US Pat. No. 9,444,974

PRINTING SYSTEM FOR PRINTING PATCHES HAVING DIFFERENT LENGTH TO MEASURE GRADATION VALUES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing system comprising:
a printing unit configured to print a plurality of patches including a first patch and a second patch having an optical density
lower than that of the first patch on a print medium; and

a sensor configured to measure each of the plurality of the patches while moving relative to the printing medium at a predetermined
speed,

wherein the sensor receives a quantity of light for which it sets a value and, a length of the first patch and a length of
the second patch is determined using the value set by the sensor for the quantity of light received,

wherein a length of the first patch, having the optical density higher than the second patch, in a relative movement direction
between the plurality of the patches and the sensor, is longer than the length of the second patch having the lower density
in the relative movement direction, and

wherein the printing unit prints the second patch having the lower optical density than the first patch after printing the
first patch having the length longer than the length of the second patch, and the sensor reads the first patch having the
optical density higher than the second patch, after reading the second patch.

US Pat. No. 9,445,009

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF GENERATING COMPOSITE VIDEO IMAGE, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a first computation unit configured to find a first composition ratio of a plurality of frames of images that are continuously
taken at mutually different exposures based on luminance of at least one of the plurality of frames of images;

a second computation unit configured to find a second composition ratio of the plurality of frames of images based on the
luminance difference between the plurality of frames of images;

a third computation unit configured to find a third composition ratio as a final composition ratio for compositing the plurality
of frames of images based on the first composition ratio, the second composition ratio, and shutter speed at a time of taking
the plurality of frames of images; and

a composition unit configured to generate one frame of an image by compositing the plurality of frames of images based on
the third composition ratio.

US Pat. No. 9,445,030

RADIATION IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF DRIVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation image capturing apparatus, comprising:
a sensor configured to monitor an irradiating dose of radiation from a radiation source;
a switch configured to cause said sensor to output a sensor signal upon changing from a non-conductive state to a conductive
state;

a readout unit configured to read out the sensor signal from said sensor via said switch and a signal line; and
a controlling unit configured to control the switch and the readout unit so as to perform first control of repeatedly performing,
while radiation from the radiation source irradiates said sensor, a series of operations including a first operation of setting
said switch to the conductive state and a second operation of setting said switch to the non-conductive state,

second control of reading out, by said readout unit, the sensor signal from said sensor in the first operation as a first
signal and reading out, by said readout unit, a potential of the signal line in the second operation as a second signal, and

third control of calculating the irradiating dose of radiation based on the first signal and the second signal.

US Pat. No. 9,438,797

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:
a memory and at least one processor which function as:
a certification unit configured to certificate a mounted battery; and
a control unit configured to perform control such that,
if an instruction to execute first processing is given before certification processing by the certification unit is completed,
the first processing is not executed before the certification processing is completed, and

if an instruction to execute second processing is given before the certification processing by the certification unit is completed,
the second processing is executed before the certification processing is completed,

wherein the control unit performs control such that, in the case where the instruction to execute the first processing is
given before the certification processing is completed, and the first processing is not executed before the certification
processing is completed, the first processing is executed if certification is successful after the certification processing
is completed.

US Pat. No. 9,434,189

MOUNTED APPARATUS AND SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A stacking apparatus attachable to a printing apparatus, the stacking apparatus comprising:
a body;
a stacking apparatus base portion of the body having casters, the stacking apparatus being movable on an installation surface
with the casters,

a joint portion configured to receive a printed sheet discharged from a discharge portion of the printing apparatus, wherein
a height of the discharge portion corresponds to a height of the joint portion in a state where the stacking apparatus is
attached to the printing apparatus; and

an adjusting mechanism for adjusting a position of the joint portion in the height direction,
wherein, in the state where the stacking apparatus is attached to the printing apparatus, the stacking apparatus base portion
is disposed in a region where a part of the stacking apparatus base portion overlaps with a printing apparatus base portion
of the printing apparatus with respect to an attachment direction, and the part of the stacking apparatus base portion is
disposed at a position different from a position of the printing apparatus base portion in the height direction.

US Pat. No. 9,438,808

IMAGE CAPTURE CONTROL APPARATUS, METHOD OF LIMITING CONTROL RANGE OF IMAGE CAPTURE DIRECTION, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capture control apparatus for controlling an image capture direction of an image capture unit, comprising:
a limiting unit configured to limit an output image output by the image capture control apparatus to part of a range where
the image capture unit can capture by changing the image capture direction;

a generation unit configured to generate, based on a first output image of a first aspect ratio output by the image capture
unit under limitation by the limiting unit to the part of the range where the image capture unit can capture, a second output
image of a second aspect ratio under the limitation by the limiting unit to the part of the range where the image capture
unit can capture; and

an output unit configured to output the second output image of the second aspect ratio via a communication network,
wherein said generation unit generates the second output image of the second aspect ratio to have a first side contacting
with a first side of the part of the range where the image capture unit can capture, without removing, from the first output
image, a region configured by a first side of the first output image contacting with the first side of the part of the range
where the image capture unit can capture, but by removing, from the first output image, a region configured by a second side
of the first output image opposite to the first side of the first output image.

US Pat. No. 9,438,887

DEPTH MEASUREMENT APPARATUS AND CONTROLLING METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A depth measurement apparatus comprising:
an image signal acquisition unit configured to acquire a first image signal from a first viewpoint and a second image signal
from a second viewpoint;

a correlation value acquisition unit configured to calculate, with respect to a plurality of shift amounts, a correlation
value between the first image signal in a depth detection region and the second image signal in a region obtained by shifting
the depth detection region;

a provisional shift amount acquisition unit configured to acquire a plurality of provisional shift amounts on the basis of
the correlation value;

an image restoration unit configured to subject, for each of the plurality of provisional shift amounts, at least one of the
first image signal and the second image signal to image restoration using an image restoration filter corresponding to each
of the plurality of provisional shift amounts;

a contrast analysis unit configured to analyze a contrast change resulting from image restoration processing by the image
restoration unit; and

a depth determination unit configured to determine depths with respect to a plurality of pixels in the depth detection region
on the basis of a result of contrast analysis by the contrast analysis unit, wherein

the provisional shift amount acquisition unit determines a first shift amount at which an extreme value of the correlation
value is given, divides a first range, which is a range of a predetermined shift amount including the first shift amount,
into a plurality of second ranges in order to acquire a provisional shift amount for each of the second ranges.

US Pat. No. 9,438,914

ENCODING APPARATUS AND ENCODING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An encoding apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing a program which, when executed by the processor, causes the encoding apparatus to:
encode an image to be encoded;
generate a local decoded image from the encoded image;
calculate difference values between pixels included in the local decoded image and pixels included in the image to be encoded;
select one of the calculated difference values, wherein the selected difference value is a value which is most frequent in
the calculated difference values; and

correct each pixel of the local decoded image based on the selected difference value.

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. 9,432,606

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING IMAGE PICKUP ELEMENT HAVING IMAGE PICKUP PIXEL AND FOCUS DETECTION PIXEL AND SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image pickup element including a reference region, a plurality of first image pickup pixel portions that perform a photoelectric
conversion and a plurality of second pixel portions that are formed so that an opening region of a photoelectric conversion
area corresponding to a microlens for the second pixel portion is smaller than an opening region of a photoelectric conversion
area corresponding to a microlens for the first image pickup pixel portion; and

a signal processor configured to perform a shading correction for a pixel signal from the image pickup element,
wherein, in an output mode, the image pickup element generates and outputs a first pixel signal by combining signals from
the plurality of first image pickup pixel portions, and generates and outputs a second pixel signal without combining a signal
from the second pixel portions, and

wherein, in the output mode, the signal processor performs a first correction for the first pixel signal and the second pixel
signal using shading correction data based on a pixel signal from the reference region, and performs a second correction only
for the second pixel signal using additional shading correction data different from the shading correction data in the first
correction.

US Pat. No. 9,430,825

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR ANALYZING RETINA LAYERS OF AN EYE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, which analyzes retina layers of an eye to be examined, comprising:
one or more processors; and
at least one memory coupled to the one or more processors, the at least one memory having instructions stored thereon which,
when executed by the one or more processors, cause the image processing apparatus to:

extract a feature amount, which represents an anatomical feature in the eye to be examined from a fundus image of the eye
to be examined;

detect structures of the retina layers in a tomogram of the retina layers, wherein the tomogram corresponds to the fundus
image;

extract information of a shape of at least one retina layer based on the detected structures of the retina layers;
determine whether the anatomical feature includes a first morbid portion or a blood vessel based on the feature amount and
to determine whether or not the anatomical feature includes an age-related macular degeneration as a second morbid portion
based on the information of the shape;

decide at least one layer including a retinal pigment epithelium layer from the retina layers according to the determination
of whether the anatomical feature includes the first morbid portion or the blood vessel; and

modify the decided at least one layer and estimate, in a case where the anatomical feature includes the second morbid portion,
a normal structure of the retinal pigment epithelium layer.

US Pat. No. 9,429,866

OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member;
a charger that charges the photosensitive member;
an optical scanning apparatus configured to scan the photosensitive member with a light beam output from a light source when
a driving current modulated based on image information is supplied to the light source;

a developer configured to develop an electrostatic latent image formed on the photosensitive member by scanning of the light
beam by the optical scanning apparatus to form an image on the photosensitive member, and

a control unit configured to control the optical scanning apparatus,
wherein the optical scanning apparatus comprises:
the light source configured to output the light beam having a light power dependent on a value of the driving current;
a detection unit configured to detect the light power of the light beam output from the light source;
a capacitor configured to hold a voltage;
a charging unit configured to charge the capacitor, and
a comparison unit configured to compare a voltage corresponding to the light power detected by the detection unit with a reference
voltage corresponding to the target light power,

wherein the control unit is configured to control the charging unit so that the capacitor is charged by the charging unit
and configured to control the value of the driving current,

wherein the control unit is configured to control the charging unit so that the capacitor is charged by the charging unit
in a state where the driving current is not supplied to the light source, to control the charging unit based on a detection
result of the detection unit so that the voltage held in the capacitor is controlled from the voltage of the capacitor charged
in the state where the driving current is not supplied to the light source, and to control the value of the driving current
based on the voltage held in the capacitor controlled by the control unit,

wherein the control unit is configured to control the value of the driving current such that the light power of the light
beam is controlled to a target light power, by changing the voltage of the capacitor based on a comparison result of the comparison
unit such that the voltage corresponding to the light power detected by the detection unit approaches the reference voltage,

wherein the control unit is configured to start to supply the driving current to the light source after the capacitor is charged
to a predetermined voltage by the charging unit in a turn-off state of the light source before light beam scans the photosensitive
member, and

when starting to supply the driving current to the light source, the control unit is configured to decide the driving current
to be supplied to the light source based on the predetermined voltage to which the capacitor is charged by the charging unit
in the turn-off state.

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. 9,429,741

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PROJECTION APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising, sequentially from an enlargement conjugate side to a reduction conjugate side:
a first lens unit having negative refractive power that is not moved during zooming;
plural lens units that are moved during zooming; and
a final lens unit having positive refractive power that is not moved during zooming,
wherein
a final moving lens unit having positive refractive power and disposed nearest to the reduction conjugate side among the plural
lens units that are moved during zooming is moved toward the enlargement conjugate side during zooming from a wide angle end
to a telephoto end, and the final moving lens unit includes one or more negative lenses and one or more positive lenses, and
one negative lens of the one or more negative lenses and one positive lens of the one or more positive lenses are cemented
with each other; and

the following conditions are satisfied:
5.00 lnn?npl<0.080

0.0 where
f is a focal length of the final moving lens unit;
fw is a focal length of the zoom lens at a wide angle end;
nn and ?n are respectively an average refractive index and an average Abbe number of a material of the one or more negative
lenses included in the final moving lens unit; and

np and ?p are respectively an average refractive index and an average Abbe number of a material of the one or more positive
lenses included in the final moving lens unit,

provided that, when a refractive index for C-line is denoted by NC, a refractive index for d-line is denoted by Nd, and a
refractive index for F-line is denoted by NF, the Abbe number ?=(Nd?1)/(NF?NC).

US Pat. No. 9,423,739

ENDLESS BELT FOR FIXING, FIXING DEVICE, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING ENDLESS BELT FOR FIXING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An endless belt for fixing, the endless belt comprising:
a base layer including a first layer, a second layer, and a third layer disposed between the first layer and the second layer,
each of which are made of nickel; and

a toner parting layer provided on the base layer,
wherein a content rate of phosphorus in the first layer and the second layer is lower than that in the third layer.

US Pat. No. 9,423,757

CONNECTOR FOR HEATER, FIXING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

6. An electrical female connector for supplying an electrical power to a heater as a male connector, said female connector
comprising:
an electrically insulative housing;
a first contact terminal provided inside said housing and having a first spring configured to contact a first electrode of
said heater and a second spring configured to contact a surface of said heater opposite to a surface on which said first electrode
is provided, and

a second contact terminal provided inside said housing and having a third spring configured to contact a second electrode
of said heater and a fourth spring configured to contact a surface of said heater opposite to a surface on which said second
electrode is provided,

wherein said first and second contact terminals are electrically independent from each other, and
wherein said first spring and said second spring overlap with each other in an urging direction of the first and second springs,
and said third spring and said fourth spring overlap with each other in an urging direction of the third and fourth springs,
in a state that said female connector is removed from said heater.

US Pat. No. 9,425,584

LASER DRIVE DEVICE THAT DRIVES LASER DIODE, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A laser drive device that drives a laser diode, comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect a light amount of a laser beam output from the laser diode;
a light amount control unit configured to control the light amount of the laser beam output from the laser diode to a plurality
of set light amounts by controlling a drive current supplied to the laser diode according to a detection output from said
detection unit;

a threshold current calculation unit configured to calculate a threshold current according to the detection output from said
detection unit and a drive current supplied to the laser diode; and

a control unit configured to switch and select the plurality of set light amounts, compare a plurality of threshold currents
with each other which are obtained from said threshold current calculation unit with respect to the plurality of set light
amounts, respectively, and determine a set light amount among the plurality of set light amounts as a determined set light
amount for use in light amount control of the laser diode according to whether a difference in threshold currents corresponding
to the determined set light amount and another set light amount among the plurality of set light amounts is not less than
a predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 9,426,354

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image sensing apparatus comprising:
an image sensing unit configured to output data in which respective pixels of image signals of each frame correspond to light
beams having different pupil regions through which the light beams have passed in an imaging optical system;

at least one processor or circuit configured to perform the operations of the following units:
a display unit configured to perform a display of an image on a display;
a detection unit configured to detect a specific subject in the image;
a decision unit configured to decide a focal position at which the specific subject detected by the detection unit is focused
on;

a driving unit configured to decide a driving position of the focus lens based on the focal position decided by the decision
unit, and drive the focus lens to the driving position; and

a recording unit configured to record, on a recording medium moving data including a plurality of frames of the data output
from the image sensing unit after driving the focus lens by the driving unit;

wherein the decision unit generates, from the image signals of a frame of the data, a pair of images respectively corresponding
to light beams having passed through different pupil regions of the imaging optical system and calculates, for the decision
of the focal position, an image position shift between the pair of images.

US Pat. No. 9,426,375

LINE-OF-SIGHT DETECTION APPARATUS AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A line-of-sight detection apparatus, comprising:
an image sensor configured to obtain a face image;
a memory;
a processor in communication with the memory, configured to control:
an area setting unit configured to set an eye area in the face image obtained by the obtaining unit;
a determination unit configured to determine an eye type of the eye area set by the area setting unit;
a correction unit configured to correct luminance of the eye area so that a luminance image of eyes has an identical luminance
distribution regardless of color of an iris area in the eye area based on the eye type determined by the determination unit;

a feature extraction unit configured to extract a feature of the eye area in which the luminance has been corrected; and
a line-of-sight detection unit configured to detect a line of sight of a face in the face image, based on the feature of the
eye area extracted by the feature extraction unit.

US Pat. No. 9,421,765

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING LIQUID DISCHARGING HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a liquid discharging head which includes a flow path forming member which has a discharge port
for discharging a liquid and a liquid flow path communicating with the discharge port, and a base body having a liquid supply
port which supplies the liquid flow path with the liquid, the base body having a heating portion for discharging the liquid,
the method comprising:
(1) forming a mold of the liquid flow path and a foundation member including a porous inorganic material over the base body,
the foundation member being of a single layer and having unevenness, wherein the foundation member does not serve an electrical
function for the heating portion;

(2) applying an organic resin over the base body so as to cover the mold and the foundation member to form the flow path forming
member, the organic resin permeating the unevenness;

(3) forming the discharge port in the flow path forming member and forming the liquid supply port in the base body; and
(4) removing the mold to form the liquid flow path,
wherein the thickness of the foundation member is greater than or equal to 30% and less than or equal to 90% of the thickness
of the flow path forming member.

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. 9,423,868

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A transmission apparatus configured to transmit image data to a reception apparatus through a network, the transmission
apparatus comprising:
an encoding unit configured to encode captured data generated by an image capturing unit to generate the image data;
a reception unit configured to receive, from the reception apparatus, a command that sets a set value for generating the captured
data by the image capturing unit;

an updating unit configured to update the set value for generating the captured data by the image capturing unit and a set
value for generating the image data by the encoding unit according to the command received by the reception unit;

a control unit configured to perform a predetermined restart process if the set value for generating the captured data is
updated to a predetermined set value; and

a communication unit configured to perform, through the network, notification indicating that the transmission apparatus has
been connected to the network,

wherein, if the set value for generating the captured data is updated according to the command received by the reception unit,
the control unit performs the predetermined restart process and the communication unit performs the notification.

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. 9,413,910

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR READING AND RECORDING IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus for reading and recording an image, the apparatus comprising:
a reading unit configured to read an image of a document while conveying the document and discharge the document downwards
by gravitation;

a recording unit located below the reading unit, the recording unit recording the image on a recording medium while conveying
the recording medium and discharging the recording medium downwards by gravitation;

a movable member configured to select a discharge way of the document discharged from the reading unit from at least a first
discharge way in which the document is discharged into a space between the reading unit and the recording unit and a second
discharge way in which the document is discharged to a side of the recording unit; and

a holding portion configured to hold a front end of the document,
wherein the movable member is mounted to the recording unit so as to be movable between a first position corresponding to
the first discharge way and a second position corresponding to the second discharge way; and

when the movable member is at the first position, the document is discharged into the space while being deformed, with the
front end held by the holding portion, and when the movable member is at the second position, the document is discharged to
a side of the recording unit, without the front end restricted.

US Pat. No. 9,413,979

IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR RECAPTURING AN IMAGE CAPTURED IN A MULTIPLE EXPOSURE SHOOTING MODE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a first receiving unit configured to receive a capturing instruction to capture an image in a multiple exposure shooting mode;
a generation unit configured to generate a second composite image by combining a first image captured according to the capturing
instruction received by the first receiving unit with a first composite image generated by combining a plurality of images;

a display control unit configured to display, on a display unit, the second composite image generated by the generation unit
as a quick review immediately after the first image is captured in response to the capturing instruction received by the first
receiving unit, and to switch during the quick review, display from the second composite image to the first composite image
in response to an operation by a user; and

a second receiving unit configured to receive a recapturing instruction to recapture the first image when the first composite
image is displayed on the display unit during the quick review,

wherein the display control unit is configured to display the first composite image and the second composite image in a playback
mode, and

wherein the display control unit is configured not to display an image that is captured before shifting to the multiple exposure
shooting mode except a base image if shifting to the playback mode is performed with one or more images captured in the multiple
exposure shooting mode, and is configured to display also an image that is captured before shifting to the multiple exposure
shooting mode if shifting to the playback mode is performed after the recapturing instruction is received by the second receiving
unit in a state where only one captured image is retained in the multiple exposure shooting mode.

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. 9,409,429

BELT UNIT, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND BELT MEMBER EXCHANGING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A belt unit for use with an image forming apparatus, comprising:
a belt member;
a belt supporting unit including a plurality of supporting rollers, a pair of side units, attaching portions, and a connected
portion, wherein the plurality of supporting rollers are configured to support said belt member, the pair of side units are
configured to support end portions of each of the plurality of supporting rollers, the attaching portions are provided proximate
to positions where the pair of side units support the end portions of one of the supporting rollers, and the connected portion
is provided at an end of one of the side units; and

a cleaning unit, attached to said belt supporting unit in an attached position, configured to clean a deposited matter on
said belt member, said cleaning unit including attached portions, a connecting portion, and a contact portion, wherein the
attached portions are provided at longitudinal end portions, respectively, of said cleaning unit and are engaged with the
attaching portions, respectively, to mount said cleaning unit in the attached position, the connecting portion is provided
in a position different from each of the attached portions and proximate to a longitudinal central portion of said cleaning
unit and is connectable with the connected portion, and the contact portion is provided on an outer surface of said cleaning
unit and contacts a horizontal surface when said cleaning unit is placed on the horizontal surface so that a longitudinal
direction of said cleaning unit is directed in a horizontal direction, and

wherein, when said belt supporting unit is in a standing state in which one of the side units is directed downward and a direction
of rotation axis of the supporting rollers is directed in a vertical direction, said cleaning unit is placed on the horizontal
surface in a state in which the contact portion contacts the horizontal surface, and the connected portion and the connecting
portion are connected, said cleaning unit maintains said belt supporting unit in the standing state.

US Pat. No. 9,402,586

STEREO X-RAY IMAGING APPARATUS AND STEREO X-RAY IMAGING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

13. The imaging method according to claim 12,
wherein the imaging method is a stereo imaging method, and
wherein the imaging method further comprises causing the display unit to stereoscopically display the second image and a combination
image obtained from a combination of the first image and the second image.

US Pat. No. 9,405,760

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus, comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire identification information for identifying a file stored in an external device connected
to the printing apparatus;

a determining unit configured to determine whether or not the identification information acquired by the acquisition unit
is described using a predetermined character code set;

a generation unit configured to generate, in a case where said determination unit determines that the identification information
acquired by the acquisition unit is not described using the predetermined character code set, substitute identification information,
described using the predetermined character code set, of the identification information acquired by the acquisition unit,
wherein the generation unit generates the substitute identification information without converting the identification information
using a conversion table, wherein the substitute identification information includes a predetermined affix not derived from
the identification information and numerical value which is incremented whenever the substitute identification information
is generated by the generation unit, and wherein the generation unit does not generate the substitute identification information
in a case where said determination unit determines that the identification information acquired by the acquisition unit is
described using the predetermined character code set;

a storing unit configured to store the substitute identification information generated by the generation unit and the identification
information acquired by the acquisition unit in association with each other; and

a display unit configured to display on a display section the substitute identification information stored by the storing
unit in a case where said determination unit determines that the identification information acquired by the acquisition unit
is not described using the predetermined character code set, and to display the identification information acquired by the
acquisition unit on the display section in a case where said determination unit determines that the identification information
acquired by the acquisition unit is described using the predetermined character code set,

wherein at least one of the acquisition unit, the determining unit, the generation unit, the storing unit, and the display
unit is implemented, at least in part, by a hardware processor.

US Pat. No. 9,400,397

OPTICAL APPARATUS WITH MOVABLE MEMBER FOR SHAKE CORRECTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image shake correction device comprising:
a stationary member;
a movable member configured to be moveable linearly in a first direction relative to the stationary member and rotatable relative
to the stationary member in a second direction different from the first direction;

a first guide groove having inclined surfaces that are not parallel to each other and extending in the first direction provided
in one of the stationary member or the movable member;

a receiving portion provided in one of the stationary member or the movable member;
a first rolling member held between the stationary member and the moveable member on the first guide groove;
a second rolling member held between the stationary member and the movable member on the receiving portion; and
a drive unit configured to drive said movable member in the first and second directions,
wherein the first rolling member is in contact at each of the inclined surfaces,
wherein the first rolling member is in contact at one point with the other of the stationary member or the movable member,
wherein in a case where the movable member moves linearly in the first direction, the first rolling member rolls along the
first guide groove and the second rolling member rolls on the receiving portion, and

wherein in a case where the movable member rotates in the second direction, the first rolling member functions as a pivotal
fulcrum for the movable member and the second rolling member rolls on the receiving portion.

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. 9,389,536

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image carrier;
a developing apparatus configured to develop an electrostatic latent image formed on the image carrier by a toner at a developing
position and forming a toner image;

wherein the developing apparatus including:
a developer container configured to store a developer containing the toner and a carrier; and
an agitating member rotating and agitating the developer within the developer container;
a developer replenishing apparatus configured to replenish the developer to the developer container corresponding to a toner
consumption amount;

a control portion configured to selectively execute first and second modes,
the first mode being a mode of forming a controlling toner image between a succeeding image and a preceding image in a case
when a number of recording media is more than a predetermined threshold value during a consecutive image forming job in which
images are formed consecutively on recording media, and the second mode being a mode of driving the agitating member between
a succeeding image and a preceding image in a case when an integrated value of values related to a toner replenishing amount
is greater than the predetermined threshold value during the consecutive image forming job,

wherein a total number of rotations of the agitating member in a period until when the succeeding image reaches the developing
position after when the preceding image passes the developing position in the second mode is greater than a total number of
rotations of the agitating member in the first mode; and

a resetting portion resetting the integrated value in a case when the first mode or the second mode is executed.

US Pat. No. 9,388,011

PRINTING SYSTEM, SHEET PROCESSING METHOD IN THE PRINTING SYSTEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus which has a plurality of trays for stacking sheets on which an image is printed, wherein stacking
capability of a first tray included in the plurality of trays varies according to stacking status of a second tray included
in the plurality of trays, and stacking capability of the second tray does not vary according to stacking status of the first
tray, the printing apparatus comprising:
a controller unit configured to
select, according to a user operation, the first tray or the second tray as a tray to be used;
accept an instruction to start a job;
control, when the instruction is accepted, such that sheets on which an image is printed based on the job are stacked on the
selected first or second tray;

detect, after the selected first or second tray becomes full, that the sheets stacked on the selected first or second tray
are removed; and

control, after it is detected that the sheets stacked on the selected first or second tray are removed, such that other sheets
on which an image is printed based on the job are stacked on the first tray regardless of the selection.

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. 9,387,675

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head comprising:
a substrate;
a heat resistor layer; and
a side wall member that forms a side wall of a pressure chamber, the heat resistor layer having a heat effect portion configured
to foam liquid in an interior of the pressure chamber to discharge the liquid from a discharge port, wherein

the heat effect portion is apart from the substrate, and
at least part of a surface of the heat resistor layer is covered with a covering layer in the interior of the pressure chamber,
and at least part of opposite side of the covering layer contacts the side wall of the side wall member.

US Pat. No. 9,390,753

CONTENT MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, RECORDING APPARATUS, OPERATION APPARATUS, CONTENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, AND CONTROL METHODS THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A content management apparatus including a recording unit configured to record a content, and an operation unit configured
to accept a user operation required to append additional information to the content, said apparatus comprising:
an execution unit configured to execute a first process for recording additional information in association with latest content
data recorded in a recording medium in the recording unit in response to a predetermined user operation; and

a control unit configured to enable, when the latest content data recorded in the recording medium is determined to have been
recorded in the recording medium by an immediately preceding recording operation of the recording unit, the predetermined
user operation required to issue an execution instruction of the first process,

wherein the control unit disables, when the latest content data recorded in the recording medium become content data that
have not been recorded in the recording medium by an immediately preceding recording operation of the recording unit due to
deletion of content data that have been recorded in the recording medium by an immediately preceding recording operation,
the predetermined user operation required to issue the execution instruction of the first process.

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. 9,383,638

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. 9,386,082

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. 9,384,849

MEMORY CONTROL APPARATUS, MEMORY CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A memory control apparatus, comprising:
a writing unit configured to write both of data to be written to one block of a plurality of blocks dividing a storage region
of a nonvolatile memory and information for identifying a number of times of writing to the nonvolatile memory to the one
block; and

a reading-out unit configured to read out data from a block based on the information written by the writing unit among the
plurality of blocks

wherein the writing unit writes a predetermined value to all regions of the one block before writing the data and the information
to the one block, and writes the predetermined data and the information to the one block storing the predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 9,380,200

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD IN WHICH OBJECT SEARCHING BASED ON AN IMAGE DEPENDS ON PIXEL COMBINING ON THE IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a first image sensor and a second image sensor each configured to photoelectrically convert an optical image formed by light
from an image taking optical system;

an image capturing system configured to produce a first image for display and record by using output from the first image
sensor;

a detection system configured to produce a second image by using output from the second image sensor and configured to perform
photometry and object searching by using the second image; and

a controller configured to determine whether or not to perform pixel combining in the second image sensor for producing the
second image, and

wherein the detection system is configured to, when the controller determines that the pixel combining is performed, restrict
the object searching using the second image.

US Pat. No. 9,372,409

EXPOSURE APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND DEVICE FABRICATION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An exposure apparatus that exposes a plurality of exposure shots on a substrate, the apparatus comprising:
a stage configured to hold the substrate;
a driving unit configured to drive the stage;
a processor configured to create a target locus of the stage; and
a control unit configured to control the driving unit based on the created target locus created by the processor,
wherein the processor creates the target locus using constrained-quadratic-linear programming for deriving a driving time
of the stage so that the driving time from an end of an exposure of a first exposure shot to a start of a next exposure of
a second exposure shot as a target function falls within an acceptable range, and

wherein the constrained-quadratic-linear programming is executed under constrained conditions of an arrangement of the exposure
shots, an exposure order of the exposure shots, an upper limit of a velocity of the stage, an upper limit of an acceleration
of the stage, and a lower limit of a time required for jerk of the stage.

US Pat. No. 9,370,946

PRINTING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a feeding roller configured to feed a printing sheet stacked on a stacking unit;
a conveyance roller configured to convey the printing sheet fed by said feeding roller;
a printing unit configured to print on the printing sheet conveyed by said conveyance roller;
a conveyance control unit configured to control conveyance of printing sheets so that a trailing edge of a preceding sheet
as a printing sheet precedingly fed from the stacking unit and a leading edge of a succeeding sheet as a printing sheet succedingly
fed from the stacking unit overlap each other;

a determination unit configured to determine whether the leading edge of the succeeding sheet overlaps the trailing edge of
the preceding sheet; and

a delay unit configured to delay conveyance of the preceding sheet when said determination unit determines that the leading
edge of the succeeding sheet does not overlap the trailing edge of the preceding sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,373,532

GUIDE APPARATUS, EXPOSURE APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A guide apparatus comprising:
a guide member located above a surface of a base;
a movable member movable along longitudinal direction of the guide member; and
a plurality of plate members connected to the movable member,
wherein the plurality of plate members are disposed spaced apart from each other along the longitudinal direction, with a
gap therebetween, and each have an end disposed facing the surface of the base, with a gap between the end and the surface
of the base, and

wherein the guide member is disposed to not intervene between the ends of the plurality of plate members and the surface of
the base.

US Pat. No. 9,373,068

PRINTING APPARATUS, METHOD AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM FOR RECEIVING PRINT JOBS INCLUDING A COMMAND TO PROCESS SUBSEQUENT PRINT JOB

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a receiving unit configured to receive a job and a subsequent job from an external device, the job including a command for
determining, in a case where an error has occurred in the job, whether to process the subsequent job prior to the job or not
to process the subsequent job prior to the job, the command being set by the external device;

a processing unit configured to process the job and then the subsequent job received by the receiving unit;
a stopping unit configured to stop processing of the job in the case where the error has occurred in the job; and
a controlling unit configured to control, after processing of the job is stopped by the stopping unit, the processing unit
to process the subsequent job prior to the job or not to process the subsequent job prior to the job, according to the command
being set by the external device, included in the job,

wherein at least one of the receiving unit, the processing unit, the stopping unit, and the controlling unit is implemented
by a processor and a memory.

US Pat. No. 9,369,633

IMAGING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus including an imaging unit and an eyepiece viewfinder, comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect whether a state at the eyepiece viewfinder is an eye contact state;
a first display unit configured to display a live view image on a first display screen placed inside the eyepiece viewfinder
when the eye contact state is detected at the eyepiece viewfinder;

a second display unit configured to display a captured image on a second display screen outside the eyepiece viewfinder when
a non-eye-contact state is detected at the eyepiece viewfinder after receiving an image shooting instruction to record the
captured image on a recording medium; and

a control unit configured to control the first display unit to continue displaying the live view image on the first screen
at least during a first period from the detection of the non-eye contact state, and control the first display unit to stop
displaying the live view image on the first display screen when the first period has passed if the eye contact state is not
detected at the eyepiece viewfinder during the first period,

wherein the control unit controls the second display unit to stop displaying the captured image when the eye contact state
is detected before the first period has passed.

US Pat. No. 9,360,551

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An object information acquiring apparatus comprising:
an acoustic detector configured to receive an acoustic wave, the acoustic wave being a photoacoustic wave generated from the
object irradiated with light from a light source;

an object information distribution processor configured to generate an object information distribution representing a property
of inside of the object by using a signal derived from the acoustic wave outputted from the acoustic detector;

a reliability distribution generator configured to generate a reliability distribution by using the object information distribution;
a similarity distribution generator configured to generate a similarity distribution between template distribution data indicating
a relation between a real image and an artifact in the image data, and the object information distribution; and

a combination processor configured to generate a combined distribution by performing combination processing of the reliability
distribution and the similarity distribution.

US Pat. No. 9,360,836

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a printing unit;
a processing unit configured to control the printing unit;
a cooling unit configured to cool the processing unit, the cooling unit being different from another cooling unit for cooling
the printing unit;

a receiving unit configured to receive a print job for causing the printing unit to perform print processing; and
a control unit configured to perform, if the receiving unit receives the print job when the image forming apparatus is in
a power saving state in which power supply to the printing unit is stopped, control such that the cooling unit cools the processing
unit based on temperature information of the processing unit, after power is supplied to the printing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,352,603

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet processing apparatus configured to process sheets comprising:
a sheet conveyance portion configured to convey a sheet;
a sheet stacking portion on which sheets, conveyed by the sheet conveyance portion, to be processed are stacked;
an overlapping portion, arranged between the sheet stacking portion and the sheet conveyance portion, configured to overlap
a plurality of sheets to be discharged on the sheet stacking portion one on the other and keep the plurality of sheets on
standby while preceding sheets on the sheet stacking portion are being processed;

an end portion stopper against which one end in a sheet conveyance direction of each of the plurality of sheets conveyed from
the overlapping portion to the sheet stacking portion is abutted; and

a control unit configured to control the overlapping portion so that the overlapping portion overlaps the sheets such that
when the plurality of sheets are discharged onto the stacking portion, an end of a first sheet of the plurality of sheets
being lowermost on the stacking portion, to be abutted against the end portion stopper, is closer to the end portion stopper
than an end of a second sheet on the first sheet, to be abutted against the end portion stopper, and the end of the second
sheet is closer to the end portion stopper than an end of a third sheet on the second sheet, to be abutted against the end
portion stopper, and the end of the third sheet is closer to the end portion stopper than an end of a fourth sheet on the
third sheet, to be abutted against the end portion stopper, a shift amount between the end of the first sheet and the end
of the second sheet being larger than a shift amount between the end of the third sheet and the end of the fourth sheet,

wherein the overlapping portion includes:
a standby portion branching off from a sheet conveyance path provided between the sheet stacking portion and the sheet conveyance
portion and configured to keep on standby the plurality of sheets in the overlapped state;

a first conveyance portion configured to convey from the standby portion the plurality of sheets that have been kept on standby
at the standby portion; and

a second conveyance portion, provided in the standby portion, configured to convey the plurality of sheets kept on the standby
portion to the first conveyance portion, wherein the control unit controls the first conveyance portion so that the sheet
conveyed from the sheet conveyance portion is conveyed to the sheet stacking portion with normal rotation of the first conveyance
portion and that the sheets are conveyed to the standby portion with reverse rotation thereof, and controls the second conveyance
portion so that the sheets conveyed with reverse rotation of the first conveyance portion are conveyed into the standby portion
with normal rotation of the second conveyance portion and that the sheet conveyed into the standby portion are conveyed to
the first conveyance portion with reverse rotation of the second conveyance portion.

US Pat. No. 9,357,032

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS CAPABLE OF RESTRICTING DESTINATION OF TRANSMISSION BY AUTHENTICATED USER, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus having a transmission function for transmitting data to another apparatus using a transmission
protocol, comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing a plurality of units comprising instructions for execution on the processor, the plurality of units including:
a storage unit configured to store a plurality of destination addresses of the transmission protocol;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a destination address of an authenticated user;
a setting unit configured to configure a setting such that transmission using the destination address acquired by the acquisition
unit is permitted, and transmission using other destination addresses than the destination address acquired by the acquisition
unit is inhibited;

a receiving unit configured to receive a display request of an address book from a user;
a display control unit configured to permit, in a case where the setting is not configured by the setting unit and the receiving
unit receives the display request of the address book, a display unit to display the destination address acquired by the acquisition
unit and destination addresses other than the destination address acquired by the acquisition unit among the plurality of
destination addresses which are stored by the storage unit; and

an accepting unit configured to accept, from a user, selection of a destination address from among destination addresses displayed
by the display unit,

wherein, the display control unit permits, in a case where the setting is configured by the setting unit and the receiving
unit receives the display request of the address book, the display unit to display the destination address acquired by the
acquisition unit, and inhibits the display unit to display destination addresses other than the destination address acquired
by the acquisition unit among the plurality of destination addresses which are stored by the storage unit.

US Pat. No. 9,357,086

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus, comprising:
a storage unit configured to store data;
a processor; and
a memory coupled to the processor, wherein the memory includes instructions executable by the processor to:
register addresses including at least a first address of the storage unit and a second address of an external device;
display, by a display unit, the registered addresses in a selectable form;
select an address from the displayed addresses;
transfer data, which has been received from a facsimile device, to the storage unit or the external device connected to the
communication apparatus over a network, wherein the data is transferred to the selected address;

set a server function to be enabled or disabled, the server function allowing a client to access the storage unit over the
network; and

determine, upon the server function being set to be disabled, the first address of the storage unit and then control the display
unit to display the registered addresses except the first address.

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. 9,357,134

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, IMAGE SENSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic apparatus having an image sensing function, the electronic apparatus comprising:
a first operation unit including one or more buttons;
a second operation unit including a touch panel; and
a memory and at least one processor which function as:
a performing unit configured to perform a first function and a second function which is different from the first function,
wherein the first function is able to be performed in accordance with each of an operation to the first operation unit and
an operation to the second operation unit, and the second function is able to be performed in accordance with each of an operation
to the first operation unit and an operation to the second operation unit; and

a display control unit configured to control a display to display items to perform functions if the items are selected by
an operation to the first operation unit or the second operation unit;

wherein the display control unit controls the display to display first operational display items including an item, which
is able to be selected by an operation to the first operation unit and which causes the electronic apparatus to perform the
second function, based on an operation, by which the first function is performed, to the first operation unit,

wherein the display control unit controls the display to display second operational display items including an item, which
is able to be selected by an operation to the second operation unit and which causes the electronic apparatus to perform the
second function, based on an operation, by which the first function is performed, to the second operation unit,

wherein performing the second function by the performing unit in accordance with an operation to the second operation unit
is restricted while the first operational display items are displayed on the display, and

wherein performing the second function by the performing unit in accordance with an operation to the first operation unit
is restricted while the second operational display items are displayed on the display.

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. 9,348,578

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. 9,342,020

PRINTING APPARATUS USING TECHNIQUE TO HANDLE ERROR IN FINISHER, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a printing unit configured to perform printing;
a sheet-discharging unit configured to discharge a sheet, on which the printing has been performed, to a post-processing apparatus;
a storing unit configured to store information on a prohibited sheet which is prohibited to be discharged to the post-processing
apparatus;

a receiving unit configured to receive an error notification from the post-processing apparatus;
an identifying unit configured to identify, when the receiving unit has received the error notification from the post-processing
apparatus, a type of a sheet, which has been discharged to the post-processing apparatus immediately before the receiving
unit has received the error notification; and

a display unit configured to display a confirmation screen for a user to confirm whether to register the sheet type identified
by the identifying unit as a type of the prohibited sheet,

wherein in a case where the user issues an instruction to register the sheet type identified by the identifying unit as a
type of the prohibited sheet through the confirmation screen, the storing unit registers information on the sheet type identified
by the identifying unit as the prohibited sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,344,590

NETWORK SYSTEM, MOBILE TERMINAL, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A network system comprising a mobile terminal which is capable of operating by a rechargeable battery and transmits a job
by short distance wireless communication, and an information processing apparatus which receives the job by short distance
wireless communication, and executes the job, wherein
the information processing apparatus comprises:
a first communication unit configured to perform short distance wireless communication;
a power supply unit configured to supply power by wireless power supply; and
a processing unit configured to execute processing of the job received from the mobile terminal by the first communication
unit, and

the mobile terminal comprises:
a second communication unit configured to perform short distance wireless communication with the first communication unit
of the information processing apparatus; and

a recharge unit configured to recharge the rechargeable battery by wireless power supply by the power supply unit,
wherein it is controlled to perform an inquiry operation of inquiring of a user whether to recharge the rechargeable battery
by wireless power supply at a timing different from a timing of transmission of the job, based on start or completion of the
transmission by the first communication unit.

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. 9,338,319

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS HAVING PLURALITY OF POWER MODES AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus which is capable of operating in a first power mode and in a second power mode in which less
electric power is supplied than in the first power mode, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect an object;
an operation unit configured to receive user's operation for changing a power mode of the image forming apparatus;
a power control unit configured to change the power mode of the image forming apparatus from the second power mode to the
first power mode in a case where the detection unit detects an object or in a case where the operation unit receives the user's
operation; and

a determination unit configured to determine a range of detection of the detection unit, based on an operation history of
the operation unit and a detection history of the detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,338,344

FOCUSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A focusing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor configured to generate a pair of image signals used for focus state detection by phase-difference detection
method;

a calculation unit configured to calculate a first value based on a coincidence degree of the pair of image signals, wherein
the first value indicates reliability of the pair of image signals;

a detection unit configured to detect a focus state based on the pair of image signals; and
a control unit configured to control drive of a focusing lens based on the focus state detected by the detection unit,
wherein, when the first value indicates that the reliability of the pair of image signals is higher than predetermined reliability,
the control unit controls the focusing lens in a first mode in which the focusing lens is driven at a first speed if the first
value indicates that the reliability of the pair of image signals is at a first level, and at a second speed lower than the
first speed if the first value indicates that the reliability of the pair of image signals is at a second level higher than
the first level,

wherein the focus state includes a defocus direction and the predetermined reliability corresponds to reliability indicating
that a defocus direction detected by the detection unit is reliable.

US Pat. No. 9,333,762

INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording method for a recording apparatus to form a color image on a medium, the recording method comprising:
obtaining, for a region of color image data, representing the color image, divided into a plurality of regions, an index indicating
ratio of haze to gloss for the region;

determining whether the haze to gloss ratio index for the region is less than a predetermined threshold;
applying ink to the region on the medium by an applying unit,
wherein, in response to determining that the haze to gloss ratio index for the region is less than the predetermined threshold
and before applying an overcoating member, applying ink to the region on the medium includes simultaneously applying, in a
same scanning between the applying unit and the medium, droplets of color ink and droplets of clear ink from the applying
unit in a way that causes the droplets of color ink and the droplets of clear ink to immingle and form a predetermined amount
of ink irregularities in a surface of the color ink layer, and

wherein, in response to determining that the haze to gloss ratio index for the region is not less than the predetermined threshold,
applying includes refraining from using droplets of clear ink and applying the droplets of color ink to form the color ink
layer without using droplets of clear ink; and

applying, after ink irregularities are formed in the surface of the color ink, the overcoating member to overcoat the applied
color ink and any applied clear ink.

US Pat. No. 9,317,232

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

6. A control method for an information processing apparatus, the method comprising:
displaying a device management screen corresponding to a specific peripheral apparatus; and
launching an application and notifying the application of identification information of the specific peripheral apparatus
in a case where an instruction for launching the application is input via the device management screen,

wherein the application determines whether the specific peripheral apparatus identified by the notified identification information
is connected to the information processing apparatus, and sets the specific peripheral apparatus as a processing target peripheral
apparatus in a case where the application determines that the specific peripheral apparatus is connected to the information
processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,318,525

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

15. A method for manufacturing a solid-state image sensor including, in a semiconductor substrate, a first pixel configured
to receive a light in a first wavelength range, and a second pixel configured to receive a light in a second wavelength range,
a central wavelength in the second wavelength range being shorter than a central wavelength in the first wavelength range,
the first pixel including a first charge accumulation portion of a first conductivity type in a first region of the semiconductor
substrate,

the second pixel including a second charge accumulation portion of the first conductivity type in a second region of the semiconductor
substrate, and a semiconductor region of a second conductivity type in a third region of the semiconductor substrate, the
second conductivity type being different from the first conductivity type,

the manufacturing method comprising the steps of:
forming the first charge accumulation portion and the second charge accumulation portion;
forming a buried layer of the second conductivity type of the semiconductor substrate at a position deeper than the first
charge accumulation portion and the second charge accumulation portion; and

forming the semiconductor region of the semiconductor substrate between the second region and the buried layer,
wherein in the step of forming the first charge accumulation portion and the second charge accumulation portion, impurities
are doped in the first region and the second region to make a net quantity of doping impurities of the first conductivity
type in the second region be larger than a net quantity of doping impurities of the first conductivity type in the first region,

wherein in the step of forming the semiconductor region, impurities of the second conductivity type are doped in the third
region, and the impurities of the second conductivity type to reduce a difference between a net quantity of doping impurities
of the first conductivity type in the first region and a net quantity of doping impurities of the first conductivity type
in the second region.

US Pat. No. 9,319,562

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF SYCHRONIZING PERSONAL SETTING INFORMATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus including a platform in which an application that accesses personal setting information can
be installed, the image forming apparatus having been connected to an external apparatus which holds personal setting information,
the image forming apparatus comprising:
a first saving unit in which first personal setting information is saved;
a second saving unit in which second personal setting information is saved; and
a synchronization unit that synchronizes the first personal setting information and the second personal setting information
with the personal setting information held by the external apparatus connected to the image forming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,319,588

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF IMAGE STABILIZATION DURING A PANNING OPERATION AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image stabilization apparatus comprising:
a shake detection unit configured to detect a shake;
an image stabilization unit configured to correct the shake of an image to be captured;
a panning detection unit configured to detect based on a detection result of said shake detection unit whether a panning operation
is being executed;

a speed setting unit configured to set a target speed of the panning operation;
a calculation unit configured to calculate a correction amount of said image stabilization unit based on the target speed
set by said speed setting unit and a speed of the shake detected by said shake detection unit;

a control unit configured to control a movement of said image stabilization unit based on the correction amount calculated
by said calculation unit when said panning detection unit detects that the panning operation is being executed; and

a storage unit configured to store a plurality of initial speeds in advance,
wherein the target speed of the panning operation is set to be equal to an arbitrary initial speed of the plurality of initial
speeds stored in said storage unit by said speed setting unit immediately after said panning detection unit detects that the
panning operation is being executed.

US Pat. No. 9,316,942

REFLECTION DETECTION APPARATUS AND APPARATUS USING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A reflection detection apparatus comprising:
multiple light-receiving elements configured to detect a pattern formed on an object by receiving a reflected light from the
object; and

a selector configured to select a first light-receiving element group from the multiple light-receiving elements,
wherein the selector is configured to select the first light-receiving element group that includes plural light-receiving
elements each mainly receiving a specularly reflected light from an area of the object where no pattern is formed among the
multiple light-receiving elements, on a basis of outputs from the multiple light-receiving elements,

the detection of the pattern is made on a basis of an output from the first light-receiving element group, and
the selector is configured to be capable of shifting the first light-receiving element group in units of light-receiving elements
whose number is less than that of the light-receiving elements included in the first light-receiving element group.

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. 9,308,718

PRINTING APPARARUS AND PRINTING CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a control unit configured to control printing of images so that a plurality of images are printed on a first surface of a
continuous sheet and then a plurality of images are printed on a second surface of the continuous sheet which is a backside
of the first surface; and

a specifying unit configured to specify on the continuous sheet a print unsuitable area including unique portion, which is
unsuitable for image printing,

wherein in a case where the specifying unit specifies the print unsuitable area when printing on the second surface, the control
unit controls the printing of images so as to print an image for the second surface that is to be printed on the print unsuitable
area and so as to reprint an image that has been already printed on the first surface corresponding to the print unsuitable
area.

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. 9,307,068

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND COMMUNICATION PROCESSING METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a first communication unit constructed to communicate with a plurality of another apparatuses by first wireless communication
complied with a first wireless communication protocol;

a second communication unit constructed to communicate with a base station by second wireless communication complied with
a second wireless communication protocol being different from the first wireless communication protocol;

a determination unit constructed to determine a plurality of apparatuses using the second wireless communication among the
plurality of another apparatuses communicating by the first wireless communication;

a detection unit constructed to detect disconnection of the second wireless communication performed with the base station;
and

a control unit constructed to disconnect the first wireless communication performed with the plurality of apparatuses using
the second wireless communication determined by the determination unit in a case where the detection unit detects the disconnection
of the second wireless communication performed with the base station, and maintain the first wireless communication performed
with another apparatus which does not use the second wireless communication among the plurality of another apparatuses.

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. 9,296,585

SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS, DRIVE TRANSMISSION APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveying apparatus, comprising:
a conveying member rotating and conveying a sheet;
a moving member configured to be movable between a first guiding position and a second guiding position, the moving member
guiding the sheet to a first conveyance path in the first guiding position and guiding the sheet to a second conveyance path
in the second guiding position;

a first abutting portion configured to stop the moving member at the first guiding position by coming into abutment with the
moving member having moved from the second guiding position to the first guiding position;

a second abutting portion configured to stop the moving member at the second guiding position by coming into abutment with
the moving member having moved from the first guiding position to the second guiding position; and

a planetary gear mechanism including:
a first rotating element configured to rotate in a first direction and a second direction which is opposite to the first direction;
a second rotating element configured to engage with the first rotating element and rotate the conveying member by drivenly
rotating with the first rotating element, and

a third rotating element configured to engage with the first rotating element, the third rotating element configured to move
the moving member from the second guiding position to the first guiding position by drivenly rotating with the first rotating
element rotating in the first direction, and move the moving member from the first guiding position to the second guiding
position by drivenly rotating with the first rotating element rotating in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 9,298,140

CONTROLLING APPARATUS, IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A controlling apparatus for controlling an image heating device, the image heating device including first and second rotatable
members for heating therebetween a toner image on a sheet, a first rubbing rotatable member for rubbing the first rotatable
member, and a second rubbing rotatable member for rubbing the second rotatable member, said controlling apparatus comprising:
a counter configured to count a number of heated sheets;
a first executing portion configured to execute rubbing by the first rubbing rotatable member in accordance with an output
of said counter;

a second executing portion configured to execute rubbing by the second rubbing rotatable member in accordance with an output
of said counter;

an acquiring portion configured to acquire an execution instruction for operation in an image glossiness property improving
mode provided by an operator; and

a determination portion configured to determine whether one or both of the first and second rotatable members is to be rubbed
in accordance with an output of said counter when said acquiring portion acquires the execution instruction.

US Pat. No. 9,298,656

DATA TRANSFERRING APPARATUS AND DATA TRANSFERRING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A data transferring apparatus, comprising:
a receiving unit configured to receive a data transfer request from a plurality of origins issuing the data transfer request
respectively, wherein the data transfer request includes attribute information and an address, and the attribute information
includes an identification which indicates the origin issuing the data transfer request; and

a sending unit configured to transfer the data transfer request in a packet format which is selected from a first packet format
and a second packet format based on the identification, wherein the first packet format includes the attribute information
and the address, and the second packet format does not include predetermined attribute information and the address, wherein
the origin issuing the data transfer request is a bus master, and the identification is a number identifying the bus master
from which the data transfer request is transmitted,

wherein, if the identification indicates that the bus master is a processor, the sending unit transfers the data transfer
request in the first packet format, and if the identification indicates that the bus master is a direct memory access controller,
the sending unit transfers the data transfer request in the second packet format.

US Pat. No. 9,295,383

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD FOR DISPLAYING INDEXES FOR DIFFERENT FORMS IN A REGION OF A RETINAL PIGMENT EPITHELIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a tomographic image acquisition device or system configured to acquire a tomographic image indicating a polarization state
of an eye, the tomographic image acquisition device or system being configured to form the tomographic image based on beams
of different polarizations obtained by splitting a combined beam which is obtained by combining a return beam from the eye
irradiated with a measuring beam and a reference beam; and

at least one processor that operates to:
extract a region of a retinal pigment epithelium from the tomographic image; and
cause a display to display a first index indicating a first form in the region of the retinal pigment epithelium and a second
index indicating a second form in the region of the retinal pigment epithelium, wherein the first form is different from the
second form, a display form of the first index is different from a display form of the second index and the first index and
the second index are superimposed on an image of the eye.

US Pat. No. 9,300,829

IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND CORRECTION METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image reading apparatus that reads an image of an original, comprising:
a plurality of line reading sensors, each formed by arraying a plurality of reading elements, which are arranged in a direction
the plurality of reading elements are arrayed and used for reading the image of the original;

a conveyance roller for conveying the original in a direction different from the direction in which the plurality of reading
elements are arrayed;

a drive unit configured to drive said conveyance roller;
a detection unit configured to detect a shift, that occurs at each of both ends of a reading area of each of the plurality
of line-type reading sensors, from an image position in a predetermined calibration sheet corresponding to a rotation angle
of the conveyance roller, for each of a plurality of positions of the plurality of line-type reading sensors, from image data
obtained by reading the calibration sheet by the plurality of line-type reading sensors while causing said drive unit to drive
said conveyance roller and conveying the calibration sheet; and

an adjustment unit configured to adjust, using the detected shift at an end of one of the plurality of line-type reading sensors
as a reference, reading at an end of another line-type reading sensor so as to reduce a difference of the shift from the reference.

US Pat. No. 9,289,984

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD AND LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head comprising:
a liquid discharge substrate configured to discharge liquid;
a flow channel configured to supply liquid to the liquid discharge substrate, the flow channel including;
a first flow channel portion,
a second flow channel portion communicating with the first flow channel portion and extending in a direction intersecting
a liquid supplying direction in which the first flow channel portion extends, and

a third flow channel portion provided along the liquid supplying direction of the first flow channel portion on a downstream
side of a position where the first flow channel portion and the second flow channel portion communicate with each other with
respect to a flow of liquid flowing in the first flow channel portion and communicating with the first flow channel portion
and the second flow channel portion, the third flow channel portion including a first wall defining an end portion of the
flow channel with respect to the liquid supplying direction and a second wall having an inclined surface inclining toward
a wall which defines the second flow channel portion and is connected to the first flow channel portion and connecting the
first wall with the second flow channel portion.

US Pat. No. 9,286,307

DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT APPARATUS IMPROVED IN EFFICIENCY OF DELETION OF FILES, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A document management apparatus comprising:
a storage device configured to store files and folders, the files and the folders being accessible to users over a network;
at least one memory comprising computer code;
at least one processor, the at least one processor configured to execute the computer code to cause the apparatus to:
receive an instruction for a collective deletion of the files and the folders from a system administrator, thereby starting
a collective deletion process;

create a deletion list based on information on the files and the folders to be deleted, the deletion list describing an order
of deletion for each of the files and each of the folders to be deleted;

change a display state of the files and the folders to be deleted from a first state that permits display of file names of
the files to be deleted and of folder names of the folders to be deleted on a display device and manipulation of the files
and the folders to be deleted by one of the users to a second state that inhibits display of the file names of the files to
be deleted and of the folder names of the folders to be deleted such that the file names and the folder names are hidden from
the one of the users while permitting manipulation of the files to be deleted and the folders to be deleted by the system
administrator only;

delete the files and the folders from the storage device in accordance with the order of deletion described in the deletion
list;

change the order of deletion described in the deletion list for at least one of the files to be deleted that is being accessed
by one of the users when the instruction for collectively deleting the files is received; and

change the order of deletion described in the deletion list for at least one of the folders to be deleted, the at least one
folder having a file that is being accessed by one of the users when the instruction for collectively deleting the at least
one folder is received,

wherein when not-yet-deleted files are being accessed by users, said delete the files from the storage device includes deleting
the not-yet-deleted files after the not-yet-deleted files return to a state where no user accesses thereto,

wherein in a case where a folder to be deleted includes a first file whose deletion can be executed, a second file whose deletion
cannot be executed, and a third file whose deletion can be executed, the first file and the third file are not deleted until
deletion of the second file can be executed, and

wherein the collective deletion process ends after each of the files and each of the folders included in the deletion list
are deleted.

US Pat. No. 9,283,748

PRINTHEAD AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printhead in which a plurality of element substrates, each including a plurality of printing elements, is arranged in
an arrayed direction of the plurality of printing elements, comprising:
a temperature detection element provided on each of the plurality of element substrates and configured to detect a temperature
of said each of the plurality of element substrates;

a head control IC connected to each of the plurality of element substrates and configured to control driving of the plurality
of printing elements integrated on the plurality of element substrates;

a first wire configured to transfer a signal produced by time-divisionally multiplexing a temperature detection signal output
from said temperature detection element and an image data signal as a low voltage differential signal between said head control
IC and each of the plurality of element substrates; and

a second wire, provided in parallel to said first wire, configured to flow a current to said temperature detection element
for temperature detection.

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. 9,278,517

INK JET PRINTER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An ink jet printer, comprising:
a print head for ejecting ink from an ejection port by energizing an energy element;
a carriage to which the print head can be mounted;
a capacitor capable of energizing the energy element; and
a determination device for determining that the print head is properly mounted in the case where an electric current is supplied
to the energy element using the capacitor after mounting the print head on the carriage, and a voltage descent in the capacitor
is detected, wherein

the amount of energy to be input at the time of energizing the energy element using the capacitor is smaller than the amount
of energy charged at the time of printing.

US Pat. No. 9,277,860

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; and
a control unit configured to, in a case where an instruction to narrow the imaging range is input, control the measurement
light optical path length changing unit to reduce the optical path length of the measurement light and make a changing speed
of the optical path length of the measurement light lower than in a case where an instruction to widen the imaging range is
input.

US Pat. No. 9,277,114

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS TO WHICH A LENS UNIT WITH A FOCUS LENS IS ATTACHABLE AND CAPABLE OF PERFORMING ACCURATE AND FAST FOCUS DETECTION, METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE ME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus to which a lens unit including an image pickup optical system including a focus lens is attachable,
the image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image pickup element configured to perform photoelectric conversion on light passing through the image pickup optical system
of the attached lens unit to generate an image pickup signal;

a control unit configured to control drive of the focus lens based on a focus signal generated from the image pickup signal;
and

an acquisition unit configured to acquire type information of the lens unit,
wherein the control unit is configured to:
perform a first scanning operation of driving the focus lens in a first direction and perform a second scanning operation
of driving the focus lens at a lower speed than a predetermined speed in a second direction different from the first direction
after the first scanning operation, and

determine whether to perform the second scanning operation based on the type information of the lens unit in a case where
a drive speed of the focus lens when an in-focus position is detected based on the focus signal acquired during the first
scanning operation is higher than the predetermined speed,

wherein when the acquisition unit acquires the type information corresponding to a lens unit which is previously determined
to have a high in-focus accuracy for the focus lens driven at an upper limit speed, the control unit controls not to perform
the second scanning operation.

US Pat. No. 9,276,501

ELECTROMECHANICAL TRANSDUCER AND PRODUCTION METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electromechanical transducer including an element, wherein the element comprises:
a plurality of cells each including a first electrode and a second electrode provided with a cavity being disposed therebetween,
the cells being electrically connected in parallel to form a unit; and

a plurality of dummy cells provided around an outer periphery of the unit of the cells, the dummy cell not being electrically
connected to the cells,

wherein a depth of a cavity of each of the dummy cells is larger than a depth of the cavity of each of the cells.

US Pat. No. 9,274,448

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, POSITIONAL DEVIATION DETECTION APPARATUS, AND POSITIONAL DEVIATION DETECTION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a rotating member;
a plurality of development units configured to form a plurality of positional deviation correction patterns, each of which
includes a plurality of patches, onto the rotating member;

a first detection unit including a first light receiving element arranged in a direction in which light emitted from a first
light emitting element toward a first positional deviation correction pattern including the plurality of patches, and reflected
from the first positional deviation correction pattern is specularly reflected;

a second detection unit including a second light receiving element arranged in a direction different from a direction in which
light emitted from a second light emitting element toward a second positional deviation correction pattern including at least
a patch formed by a same development unit as a development unit that forms any of the patches included in the first positional
deviation correction pattern, and reflected from the second positional deviation correction pattern is specularly reflected;
and

a control unit configured to correct a positional deviation based on a value calculated from a first detection result detected
by the first detection unit and a second detection result detected by the second detection unit,

wherein the value is an average value of the first detection result and the second detection result.

US Pat. No. 9,274,450

CHARGING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A charging device comprising:
a discharging electrode;
a casing surrounding said discharging electrode and being provided with an opening in a member-to-be-charged side;
a grid electrode provided in the opening and provided with a mesh portion having a plurality of through holes;
a cleaning brush, including a base material and a plurality of fibers held on the base material, for cleaning said grid electrode
by entrance of a part of the fibers into the through holes while contacting a surface of said grid electrode in a discharging
electrode side;

a shutter capable of shielding between a member-to-be-charged and said grid electrode; and
a moving mechanism for moving said cleaning brush and said shutter along a longitudinal direction of said grid electrode,
wherein

when said shutter is moved in a closing direction, said cleaning brush moves in advance of a leading end portion of said shutter
with respect to the closing direction by a predetermined interval or more.

US Pat. No. 9,277,016

COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, CLIENT APPARATUS, SERVER APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

9. A client apparatus on an intranet connected to a server apparatus on the Internet via a firewall, comprising a processor
for executing a client program, wherein the processor of the client apparatus functions as:
a generation unit configured to generate connection to allow push communication for the server apparatus, wherein the server
apparatus executes push communication with the client apparatus by using the generated communication;

an acquisition unit configured to acquire, from the server apparatus, information associated with a transmission interval
at which notifications are periodically transmitted to maintain the connection; and

a management unit configured to maintain the connection to the server apparatus, generated by the generation unit, by periodically
transmitting the notifications based on the information associated with the transmission interval acquired by the acquisition
unit, and

wherein the server apparatus comprises a processor for executing a server program wherein the processor of the server apparatus
functions as:

a storage unit configured to store, as communication status information, the connection generated by the generation unit;
a communication control unit configured to transmit data of push communication to the client apparatus using the connection,
wherein the data of push communication is transmitted without receiving an instruction from other apparatus;

a detection unit configured to detect whether the transmitted data of push communication is interrupted by the firewall, wherein
the storage unit stores access information of the push communication as the communication status information if the detection
unit detects that the transmitted data of push communication is not interrupted by the firewall, and wherein the storage unit
stores information of an interruption as the communication status information if the detection unit detects that the transmitted
data of push communication is interrupted by the firewall;

a decision unit configured to decide an interval, in which the connection for the push communication can be maintained in
non-communication, based on the communication status information stored in the storage unit; and

a notification unit configured to notify the client apparatus of the interval decided by the decision unit as information
associated with the transmission interval used to maintain the connection for the push communication.

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. 9,268,240

EXPOSURE APPARATUS, EXPOSURE METHOD, AND DEVICE FABRICATION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An exposure apparatus which transfers a pattern of a mask to a substrate while scanning the mask and the substrate, comprising:
a stage configured to hold the substrate and move;
a measurement unit configured to measure, at a first measurement point and a second measurement point, a height of a measurement
target portion in a shot region of the substrate held by the stage; and

a control unit configured to control an exposure process of exposing the substrate in an exposure region,
wherein a period in which the stage is moved to expose one shot region of the substrate includes an acceleration period in
which the stage is accelerated and moved while the one shot region is brought close to the exposure region, and a constant
speed period, succeeding the acceleration period, in which the stage is moved at a constant speed, and

the control unit moves the stage in a direction of height of the substrate based on a correction result of correcting, by
a set correction value, a height of the measurement target portion that was measured by the measurement unit at the first
measurement point in the acceleration period, and when a height of the measurement target portion that was measured by the
measurement unit at the second measurement point in the constant speed period deviates from an allowable range, obtains a
new correction value instead of the set correction value.

US Pat. No. 9,268,275

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH MECHANISM TO NARROW RECORDING MATERIAL FEEDING PATH

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a fixing portion for fixing an image on a recording material while feeding the recording material carrying the image;
a guiding member, provided downstream of said fixing portion with respect to a feeding direction of the recording material,
for guiding the recording material; and

an openable member for opening and closing a main assembly of said image forming apparatus,
wherein said guiding member moves to narrow a feeding path of the recording material when said openable member is opened.

US Pat. No. 9,270,338

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect a first user instruction input at the communication apparatus;
a timer unit configured to measure a first elapsed time from detection of the first user instruction by the detection unit
to detection of establishment of a wireless connection between the communication apparatus and another communication apparatus;

a communication unit configured to receive, from said another communication apparatus, a second elapsed time from detection
by said another communication apparatus of a second user instruction input at said another communication apparatus to detection
of establishment of a wireless connection between the communication apparatus and said another communication apparatus;

a determination unit configured to determine whether the first user instruction detected by the detection unit is prior to
the second user instruction or the second user instruction is prior to the first user instruction based on the first elapsed
time and the second elapsed time; and

a selection unit configured to select, based on determination result of the determination unit, one of transmission and reception
of data designated by a user as a process to be performed by the communication apparatus,

wherein said another communication apparatus selects another of the transmission and reception of the data as a process to
be performed by said another communication apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,264,611

IMAGE-PICKUP APPARATUS, ITS CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image-pickup apparatus configured to provide consecutive shooting, comprising:
an image-pickup unit configured to capture an object image;
a synthesizer configured to synthesize a plurality of images captured by the image-pickup unit;
a detector configured to detect positional information of the image-pickup apparatus;
a first instructor configured to instruct a start of a photography preparing operation;
a second instructor configured to instruct a start of a photographic operation; and
a controller configured to determine a first capturing condition and a second capturing condition in accordance with an instruction
from the first instructor and to hold reference position information based upon the positional information detected by the
detector when the first instructor provides an instruction, the controller being configured to make the image-pickup unit
start the consecutive shooting under the first capturing condition in accordance with an instruction from the second instructor,
and to make the image-pickup unit capture an image under the second capturing condition when the detector detects that the
positional information of the image-pickup apparatus corresponds to the reference position information.

US Pat. No. 9,263,090

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a processor;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain moving image data coded by a predetermined coding method using a plurality of coding
types on a unit basis of a coding unit which includes a first predetermined number of frames, where a time code having a same
value corresponds to every second predetermined number of frames of the moving image data;

a determining unit configured to determine, in accordance with information regarding the coding unit of the moving image data
and the time codes corresponding to a plurality of frames of the moving image data, as a candidate frame of an editing point
of the moving image data, a frame which is of a predetermined coding type and corresponds to a time code having a value different
from that of a time code of an immediately-precedent frame;

a setting unit configured to set a frame of the editing point of the moving image data in accordance with the candidate frame
determined by the determining unit;

an editing unit configured to edit the moving image data in accordance with the frame of the editing point set by the setting
unit; and

a memory including instructions that cause the processor to function as one of the obtaining unit, the determining unit, the
setting unit and the editing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,261,826

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that forms a toner image on a recording material comprising:
an image forming portion that forms an unfixed toner image on the recording material, based on image information;
a fixing portion that fixes the unfixed toner image on the recording material while heating and conveying the recording material,
on which the unfixed toner image has been formed, at a nip portion, the fixing portion including a first rotating member that
contacts the unfixed toner image and a second rotating member that forms the nip portion together with the first rotating
member;

an acquisition portion that acquires, from the image information, a rate of a size of an area of the toner image in a predetermined
area, which is a part of an image formable area on the recording material, to a size of an area of the predetermined area;
and

a control portion that controls conveyance of the recording material,
wherein, in a consecutive print job, the control portion sets a longer conveyance interval between a preceding recording material
and a subsequent recording material when the rate of the subsequent recording material exceeds a threshold than when the rate
of the subsequent recording material does not exceed the threshold, and

wherein a size of the predetermined area on a trailing end side of the recording material with respect to a center of the
recording material in a recording material conveying direction is larger than a size of the predetermined area on a leading
end side of the recording material with respect to the center of the recording material, or the predetermined area is only
on the trailing end side of the recording material with respect to the center of the recording material.

US Pat. No. 9,261,769

IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising a plurality of pixels, arranged on a substrate,
each of the plurality of pixels including:
a photoelectric conversion portion;
a plurality of transistors for reading out a signal corresponding to a charge generated in the photoelectric conversion portion;
a color filter arranged above the photoelectric conversion portion; and
a plurality of microlenses arranged above the color filter,
wherein, in a planer view from an upper surface of the substrate, each of the plurality of microlenses has an area smaller
than an area of the photoelectric conversion portion.

US Pat. No. 9,257,262

LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, LITHOGRAPHY METHOD, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lithography apparatus for performing pattern formation on a substrate, the apparatus comprising:
a stage configured to hold the substrate and be movable;
an optical system configured to irradiate the substrate with an energy beam for the pattern formation; and
a controller configured to set an arrangement of first and second marks for overlay inspection, which is variable with respect
to a first substrate for condition setting, and control the stage and the optical system so that first processing for forming
the first mark on the first substrate is performed based on the set arrangement with the pattern formation being not performed
on the first substrate, and second processing for forming the second mark on the first substrate is performed based on the
set arrangement with the pattern formation being performed on the first substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,254,608

IMPRINT APPARATUS, IMPRINT METHOD, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus which performs an imprint process in which a resin on a substrate is cured, in a contact state in
which a mold is kept in contact with the resin, to transfer a pattern onto the substrate, the apparatus comprising:
a stage configured to move upon holding the substrate;
a detection unit configured to detect a first mark formed on the mold, and a second mark formed on the substrate; and
a processing unit configured to perform alignment of the mold and the substrate in the contact state,
wherein the processing unit performs the alignment by a first process of moving the stage in a first direction in which the
first mark and the second mark come close to using, as a target moving distance, a distance obtained by adding to a moving
distance of the stage, which is required for the alignment, an additional distance determined in accordance with an amount
of position shift between the first mark and the second mark detected by the detection unit, and a second process of moving
the stage in a second direction opposite to the first direction by a distance smaller than the target moving distance determined
in accordance with the additional distance after the first process.

US Pat. No. 9,254,649

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING LIQUID EJECTION HEAD, AND LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head, comprising:
a support member;
a plurality of printing element boards arranged linearly on the support member;
an electric wiring member fixed to the support member, and configured to transmit an electrical signal necessary to eject
a liquid to the plurality of printing element boards;

a plurality of conductive members arranged in an arranging direction of the plurality of printing element boards, and configured
to electrically connect the plurality of printing element boards to the electric wiring member; and

a thermosetting sealing member extending in the arranging direction and covering the conductive members, connecting points
of the printing element boards with the conductive members, and connecting point of the electric wiring member with the conductive
members, wherein

the sealing member is divided at at least one place in the arranging direction.
US Pat. No. 9,250,548

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner, comprising:
toner particles each containing a binder resin and a releasing agent; and
an organic-inorganic composite fine particle, wherein:
the organic-inorganic composite fine particle comprises:
a vinyl resin particle containing a vinyl resin, the vinyl resin containing THF-insoluble matter in an amount of 95% by mass
or more; and

inorganic fine particles which are exposed at surfaces of the respective organic-inorganic composite fine particles,
the organic-inorganic composite fine particle
1) has a plurality of convexes derived from the inorganic fine particles on the surfaces thereof,
2) has a number average particle size of 70 nm or more and 500 nm or less, and
3) has a shape factor SF-2 as measured at a magnification of 200,000 times of 103 or more and 120 or less; andwherein
an absolute value of a difference between an SP value of the releasing agent and an SP value of the vinyl resin is 0.50 (cal/cm3)1/2 or less.

US Pat. No. 9,250,557

OPTICAL SCANNING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS PROVIDED WITH SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member;
a light-emitting element for emitting a laser beam;
a driving unit configured to drive the light-emitting element by a driving current, wherein the driving unit causes the light-emitting
element to emit light at a first light emission intensity and at a second light emission intensity in a laser light emission
region lower than the first light emission intensity;

a polygon mirror configured to scan the photosensitive member with the laser beam by rotating at a predetermined speed; and
a developing unit configured to form an image on the photosensitive member by causing toner to adhere to the photosensitive
member scanned with the laser beam,

wherein the driving unit causes the light-emitting element to emit light at the first light emission intensity toward an image
portion within an image forming region on the photosensitive member where toner is to be adhered, and causes the light-emitting
element to emit light at the second light emission intensity in the laser light emission region toward a non-image portion
within an image forming region on the photosensitive member where toner is not to be adhered, the second light emission intensity
is larger than an emission intensity of a laser emission emitted from the light-emitting element and the second light emission
intensity is an emission intensity which causes toner not to adhere to the photosensitive member,

wherein the driving unit causes the light-emitting element to emit light at the first light emission intensity with a driving
current obtained by adding a second driving current to a first driving current, and causes the light-emitting element to emit
light at the second light emission intensity in the laser light emission region with the second driving current,

wherein the driving unit performs a first adjustment adjusting the first driving current for causing the light-emitting element
to emit light at the first light emission intensity, and a second adjustment adjusting the second driving current for causing
the light-emitting element to emit light at the second light emission intensity in the laser light emission region, and

wherein the driving unit performs the first adjustment and the second adjustment during a time period after the polygon mirror
starts rotating until the predetermined speed is reached, and

wherein, during the time period, the driving unit initially performs the second adjustment before the first adjustment is
performed.

US Pat. No. 9,251,851

EDITING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An editing apparatus comprising:
a selection unit configured to select one file included from a group of a plurality of files of predetermined continuity;
a first instruction detection unit configured to detect a first instruction for deleting an anterior portion of time-series
data in the file selected by the selection unit, the anterior portion preceding a designated position in time-series; and

a processing unit configured to, if the first instruction is detected by the first instruction detection unit, perform processing
for deleting a file preceding the selected file from the group of the plurality of files.

US Pat. No. 9,250,580

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS HAVING ROTATABLE HEATING MEMBER, EXCITATION COIL, AND A PLURALITY OF MAGNETIC CORES OR CORE GROUPS ARRANGED ALONG A LONGITUDINAL DIRECTION OF THE ROTATABLE HEATING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:
a rotatable heating member configured to heat an image on a recording sheet;
an excitation coil provided outside said rotatable heating member and configured to generate heat by electromagnetic induction
in said rotatable heating member;

a coil holder configured and positioned to hold said excitation coil;
a plurality of magnetic cores provided outside said rotatable heating member and arranged along a longitudinal direction of
the rotatable heating member, wherein at least one of the magnetic cores is a movable magnetic core;

a core holder configured and positioned to hold the movable magnetic core that is movable, said core holder being movable
between a first position and a second position which is farther away from said rotatable heating member than the first position;
and

an urging portion configured to urge said core holder in a direction from the second position toward the first position,
wherein said core holder is provided with a stopper portion configured and positioned to stop movement of said core holder
from the second position to the first position by abutment to said coil holder, and

wherein said core holder permits movement of said movable magnetic core relative to said core holder when said movable magnetic
core abuts said coil holder in movement of said core holder from the second position to the first position.

US Pat. No. 9,250,591

ULTRASONIC WAVE SENSOR AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sensor to be attached to an apparatus having a fixing unit which fixes an image on a recording medium by heating the
recording medium, the sensor comprising:
a transmission unit configured to transmit an ultrasonic wave to the recording medium;
a reception unit configured to receive the ultrasonic wave via the recording medium, and output a signal corresponding to
the received ultrasonic wave; and

a detecting unit configured to detect information relating to an amount of moisture which the recording medium contained prior
to passing through the fixing unit or information relating to change in temperature of the recording medium due to having
passed through the fixing unit, based on

a first signal which the reception unit has output upon having received the ultrasonic wave before the recording medium has
passed through the fixing unit, and

a second signal which the reception unit has output upon having received the ultrasonic after the recording medium has passed
through the fixing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,243,935

DISTANCE INFORMATION ESTIMATING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

15. A distance information estimating apparatus comprising:
an acquiring unit configured to acquire image data and resolution-converted image data, the resolution-converted image data
being obtained by converting the resolution of the image data;

a distance information estimating unit configured to estimate distance information of an image represented by the image data
and distance information of a resolution-converted image represented by the resolution-converted image data; and

a distance information combining unit configured to combine the distance information of the image and the distance information
of the resolution-converted image,

wherein the acquiring unit acquires two kinds or more of resolution-converted image data with two kinds or more of different
resolutions,

wherein the distance information estimating unit estimates the distance information of two kinds or more of the resolution-converted
images, and

wherein the distance information combining unit combines the distance information of the image and the distance information
of the resolution-converted image using the distance information of two kinds or more of the resolution-converted images.

US Pat. No. 9,239,536

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a first light source;
a second light source;
a rotation polygon mirror configured to have four reflective surfaces and to deflect a light beam emitted from said first
light source and a light beam emitted from said second light source with the four reflective surfaces so that the light beam
emitted from said first light source scans a first photoconductor and the light beam emitted from said second light source
scans a second photoconductor, said rotation polygon mirror being shaped in substantially a square when viewed along a rotation
axis of said rotation polygon mirror, and the four reflective surfaces are disposed at sides of said substantially square
rotation polygon mirror and arranged in parallel with the rotation axis, respectively;

a housing in which said first light source, said second light source, and said rotation polygon mirror are arranged so that
an optical path of the light beam emitted from said first light source toward said rotation polygon mirror and an optical
path of the light beam emitted from said second light source toward said rotation polygon mirror are parallel to a virtual
plane that is parallel to a rotating axis of said rotation polygon mirror and contains the rotating axis, and so that the
light beam emitted from said second light source is incident on a reflective surface among the four reflective surfaces that
adjoins to the reflective surface on which the light beam emitted from said first light source is incident at an upstream
side in a rotating direction of said rotation polygon mirror;

a first driver IC configured to drive said first light source in one operation mode among a plurality of operation modes;
a second driver IC configured to drive said second light source in one operation mode among the plurality of operation modes;
a control unit configured to output a same operation mode signal to both said first driver IC and said second driver IC at
a same timing so that the operation mode of said first light source is identical to the operation mode of said second light
source; and

a first light receiving unit configured to receive a light beam emitted from said first light source, and a second light receiving
unit configured to receive a light beam emitted from said second light source,

wherein the plurality of operation modes include a light amount control mode, said first driver IC controls a value of a current
to said first light source based on a reception result of said first light receiving unit in the light amount control mode,

wherein said second driver IC controls a value of a current to said second light source based on a reception result of said
second light receiving unit in the light amount control mode, and

wherein the control unit outputs the same operation mode signal for changing another operation mode into the light amount
control mode to both said first driver IC and said second driver IC at a same timing.

US Pat. No. 9,239,543

DEVELOPER SUPPLY CONTAINER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developer supply container for use with an image forming apparatus, comprising:
a shell having an air passage and a discharge nozzle;
a developer storage pouch storing developer, said developer storage pouch being contained inside said shell;
a discharging nozzle for discharging the developer accommodated in said developer storage pouch to outside of said developer
supply container;

an air passage for allowing air to communicate between inside and outside of said shell; and
a seal attached to said shell for sealing said air passage to maintain a pressure inside said shell in a negative pressure
state which is lower than a pressure outside said shell,

wherein said developer storage pouch is deformed to discharge the developer by said seal being peeled off said shell to permit
air to enter said shell through said air passage.

US Pat. No. 9,238,369

METHOD FOR INJECTING LIQUID INTO LIQUID STORAGE CONTAINER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for injecting a liquid into a liquid holding member in a liquid storage container, in a liquid ejection system
having the liquid storage container containing therein the liquid holding member for holding a liquid and a liquid ejection
head which is in liquid communication with the liquid storage container via a filter, said method comprising:
a step of inserting a plurality of injection needles into the liquid holding member, at least one of the injection needles
being inserted above the filter; and

a step of injecting liquids from the plurality of injection needles into the liquid holding member;
wherein in the step of injecting the liquids from the plurality of injection needles into the liquid holding member, the liquids
are injected from the injection needles so that the liquid injection from the injection needle above the filter is started
later than the liquid injection from an injection needle which is at least adjacent to the injection needle above the filter
is started.

US Pat. No. 9,235,186

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic image forming apparatus comprising:
a rotatable member;
a web configured to remove a toner, deposited on the rotatable member, in a cleaning position;
a mechanism configured to feed an unused portion of the web to the cleaning position every predetermined number of times of
an image forming process;

a contact portion configured to contact a surface of the web;
a plurality of displacing portions formed in different positions with respect to a movement direction of the web and configured
to permit displacement of the contact portion;

a detecting portion configured to detect the displacement of the contact portion at each of the displacing portions;
a notifying portion configured to notify an exchange of the web depending on an output of the detecting portion;
a first counting portion configured to count the number of times of the image forming process executed after the contact portion
is displaced at each of the displacing portions;

a prohibiting portion configured to prohibit the image forming process when the number of times of the image forming process
counted by the first counting portion reaches a number of prohibition; and

a second counting portion configured to count the number of times of the image forming process executed after the contact
portion returns to a contact state with the surface of the web,

wherein the prohibiting portion prohibits the image forming process when the detecting portion detects the displacement of
the contact portion when the number of times of the image forming process counted by the second counting portion is less than
the predetermined number, and

wherein the notifying portion prompts the exchange of the web when the detecting portion detects the displacement of the contact
portion when the number of times is not less than the predetermined number.

US Pat. No. 9,237,256

DOCUMENT READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A document reading apparatus comprising:
a conveyance unit configured to convey a document along a conveying path;
a reading unit configured to read the document being conveyed by the conveyance unit at a reading position;
an illumination unit configured to illuminate the reading position;
a white member disposed to the reading position at the conveying path;
a reference value determination unit configured to determine a reference value from an output value of the reading unit obtained
when the reading unit reads the white member;

a detection unit configured to detect a shadow generated by a leading edge of the document based on the reference value and
an output value of the reading unit obtained before the leading edge of the document is conveyed by the conveyance unit;

a streak pixel position determination unit configured to determine a streak pixel position based on an output value of the
reading unit corresponding to a prescribed area of the document in a conveyance direction of the document, which is determined
based on a detection result by the detection unit; and

a correction unit configured to perform a streak correction on an output value of the reading unit based on the streak pixel
position.

US Pat. No. 9,232,890

OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS AND OPHTHALMOLOGIC IMAGING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmologic apparatus comprising:
a projection unit configured to project a plurality of alignment indices onto an eye to be inspected;
an optic papilla position detection unit configured to detect an optic papilla position of the eye to be inspected; and
an alignment detection unit configured to detect a positional relationship between the eye to be inspected and an apparatus
main body based on a reflection image of an alignment index of the plurality of alignment indices,

wherein when the reflection image of an alignment index overlaps with the optic papilla, the alignment detection unit performs
alignment detection by using the reflection image of at least one alignment index of the plurality of alignment indices other
than the alignment index whose reflection image overlaps with the optic papilla.

US Pat. No. 9,234,856

X-RAY APPARATUS AND X-RAY MEASURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An X-ray apparatus for deriving X-ray absorbing information and X-ray phase information of an object to be detected comprising:
a splitting element for splitting spatially X-rays generated by an X-ray generator into X-ray beams;
a detector unit for detecting intensities of the X-rays, based on the X-rays split by said splitting element and transmitted
through the object, the intensity of the X-rays changing according to an X-ray phase shift during the transmitting of the
X-rays through the object, and also changing according to an X-ray position change; and

a calculating unit for calculating an X-ray transmittance image as the X-ray absorbing information, and an X-ray differential
phase contrast image or an X-ray phase shift contrast image as the X-ray phase information by using the intensities of the
X-rays, wherein

said splitting element forms X-ray beams by splitting the X-rays, and the X-ray beams have two or more widths at said detector
unit,

said calculating unit calculates the X-ray absorbing information and the X-ray phase information, based on a changing, in
correlation between the changing of the phase of the X-rays and the changing the intensity of the X-rays in said detector
unit, the correlation being changed according to the width of X-ray beam,

wherein said splitting element comprises a slit array formed by line and space such that a slit width changes periodically
between two or more slit widths, and

wherein said slit array formed by line and space is formed by arranging alternatingly two slits of different widths.

US Pat. No. 9,227,806

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an apparatus body;
a sheet storing portion including:
a sheet storage body configured to be attachable to the apparatus body and configured to store a different sizes of sheets;
and

a movable restricting portion disposed in the sheet storage body to be movable along a sheet feeding direction and restricting
an upstream end in the sheet feeding direction of the sheet;

a sheet feeding portion configured to feed the sheet stored in the sheet storing portion;
a specifying portion configured to specify the size of the sheet stored in the sheet storing portion;
a detecting portion including:
a plurality of switches provided in the apparatus body and
a detecting member provided in the sheet storing portion, moving in conjunction with the movable restricting portion and turning
ON and OFF the plurality of switches in the state in which the sheet storing portion is attached to the apparatus body; and

a control portion judging the size of the sheet by patterns of ON and OFF of the plurality of switches inputted from the detecting
portion and judging that the size of the sheet stored in the sheet storing portion is the size of the sheet specified through
the specifying portion in a case where the size of the sheet is specified by the specifying portion even if the pattern is
a predetermined pattern different from a pattern of the size of the sheet specified by the specifying portion,

wherein the control portion starts a sheet feeding operation of the sheet feeding portion in a case where the size of the
sheet stored in the sheet storing portion is the size of the sheet specified through the specifying portion.

US Pat. No. 9,229,352

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT CONTROLS CORRECTION OF IMAGE FORMING POSITIONS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member;
a beam scanning device including:
a plurality of light sources configured to emit light beams for exposing the photosensitive member;
a rotary polygon mirror configured to deflect a plurality of light beams emitted from the plurality of light sources and scan
the photosensitive member;

an optical member configured to guide the plurality of light beams deflected by the rotary polygon mirror to the photosensitive
member;

a storage unit configured to store first correction data for correcting a light amount of the light beam;
a control unit; and
a housing to which the plurality of light sources, the storage unit, and the control unit are attached,
wherein the storage unit outputs the first correction data to the control unit, and
wherein the first correction data includes a plurality of data items respectively corresponding to the plurality of light
sources and first data for correcting changes of the light amount of each of the light beams caused by optical characteristics
of the optical member; and

an output unit disposed to the image forming apparatus separately from the beam scanning apparatus, connected to the control
unit from outside of the housing via a communication bus, and configured to output second correction data for correcting the
light amount of the light beam to the beam scanning device via the communication bus,

wherein the second correction data is data for being commonly used in correction of the light amount of the light beam emitted
from each of the plurality of light sources and includes second data associated with non-uniformity in potential characteristics
of each of a plurality of areas on a surface of the photosensitive member, and

wherein the control unit is configured to control the light amount of the light beam to be emitted from each of the plurality
of light sources, based on the first correction data stored in the storage unit, and the second correction data output from
the output unit.

US Pat. No. 9,229,117

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising:
a substrate;
a plurality of sensor units, arrayed on the substrate, each including a plurality of photoelectric converters; and
a scintillator provided both on the plurality of sensor units and in a gap formed between two neighboring sensor units among
the plurality of sensor units,

wherein the scintillator comprises scintillator grains configured to convert radiation into light and a resin configured to
make the scintillator grains adhere to each other, and

the scintillator is fixed, by the resin, to both top faces of the plurality of sensor units and side faces of the two neighboring
sensor units forming the gap.

US Pat. No. 9,230,155

EXTRACTION OF KEYFRAMES AT REGULAR INTERVALS BY FINDING NEARBY HIGH-QUALITY FRAMES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for extracting a frame to be output among a plurality of frames included in a moving image,
the image processing apparatus comprising:
a specification unit configured to specify, among the plurality of frames, a plurality of frame groups according to a predetermined
frame interval;

a comparison unit configured to analyze a plurality of first analysis areas in a first frame to obtain a first analysis result
for each first analysis area and a plurality of second analysis areas in a second frame to obtain a second analysis result
for each second analysis area, the first frame and second frame being in a frame group among the plurality of frame groups
specified by the specification unit, wherein each of the first analysis areas corresponds to a corresponding second analysis
area, and further configured to individually compare first analysis results and second analysis results of each corresponding
first analysis area and second analysis area; and

an extraction unit configured to extract a frame to be output from each of the plurality of frame groups based on a comparison
result for each of the plurality of frame groups by the comparison unit.

US Pat. No. 9,229,428

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF RECEIVING DIFFERENT CARTRIDGES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a mounting portion to which one of a plurality of kinds of cartridges having different configurations is mountable;
a fan device for cooling the cartridges mounted to said mounting portion with air flow provided thereby; and
a changing device for changing a state of the air flow in accordance with the configuration of the cartridge mounted to said
mounting portion,

wherein said changing device includes a contact member contactable to the cartridge mounted to said mounting portion, and
wherein said contact member is displaceable in accordance with a configuration of the mounted cartridge to change the state
of air flow.

US Pat. No. 9,227,897

COATING LIQUID, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING OPTICAL COMPONENT, AND PHOTOGRAPHIC OPTICAL SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing an optical component having an optical film, the method comprising:
coating a coating liquid on a base material to form a film; and
burning the film,wherein the coating liquid comprises:
a fluorine-containing organic magnesium compound represented by the following chemical formula (1):
Mg(OR11)(OR22)  Chemical formula (1)
where R11 represents an alkyl group that may have a substituent group having 1 or more and 6 or less carbon atoms having at least a
fluorine atom, R22 represents an alkyl group that may have a substituent group having 1 or more and 6 or less carbon atoms that may have a fluorine
atom, or an aromatic cyclic group that may have a substituent group, and R11 is different from R22.

US Pat. No. 9,231,019

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a solid-state image sensor, comprising:
forming a first isolation region of a first conductivity type in a semiconductor layer having a first surface and a second
surface, the forming the first isolation region including first implantation for implanting ions into the semiconductor layer
through the first surface;

forming a plurality of charge accumulation regions of a second conductivity type different from the first conductivity type
in the semiconductor layer;

performing first annealing after the first implantation;
forming an interconnection on a side of the first surface of the semiconductor layer after the first annealing; and
forming a second isolation region of the first conductivity type in the semiconductor layer, the forming the second isolation
region including second implantation for implanting ions into the semiconductor layer from a side opposite to a side of the
first surface, the second implantation being performed after the forming the interconnection,

wherein the first isolation region and the second isolation region are arranged between two adjacent charge accumulation regions
of the plurality of charge accumulation regions.

US Pat. No. 9,228,961

METHOD FOR PRODUCING STRUCTURE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for producing a structure, comprising:
forming an integrated member by bonding a first substrate on which an etching stop layer and a first seed layer are arranged
and a second substrate on which a second seed layer is arranged, in such a manner that the first seed layer and the second
seed layer are in contact with each other,

etching the first substrate of the integrated member,
from a surface of the first substrate opposite a surface adjacent to the etching stop layer to form a hole or a plurality
of gaps in the first substrate in such a manner that part of a surface of the etching stop layer is exposed;

partially etching the etching stop layer from the surface of the etching stop layer exposed to expose part of a surface of
a seed layer including the first seed layer and the second seed layer that is on a side of the first substrate; and

forming a metal member in at least part of the hole or the gaps by plating using an area of the seed layer as a seed to precipitate
a metal from the area, the area being exposed by the step of partially etching the etching stop layer.

US Pat. No. 9,226,655

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a tomographic image including an optic disc portion and a macula portion of a fundus
of a subject's eye;

an analysis unit configured to analyze the optic disc portion and the macula portion of the fundus in the tomographic image,
analyzing the optic disc portion including calculating a bowing angle of a lamina cribrosa, analyzing the macula portion including
calculating a curvature of a layer boundary in the fundus; and

a display control unit configured to display side-by-side, on a display unit, information based on the bowing angle of the
lamina cribrosa and the curvature of the layer boundary in the fundus.

US Pat. No. 9,232,131

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND IMAGE CAPTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
a focal point adjusting unit configured to perform focal point adjustment based on a contrast evaluation value of a subject
generated using an image signal output from an image sensor;

a first area setting unit configured to set a first focal point detection area including a contour portion of the subject
for use in focal point detection by use of the image signal output from the image sensor; and

a second area setting unit configured to set a second focal point detection area including a portion inside a contour of the
subject and excluding the contour portion,

wherein the focal point adjusting unit includes a mode in which after a first focal point adjustment process is carried out
based on a contrast evaluation value of the first focal point detection area, a second focal point adjustment process is carried
out based on a contrast evaluation value of the second focal point detection area, and

wherein an amount of step drive of a focus lens in the second focal point adjustment process is smaller than an amount of
step drive of the focus lens in the first focal point adjustment process.

US Pat. No. 9,225,931

MOVING IMAGE DATA RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording method comprising:
receiving from a user a recording instruction for instructing to record moving image data;
setting a recording length of time for a single recording instruction;
recording moving image data for the recording length of time set in the setting on a recording medium in accordance with the
recording instruction received from the user;

adding the moving image data recorded in accordance with the recording instruction to a predetermined moving image file which
has been recorded on the recording medium so that the predetermined moving image file has a plurality of pieces of moving
image data each of which is recorded in accordance with the single recording instruction; and

performing a control, in a case where the recording length of time for the single recording instruction of the moving image
data included in the predetermined moving image file is different from the recording length of time set in the setting, so
as not to add the moving image data recorded in accordance with the recording instruction to the predetermined moving image
file.

US Pat. No. 9,225,178

CHARGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A charging apparatus comprising:
a first communication terminal configured to connect with a second communication terminal of a battery device including two
or more battery cells, and configured to receive a signal for controlling charging of the battery device from the battery
device via the second communication terminal;

a detection unit configured to detect a voltage level of an input signal input in the charging apparatus from the battery
device via the first communication terminal and the second communication terminal;

a signal switching unit configured to connect between the first communication terminal and the detection unit, and configured
to change the voltage level of the input signal input in the charging apparatus from the battery device via the first communication
terminal and the second communication terminal; and

a charging control unit configured to use a first detected voltage level which is detected by the detection unit before the
signal switching unit changes the voltage level of the input signal and a second detected voltage level which is detected
by the detection unit after the signal switching unit changes the voltage level of the input signal to control charging of
the battery device.

US Pat. No. 9,223,240

TONER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A toner comprising:
toner particles which are produced by a process including the steps of dispersing a monomer composition containing a polymerizable
monomer and a pigment in an aqueous medium to form droplets and polymerizing the polymerizable monomer in the droplets,

wherein each of the toner particles contains a polymer formed by a polymerization reaction of the polymerizable monomer and
a metal compound having a vinyl group, and

the metal compound having a vinyl group is a compound having a structure in which a site derived from —COOM1 and/or —OH of a salicylic acid portion or a salicylic acid derivative portion of an aromatic compound represented by the following
formula (1) is bonded to a metal


where, in the formula, R1 represents a hydroxyl group, a carboxyl group, an alkyl group having 1 to 18 carbon atoms, or an alkoxy group having 1 to
18 carbon atoms,

R2 represents a hydrogen atom, a hydroxyl group, an alkyl group having 1 to 18 carbon atoms, or an alkoxy group having 1 to 18
carbon atoms,

R3 represents a hydrogen atom or a methyl group,

m is an integer of 1 to 3,
n is an integer of 0 to 3 in which when n is 2 or 3, each R1 is independently selected, and

M1 represents a hydrogen atom, an alkali metal, NH4, or a mixture thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,217,974

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 primary-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
secondary-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; and

a controller configured to control a voltage to be applied to the transfer member by the power source when the toner image
is secondary-transferred onto the recording material having a predetermined largest width with respect to a widthwise direction
perpendicular to a feeding direction, so that the constant-voltage element maintains the predetermined voltage.

US Pat. No. 9,219,855

IMAGE SENSOR, RANGING APPARATUS, AND IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image sensor, comprising multiple pixels, the multiple pixels including at least one pixel in which a light collecting
member, a waveguide including a core and a clad, a first photoelectric conversion unit, and a second photoelectric conversion
unit are disposed, wherein
the first photoelectric conversion unit and the second photoelectric conversion unit are arranged in order along a first direction
in the one pixel,

a region decentered from a center of a pupil of an imaging optical system in a direction opposite to the first direction is
referred to as a first pupil region, a region decentered in the first direction is referred to as a second pupil region, a
region located inside the waveguide and located in the direction opposite to the first direction with respect to a center
axis of the core is referred to as a first region, and a region located inside the waveguide and located in the first direction
with respect to the center axis of the core is referred to as a second region,

the light collecting member is configured to collect a light flux that has passed through the first pupil region and a light
flux that has passed through the second pupil region to the second region and to the first region, respectively, and

the waveguide is configured to guide light collected in the second region and light collected in the first region toward the
first photoelectric conversion unit and toward the second photoelectric conversion unit disposed in the one pixel, in which
the waveguide is mounted, respectively.

US Pat. No. 9,211,707

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING INKJET RECORDING HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing an inkjet recording head, comprising:
preparing a substrate having a mold and an orifice layer covering the mold; and
immersing the substrate in a solvent to remove the mold from the substrate by dissolving the mold in the solvent, allowing
an ink flow passage being formed, which is an area having the mold removed,

wherein, in the step of immersing the substrate in the solvent, the mold at the substrate immersed in the solvent is irradiated
with ultraviolet light having a wavelength of 300 nm or less to decompose the mold into low molecules.

US Pat. No. 9,207,895

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT STORES DATA OF PRINT JOB IN MEMORY AREA, METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus configured to perform a print job according to print data received from an external device,
the image forming apparatus comprising:
a memory unit having a first memory area and a second memory area;
a notification unit configured to notify the external device that data of a print job received from the external device cannot
be stored in the first memory area due to an insufficient free space of the first memory area;

a reception unit configured to receive an instruction, from the external device, for storing the data of the print job, which
cannot be stored in the first memory area, in the second memory area; and

a control unit configured to cause the data to be stored in the second memory area according to the received instruction.

US Pat. No. 9,207,427

OPTICAL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical apparatus comprising:
an image pickup optical system configured to form an optical image of an object;
an operator rotationally operable about an optical axis of the image pickup optical system and configured to move, when rotationally
operated, part of the image pickup optical system in an optical axis direction of the image pickup optical system and to change
a focal length;

an adjustor rotationally operable about the optical axis and configured to change, when rotationally operated, a pressure
applied to the operator so as to change an operating load necessary to rotationally operate the operator; and

an indicator prohibited from rotating about the optical axis and configured to move in the optical axis direction of the image
pickup optical system, the indicator including part disposed between the operator and the adjustor,

wherein the operator indicates a plurality of zoom states, the part of the indicator has a pointer configured to select one
of the plurality of zoom states.

US Pat. No. 9,207,737

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a communication unit configured to communicate with a server apparatus at one network communication rate out of a plurality
of network communication rates;

a first power source configured to supply power to the communication unit; and
a second power source configured to be activated by the communication unit in accordance with an instruction from the server
apparatus,

the communication unit including:
an inquiry unit configured to, when a set timing comes in a state in which power supply by the second power source is stopped,
communicate with the server apparatus at one network communication rate out of the plurality of network communication rates,
and inquire, of the server apparatus, whether to activate the second power source; and

a setting unit configured to set, based on the one network communication rate, a timing to communicate with the server apparatus
next.

US Pat. No. 9,204,002

ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH KEYS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic device with first keys to be covered with a cover and second keys disposed on an exterior of the cover, wherein
one of the first keys is selected when pressed directly in a state where the cover is open, and selected when one of the second
keys corresponding the one of the first keys is pressed in a state where the cover is closed, the electronic device comprising:
a switching unit configured to switch at least one process allocated to at least a part of the first keys according to opening-closing
of the cover;

a determination unit adapted to determine whether or not the at least one process is correctly switched by said switching
unit;

an invalidation unit configured to invalidate a part of the first keys in a case where said determination unit determines
that the at least one process is not correctly switched by said switching unit; and

an execution unit configured to execute, when a key not invalidated by the invalidation unit among the first keys is selected,
a process allocated to the selected key, in a case where said determination unit determines that the at least one process
is not correctly switched by said switching unit.

US Pat. No. 9,204,066

SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE, METHOD FOR DRIVING SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE, AND SOLID-STATE IMAGING SYSTEM USING CONNECTABLE REFERENCE SIGNAL OUTPUT PIXELS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state imaging device comprising:
a plurality of photoelectric conversion signal output pixels arranged in a plurality of rows and a plurality of columns, and
each configured to output a photoelectric conversion signal based on a charge generated through photoelectric conversion of
incident light;

a plurality of reference signal output pixels arranged in corresponding one of the plurality of columns, and each configured
to output a reference signal not based on incident light, the plurality of reference signal output pixels including a first
reference signal output pixel and a second reference signal output pixel each arranged in a different row of the plurality
of rows;

a plurality of differential signal output units arranged in correspondence with the plurality of columns, and each configured
to generate a difference by performing difference processing between the photoelectric conversion signal and the reference
signal, and output an amplified differential signal by amplifying the difference; and

a reference selection unit configured to cause either of the first reference signal output pixel and the second reference
signal output pixel to be connectable to a corresponding one of the plurality of differential signal output units during a
period of time when each of a plurality of photoelectric conversion signal output pixels arranged in a row outputs the photoelectric
conversion signal to the corresponding one of the plurality of differential signal output units.

US Pat. No. 9,202,834

ELECTRONIC DEVICE, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of manufacturing an electronic device, comprising:
forming a structure including a member, and a first film arranged on at least a surface of the member, the member including
a metal pattern, an insulating film covering the metal pattern, a passivation film arranged on the insulating film, and a
trench extending from the passivation film to the insulating film;

forming a second film to cover the first film; and
patterning the second film by a photolithography process using a photomask,
wherein in the forming the second film, an alignment mark including a concave portion corresponding to the trench is formed
in a region above the trench in the second film,

wherein in the patterning the second film, the photomask is aligned with the structure by using the alignment mark, and
wherein the forming the structure includes etching the passivation film and the insulating film such that the trench and an
opening to expose the metal pattern are formed.

US Pat. No. 9,194,825

IMAGING APPARATUS USING TALBOT INTERFERENCE AND ADJUSTING METHOD FOR IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a diffraction grating which diffracts electromagnetic waves from an electromagnetic wave source;
a shield grating which shields a part of the electromagnetic waves diffracted by the diffraction grating;
a detector which detects an intensity distribution of the electromagnetic waves through the shield grating; and
an adjusting unit which adjusts an attitude of at least one of the diffraction grating and the shield grating on the basis
of the detection result by the detector,

wherein the adjusting unit:
obtains information on the intensity distribution detected by the detector; and
adjusts an inclination of at least one of the diffraction grating and the shield grating so as to reduce a variation in distance
between the diffraction grating and the shield grating such that the intensity distribution detected by the detector is maintained
within an imaging range.

US Pat. No. 9,195,919

FIXED MEMORY RENDERING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of forming print instructions in a host device for rendering within a fixed amount of memory on an image reproduction
device coupled to the host device via a communications network, said method comprising the steps of:
receiving on the host device intermediate print data comprising regions which are each associated with drawing instructions,
said intermediate print data being converted from a page description;

determining an amount of drawing instruction working memory required to render each drawing instruction;
calculating a first amount of the memory available on the image reproduction device, said calculating of said first amount
being based on the fixed amount of memory on the image reproduction device less an amount of storage memory needed by the
image reproduction device to store the intermediate print data;

selecting, on the host device, a subset of the drawing instructions associated with the determined amount of the drawing instruction
working memory which exceeds the first amount of memory available on the image reproduction device to render the intermediate
print data;

rendering on the host device the selected subset of drawing instructions to rendered drawing instructions;
for the one or more regions associated with the selected subset of drawing instructions, reassociating the one or more regions
with the corresponding rendered drawing instructions to form altered intermediate print data which can be rendered on the
image reproduction device within the calculated first amount of memory; and

transmitting print instructions, including the altered intermediate print data, from the host device to the image reproduction
device for rendering to pixel data within the fixed amount of memory on the image reproduction device.

US Pat. No. 9,195,180

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:
a rotatable heating member configured to heat an image on a sheet;
a belt unit including an endless belt configured to heat said rotatable heating member in contact with a part of an outer
surface of said rotatable heating member spaced from the sheet, and a supporting portion configured to rotatably support an
inner surface of said endless belt;

a moving portion configured to move said belt unit between a position where said endless belt and said rotatable heating member
contact each other and a position where said endless belt and said rotatable heating member are away from each other;

a contact portion configured to contact a widthwise edge of said endless belt;
an urging portion configured to urge said contact portion toward the widthwise edge of said endless belt;
a detecting portion configured to detect that said endless belt is out of a predetermined zone depending on a position of
said contact portion in a widthwise direction of said endless belt;

a tilting portion configured to tilt said belt unit in a direction of causing said endless belt to return into the predetermined
zone on the basis of an output of said detecting portion; and

a retracting portion configured to retract said contact portion from said endless belt against an urging force of said urging
portion.

US Pat. No. 9,195,186

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS HAVING AN EXCITATION COIL CONFIGURED TO GENERATE A MAGNETIC FLUX FOR ELECTROMAGNETIC INDUCTION HEATING OF A ROTATABLE HEATING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:
a rotatable heating member of magnetism-adjusted alloy configured to heat a toner image on a sheet;
an excitation coil configured to generate a magnetic flux for electromagnetic induction heating of said rotatable heating
member;

a voltage source configured to supply an AC current to said excitation coil;
a rotating mechanism configured to rotate said rotatable heating member at a first peripheral speed in an operation in a first
image heating mode and configured to rotate said rotatable heating member at a second peripheral speed lower than the first
peripheral speed in an operation in a second image heating mode; and

a controller configured to control said voltage source in which the maximum current supplied to said excitation coil in the
second image heating mode is smaller than the maximum current supplied to said excitation coil in the first image heating
mode.

US Pat. No. 9,197,815

IMAGE MANAGEMENT APPARATUS AND IMAGE MANAGEMENT METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image management apparatus comprising:
an input unit configured to input a first image and a second image;
a storage unit configured to store the first image and the second image in association with each other;
a selection unit configured to select an image to be deleted out of the first and second images; and
a control unit configured to perform control such that, in a case where the first image is selected by the selection unit,
an option of deleting the second image stored in association with the first image is presented, and subsequently processing
for deleting the first image is performed, and in a case where an instruction to delete the second image is received, processing
for deleting the second image is performed without presenting an option of deleting the first image stored in association
with the second image.

US Pat. No. 9,197,831

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion system, comprising:
a plurality of photoelectric conversion devices; and
a data processing circuit configured to receive signals to be outputted from the photoelectric conversion devices, wherein
the photoelectric conversion devices are arranged on different semiconductor substrates, and
the photoelectric conversion devices each includes:
a pixel output circuit configured to output a first and second pixel signals having different in signal value;
a signal generation circuit configured to generate a reference signal;
a signal processing circuit configured to receive the first and second pixel signals, and process the first and second pixel
signals;

a plurality of output circuits;
a first transfer line; and
a second transfer line,
the signal processing circuit being electrically connected through the first transfer line to an input node of a first output
circuit of the output circuits,

the signal processing circuit being further electrically connected through the second transfer line to an input node of a
second output circuit of the output circuits,

the input node of the first output circuit and the input node of the second output circuit being configured to receive a common
signal based on the reference signal.

US Pat. No. 9,190,026

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR FEATURE FUSION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method comprising:
defining initial inter-visual word relationships between a plurality of visual words that were generated based on visual features;
defining visual word-image relationships between the plurality of visual words and a plurality of images;
defining inter-image relationships between the plurality of images;
generating revised inter-visual word relationships in a vector space based on the initial inter-visual word relationships,
the inter-image relationships, and the visual word-image relationships, wherein generating the revised inter-visual word relationships
in the vector space based on the initial inter-visual word relationships, the inter-image relationships, and the visual word-image
relationships includes

generating a diffusion map that represents the initial inter-visual word relationships, the inter-image relationships, and
the visual word-image relationships,

wherein the diffusion map includes nodes,
wherein the nodes represents a respective visual word or a respective image, and
wherein a diffusion distance between two nodes in the diffusion map is based on a likelihood that a Markov chain transits
from each of the two nodes to a same node by following any arbitrary path that has a length of a given number of transition
steps; and

generating higher-level visual words in the vector space based on the revised inter-visual word relationships.

US Pat. No. 9,191,595

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND PROGRAM, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for processing an image signal obtained from an image pickup element using an image pickup
optical system arranged to obtain directional traveling information of object image light corresponding to a pupil division
area of a photographing lens, comprising:
a synthetic image plane position setting unit configured to set a position of a synthetic image plane on which an image of
the object is reconstructed using the image signal obtained from the image pickup element; and

a correction unit configured to correct an image signal of a defect pixel of the image pickup element using an image signal
of another pixel of the image pickup element,

wherein the correction unit determines the another pixel to be used for correcting the image signal of the defect pixel on
the basis of a position of the synthetic image plane set by the synthetic image plane position setting unit, and directional
traveling information of the object image light.

US Pat. No. 9,188,894

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING CORE-SHELL STRUCTURE FINE PARTICLES AND TONER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing core-shell structure fine particles, comprising:
adding metal salt into an aqueous medium in which at least shell particles A and core particles B are dispersed to thereby
attach the shell particles A to the surface of each of the core particles B,

the shell particles A and the core particles B satisfying the following relationships (1) to (3);
(1) A zeta potential of the core particles B and a zeta potential of the shell particles A are the same polarity.
(2) |Zeta potential of the core particles B when adding the metal salt|<|Zeta potential of the shell particles A when adding
the metal salt|

(3) (Median diameter based on a volume of the core particles B)>(Median diameter based on a volume of the shell particles
A).

US Pat. No. 9,189,183

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus having a print device comprising:
a reception unit for receiving a first job which causes the print device to perform print processing and a second job which
causes the print device not to perform print processing; and

a control unit for performing an initialization of the print device after power is supplied to the print device, in a case
that a job received by the reception unit when the print device is powered off is the second job and a time elapsed when the
print device has been powered off exceeds a threshold value,

wherein the control unit does not perform the initialization of the print device in a case that the job received by the reception
unit when the print device is powered off is the second job and the time elapsed when the print device has been powered off
does not exceed the threshold value.

US Pat. No. 9,191,560

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION ON INCIDENT LIGHT THAT HAS PASSED THROUGH AN IMAGING LENS AND OUTPUTS AN ELECTRIC SIGNAL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
a photoelectric conversion unit that performs photoelectric conversion on incident light that has passed through an imaging
lens and outputs an electric signal, the photoelectric conversion unit including a plurality of two-dimensionally arranged
pixels;

a plurality of micro lenses that are formed between the imaging lens and the photoelectric conversion unit, the plurality
of micro lenses respectively corresponding to a plurality of areas in the photoelectric conversion unit, each of the areas
including a predetermined number of pixels, wherein the pixels included in each of the plurality of areas include effective
pixels on which a relatively large quantity of light is incident for generating an image signal, and pixels on which a relatively
small quantity of light is incident due to a characteristic of an optical system including the imaging lens and the micro
lenses and a characteristic of the photoelectric conversion unit,

a reference value calculation unit that calculates for each of the plurality of areas a reference value for processing the
image signal output from the effective pixels in the same area for which the reference value is calculated using an electric
signal of the pixels on which a relatively small quantity of light is incident in the area,

wherein the pixels on which a relatively small quantity of light is incident are shielded from light, have a configuration
in which the electric signal generated by photoelectric conversion is not output, or do not have a configuration that performs
photoelectric conversion.

US Pat. No. 9,182,699

DEVELOPING DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing device comprising:
a developer bearing member configured to bear a developer;
a supply roller configured to include a foam layer on a surface thereof, and to rotate in contact with the developer bearing
member to supply the developer to the developer bearing member;

a developer storage portion configured to be disposed lower, in a vertical direction, than the supply roller and to store
the developer;

a conveyance member configured to convey the developer stored in the developer storage portion by transmitting the developer
toward a contact region where the supply roller and the developer bearing member are in contact with each other; and

an intrusion member intruding into the foam layer at a top of the supply roller, or at an upstream side relative to the top
of the supply roller and a downstream side relative to a downstream end of the contact region in a rotational direction of
the supply roller in order that the developer passed through the contact region is circulated by the intrusion member at a
vicinity of the contact region.

US Pat. No. 9,179,014

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
an interface unit configured to connect a reader/writer device into which a memory card can be inserted and from which the
memory card can be detached;

a detection unit configured to detect, as detection result, a connection and then a disconnection between the interface unit
and the reader/writer device, and a reconnection of the reader/writer device to the interface unit after the reader/writer
device is temporarily disconnected from the interface unit;

an unmount unit configured to set the memory card to an unmounted state;
a display unit configured to display information representing the disconnection between the interface unit and the reader/writer
unit that is detected by the detection unit; and

a control unit configured to control the display unit,
wherein the control unit controls, in response to the detection unit detecting that the reader/writer device is temporarily
disconnected from the interface unit, the display unit not to display information about the temporary disconnection of the
reader/writer device from the interface unit,

wherein the temporary disconnection is a temporary electrical disconnection between the reader/writer device and the interface
unit resulting from an event external to the interface unit and the reader/writer device, and

wherein the event is noise in an electric signal between the interface unit and the reader/writer device that temporarily
brings an electrical connection between the interface unit and the reader/writer device to an abnormal state during which
the information processing apparatus cannot recognize the reader/writer device, and wherein the reader/writer device remains
physically connected to the interface unit via a cable.

US Pat. No. 9,174,819

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet stacking apparatus comprising:
a lowering control unit configured to lower a sheet stacking portion;
a determination unit configured to determine that the sheet stacking portion cannot be lowered by the lowering control unit;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a position of the sheet stacking portion at which the determination unit determines
that the sheet stacking portion cannot be lowered;

an identification unit configured to identify an amount of sheets stackable on the sheet stacking portion without removing
an obstacle placed under the sheet stacking portion based on the position acquired by the acquisition unit; and

a notification unit configured to notify the amount of sheets identified by the identification unit and an amount of sheets
stackable on the sheet stacking portion after removal of the obstacle placed under the sheet stacking portion.

US Pat. No. 9,170,543

INSPECTION APPARATUS CONFIGURED TO INSPECT A PRINTED PRODUCT BY POSITIONING A READING TARGET IMAGE OBTAINABLE BY READING THE PRINTED PRODUCT RELATIVE TO A REFERENCE IMAGE AND COLLATING THE READING TARGET IMAGE WITH THE REFERENCE I

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inspection apparatus configured to inspect a printed product by positioning a reading target image obtainable by reading
the printed product relative to a reference image and collating the reading target image with the reference image, the inspection
apparatus comprising:
a memory;
a processor coupled to the memory which executes the following:
performing positioning processing for the reference image and the reading target image with a first precision;
detecting an image defect candidate area by collating the reading target image with the reference image,
determining whether an edge area is present in an area, of the reference image, which corresponds to the detected image defect
candidate area,

wherein, in a case where it is determined that the edge area is present in the area of the reference image, the positioning
processing is newly performed for the reference image and the reading target image in the image defect candidate area with
a second precision that is higher than the first precision and the reading target image is collated with the reference image
in the image defect candidate area in which the positioning processing has been performed with the second precision, and

wherein, in a case where it is not determined that the edge area is present in the area of the reference image, the positioning
processing for the reference image and the reading target image in the image defect candidate area with the second precision
is not performed and the image defect candidate area is detected as an area having an image defect.

US Pat. No. 9,170,550

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CONTROLLING POWER FROM AN AC POWER SUPPLY TO A HEATER IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE TEMPERATURE SENSED BY A TEMPERATURE SENSING ELEMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a fixing part configured to heat fix an unfixed toner image formed on a recording material to the recording material, the
fixing part comprising a heater that generates heat by power supplied from an AC power supply;

a temperature sensing element configured to sense a temperature of the fixing part; and
a power control part configured to control the power supplied from the AC power supply to the heater, the power control part
selecting a duty ratio from a plurality of duty ratios set in each of a plurality of tables in accordance with the temperature
sensed by the temperature sensing element per one control cycle defined by a predetermined even number of half-cycles of an
AC wave,

wherein a wave form of at least one duty ratio in the plurality of duty ratios in each of the plurality of tables is composed
of a combination of a phase control pattern and a wave number control pattern, which are included per the one control cycle,
and

wherein ratios of the phase control wave forms with respect to the wave number control wave forms are different among the
plurality of the tables, and

wherein the power control part selects one table per the one control cycle, among the plurality of tables.

US Pat. No. 9,170,100

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS WITH INCLINATION GUIDE DISPLAY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image-pickup mode setter capable of setting any one of a plurality of modes including at least a moving image-pickup mode
and a still image-pickup mode;

a display device;
an inclination detector which detects an inclination amount relative to a reference position of the image pickup apparatus;
a display processor for showing on the display device an inclination guide display for indicating the inclination amount detected
by the inclination detector; and

a display controller which, when the moving image-pickup mode is set, controls display of the inclination guide display so
that the inclination guide display is not shown and which, when a still image-pickup mode is set, controls the display so
that the inclination guide display for indicating the inclination amount is shown before an image picked-up based on a first
image pickup instruction from a user is recorded and after the still image-pickup mode is set,

wherein, depending on an image-pickup mode set by the image-pickup mode setter, changes occur regarding sensitivity of detection
of the inclination amount by the inclination detector.

US Pat. No. 9,172,951

TEST CIRCUIT FOR TESTING SIGNAL RECEIVING UNIT, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, METHOD OF TESTING SIGNAL RECEIVING UNIT, AND METHOD OF TESTING IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
A test circuit comprising:
a test signal supply unit configured to supply a test signal via a signal line to signal receiving units provided in a plurality
of columns, wherein

the test signal supply unit is a voltage buffer or a current buffer, and the test circuit has a plurality of test signal supply
units, and

wherein at least one test signal supply unit is electrically connected to one signal line different from a signal line to
which another test signal supply unit is electrically connected; and

a plurality of pixels each including a photoelectric conversion unit configured to generate an electric charge by a photoelectric
conversion, and a signal output unit configured to output a signal based on the electric charge generated by the photoelectric
conversion unit; wherein

the signal output unit of each pixel is connected to one of the signal lines, and
a plurality of the signal receiving units each configured to receive the signal.
US Pat. No. 9,169,413

INK, INK CARTRIDGE AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink comprising:
a self-dispersion pigment in which a phosphonic acid group is bonded directly or through another atomic group to the surface
thereof;

a polyurethane polymer; and
at least one compound selected from the group consisting of 2-imidazolidinone, 1,3-dimethyl-2-imidazolidinone, 2-pyrrolidone,
N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone, and 1,2-alkanediol,

wherein a surface charge amount of the self-dispersion pigment is from 0.25 mmol/g to 0.42 mmol/g,
wherein the polyurethane polymer has units respectively derived from a polyisocyanate, a polyether polyol having no acid group,
and a diol having an acid group, and

wherein the mass ratio of (a) the content (% by mass) of the at least one compound based on the total mass of the ink and
(b) the content (% by mass) of the polyurethane polymer based on the total mass of the ink is 2.0 times or more.

US Pat. No. 9,167,244

IMAGE CODING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A coding apparatus comprising:
a transforming unit that transforms image data corresponding to a target block including in an image into transformed data,
wherein a size of the target block is selected from different sizes;

a controlling unit that (a) determines a minimum value to be assigned to the target block in accordance with the size of the
target block, (b) adjusts a quantization step size of the target block not to fall below the determined minimum value, and
(c) adjusts a quantization step size of another block whose quantization step size exceeds a minimum value assigned to the
another block to be closer to the minimum value assigned to the another block so that a code amount of the another block is
increased;

a quantization unit that quantizes the transformed data using the adjusted quantization step size of the target block to generate
quantized data; and

a coding unit that codes the quantized data.

US Pat. No. 9,165,226

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR EXECUTING IMAGE PROCESSING AND PERFORMING DECORATION PROCESSING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

6. A non-transitory storage medium storing a program that causes a computer to perform an image processing method comprising:
selecting, in performance monochrome output on color image data, either a first monochrome output for outputting the color
image data with decoration of patterns different for each color of the color data included in the color image data, or a second
monochrome output for outputting the color image data without the decoration for the color data included in the color image
data;

determining a combination of a color of color data having a highest number of pixels among colors of color data contained
in the color image data, in a case where the selecting selects performing the first monochrome output, and a decoration pattern
having a lowest number of pixels among the decoration patterns and decorating color data contained in the color image data
in accordance with a combination of a color and a decoration pattern corresponding to the color determined by the determining
for monochrome decoration output of the color image data,

wherein conversion of the color data in the color image data in accordance with the determined combination of a color and
a decoration pattern is cancelled, if an amount of black coloring material used for performing the first monochrome output
of the color image data in accordance with the determination combination is a predetermined amount or more larger than an
amount of black coloring material used for performing the second monochrome output for the color image data.

US Pat. No. 9,164,452

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a fixing portion configured to fix an image formed on a recording material, said fixing portion including an endless belt,
a heater contacted to an inner surface of said endless belt, a pressing member configured to form a fixing nip with said heater
through said endless belt, and a temperature detection element configured to detect a temperature of said heater;

a central processing unit configured to control an operation of the apparatus; and
a switching mechanism configured to switch a state of said fixing nip between a first state in which pressure at the time
of a fixing operation is applied in the fixing nip and a second state in which the pressure at the time of the fixing operation
is not applied in the fixing nip,

wherein when the temperature detected by said temperature detection element is no less than a threshold value in the second
state despite the lack of a signal produced by the central processing unit to energize said heater, the central processing
unit controls said switching mechanism to switch the state of said fixing nip from the second state to the first state, and

wherein if the temperature detected by said temperature detection element immediately after switching the state of said fixing
nip from the first state to the second state is no less than a predetermined value, the threshold value is set to a first
value, and if the temperature detected by said temperature detection element immediately after switching the state of said
fixing nip from the first state to the second state is no more than the predetermined value, the threshold value is set to
a second value lower than the first value.

US Pat. No. 9,167,145

RECEIVING DEVICE FOR RECEIVING A WIRELESS OPERATION SIGNAL FOR CONTROLLING A LENS OR A CAMERA BY A FIRST OR A SECOND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a photographic lens including a photographic optical system;
a photographic camera configured to be attachable to and detachable from the photographic lens and including an image sensor
configured to receive light from the photographic lens; and

a receiving device configured to wirelessly receive an operation signal for controlling the photographic lens or the photographic
camera from a remote operation device,

wherein the receiving device includes a first hole to be used for fixing the receiving device to the photographic lens or
the photographic camera by a first method and two second holes to be used for fixing the receiving device to the photographic
lens or the photographic camera by a second method different from the first method, and

wherein the two second holes are passed through with a belt for fixing the receiving device, the two second holes being longer
in a first direction, the two second holes are arranged in a second direction different from the first direction with respect
to each other.

US Pat. No. 9,167,149

LENS APPARATUS AND IMAGING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A lens apparatus connectable to a camera apparatus including an image pickup unit, the lens apparatus comprising:
an imaging optical system including a movable lens unit;
a drive unit configured to drive the movable lens unit in an optical axis direction of the imaging optical system; and
a control unit configured to cause the movable lens unit to perform a wobbling motion in the optical axis direction by alternatively
outputting to the drive unit a first drive command for driving the movable lens unit at a first driving speed and a stop command
for stopping driving of the movable lens unit, and to move the movable lens unit based on contrast information obtained from
the image pickup unit during the wobbling motion of the movable lens unit in the optical axis direction,

wherein, in the wobbling motion, before outputting the first drive command to the drive unit and after outputting the stop
command to the drive unit, and before outputting the stop command to the drive unit and after outputting the first drive command
to the drive unit, the control unit outputs to the drive unit a second drive command for driving the movable lens unit at
a second driving speed lower than the first driving speed.

US Pat. No. 9,158,353

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT OFFERS CHANCE OF ELIMINATING HANG-UP STATE BY USING A POWER SUPPLY, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:
a control unit;
a storage unit configured to store software carried out by said control unit;
a first power supply unit configured to supply power to said storage unit;
a second power supply unit configured to supply power to said control unit; and
a power control unit configured to, in a case where a return instruction is detected in a power saving state in which power
is supplied from said first power supply unit to said storage unit and power is not supplied from said second power supply
unit to said control unit, perform control so that power is supplied from said second power supply unit to said control unit,

wherein in a case where software carried out by said control unit to which power has been supplied is not normally carried
out, said power control unit carries out a first OFF/ON process in which said power control unit performs control so that
said storage unit is reset, stops power supply from said second power supply unit to said control unit, and then restarts
power supply from said second power supply unit to said control unit, and

wherein in a case where the software carried out by said control unit to which power has been supplied through the first OFF/ON
process is not normally carried out, said power control unit carries out a second OFF/ON process in which said power control
unit stops power supply from said second power supply unit to said control unit and then restarts power supply from said second
power supply unit to said control unit without resetting said storage unit.

US Pat. No. 9,161,011

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that, for a stereoscopic video image formed of a set of an image for left eye and an image
for right eye, corrects gradation of a first image, which is one image from among the image for left eye and the image for
right eye, and gradation of a second image, which is the other image from among the image for left eye and the image for right
eye, the image processing apparatus comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect parallax between the first image and second image;
an acquisition unit configured to divide at least one image from among the first image and the second image into a plurality
of divided regions, and acquire a respective statistic of a pixel value for each divided region;

a decision unit configured to decide a respective gradation conversion curve for each divided region by using the statistic
corresponding to the respective divided region acquired by the acquisition unit, and to decide a respective gradation conversion
curve for each pixel on the basis of at least a respective gradation conversion curve corresponding to a divided region in
which the pixel is located; and

a correction unit configured to correct the gradation value of each pixel in the first image by using the respective gradation
conversion curve corresponding to the pixel decided by the decision unit and to correct the gradation value of each pixel
in the second image, wherein

the correction unit detects a pixel in the second image corresponding to a pixel in the first image on the basis of the parallax,
and corrects a gradation value of the pixel in the first image and a gradation value of the pixel in the second image corresponding
to the pixel in the first image by using a gradation conversion curve based on the respective gradation conversion curve which
the decision unit decided for the pixel in the first image.

US Pat. No. 9,158,251

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.

US Pat. No. 9,152,034

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS FOR DISPLAYING THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGE AND HAVING A PHASE DIFFERENCE PLATE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image display apparatus comprising:
a plurality of image display elements each configured to modulate incident light;
a polarization splitting element having a polarization splitting surface that has characteristics of transmitting first polarized
light and reflecting second polarized light whose polarizing direction is different from a polarizing direction of the first
polarized light and that is configured to produce image light by combining modulated light from the plurality of image display
elements and to introduce the produced image light into a projection optical system; and

a phase difference plate that is disposed at a side of the projection optical system relative to the polarization splitting
element and has an optic axis,

wherein the optic axis is not parallel to a surface normal direction, which is a direction normal to an incidence plane of
the phase difference plate, and not parallel to the incidence plane of the phase difference plate, and

wherein the optic axis of the phase difference plate is parallel to a plane that includes a normal of the polarization splitting
surface and the surface normal direction of the phase difference plate.

US Pat. No. 9,154,664

RECEIVER IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CAPABLE OF POST-PROCESSING, AND CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A receiver image processing apparatus configured to communicate with a sender image processing apparatus, comprising:
a processor and a memory, the processor and memory being configured to:
print data received from the sender image processing apparatus on sheets;
make a setting as to whether to perform post-processing on the printed sheets; and
notify first size information that represents-first and second sizes respectively corresponding to a first type of sheet and
a second type of sheet, as ability information of the receiver image processing apparatus, to the sender image processing
apparatus in a case where an incoming call arrives from the sender image processing apparatus and the setting to perform post-processing
on sheets has not been made, and to notify second size information that represents the first size corresponding to the first
type of sheet and does not represent the second size corresponding to the second type of sheet, as the ability information
of the receiver image processing apparatus, to the sender image processing apparatus in a case where the incoming call arrives
from the sender image processing apparatus and the setting to perform post-processing on sheets has been made.

US Pat. No. 9,150,022

PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus using a liquid ejection head for ejecting liquid to perform printing by ejecting liquid on a print
medium which is relatively conveyed with respect to the liquid ejection head, the printing apparatus comprising:
a suction mechanism provided downstream of the liquid ejection head with respect to a direction of the conveyance of the print
medium; and

a roller for conveying the print medium, the roller being provided downstream of the suction mechanism with respect to the
direction of the conveyance,

wherein the roller includes a blowing-out mechanism for blowing out gas in a direction of the suction mechanism.

US Pat. No. 9,146,388

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens, comprising, in order from an object side to an image plane side: a first lens unit having a positive refractive
power; a second lens unit having a negative refractive power; a third lens unit having a positive refractive power; a fourth
lens unit having a negative refractive power; and a fifth lens unit having a positive refractive power,
wherein at least the second lens unit and the fourth lens unit move during zooming such that at a telephoto end, in comparison
with a wide angle end, an interval between the first lens unit and the second lens unit increases, an interval between the
second lens unit and the third lens unit decreases, an interval between the third lens unit and the fourth lens unit changes,
and an interval between the fourth lens unit and the fifth lens unit increases, and the fifth lens unit does not move, and

the zoom lens further comprises a reflection unit for bending a light path, between the fourth lens unit and the fifth lens
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,146,449

IMAGING LENS-EXCHANGEABLE IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging lens-exchangeable image capturing apparatus comprising:
a detection unit arranged to detect a focus state;
a setting unit arranged to cause a user to set correction information for correcting the focus state detected by said detection
unit or correction information for correcting control of a focus position based on the focus state;

an acquisition unit arranged to acquire, from an attached imaging lens, first lens identification information for identifying
the imaging lens;

an input unit arranged to enable the user to input second lens identification information for identifying the attached imaging
lens;

a second acquisition unit arranged to acquire, from an attached imaging lens, third lens identification information for identifying
the imaging lens;

a storage unit arranged to store, for each of a plurality of different imaging lenses, the correction information set by said
setting unit, the first lens identification information, the second lens identification information, and the third lens identification
information in association with each other; and

a focus adjustment unit arranged to adjust a focus based on the detection result of the focus state by said detection unit
and the correction information stored in said storage unit.

US Pat. No. 9,148,542

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, having a power state including at least a standby state, and a power save state which consumes
less power than the standby state, the image forming apparatus comprising:
an accepting unit configured to accept user operations from a user to transition the power state from the standby state to
the power save state;

a detecting unit configured to detect objects including the user; and
a power control unit configured to transition the power state from the power save state to the standby state in accordance
with detection of an object by the detecting unit, and to transition the power state from the standby state to the power save
state in accordance with the accepted user operations;

wherein the power control unit prohibits the power state from transitioning from the power save state to the standby state
in accordance with detection of an object by the detecting unit, while the user, which has performed the accepted user operations,
is detected by the detecting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,145,473

OPTICAL MEMBER, POLYIMIDE, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING OPTICAL MEMBER, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING POLYIMIDE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical member, comprising a laminated body that can reduce the reflection of light formed on a substrate surface,
wherein the laminated body includes a layer having a textured structure composed of aluminum oxide crystals and a polyimide
layer containing a polyimide, the polyimide layer being formed between the substrate and the layer having a textured structure,

wherein the layer having the textured structure is formed by processing an aluminum oxide film with water at a temperature
of 40° C. to 100° C., and

the polyimide contains a repeating unit represented by the following general formula (2), and 90% by mole or more of a 1,4-cyclohexylene
group in the main chain in the general formula (2) is a trans-1,4-cyclohexylene group:


wherein R1 denotes a tetravalent organic group, n denotes an integer in the range of 0 to 2, R3 to R10 independently denote a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, a phenyl group, or a linear or cyclic alkyl, alkenyl, or alkynyl group
having 1 to 6 carbon atoms, and R11 and R12 independently denote a hydrogen atom or a linear or cyclic alkyl group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms, and

wherein R1 is represented by any of the following general formulae (7) to (11)


wherein n in the repeating unit represented by the general formula (2) is 1.

US Pat. No. 9,148,575

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

12. An image pickup apparatus comprising a zoom lens, and a solid-state image sensor configured to receive an image formed
by the zoom lens,
wherein the zoom lens comprises a first lens unit having a negative refractive power, a second lens unit having a positive
refractive power, and a third lens unit having a negative refractive power in an order from an object side to an image side,
the first, second and third lens units moving during zooming such that a spacing between adjacent lens units changes, the
second lens unit and the third lens unit being positioned on the object side at a telephoto end in comparison to at a wide
angle end, and the third lens unit moving during focusing, wherein conditional expressions below are met,

2.5
0.35<(?3t/?3w)/(?2t/?2w)<0.80

?1.0 where ?2w represents a lateral magnification of the second lens unit at the wide angle end, ?2t represents a lateral magnification
of the second lens unit at the telephoto end, ?3w represents a lateral magnification of the third lens unit at the wide angle
end, ?3t represents a lateral magnification of the third lens unit at the telephoto end, f1 represents a focal length of the
first lens unit, and f2 represents a focal length of the second lens unit.

US Pat. No. 9,146,520

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a transfer portion for transferring an image onto a sheet while feeding the sheet through a transfer nip;
a fixing portion for fixing the image on the sheet while feeding the sheet, fed from said transfer portion, through a fixing
nip;

a sheet feeding guide, provided between said transfer portion and said fixing portion, having a guide surface for guiding
the sheet;

a sheet detecting portion, provided at a position between said transfer portion and said fixing portion, for detecting the
sheet; and

a controller for controlling a sheet feeding speed of at least one of said transfer portion and said fixing portion depending
on an output of said sheet detecting portion so that a feeding attitude of the sheet fed while being sandwiched at both of
the transfer nip and the fixing nip is maintained in a predetermined feeding attitude,

wherein the guide surface of said sheet feeding guide has a most recessed region in a region between said transfer portion
and said sheet detecting portion,

wherein the guide surface in a position where said sheet detecting portion is provided with respect to a sheet feeding direction
has a first region where said sheet detecting portion is provided and a second region spaced from said sheet detecting portion
more than the first region with respect to a direction perpendicular to the sheet feeding direction, and

wherein the first region is higher than the second region with respect to a direction perpendicular to the guide surface.

US Pat. No. 9,147,105

IMAGE RECOGNIZING APPARATUS, IMAGE RECOGNIZING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image recognizing apparatus comprising:
a detecting unit configured to detect, from an input image, a candidate area for a target of recognition, based on a likelihood
of a partial area in the input image;

an extracting unit configured to extract, from a plurality of candidate areas detected by the detecting unit, a set of the
candidate areas which are overlapped with each other;

a determination unit configured to determine an overlapping state of the set of the overlapped candidate areas;
a selecting unit configured to calculate a ratio of the respective likelihoods of the overlapped candidate areas and select
a discrimination rule, according to the determined overlapping state of the set of the overlapped candidate areas, of which
a condition is satisfied by the calculated ratio; and

a discriminating unit configured to discriminate whether or not the respective candidate areas are the target of recognition,
by applying the selected discrimination rule in which discrimination results of the respective candidate areas are predetermined.

US Pat. No. 9,142,580

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a pixel portion in which pixels are arranged, the pixels each including a first semiconductor region of first conductivity
type having signal charges as majority carriers and a second semiconductor region of second conductivity type having signal
charges as minority carriers, the second semiconductor region being contiguous to the first semiconductor region, the first
semiconductor region being disposed between the second semiconductor region and a surface of a semiconductor substrate,

wherein the first semiconductor regions of two adjacent pixels are separated by a third semiconductor region of second conductivity
type, the second semiconductor regions of the two adjacent pixels are electrically connected to the third semiconductor region,
and a reference contact that applies a reference potential via the third semiconductor region to the second semiconductor
regions is provided on the surface of the semiconductor substrate;

wherein the number of reference contacts in the pixel portion is less than a quarter of the number of the pixels in the pixel
portion;

wherein the pixel portion includes a class I pixel and a class II pixel located near each reference contact, and a distance
between the surface and the second semiconductor region of the class I pixel is smaller than a distance between the surface
and the second semiconductor region of the class II pixel; and

wherein a distance between the reference contact and the first semiconductor region of the class I pixel is smaller than a
distance between the reference contact and the first semiconductor region of the class II pixel.

US Pat. No. 9,139,008

INK FILLING METHOD AND INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inkjet recording apparatus comprising:
a recording head configured to discharge ink;
a carriage configured to move with the recording head mounted thereon;
a main tank configured to store ink;
a sub-tank configured to be supplied ink from the main tank;
a hollow tube that connects the main tank and the sub-tank;
a supply tube configured to supply ink from the sub-tank to the recording head, the supply tube moves by following a movement
of the carriage; and

a control unit configured to control acceleration of the carriage such that a dynamic pressure of ink inside the supply tube
becomes greater than a pressure resistance to an ink movement and a pressure resistance to an air movement in the hollow tube.

US Pat. No. 9,141,587

PRINT CONTROL METHOD AND PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING PRINTING OF STRUCTURED DOCUMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for processing a plurality of elements included in a structured document, the method comprising:
specifying a first element corresponding to a first hierarchy, in a hierarchical structure based on analysis of the structured
document, and a second element corresponding to a second hierarchy in the hierarchical structure which is higher-level than
the first hierarchy in the hierarchical structure, out of the plurality of elements;

causing a display screen to execute display of a display item and display indicating a first area corresponding to the first
element and a second area corresponding to the second element in an image which is displayed in the display screen based on
the structured document, so that a target area of the indication in the first area and the second area change according to
an instruction for the display item by a user; and

outputting, according to an instruction by the user, an output-target element selected from the first element corresponding
to the indicated first area and the second element corresponding to the indicated second area,

wherein in a case where the first element is selected as the output-target element, at least one of other elements among the
plurality of elements is not output.