therebetween, and the channel is thereby formed,
and

wherein a space of the channel and a space in which the adhesive is disposed are separated from each other by the linear contact.

US Pat. No. 9,298,128

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member capable of bearing a developer image that is formed by supplying a developer to a latent image formed
on a surface thereof;

a developer carrying member that is provided to be capable of rotating while carrying the developer, and that supplies the
developer to the image bearing member by contacting the image bearing member;

a regulating member that regulates a layer thickness of the developer carried on the developer carrying member; and
a voltage applying device for applying a voltage to the developer carrying member,
wherein the developer carrying member includes a conductive base layer and a surface layer covering the base layer, and
when a volume resistance of the surface layer is ?c, a film thickness of the surface layer is dc, and a relative dielectric constant of the surface layer is ?c,

a surface charge density of an individual toner particle surface of the developer on the developer carrying member, the layer
thickness of the developer having been regulated by the regulating member, is q/s, a relative dielectric constant of an entire
layer of the developer is ?t, and the layer thickness of the developer is dt,

a potential of the surface of the image bearing member in a contact region with the developer carrying member is V, and
a time required for the developer to pass through the contact region after entering the contact region as the developer carrying
member rotates is T,


 and
are satisfied.

US Pat. No. 9,298,406

PRINTING APPARATUS, PRINTING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a receiving unit configured to receive a print job from an external apparatus via a network;
a determination unit configured to determine whether a job password is set to the print job;
an input unit configured to input a print instruction for the print job into the printing apparatus from a first user who
logs in to the printing apparatus; and

a job execution unit configured to, if the job password is set to the print job and the first user is different from a second
user who has instructed to transmit the print job at the external apparatus, execute the print job on the basis of input of
the job password from the first user into the printing apparatus via the input unit after input of the print instruction for
the print job,

wherein the job execution unit is configured to, if the job password is set to the print job and the first user is the same
as the second user, execute the print job on the basis of input of the print instruction for the print job from the first
user into the printing apparatus via the input unit without inputting the job password for the print job from the first user
into the printing apparatus via the input unit, and

wherein the job execution unit is configured to, if the job password is not set to the print job, execute the print job without
inputting the print instruction for the print job from the first user into the printing apparatus via the input unit.

US Pat. No. 9,295,382

OPHTHALMIC APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF OPHTHALMIC APPARATUS AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

13. A control method for an ophthalmic apparatus comprising an acquisition unit, a displacement acquisition unit, and a display
control unit, the method comprising:
an acquisition step of causing the acquisition unit to acquire a fundus image of an eye to be examined;
a displacement acquisition step of causing the displacement acquisition unit to acquire a displacement of an imaging position
by the acquisition unit between fundus images acquired in the acquisition step; and

a display control step of causing the display control unit to cause a display unit to display the fundus image acquired in
the acquisition step and a region of interest, with the region of interest being displayed at a predetermined position on
the fundus image, by moving the region of interest on the display unit based on the displacement acquired in the displacement
acquisition step,

wherein in the display control step, the display control unit moves the region of interest on the display unit based on the
displacement acquired in the displacement acquisition step in a case where an indication indicating an arbitrary position
of the display unit is located on a region on the display unit other than the region of interest, and stops the movement of
the region of interest in a case where the indication is located on the region of interest.

US Pat. No. 9,299,739

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus comprising:
a plurality of photoelectric conversion units, each including a plurality of photoelectric conversion elements on which light
condensed by a single microlens is incident,

wherein each of the plurality of photoelectric conversion elements includes a first semiconductor region of a first conductivity
type that collects signal carriers,

wherein the first semiconductor regions included in photoelectric conversion elements that are included in each of the photoelectric
conversion units and that are arranged adjacent to each other sandwich a second semiconductor region of a second conductivity
type, and

wherein an impurity concentration of the second semiconductor region is lower than an impurity concentration of a region between
each of the first semiconductor regions and an overflow drain region of the first conductivity type.

US Pat. No. 9,283,796

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

5. A control method for controlling a sheet processing apparatus, the method comprising:
inserting an insert sheet fed from a second sheet holding unit in a plurality of sheets fed from a first sheet holding unit,
and causing a saddle stitch bookbinding device to execute a saddle stitch bookbinding process to the plurality of sheets in
which the insert sheet has been inserted;

judging whether or not a position in which it has been designated to insert the insert sheet is a position in which the insert
sheet can be inserted; and

in a case where it is judged that the position in which it has been designated to insert the insert sheet is not the position
in which the insert sheet can be inserted, controlling the saddle stitch bookbinding device not to execute the saddle stitch
bookbinding process to the plurality of sheets in which the insert sheet has been inserted.

US Pat. No. 9,288,456

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an input unit configured to input first image data obtained by capturing an image of a subject under a first light condition,
and second image data obtained by capturing an image of the subject under a second light condition different from the first
light condition;

an acquisition unit configured to acquire sampling positions of colors used to generate correction parameters;
a sampling unit configured to sample first color signal values from the sampling positions in the first image data, and to
sample second color signal values from the sampling positions in the second image data; and

a generation unit configured to generate correction parameters, used to correct the first image data which depends on the
first light condition into image data which depends on the second light condition, based on the first color signal values
and the second color signal values,

wherein the generation unit comprises:
a first generator configured to generate color correction parameters used to transform the first color signal values into
the second color signal values; and

a second generator configured to calculate a first luminance value from the first color signal values, to calculate a second
luminance value from a correction value obtained by correcting the first color signal values using the color correction parameters,
and to calculate tone correction parameters used to transform the first luminance value into the second luminance value, and

wherein at least one of the input unit, the acquisition unit, the sampling unit, or the generation unit is implemented at
least in part by hardware components of the image processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,282,271

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS WITH TWO COLUMN AMPLIFYING UNITS OUTPUTTING SIGNALS AT DIFFERENT GAINS WITH CORRECTION PROCESSOR TO REDUCE GAIN ERROR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state imaging apparatus comprising:
a plurality of pixels arranged in a matrix for generating a signal by a photoelectric conversion;
a column amplifying unit arranged corresponding to each of columns of the pixels, for outputting a first signal generated
by amplifying the signal from the plurality of pixels at a first gain, and for outputting a second signal generated by amplifying
the signal from the plurality of pixels at a second gain larger than the first gain;

an analog to digital converter for converting the first signal to a first digital signal and for converting the second signal
to a second digital signal; and

a correction unit configured to perform a correction processing to reduce a gain error between the first and second signals
level-shifted into the same gain level.

US Pat. No. 9,280,066

STAGE APPARATUS, LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A stage apparatus which holds a substrate, comprising:
a first moving stage;
a second moving stage supported by the first moving stage;
a linear motor including a coil arranged on the first moving stage, and a magnet arranged on the second moving stage in correspondence
with the coil;

a first channel formed in the first moving stage to supply a first refrigerant for recovering heat from the coil not to contact
the coil;

a cover member arranged on the first moving stage to surround the coil and be spaced apart from the coil; and
a second channel formed in the cover member to supply a second refrigerant for recovering heat from the cover member not to
contact the coil.

US Pat. No. 9,280,112

PRINTING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR CONTROLLING PRINTING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a storing unit configured to store a size of a sheet, wherein the sheet is held in a sheet holding unit;
a printing unit configured to print an image on the sheet fed from the sheet holding unit based on a size of a sheet that
is specified in a print job;

a receiving unit configured to receive, from a user and before the printing unit executes printing, an instruction for notifying
the user of an error in a case where the size of the sheet that is specified in the print job does not match the size of the
sheet that is stored in the storing unit; and

a controlling unit configured to perform control,
wherein, in a case where the instruction is received by the receiving unit and the size of the sheet that is specified in
the print job does not match the size of the sheet that is stored in the storing unit, the controlling unit is configured
to perform control to notify the user of the error and cause the printing unit to execute printing, and

wherein, in a case where the instruction is not received by the receiving unit and the size of the sheet that is specified
in the print job does not match the size of the sheet that is stored in the storing unit, the controlling unit is configured
to perform control to cause the printing unit to execute printing without notifying the user of the error.

US Pat. No. 9,280,115

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH CONSUMPTION PREDICTION, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a counting unit configured to count the number of pixels at each tone level in a halftone image corresponding to an input
image;

a determination unit configured to determine a halftone region in the halftone image;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire tone characteristic information of an output density of the image forming apparatus;
a correction unit configured to obtain a density in a region to be formed by using a developing material corresponding to
pixels in the halftone region from information of the halftone region and the number of pixels at each of the tone levels
included in the halftone region and correct the density in accordance with the tone characteristic information;

a first prediction unit configured to predict a consumption amount of the developing material by using the density corrected
by said correction unit; and

an accumulation unit configured to obtain an accumulated value of densities in the halftone image from the number of pixels
at each tone level acquired by said counting unit,

wherein said first prediction unit predicts a consumption amount of the developing material from the accumulated value of
densities obtained by said accumulation unit if the accumulated value of densities obtained by said accumulation unit is larger
than a predetermined threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,281,660

SURFACE EMITTING LASER, SURFACE-EMITTING-LASER ARRAY, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A surface emitting laser configured to oscillate at a wavelength ?, comprising:
a substrate;
a multilayer structure provided on the substrate and in which layers including a rear mirror, an active layer, and a front
minor are stacked;

a first stepped structure provided over a front surface of the front mirror and including a first portion extending in a first
area defined in a central part of an emission area and a second portion extending in a second area defined on the outer side
of the first area within the emission area, the first and second portions having different heights; and

a second stepped structure provided between the first stepped structure and the front mirror, and including a third portion
extending in a third area defined in the central part of the emission area and a fourth portion extending in a fourth area
defined on the outer side of the third area,

wherein, in terms of an optical path length from a plane defined on the outside of the surface emitting laser and extending
perpendicular to a stacking direction of the multilayer structure to the front surface of the front mirror, a difference L
between the optical path length in the first area and the optical path length in the second area satisfies the following expression:

(¼+N)?<|L|<(¾+N)?

where N is an integer,
wherein a refractive index of a material forming the second stepped structure is different from a refractive index of a material
forming the first stepped structure, and

wherein a reflectance of a structure, including the front minor, the first stepped structure and the second stepped structure,
is higher in a portion corresponding to the third area than in a portion corresponding to the fourth area.

US Pat. No. 9,281,155

RADIATION GENERATING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An X-ray radiation generating apparatus comprising:
an X-ray radiation generating tube having
an envelope having an aperture,
an electron emitting source arranged in said envelope,
a target arranged in opposition to said electron emitting source and generating X-ray radiation responsive to an irradiation
with an electron beam emitted from said electron emitting source, and

a tubular shield member shielding a part of the X-ray radiation emitted from said target and including an inner wall defining
an electron beam pass; and

a holding container holding said X-ray radiation generating tube inside said holding container,
wherein said tubular shield member is provided in said aperture so as to protrude toward an outside of said envelope so that
said target is held at an outer side of said envelope beyond said aperture, and

wherein said target is held at said inner wall of said tubular shield member such that said target and said inner wall of
said tubular shield member meet at an angle that is not a right angle.

US Pat. No. 9,280,137

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH DEVELOPMENT CONTRAST CONTROL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an image bearing member;
a development device which contains toner and develops a latent image on the image bearing member as a toner image;
an acquisition portion that acquires information about a residual amount of toner contained in the development device;
a main body humidity sensor which detects information about atmosphere humidity of a main body of the image forming apparatus;
a main body temperature sensor which detects information about temperature of the main body of the image forming apparatus;
a calculating portion which calculates toner humidity information regarding a humidity of the toner in the development device
based on detected information from the main body humidity sensor and the main body temperature sensor and time information
for the detections; and

a controlling portion which controls a developing contrast based on the toner humidity information calculated by the calculating
portion,

wherein the calculating portion calculates the toner humidity information based on last-calculated toner humidity information
calculated by the calculating portion, time information regarding the last-calculated toner humidity information, humidity
information currently obtained from detected information from the main body humidity sensor and the main body temperature
sensor, time information regarding the humidity information currently detected and a time constant set based on the residual
amount of the toner, and

wherein in a case that the residual amount of the toner is greater than or equal to a predetermined value, the controlling
portion sets the time constant at a first time constant, and in a case that the residual amount of the toner is less than
the predetermined value, the controlling portion sets the time constant at a second time constant which is less than the first
time constant.

US Pat. No. 9,277,859

OPTICAL TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical tomographic imaging apparatus configured to obtain a tomographic image of an anterior eye based on light into
which return light from the anterior eye irradiated with measurement light and reference light corresponding to the measurement
light are combined, the optical tomographic imaging apparatus comprising:
a measurement light optical path length changing unit configured to change an optical path length of the measurement light;
an instruction unit configured to input an instruction on a size of an imaging range of the tomographic image;
a detecting unit configured to detect, based on an output of an imaging unit which is configured to image the anterior eye,
a position gap between the anterior eye and an optical unit including an optical path of the measurement light in a depth
direction of the anterior eye after the instruction; and

a control unit configured to control the measurement light optical path length changing unit to change the optical path length
of the measurement light by the detected position gap and a distance corresponding to a change of the size.

US Pat. No. 9,277,131

IMAGE STABILIZATION APPARATUS, OPTICAL APPARATUS, AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image stabilization apparatus comprising:
a fixation member;
a movable member that holds an image stabilization unit for correcting image blur and is movable in a direction not in parallel
with the optical axis of an image capturing optical system;

a first rotation member that rotates by being supported by the fixation member and moves the movable member in a first direction;
a second rotation member that rotates by being supported by the fixation member and moves the movable member in a second direction
different from the first direction;

wherein the rotating axis of at least one of the first and the second rotation members is arranged within the optical path
of the image capturing optical system;

a first drive unit that drives the first rotation member; and
a second drive unit that drives the second rotation member.

US Pat. No. 9,274,464

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a conveyance unit configured to convey a recording paper along a conveyance path;
an image forming unit configured to form a measurement image on the recording paper by using at least one of color materials;
a fixing unit configured to heat the measurement image on the recording paper to fix the measurement image onto the recording
paper;

a measurement unit configured to measure the measurement image fixed onto the recording paper downstream of the fixing unit
in the conveyance path;

a first generation unit configured to generate color data based on a measurement result of the measurement unit;
a second generation unit configured to generate density data based on a measurement result of the measurement unit; and
a controller configured to control the conveyance unit so that a first period becomes longer than a second period,
wherein the first period is a period from a time point that the measurement image on the recording paper passes the fixing
unit until a time point that the measurement unit completes the measurement of the measurement image, in a case where the
first generation unit generates the color data, and

wherein the second period is a period from a time point that the measurement image on the recording paper passes the fixing
unit until a time point that the measurement unit completes the measurement of the measurement image, in a case where the
second generation unit generates the density data.

US Pat. No. 9,274,726

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS CAPABLE OF NOTIFYING TEMPORARY DISCONNECTION FROM NETWORK, COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, METHOD OF CONTROLLING COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing system that includes a printing apparatus and a print server,
wherein the printing apparatus comprises:
a printing unit configured to perform print processing;
a wired communication unit configured to perform wired communication between the printing apparatus and the print server;
a wireless communication unit configured to perform directly wireless communication between the printing apparatus and a mobile
terminal; and

a notification unit configured to notify the print server of predetermined information in a case where the printing apparatus
has shifted from a first communication mode in which the wireless communication unit performs the directly wireless communication
to a second communication mode in which the wired communication unit performs the wired communication, wherein in a case where
the printing apparatus operates in the first communication mode, the printing apparatus is incapable of communicating with
the print server, and

wherein the print server comprises:
a storing unit configured to store a print job; and
a transmission unit configured to transmit the print job stored by said storing unit to the printing apparatus in a case where
the print server has received the predetermined information notified by said notification unit.

US Pat. No. 9,274,477

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member configured to bear a toner image;
an intermediary transfer member configured to carry the toner image transferred from the image bearing member at a primary-transfer
position;

a transfer member, provided contactable to an outer peripheral surface of the intermediary transfer member, configured to
transfer the toner image from the intermediary transfer member onto a recording material at a secondary-transfer position;

a constant-voltage element, electrically connected between the intermediary transfer member and a ground potential, configured
to maintain a predetermined voltage by passing of a current therethrough;

a power source configured to form, by applying a voltage to the transfer member to pass the current through the constant-voltage
element, both of a secondary-transfer electric field at the secondary-transfer position and a primary-transfer electric field
at the primary-transfer position;

a detecting portion configured to detect the current passing through the transfer member;
an executing portion configured to execute a test mode in which when no recording material exists at the secondary-transfer
position, a test voltage is applied to the transfer member by the power source to detect the current by the detecting portion;
and

a controller configured to control, on the basis of the current detected by the detecting portion in the test mode, a voltage
to be applied to the transfer member by the power source when the recording material exists at the secondary-transfer position,

wherein the controller controls the test voltage applied by the power source so that the constant-voltage element maintains
the predetermined voltage in at least an overlapping period where a period of the test mode and a period in which the toner
image to be transferred at the primary-transfer position overlap with each other.