US Pat. No. 10,353,299

LITHOGRAPHY METHOD, DETERMINATION METHOD, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lithography method of forming, on a substrate, a first layer including a layout of a plurality of first shot regions each having a first size and a second layer including a layout of a plurality of second shot regions each having a second size corresponding to a size including at least two first shot regions to be overlaid on each other, by first processing of forming the first layer in a process including scanning exposure and second processing of forming the second layer, the method comprising:obtaining first layout information representing the layout of the first shot regions, and second layout information representing the layout of the second shot regions; and
determining, for each of the first shot regions, based on the first layout information and the second layout information, a scanning direction when performing scanning exposure for the first shot region in the first processing,
wherein in the determining, the scanning direction is determined so that combinations of scanning directions of respective at least two first shot regions included in the second shot regions in the first processing are identical in all of the second shot regions, and
wherein at least one of the scanning directions of the at least two first shot regions included in each of the second shot regions is different from another.

US Pat. No. 10,353,338

SENSOR UNIT AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image bearing member;
a rotatable intermediate transfer belt configured to receive a toner image from the image bearing member;
a sensor disposed below the intermediate transfer belt and facing a surface of the intermediate transfer belt, the sensor being capable of detecting the toner image on the intermediate transfer belt; and
a shutter provided, between the sensor and the intermediate transfer belt, movably in a widthwise direction perpendicular to a movement direction of the intermediate transfer belt, and configured to open and close the sensor, the shutter having an opening configured to open the sensor,
wherein among edge portions defining a perimeter of the opening of the shutter, an upstream edge portion provided upstream from the opening in an opening direction of the shutter includes a protruding wall portion protruding upward beyond a top surface of the shutter.

US Pat. No. 10,348,957

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR SHOOTING A STILL IMAGE WITHOUT INTERRUPTING SHOOTING OF MOVING IMAGES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus, comprising:an image capturing unit configured to sequentially output one or more frames of image data of moving images and one or more frames of image data of still images as frames on a per-frame basis, each still image being shot between shootings of the moving images; and
a control unit configured to control the image capturing unit to shoot the still images at a first shutter speed and shoot the moving images at a second shutter speed, the first shutter speed being higher than the second shutter speed,
wherein the image capturing unit outputs the one of more frames of image data of the still images regularly to realize a predetermined ratio between the number of the frames of image data of the moving images and the number of the frames of image data of the still images.

US Pat. No. 10,348,966

OPTICAL APPARATUS AND A CONTROL METHOD FOR PERFORMING IMAGE READOUT AND RECONSTRUCTION BASED ON A DELAYED READOUT FROM DIFFERENT PARTIAL REGIONS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus comprising:at least one processor, executing computer instructions stored in memory, or circuit, configured to function as:
a signal readout unit configured to read out a frame image obtained from an image pickup device while the frame image is divided into a plurality of different regions;
an image information calculating unit configured to calculate image information based on an image signal of each of the plurality of different regions obtained from the signal readout unit; and
an adjusting unit configured to determine a target adjustment value of an image pickup unit including an image pickup optical system and the image pickup device based on the image information during capturing the frame image,
wherein the image information calculating unit includes:
an image information determining unit configured to determine a first image information extraction range from which the image information is extracted,
a feature point coordinate calculating unit configured to calculate a coordinate of the first image information extraction range determined at the time of reading out a first image signal of the image signals,
a feature point coordinate estimating unit configured to estimate a coordinate of a second image information extraction range different from the first image information extraction range based on the coordinate of the first image information extraction range calculated by the feature point coordinate calculating unit, and
an image information comparing unit configured to compare the coordinate of the second image information extraction range estimated by the feature point coordinate estimating unit with the coordinate of the first image information extraction range calculated by the feature point coordinate calculating unit determined after a passage of time from a readout time of the first image signal.

US Pat. No. 10,343,859

SHEET SUPPORTING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet supporting apparatus comprising:a sheet supporting portion configured to support a sheet and to move between a first position and a second position positioned above the first position;
a flag portion supported to be movable between an upper position and a lower position and configured to be positioned at the lower position in a case where the sheet is not supported by the sheet supporting portion positioned at the second position;
a detection portion configured to detect that the flag portion is positioned at the lower position; and
a holding portion configured to move between a holding position and an allowing position,
wherein, at the holding position, the holding portion supports the flag portion at the upper position in a case where the sheet supporting portion is positioned at the first position, and, at the allowing position, the holding portion allows movement of the flag portion to the lower position in a case where the sheet supporting portion is positioned at the second position,
wherein the sheet supporting portion comprises a pressing portion configured to press the holding portion, and
wherein the holding portion is pressed by the pressing portion from the holding position toward the allowing position in a case where the sheet supporting portion moves from the first position to the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,346,427

DATA SYNCHRONIZATION METHOD, DATA SYNCHRONIZATION APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR SYNCHRONIZING DATA AMONG A PLURALITY OF DATABASES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A data synchronization method for writing data having been subjected to transaction processing in a synchronization source database to a synchronization destination database, the method comprising:requesting by a synchronization processing management unit, as synchronization target data, first data that is a part of the data having been subjected to the transaction processing from the synchronization source database;
receiving by the synchronization processing management unit at least the first data from the synchronization source database;
performing first synchronization processing in a cache memory corresponding to the synchronization destination database on the first data preferentially to a second data that is different from the first data in the data having been subjected to the transaction processing in which the first data has been processed in the synchronization source database, and not performing any synchronization processing on the first data in the synchronization destination database; and
performing second synchronization processing on all data in the synchronization destination database after performing the first synchronization processing, the all data having been processed in same transaction as the transaction in which the first data has been processed in the synchronization source database.

US Pat. No. 10,346,959

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A processing apparatus comprising a corrector that, when an object is sequentially irradiated with light from three or more light sources with mutually different positions to calculate surface normal information of the object, corrects a light source condition based on brightness of each of the light sources so that the surface normal information is calculated in a condition where the light sources are equal in brightness.

US Pat. No. 10,345,683

DOME-SHAPED COVER, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING DOME-SHAPED COVER, MOLD FOR FORMING DOME-SHAPED COVER, AND CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A dome-shaped cover comprising:a hemispherical portion,
a collar portion, and
a cylindrical portion,
wherein the hemispherical portion has an outer surface and an inner surface,
wherein the cylindrical portion has an outer surface and an inner surface, and the outer surface forms an outer circumference of the cylindrical portion,
wherein the hemispherical portion has an end connected to an end of the cylindrical portion, and the cylindrical portion has an end connected to an end of the collar portion at an end opposite to the end connected to the hemispherical portion,
wherein the collar portion has a gate mark,
wherein the cylindrical portion has a thin portion, the thin portion being recessed from the outer surface of the cylindrical portion toward the inner surface of the cylindrical portion,
wherein the outer surface of the thin portion is a part of the outer surface of the cylindrical portion,
wherein, in a circumferential direction of the cylindrical portion, the thin portion is between other portions of the cylindrical portion that are thicker than the thin portion, and
wherein a portion of the outer surface of the cylindrical portion that is closest to the gate mark is located, on the outer circumference of the cylindrical portion, opposite to the thin portion.

US Pat. No. 10,346,464

CROSS-MODIALITY IMAGE MATCHING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for an electronic device, the method comprising:extracting features from each of a query image acquired in a first modality and a database image acquired in a second modality, wherein the first modality is different from the second modality, the query image is a face image and the database image is a face image having a head pose that is different from a head pose of the query image, and the query image and the database image are not aligned when the features are extracted;
determining, based on a codebook for the first modality, a vector distance distribution for the query image represented by the extracted features and a vector distance distribution for the database image represented by the extracted features;
generating a set of distances between the vector distance distribution determined for the query image and the vector distance distribution determined for the database image;
determining a score for matching the query image and the database image based on the determined set of distances; and
transmitting information related to the determined score to a server to cause the server to match the query image to the database image using the transmitted information and to display matched images to a user of the server.

US Pat. No. 10,345,455

RADIATION DETECTION APPARATUS, RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING RADIATION DETECTION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiation detection apparatus comprising:a plurality of detection substrates on which photoelectrical conversion elements are arranged;
a plate configured to support the plurality of detection substrates;
a scintillator; and
a plurality of bonding material members, each of the bonding material members being configured to bond the scintillator and one detection substrate, wherein
the plurality of detection substrates are sandwiched between the plate and the scintillator,
each of the plurality of bonding material members is sandwiched between the scintillator and a detection substrate, and
the bonding material members are separated from each other such that outer edges of the bonding material members are not positioned between adjacently arranged detection substrates.

US Pat. No. 10,349,050

IMAGE CODING APPARATUS, IMAGE CODING METHOD AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image coding apparatus which is capable of coding an image using a coding system including inter prediction coding and intra prediction coding which uses an intra prediction mode, the apparatus comprising:a priority mode determining unit configured to determine a priority mode which can be used for determining an intra prediction mode of a target block, by using at least a mode which can be, in the coding system, a mode of a neighboring block of the target block;
an intra prediction mode determining unit configured to determine the intra prediction mode of the target block, based on the priority mode determined by the priority mode determining unit; and
a coding unit configured to perform the inter prediction coding or the intra prediction coding which uses the intra prediction mode determined by the intra prediction mode determining unit,
wherein, in a case where the inter prediction coding can be used for a frame in which the target block is included, the priority mode determining unit determines the priority mode, without depending on the mode of the neighboring block, by regarding the neighboring block as a block in which the inter prediction coding is used.

US Pat. No. 10,349,056

VIDEO ENCODING AND DECODING WITH IMPROVED ERROR RESILIENCE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of decoding a bitstream comprising an encoded sequence of digital images, at least one portion of an image being encoded with respect to a reference image by a motion estimation process that determines motion information identifying the reference image portion, the method comprising decoding the motion information using a motion information prediction process comprising:obtaining, for a target image portion of an image to be decoded, if available, one or more actual motion information predictors having motion vectors obtained from motion vectors associated with first image portions of the image to be decoded wherein the first image portions are adjacent to the target image portion;
if a number of the one or more obtained motion information predictors is lower than a target number, wherein the target number is greater than one, adding one or more motion information predictors to generate a set of motion information predictors until a number of motion information predictors in the set is equal to the target number, wherein the adding of one or more motion information predictors comprises:
performing a first process of adding, if available, one or more further actual motion information predictors having motion vectors obtained from motion vectors associated with second image portions of the image to be decoded or of the different image from the image to be decoded; and
if a number of motion information predictors after the first process is lower than the target number, performing a second process of adding one or more virtual motion information predictors, the one or more virtual motion information predictors having motion vectors which are neither associated with image portions of the image to be decoded nor of the different image from the image to be decoded; and
determining a motion information predictor from the generated set of motion information predictors for the target image portion of the image to be decoded.

US Pat. No. 10,343,419

CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, FORMING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus for generating print data indicating a pattern for forming a gloss layer and supplying the print data to a forming apparatus for forming the gloss layer that provides gloss to a rough surface, the control apparatus comprising:an obtaining unit configured to obtain distance information indicating a distance from a printing unit of the forming apparatus to an output face on which the gloss layer is to be formed;
a derivation unit configured to derive the pattern which is part of the print data based on the distance information and gloss information representing the gloss level of the gloss; and
a generation unit configured to generate the print data based on the pattern derived by the derivation unit and output the generated print data to the forming apparatus,
wherein the derivation unit determines an area ratio at which print material dots are to be ejected per unit area by the forming apparatus and a superposition number of the print material dots based on the distance information and the gloss information and determines coordinates at which the print material is to be ejected according to the area ratio so as to derive gloss pattern data indicating whether or not the print material is to be ejected to each pixel as the pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,345,743

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH VIBRATION CONTROLLING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an intermediary transfer member configured to carry a toner image transferred from a photosensitive member to transfer the toner image onto a transfer material;
a cleaning member contacted to said intermediary transfer member to clean a surface of said intermediary transfer member;
a supporting member configured to support said cleaning member;
an urging member mounted to said cleaning member at one end of said urging member and configured to urge said cleaning member toward said intermediary transfer member;
a case configured to hold said supporting member so as to cover said cleaning member and said supporting member, said case including a space for containing said supporting member;
a conveying member disposed in the space, configured to convey the toner recovered by said cleaning member;
a viscoelasticity member; and
a vibration controlling member configured to suppress vibration of said cleaning member,
wherein said vibration controlling member is not contacted to said supporting member, and is mounted on an outer surface of said case by said viscoelasticity member.

US Pat. No. 10,346,513

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF MERGING CHARACTER STRINGS WITH ORIGINAL IMAGE, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a storage;
one or more processors connected to a memory, the one or more processors being configured to:
store in the storage a first character string set by an administrator using first language information and to be printed forcefully on printed matter, in association with the first language information;
store in the storage a second character string set by a login user using second language information and to be printed on printed matter, in association with the second language information;
generate a first character image data which represents the first character string stored in the storage with a first font corresponding to the first language information and generate a second character image data which represents the second character string stored in the storage with a second font corresponding to the second language information; and
merge the first character image data and the second character image data with an image data for printing.

US Pat. No. 10,345,745

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND FIXING DEVICE THAT CONTROL AN AIR BLOWING DEVICE BASED ON ONE OF A RECORDING MATERIAL SIZE AND A SIZE OF A PRINT REGION OF AN IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:(A) an image forming portion configured to form an image on a recording material;
(B) a first fixing member;
(C) a second fixing member configured to form a nip with said first fixing member, in which the recording material, carrying the image thereon, is nipped and fed;
(D) an air blowing cooling device configured to blow air for cooling an end portion region of at least one of said first fixing member and said second fixing member with respect to a longitudinal direction, perpendicular to a recording material feeding direction, in the nip, said air blowing cooling device including:
(a) a cooling fan; and
(b) an air blowing duct; and
(E) a controller capable of selecting one of (i) an operation in a first mode, in which cooling of the end portion region by said air blowing cooling device is carried out depending on a recording material size, with respect to a widthwise direction of the recording material, and (ii) an operation in a second mode, in which the cooling is carried out depending on a size of a print region of the image, with respect to a direction perpendicular to the recording material feeding direction.

US Pat. No. 10,345,750

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus capable of executing a continuous image forming job for continuously forming images on a plurality of recording materials comprising:an image forming unit including an image bearing member and a developing device configured to develop, with toner, an electrostatic latent image formed on said image bearing member; and
a controller configured to cause said image forming unit to execute an operation in a toner supplying mode in which the continuous image forming job is interrupted, and in a state that the continuous image forming job is interrupted, the electrostatic latent image formed on said image bearing member is developed by said developing device and then the toner is supplied to said image bearing member,
wherein said controller is capable of causing said image forming unit to execute the operation in the toner supplying mode on the basis of information on an amount of the toner consumed by formation of the images formed on the plurality of recording materials in the continuous image forming job,
wherein said controller
(i) causes said image forming unit to execute the operation in the toner supplying mode with an end of execution of formation of the images on the recording materials in a first number of sheets in the continuous image forming job in a case that an amount of the toner consumed by formation of the images formed on the recording materials in the first number of sheets in the continuous image forming job is a first predetermined amount and that the continuous image forming job is completed by the end of execution of formation of the images on the recording materials in the first number of sheets in the continuous image forming job,
(ii) causes said image forming unit to execute the operation in the toner supplying mode with an end of execution of formation of the images on the recording materials in a second number of sheets in the continuous image forming job in a case that the amount of the toner consumed by formation of the images formed on the recording materials in the first number of sheets in the continuous image forming job is the first predetermined amount and the continuous image forming job is not completed by the end of execution of formation of the images on the recording materials in the first number of sheets in the continuous image forming job and that an amount of the toner consumed by formation of the images formed on the recording materials in the second number of sheets subsequent to the recording materials in the first number of sheets in the continuous image forming job is not more than a second predetermined amount, and
(iii) causes said image forming unit not to execute the operation in the toner supplying mode with an end of execution of formation of the images on the recording materials in the second number of sheets in the continuous image forming job in a case that the amount of the toner consumed by formation of the images formed on the recording materials in the first number of sheets in the continuous image forming job is the first predetermined amount and the continuous image forming job is not completed by the end of execution of formation of the images on the recording materials in the first number of sheets in the continuous image forming job and that the amount of the toner consumed by formation of the images formed on the recording materials in the second number of sheets subsequent to the recording materials in the first number of sheets in the continuous image forming job is more than the second predetermined amount.

US Pat. No. 10,342,423

RETINAL MOVEMENT TRACKING IN OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method comprising:imaging a fundus of an eye to obtain a plurality of fundus images;
imaging the fundus to obtain a plurality of tomographic images;
determining a fundus movement of the eye based on the plurality of fundus image;
determining, based on the determined fundus movement, the number and positions of tomographic images to be re-imaged; and
re-imaging the determined number of tomographic images at the determined positions.

US Pat. No. 10,342,436

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS AND PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An object information acquiring apparatus, comprising:an irradiating unit configured to irradiate an object with pulsed light;
an acoustic wave detection unit configured to detect an acoustic wave generated from the object irradiated with the pulsed light and convert the acoustic wave into an electric signal;
a storage unit configured to store a normalized light fluence distribution, which is a light fluence distribution normalized for a region of a predetermined size; and
a processing unit configured to acquire characteristic information on the object using the stored normalized light fluence distribution and the electric signal,
wherein
the irradiating unit irradiates the object with the pulsed light at a plurality of irradiation positions, and
the processing unit uses same normalized light fluence distribution for the plurality of irradiation positions.

US Pat. No. 10,348,846

CLIENT-DRIVEN PUSH OF RESOURCES BY A SERVER DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of communication between a server device and a client device, comprising the following steps, at the server device:receiving, from the client device, an HTTP request to obtain first data, wherein the HTTP request includes first data identifying information allowing identification of the first data on the server device and includes one or more additional header fields containing information for identifying second data other than the first data requested by the HTTP request, wherein the information for identifying second data allows the server device to determine whether the client device is to receive the second data;
sending the first data to the client device in response to the HTTP request received from the client device;
determining the second data on the server device, using only the one or more additional header fields, the second data being related to the first data according to a reference file; and
pushing, to the client device, using the push feature of HTTP/2, the second data so determined using the one or more additional header fields contained in the HTTP request received from the client device to obtain the first data.

US Pat. No. 10,345,779

THREE-DIMENSIONAL FORMING DATA MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A system including a management system that manages forming data to be used in forming of a three-dimensional object and a forming control apparatus,wherein the management system comprises a memory storing first instructions and at least one processor executing the first instructions causing the management system to:
manage, in a first table, identification information about a forming apparatus that forms the three-dimensional object;
encrypt forming data such that the forming data can be decrypted by the forming control apparatus;
manage, in a second table, identification information about the encrypted forming data and user information for identifying a user who approves utilization of the forming data while associating them with each other;
receive a forming request of forming data;
generate a forming code for forming processing to be performed based on the forming data, in response to an approval by a user identified by the user information managed in association with identification information about the forming data as a target of the forming request in the second table; and
notify a request source of the forming request of the forming code, and
wherein the forming control apparatus comprises a memory storing second instructions and at least one processor executing the second instructions causing the forming control apparatus to:
receive an input of the forming code;
transmit the forming code to the management system;
acquire the encrypted forming data transmitted by the management system according to the forming code;
perform decryption processing on the encrypted forming data acquired from the management system; and
control the forming unit to perform forming processing of a three-dimensional object based on the forming data subjected to the decryption processing.

US Pat. No. 10,345,552

LENS BARREL AND OPTICAL APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lens barrel comprising:an optical system that includes a first lens unit held by a first holder, a second lens unit held by a second holder and a third lens unit held by a third holder;
a zooming ring;
a focus unit;
a first cam barrel to be driven rotatably about an optical axis of the optical system in zooming by a rotation of the zooming ring;
a second cam barrel to be driven in an optical axis direction of the optical system in synchronization with the first cam barrel in the zooming;
a third cam barrel to be driven in the optical axis direction in synchronization with the first cam barrel in the zooming and driven rotatably about the optical axis in focusing by a drive of the focus unit; and
a guiding barrel,
wherein the first lens unit, the second lens unit, and the third lens unit move in the optical axis direction in the zooming,
wherein the second cam barrel is provided with a first linear movement groove engaged with one of the first holder and the second holder and is provided with a first cam groove engaged with the other of the first holder and the second holder,
wherein the third cam barrel is provided with a second cam groove engaged with the one of the first holder and the second holder and is provided with a second linear movement groove engaged with the other of the first holder and the second holder,
wherein the first and second lens units are held by first and second linear movement grooves and first and second cam grooves of the second and third cam barrels,
wherein the guiding barrel is provided with a fifth linear movement groove,
wherein the first cam barrel is provided with a fifth cam groove, and
wherein the third holder engages with the fifth cam groove and the fifth linear movement groove.

US Pat. No. 10,348,137

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS CAPABLE OF COMMUNICATION, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power supply apparatus comprising:a power supply unit configured to perform wireless power supply to an electronic device;
a communication unit configured to communicate with the electronic device using power for the wireless power supply;
one or more processors; and
a memory storing instructions which, when the instructions are executed by the one or more processors, cause the power supply apparatus to function as:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire, from the electronic device, predetermined information for performing communication using the power; and
a control unit configured to control communication with the electronic device by the communication unit based on the predetermined information,
wherein in a case where the electronic device can perform communication using the power, the control unit controls the communication unit such that a modulation degree indicating a degree to which an amplitude changes in amplitude modulation for the communication is smaller the higher the power transmitted by the power supply unit is.

US Pat. No. 10,348,921

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus capable of connecting a telephone to a telephone line and capable of shifting to a power saving state, the communication apparatus comprising:a controller configured to switch between a first state in which the telephone is connected to the telephone line and a second state in which the telephone is disconnected from the telephone line,
wherein the controller switches from the first state to the second state and the communication apparatus shifts to the power saving state in a case that a condition that the communication apparatus shifts to the power saving state is satisfied, and
wherein, if the controller detects an incoming call while the communication apparatus is in the power saving state, the communication apparatus returns from the power saving state, and then the controller switches from the second state to the first state.

US Pat. No. 10,348,673

MANAGEMENT SERVER SYSTEM, SYSTEM, METHOD OF SYSTEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A management server system for communicating with one or more domain name system (DNS) servers and a distribution server, the DNS server(s) returning an internet protocol (IP) address corresponding to a hostname received with a request for name resolution, the distribution server transmitting a processing request for a Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) request and an application programming interface (API) request from a client to a system corresponding to the IP address returned from the DNS server(s), the management server system comprising:at least one processor; and
a memory coupled to the at least one processor, the memory having instructions that, when executed by the processor, perform operations as:
a construction unit configured to deploy a program for constructing a system environment in an information processing apparatus to construct a system; and
a setting unit configured to set an IP address of the system for each of a hostname corresponding to an HTML request and a hostname corresponding to an API request, the hostnames being registered in the DNS server(s),
wherein, after a new system is constructed by the construction unit, the setting unit starts to rewrite the current IP address set for the hostname corresponding to the API request to an IP address of the new system, and, in response to confirmation that rewriting of all of the DNS server(s) corresponding to the request for name resolution from the distribution server is completed, starts to rewrite the IP address set for the hostname corresponding to the HTML request to the IP address of the new system.

US Pat. No. 10,341,556

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:an image sensor having a plurality of photoelectric conversion portions that correspond to each of a plurality of microlenses arranged in a matrix;
a control circuit that controls read-out from the image sensor by either of a first read-out control and second read-out control, wherein the first read-out control is to read out signals from the plurality of photoelectric conversion portions so as to be able to obtain pupil-divided signals, and the second read-out control is to combine signals of the plurality of photoelectric conversion portions corresponding to each microlens and read out an image signal;
a setting circuit that sets rows to be read out by the first read-out control among rows that include a focus detection area for which focus detection is performed;
an amplification circuit that amplifies a signal read out from the image sensor with a gain set in accordance with an exposure state; and
a signal processing circuit that performs signal processing on an image signal corresponding to each microlens obtained from the signals read out by the first read-out control and on the image signal corresponding to each microlens read out by the second read-out control, using an image signal of neighboring rows,
wherein the setting circuit sets the rows to be read out by the first read-out control according to the gain.

US Pat. No. 10,335,959

JOINT DRIVING APPARATUS AND ROBOT APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A joint driving apparatus comprising:a housing unit fixed to a first link;
a driving unit housed in the housing unit and adapted to rotationally drive a second link, an output shaft of the driving unit being connected to the second link;
a bearing fixed to the housing unit, the bearing (i) adapted to rotatably support the second link and (ii) configured to couple the second link to the housing unit; and
a supporting unit configured to couple the driving unit to the housing unit and configured to support the driving unit on the housing unit, the supporting unit including (i) an elastic body configured to deform according to a relative movement of the driving unit in relation to the housing unit in a rotating direction of the second link and (ii) a sensor configured to measure a torque based on the deformation of the elastic body.

US Pat. No. 10,341,601

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that receives an input of an image signal obtained by imaging an object, and performs signal conversion on the image signal to output the image signal to a display apparatus, the image processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor or circuit configured to function as following units:
a calculation unit configured to calculate an absolute luminance value of the object from a luminance value of the object acquired from the image signal and an exposure parameter in the imaging;
a determination unit configured to determine a predetermined absolute luminance code for the luminance value of the object according to input-output characteristics of the display apparatus so that the object is displayed at the absolute luminance value on the display apparatus;
a conversion unit configured to perform signal conversion for converting the image signal based on a relationship between the luminance value of the object and the absolute luminance code; and
a correction unit configured to perform gamma correction on the image signal output from the conversion unit,
wherein the determination unit determines the predetermined absolute luminance code for the luminance value of the object in the image signal after the gamma correction.

US Pat. No. 10,338,359

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS USING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising, in order from an object side to an image side, a first lens unit having a positive refractive power, a second lens unit having a negative refractive power, an aperture stop, and a rear group including a plurality of lens units, whereinintervals between the adjacent lens units are changed during zooming,
in the rear group, a lens unit Lp having a positive refractive power is arranged closest to an image side, a lens unit Ln having a negative refractive power is arranged on the object side of and adjacent to the lens unit Lp, and a third lens unit having a positive refractive power is arranged closest to the object side,
the aperture stop does not move for zooming, but the second lens unit and the lens unit Ln move during zooming,
the first lens unit consists of, in order from the object side to the image side, a negative lens, a positive lens, a positive lens, and a positive lens, and
the zoom lens satisfies the following conditional expressions:
?6.00 ?1.80 where f2 denotes a focal length of the second lens unit, fn denotes a focal length of the lens unit Ln, M2 denotes a movement amount of the second lens unit during zooming from a wide angle end to a telephoto end, and Mn denotes a movement amount of the lens unit Ln during zooming from the wide angle end to the telephoto end.

US Pat. No. 10,341,500

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE READING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:a first processor;
a non-volatile memory configured to store control programs; and
a volatile memory having a faster read speed than a read speed of the non-volatile memory, and being configured to store a first program, a second program, and a third program,
wherein the first processor is configured to:
in a first activation processing mode,
transfer the first program from the non-volatile memory to the volatile memory;
transfer the second program from the non-volatile memory to the volatile memory based on the first program stored in the volatile memory; and
perform, in parallel, execution of first processing based on the second program stored in the volatile memory and transfer of the third program from the non-volatile memory to the volatile memory, and
in a second activation processing mode,
transfer the first program from the non-volatile memory to the volatile memory;
transfer the third program from the non-volatile memory to the volatile memory based on the first program stored in the volatile memory; and
perform, in parallel, execution of second processing based on the third program stored in the volatile memory and transfer of the second program from the non-volatile memory to the volatile memory,
wherein the first processor is configured to communicate to and from a controller,
wherein, in the first activation processing mode, the information processing apparatus is activated from a state in which power is being supplied to a second processor of the controller, and
wherein, in the second activation processing mode, the information processing apparatus is activated from a state in which power is not being supplied to the second processor of the controller.

US Pat. No. 10,341,502

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT EXECUTES IMAGE PROCESSING CORRESPONDING TO RESOLUTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a plurality of image forming units configured to form a plurality of images having different colors based on image data;
a first sensor configured to detect a color pattern formed on an intermediate transfer member, the color pattern being used for detecting a color misregistration;
a second sensor configured to measure a measuring image; and
a controller configured to control the plurality of image forming units to form a plurality of color patterns having different colors on the intermediate transfer member, control the first sensor to detect an amount of color misregistration related to a relative position of a color pattern having a reference color among the plurality of color patterns and a color pattern having another color among the plurality of color patterns, determine an offset value for adjusting an image writing start timing of the other color different from the reference color based on the amount of color misregistration detected by the first sensor, control the plurality of image forming units to form the measuring image on the intermediate transfer member, control the second sensor to measure the measuring image, and determine an image forming condition for adjusting densities of images to be formed by the plurality of image forming units based on a measurement result of the second sensor,
wherein:
the controller controls the image forming apparatus based on an image forming mode corresponding to the image data;
the controller controls the plurality of image forming units to form the plurality of color patterns in a case where a first condition is satisfied in a first image forming mode;
the controller controls the plurality of image forming units to form the measuring image in a case where a second condition is satisfied in the first image forming mode;
the controller controls the plurality of image forming units to form the measuring image and the plurality of color patterns in a case where both the first condition and the second condition are satisfied in a second image forming mode;
the controller skips the image formation of the measuring image when the first condition is not satisfied in the second image forming mode irrespective of a state of the second condition; and
the first condition is different from the second condition.

US Pat. No. 10,341,503

REMOTE MAINTENANCE SYSTEM, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, EXTERNAL TERMINAL, METHODS OF CONTROLLING THESE, AND STORAGE MEDIUMS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A remote maintenance system including an image forming apparatus that executes an image formation, a print server that executes some image processing for the image formation, and an external terminal, whereinthe image forming apparatus comprises:
a memory device that stores a set of instructions;
at least one processor that executes the instructions to:
accept a start of a remote maintenance function for resolving a failure of the image forming apparatus in accordance with an instruction of an operator that uses the external terminal,
obtain, from the print server, device information of the print server which is information that is necessary when the operator analyzes the failure of the image forming apparatus, wherein the device information of the print server indicates setting information that has been set for the print server;
obtain device information of the image forming apparatus, which is information that is necessary when the operator analyzes the failure of the image forming apparatus, wherein the device information of the image forming apparatus indicates setting information that has been set for the image forming apparatus;
generate support data including information of the obtained device information of the print server and the device information of the image forming apparatus, wherein the device information included in the support data includes data for indicating which device information is related to the device information of the print server or the device information of the image forming apparatus; and
transmit the generated support data to the external terminal, and
the external terminal comprises:
a memory device that stores a set of instructions;
at least one processor that executes the instructions to
receive the support data transmitted by the image forming apparatus; and
display the support data received by the external terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,341,508

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus which lays out a plurality of images, the apparatus comprising:a storage which stores images; and
a processor configured to:
receive a first instruction for creating a new album or a second instruction for re-editing images laid out on an existing album which has been created and ordered;
make a first selection of first images out of the images stored in the storage in a case where the first instruction is received;
make a second selection of second images out of the selected first images which are selected in the first selection;
lay out at least some of the selected second images which are selected in the second selection, on the new album;
delete, from candidates for re-editing the laid out images on the new album which has been ordered, at least some of the images that have not been selected in the first selection such that at least some of the first images that have been selected in the first selection and have not been selected in the second selection remain as the candidates in addition to the selected second images; and
re-edit the laid out images on the new album which has been ordered, by using the candidates from which the at least some of the images have been deleted in a case where the second instruction is received
wherein even if the images laid out on the new album which has been ordered are re-edited and the new album is re-ordered, deletion from the candidates for re-editing the laid out images on the new album is not executed.

US Pat. No. 10,341,512

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a scanner that reads an original, wherein the image processing apparatus has a transmission function for transmitting image data corresponding to the original read by the scanner;
a storage device that stores a plurality of address books including at least an address book for an administrator;
a memory storing instructions, and
a processor executing the instructions causing the image processing apparatus to:
authenticate a user of the image processing apparatus;
display, as a default, address information included in the plurality of address books stored in the storage device, if a request to display an address book is received from the authenticated user and the authenticated user does not have an administrator authority;
display, as a default, address information included in the plurality of address books stored in the storage device, if a request to display an address book is received via a first screen related to the transmission function from the authenticated user and the authenticated user has the administrator authority;
display, as a default, address information included in the address book for the administrator to select a transfer destination if a request to display an address book is received via a second screen different from the first screen from the authenticated user and the authenticated user has the administrator authority; and
control for automatically transferring image data received from an external apparatus to the selected transfer destination.

US Pat. No. 10,331,010

TERAHERTZ-WAVE GENERATING ELEMENT TERAHERTZ-WAVE DETECTING ELEMENT AND TERAHERTZ TIME-DOMAIN SPECTROSCOPY DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A terahertz-wave generating element, comprising:a substrate;
a waveguide arranged on the substrate and configured to propagate light in a first direction; and
an optical coupling member arranged on the waveguide and guiding a terahertz wave, which is generated due to light propagating through the waveguide, from the waveguide to a space,
wherein the waveguide is formed of a material selected from a group consisting of LiNbOx, LiTaOx, NbTaOx, KTP, DAST, ZnTe, GaSe, GaP, and CdTe, and
wherein in a third direction perpendicular to the first direction and perpendicular to a second direction perpendicular to an in-plane direction of the substrate, a width of the waveguide is smaller than a width of the optical coupling member.

US Pat. No. 10,331,027

IMPRINT APPARATUS, IMPRINT SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus that forms a pattern on an imprint material on a substrate using a mold, the apparatus comprising:a scope that measures a displacement between a pattern of the mold and a shot region on the substrate;
a memory;
a processor that:
obtains a shape of each shot region of a plurality of shot regions on the substrate before the pattern of the mold and the shot region, as an imprint target on the substrate, face each other;
and
controls an imprint process including a first process and a second process;
a first correction unit, including (1) a heat supply unit, (2) a chuck and an actuator, or both (1) and (2), that corrects, for each shot region on the substrate, a shape difference between the pattern of the mold and the shot region on the substrate by deforming the mold based on the obtained shape for the shot region; and
a second correction unit, including a mold holder, a substrate holder, or both the mold holder and the substrate holder, that corrects, for each shot region on the substrate, the displacement between the pattern of the mold and the shot region on the substrate by moving at least one of the mold or the substrate while the displacement is measured by the scope,
wherein the processor controls the first correction unit to perform the first process of correcting the shape difference between the pattern of the mold and the shot region before the pattern of the mold and the shot region, as the imprint target on the substrate, face each other, and controls the second correction unit to perform the second process of correcting the displacement between the pattern of the mold and the shot region on the substrate after the pattern of the mold and the shot region, as the imprint target, have faced each other.

US Pat. No. 10,334,120

PRINTING APPARATUS TO WHICH OPTIONAL UNIT IS CONNECTED, PROGRAM UPDATE METHOD FOR PRINTING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a printing unit configured to perform printing, the printing unit configured to be connected to a finisher unit that performs finishing processing on sheets on which printing has been performed;
a memory configured to store a finisher unit program for controlling the finisher unit, wherein the memory stores the finisher unit program for controlling the finisher unit prior to the finisher unit being connected to the printing unit; and
one or more processors configured to execute instructions that, when executed, cause the printing apparatus to:
acquire hardware identification information, stored in a memory of the finisher unit from the finisher unit after the finisher unit is connected to the printing unit;
determine whether or not the acquired hardware identification information corresponds to hardware identification information stored in the memory of the printing apparatus;
in a case where it is determined that the acquired hardware identification information corresponds to hardware identification information stored in the memory of the printing apparatus, acquire, from the finisher unit, a model identifier of a program stored in the memory of the finisher unit; and
based on a determination result whether or not the acquired model identifier corresponds to a model identifier of the program of the printing apparatus stored in the memory of the printing apparatus, upload the program stored in the memory of the finisher unit.

US Pat. No. 10,334,123

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus which is able to perform IP fax communication in accordance with an IP fax communication mode via an IP network, the communication apparatus comprising:a controller configured to import, from an external apparatus, a destination and a fax communication mode corresponding to the destination; and
a non-volatile storage configured to store the imported destination and the imported fax communication mode,
wherein the controller determines whether the imported fax communication mode is a G3 fax communication mode or the IP fax communication mode,
wherein the controller controls a display to display a message for urging a user to change the G3 fax communication mode in a case where the controller determines that the imported fax communication mode is the G3 fax communication mode, and
wherein the message is not displayed in a case where the controller determines that the imported fax communication mode is the IP fax communication mode.

US Pat. No. 10,331,052

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:a surface layer containing a charge transporting material and a polyester resin, the polyester resin including a structure represented by general formula (I) and a structure represented by general formula (II):

wherein X1 represents a divalent group; and

wherein X2 represents a member selected from the group consisting of a single bond, an oxygen atom, divalent alkylene groups, and divalent cycloalkylidene groups, and R11 to R12 each represent a member selected from the group consisting of a hydrogen atom and alkyl groups,
wherein the structure represented by general formula (I) includes a structure represented by formula (I-1):
and the structure represented by general formula (II) includes at least one of a structure represented by general formula (II-A) and a structure represented by general formula (II-B):
wherein R211 and R212 each represent a member selected from the group consisting of a hydrogen atom, a methyl group, and an ethyl group, and

wherein R221 and R222 each represent a member selected from the group consisting of a hydrogen atom, a methyl group, an ethyl group, and a phenyl group, and R223 to R226 each represent a member selected from the group consisting of a hydrogen atom, alkyl group having a carbon number of 1 to 5, and a phenyl group, at least one of R223 to R226 being one of an alkyl group having a carbon number of 2 or more and a phenyl group.

US Pat. No. 10,331,054

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic member, comprising:a substrate;
an elastic layer on the substrate;
an intermediate layer covering a surface of the elastic layer, said intermediate layer comprising a binder resin and a polymer having at least one structure selected from the group consisting of formulae (1)-(3); and
a surface layer covering a surface of the intermediate layer, the surface layer containing silicon oxide and having a thickness of 10 to 300 nm

where R1 is a hydrogen atom or a methyl group,
R2 is a hydrogen atom or a methyl group,
R3 is a hydrogen atom or a methyl group,
X1 is selected from the group consisting of formulae (5) and (6),
X2 is selected from the group consisting of formulae (5) and (6),
X3 is selected from the group consisting of formulae (7) and (8)

where R6 is a divalent hydrocarbon group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms,
R7 and R8 are independently a methyl group or an ethyl group,
R9 is a divalent hydrocarbon group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms,
R10, R11 and R12 are independently a hydrocarbon group having 1 to 18 carbon atoms,
* is a site of bonding to the structure represented by formulae (1) or (2), and
Y1? is an anion;

where R13 is a hydrocarbon group having 1 to 13 carbon atoms,
R14 is a hydrocarbon group having 1 to 13 carbon atoms,
* is a site of bonding to the structure represented by formula (3),
Y2? is an anion, and
Y3? is an anion.

US Pat. No. 10,331,060

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF PREVENTING UNNECESSARY REPLACEMENT OF TONER CARTRIDGE, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

15. A control method of an image forming apparatus, having a notification device which notifies a user of information, and on which a toner supplying unit for supplying toner and a driving unit that conveys the toner supplied by the toner supplying unit, are removably mounted, the method comprising:acquiring remaining information related to a remaining amount of toner stored in the toner supplying unit;
acquiring lifetime information related to lifetime of the driving unit; and
causing the notification device to perform a notification,
wherein based on a fact that the lifetime information satisfies a first condition and the remaining information satisfies a second condition, the notification device notifies the user of information for indicating that a time for exchange of the driving unit is approaching together with information for prompting the user to exchange the driving unit, and
wherein based on a fact that the lifetime information satisfies the first condition and the remaining information does not satisfy the second condition, the notification device notifies the user of information for indicating that the time for exchange of the driving unit is approaching without the information for prompting the user to exchange the driving unit.

US Pat. No. 10,334,137

IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE READING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image reading apparatus, comprising:a feeder configured to convey an original on a tray;
an image sensor configured to read an image of the original and to output image data;
an edge detector configured to determine edge locations at one end and the other end of the original in a main scanning direction perpendicular to a conveying direction of the original, based on the image data;
a tilt expression calculator
configured to determine a first area that comprises a midpoint between the edge locations at the one end and the other end, based on the edge locations, the first area being narrower than a second area between the one end and the other end, and
configured to calculate a linear expression that represents an amount of inclination of the original image within the first area with respect to the main scanning direction, based on a leading edge position of the original within the first area;
a reference point calculator configured to calculate a reference point that is a reference for inclination correction, by using the linear expression and the edge location at the one end; and
an inclination corrector configured to correct the inclination of the image data based on the reference point and the linear expression.

US Pat. No. 10,331,064

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a rotatable image bearing member on which an electrostatic image is formed;
a rotatable developer bearing member that supplies a developer to the image bearing member and develops the electrostatic image; and
processing portion that processes image information so as to add a specific dot pattern to an image to be formed on recording material, wherein the image forming apparatus executes: a first image formation mode in which an image is formed based on the image information by setting a peripheral velocity ratio Vd/Vdr between a peripheral velocity Vd of the developer bearing member and a peripheral velocity Vdr of the image bearing member to a first peripheral velocity ratio ?V1; and
a second image formation mode in which an image is formed based on the image information by setting the peripheral velocity ratio Vd/Vdr to a second peripheral velocity ratio ?V2, which is higher than the first peripheral velocity ratio ?V1
in the first image formation mode, the image forming apparatus forms an image by supplying the developer to the image bearing member so that a region corresponding to the image has a first developer volume level M1 and forms the specific dot pattern by supplying the developer to the image bearing member so that a region corresponding to the specific dot pattern has a second developer volume level M2, which is lower than the first developer volume level M1,
in the second image formation mode, the image forming apparatus forms an image by supplying the developer to the image bearing member so that a region corresponding to the image has a third developer volume level M3 and forms the specific dot pattern by supplying the developer to the image bearing member so that a region corresponding to the specific dot pattern has a fourth developer volume level M4, which is lower than the third developer volume level M3, and
when ?M1 (=M2/M1) denotes a ratio between the second developer volume level M2 and the first developer volume level M1, and ?M2 (=M4/M3) denotes a ratio between the fourth developer volume level M4 and the third developer volume level M3,
?M2

US Pat. No. 10,334,140

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a memory storing instructions; and
a processor configured to implement the instructions and execute a plurality of tasks, including:
a first obtaining task that obtains a plurality of color images having different polarization states acquired by changing a retardation provided to light from an object;
a second obtaining task that obtains polarized information of the object from the plurality of color images obtained by the first obtaining task;
a synthesizing task that generates a synthesized image using the polarized information obtained by the second obtaining task; and
a color correction task that provides a color correction to the synthesized image generated by the synthesizing task to correct for coloring induced to the synthesized image, based on a reference image, which is one of the plurality of color images obtained by the first obtaining task.

US Pat. No. 10,331,067

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image bearing member movable in a predetermined movement direction and configured to bear a toner image formed at an image forming position by using a liquid developer containing toner particles and a carrier liquid;
a transfer member configured to transfer the toner image onto a recording material at a transfer portion formed between said transfer member and said image bearing member;
an input portion into which is inputted information on a kind of the recording material onto which the toner image is transferred;
an adjusting device configured to adjust an amount of the carrier liquid of the toner image on said image bearing member, wherein said adjusting device is provided at an adjusting position opposing a position of said image bearing member upstream of the transfer portion and downstream of the image forming position with respect to the movement direction and includes a carrier liquid container configured to store the carrier liquid, a rotatable adjusting roller configured to carry the carrier liquid stored in said carrier liquid container, and a contacting-and-spacing mechanism movable between a contact position where said adjusting roller is contacted to said image bearing member and a spaced position where said adjusting roller is spaced from said image bearing member; and
an executing portion configured to execute an operation of said adjusting device depending on the information inputted in said input portion when the toner image on said image bearing member is at the adjusting position, wherein said executing portion executes any of a plurality of operations including a first operation in which the amount of the carrier liquid of the toner image on said image bearing member is increased by said adjusting device, and a second operation in which the amount of the carrier liquid of the toner image on said image bearing member is decreased by said adjusting device.

US Pat. No. 10,331,069

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a rotary member configured to bear one of a toner image and a recording material, and to rotate;
an image forming unit configured to form the toner image on the rotary member;
a detection unit configured to detect a reflection light amount by emitting light to one of the rotary member and an image for adjustment formed on the rotary member, and receiving the light reflected from the one of the rotary member and the image for adjustment;
an image adjustment unit configured to perform, based on a detection result by the detection unit, image adjustment on the image for adjustment formed on the rotary member by the image forming unit;
a first acquisition unit configured to acquire first data in association with a position on the rotary member in a state where the image for adjustment is not formed, the first data corresponding to a detection result, by the detection unit, of an area on the rotary member at which the image for adjustment is not formed;
a second acquisition unit configured to acquire second data and third data in association with positions on the rotary member in a state where the image for adjustment is formed, the second data corresponding to a detection result by the detection unit, of an area on the rotary member at which the image for adjustment is formed, and the third data corresponding to a detection result, of an area on the rotary member at which the image for adjustment is not formed; and
a comparison unit configured to compare the first data acquired by the first acquisition unit with the third data acquired by the second acquisition unit,
wherein the image adjustment unit is configured to calculate the first data corresponding to the position of the second data on the rotary member, based on a comparison result obtained by the comparison unit, and performs the image adjustment by using the first data and the second data.

US Pat. No. 10,331,072

PRINTING SYSTEM WITH CREASING CONTROL, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, CONTROL APPARATUS, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a printing unit configured to print an image on a sheet in accordance with a print start request;
a creasing unit, provided downstream of the printing unit in a sheet conveyance direction, configured to crease the sheet on which the image is printed by the printing unit, the creasing unit comprising:
a creasing die which is detachable and comprises a creasing blade;
a die detection unit configured to detect whether or not the creasing die is attached to the creasing unit;
a base for receiving the creasing blade; and
a pressure device for applying a pressure to the creasing die, wherein when the pressure device applies the pressure to the creasing die, the sheet is sandwiched between the creasing die and the base by the pressure applied by the pressure device, and thereby a crease is made on the sheet;
a bookbinding unit, provided downstream of the creasing unit in the sheet conveyance direction, configured to perform bookbinding on the sheet on which the image is printed by the printing unit and which is creased by the creasing unit;
a display unit; and
a controller configured, in a case where a print request designated to crease the sheet is input and another creasing die different from the creasing die is attached to the creasing unit, to cause the display unit to display a message for prompting to attach the creasing die before starting printing by the printing unit.

US Pat. No. 10,334,147

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus configured to perform three-dimensional measurement of a target object by capturing a plurality of images of the target object, onto which a plurality of patterns is projected by a projection apparatus, the information processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor configured to function as:
a set unit configured to set a luminous intensity and a light emission time of the plurality of patterns projected by the projection apparatus to a first luminous intensity and a first light emission time, and configured to set an exposure time of the image capturing apparatus in capturing each of the plurality of images of the target object by the image capturing apparatus to a first exposure time based on the first luminous intensity;
a determination unit configured to determine whether the exposure time of the image capturing apparatus is set to an integral multiple of a flickering period of ambient light based on a variation between each luminance value of the plurality of images captured by an image capturing apparatus under the ambient light;
a control unit configured to perform control to set the exposure time to a second exposure time of the integral multiple of the flickering period of the ambient light near the first exposure time, and control to set the luminous intensity or the light emission time of the plurality of patterns projected by the projection apparatus to a second luminous intensity or a second light emission time based on the second exposure time in a case where the determination unit determines that the exposure time of the image capturing apparatus is set to the integral multiple of the flickering period of the ambient light; and
a measurement unit configured to perform the three-dimensional measurement of the target object using the plurality of images of the target object captured by an image capturing apparatus by projecting the plurality of patterns by the projection apparatus and capturing the plurality of images by the image capturing apparatus in the first exposure time, the first luminous intensity and the first light emission time set by the set unit when the exposure time is not set to the integral multiple of the flickering period of the ambient light, and configured to perform the three-dimensional measurement of the target object based on the plurality of images of the target object captured by an image capturing apparatus by projecting the plurality of patterns by the projection apparatus and capturing the plurality of images by the image capturing apparatus in the second exposure time and the second luminous intensity or the second light emission time set by the control unit when the exposure time is set to the integral multiple of the flickering period of the ambient light.

US Pat. No. 10,331,076

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A MOLDED ARTICLE HAVING A CONDUCTIVE SHEET ADHERED THERETO

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a molded article having a conductive sheet adhered thereto comprising:inserting a conductive sheet between a first molding and a second molding;
forming a cavity by mating the first molding and the second molding; and
injecting a resin from a gate into the cavity,
wherein the first molding and/or the second molding includes a shape between a portion where the conductive sheet is inserted and the gate, the shape being configured to change a thickness of the cavity so as to reduce a difference in times of resin reaching the conductive sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,331,077

CARTRIDGE WHERE BIASING MEMBER IS RELIABLY HELD ON COUPLING MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A cartridge that can be mounted in and detached from a main body of an apparatus of an image forming apparatus, the main body of the apparatus including a drive shaft, the cartridge comprising:a rotating member rotated by a driving force received from the main body of the apparatus;
a coupling member that includes a force receiving portion for receiving the driving force from the main body of the apparatus via the drive shaft, transmits the driving force to the rotating member by rotating, and is capable of moving relative to the rotating member; and
a wire-shaped biasing member for biasing the coupling member,
wherein the coupling member includes a groove that is contactable with the biasing member, and an opening width of the groove is wider than a wire diameter of the biasing member.

US Pat. No. 10,334,161

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, COMPUTER PROGRAM AND IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:(A) a memory that stores an operation control program; and
(B) at least one processor coupled to the memory, and configured to load and to execute the operation control program stored in the memory
a) to acquire light field data comprising a plurality of divided image data, including a first group of light field data received via a first group of divisional pixels, and a second group of light field data received via a second group of divisional pixels;
(b) to perform image processing, including color correction processing, on each of the first group of light field data and the second group of light field data of the plurality of divided image data; and
(c) to form synthesized image data by combining pixel signals of each of the first group of light field data and each of the second group of light field data, respectively, of the plurality of divided image data, wherein depths of field of the plurality of divided image data are greater than depth of field of the synthesized image data,
wherein the at least one processor executes the operation control program to form the synthesized image data using the plurality of divided image data subjected to the image processing.

US Pat. No. 10,334,176

IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus including an optical system for forming an object image, and configured to acquire the object image as image signals at a predetermined frame rate, the imaging apparatus comprising:an image sensor outputting a plurality of image signals with different exposures and a focus detection signal for performing a phase difference detection; and
controller having a processor which executes instructions stored in a memory, the controller being configured to function as:
a composition unit configured to compose the plurality of image signals with different exposures output from the imaging unit to output composed image signals,
wherein, in outputting the plurality of image signals with different exposures at the predetermined frame rate, the image sensor outputs the focus detection signal as a substitute for a part of the plurality of image signals with different exposures at a predetermined timing, and
wherein, in composing the plurality of image signals with different exposures, the composition unit uses the image signals acquired before the predetermined timing instead of a part of the image signals replaced at the predetermined timing.

US Pat. No. 10,333,432

VIBRATION TYPE ACTUATOR AND ULTRASONIC MOTOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A vibration type actuator comprising:a vibrator that includes a vibration plate and a piezoelectric element fixed to the vibration plate and vibrates due to a driving voltage;
a sliding member that frictionally contacts with the vibrator;
a pressing unit that presses the vibrator to the sliding member;
a base to which the vibration plate is fixed;
a holding member that holds the base;
a coupling unit that couples the base with the holding member in a relative movement direction between the vibrator and the sliding member due to the vibration, and moves the base with respect to the holding member in a direction of pressure of the pressing unit; and
a temporary fixing part that is formed at the base and the holding member and restricts a movement in the direction of pressure of the base and the holding member.

US Pat. No. 10,331,387

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a reader configured to read a document;
a memory configured to store image data of the document read by the reader;
a storage configured to store the image data transferred from the memory;
at least one hardware controller configured to:
reserve, in the storage, a storage area for storing image data of the document transferred from the memory;
store the image data of the document in the reserved storage area in the storage; and
read out the image data of the document from the reserved storage area; and
a printer configured to print an image on a sheet fed from a sheet holder based on the image data read out by the at least one hardware controller,
wherein the at least one hardware controller is configured to control a process in which the printer is able to start to feed the sheet from the sheet holder before the storage area is reserved.

US Pat. No. 10,330,901

ZOOM LENS, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING THE ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM HAVING THE ZOOM LENS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:a first lens unit having a negative refractive power, an aperture stop, a second lens unit having a positive refractive power, and a rear lens group having a positive refractive power, wherein
the first lens unit includes a positive lens,
the rear lens group includes a lens unit LN having a negative refractive power and a lens unit LP having a positive refractive power,
during zooming, the first lens unit does not move, the second lens unit moves so as to be closer to the object side at a telephoto end than at a wide-angle end, the lens unit LP moves so as to be closer to the image side at the telephoto end than at the wide-angle end, and an interval between every adjacent two of the lens units changes, and
the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
1.1<|M2|/f2<3.0,
0.15<|Mp|/fp<0.50,
1.96 10.0

US Pat. No. 10,334,265

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A moving image encoding apparatus comprising:an encoding unit configured to perform predictive encoding for an encoding target image on a block basis;
a decoding unit configured to generate a decoded image by decoding the target image having undergone the predictive encoding;
a filter unit configured to apply deblocking filtering to the decoded image; and
an offset processing unit configured to perform an offset processing for the decoded image having undergone the deblocking filtering,
wherein the encoding unit performs the predictive encoding based on the decoded image having undergone the offset processing by the offset processing unit,
wherein the offset processing unit selects and executes a first offset processing for a low-frequency component image when an image of the block has a feature associated with the low-frequency component image in accordance with a feature of an image of a processing target block, and selects and executes a second offset processing for a high-frequency component image when an image of the block does not have a feature associated with the low-frequency component image,
wherein the apparatus further comprises:
(a) a counting unit configured to count a number of pixels, for each selected band of a plurality of bands, of the processing target block of the decoded image having undergone the deblocking filtering, whose pixel values belongs to the selected band, wherein the plurality of bands are obtained by dividing, into a plurality of portions, a range of values which pixel values are configured to take; and
(b) a decision unit configured to decide a starting band position of a predetermined number of consecutive bands of the plurality of bands, wherein the number of pixels included in the consecutive bands is the largest, and
wherein the offset processing unit selects the first offset processing when the number of pixels included in the predetermined number of bands from the decided starting band position is not less than a second threshold, and selects the second offset processing when the number of pixels included in the predetermined number of bands from the decided starting band position is less than the second threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,333,774

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT COOPERATES WITH MANAGEMENT SERVER, METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that communicates with a management server, the image forming apparatus comprising:an operation unit;
a memory storing first instructions related to software for communicating with the management server and second instructions related to an application for display control, and
at least one hardware processor executing the second instructions causing the image forming apparatus to:
acquire message list information from the management server;
control to display a message list on the operation unit based on the acquired message list information, and
store first time information indicating a time when the message list has been displayed on the image forming apparatus, and
wherein the at least one hardware processor executes the first instructions causing the image forming apparatus to:
periodically make an inquiry about an instruction to the management server; and
store second time information about a registered time of the message acquired from the management server as a result of the inquiry, and
acquire the second time information stored by the software;
determine whether or not to display a notification indicating that a message has arrived, based on the acquired second time information and the first time information; and
control the notification indicating that a message has arrived to be displayed in a predetermined display area on the operation unit in accordance with a determination that the notification is displayed in a case where the registered time indicated by the acquired second time information is newer than the time indicated by the first time information, and
wherein the notification indicating that the message has arrived is not displayed in the predetermined display area on the operation unit in a case where the registered time indicated by the acquired second time information is not newer than the time indicated by the first time information.

US Pat. No. 10,332,246

INSPECTION METHOD, INSPECTION APPARATUS, PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM FOR DETECTING DEFECTS OF A WORK

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inspection method in which a processing unit controls imaging timing of an imaging apparatus that picks up an image of a work, controls an operation of a moving apparatus for moving at least one of the work and the imaging apparatus, and inspects the work based on an imaging result of the imaging apparatus, the inspection method comprising:a moving process in which the processing unit makes the moving apparatus operate according to path data, and changes a relative position between the work and the imaging apparatus;
an image acquiring process in which the processing unit makes the imaging apparatus pick up, at a plurality of imaging times, the image of a same inspection region of the work, while changing the relative position between the work and the imaging apparatus in the moving process, and acquires a plurality of images;
a position calculating process in which the processing unit determines the relative position between the work and the imaging apparatus, at each imaging time, of the plurality of imaging times, when having made the imaging apparatus pick up, at the plurality of imaging times, the image of the work; and
an identifying process in which the processing unit inspects, at a plurality of inspection times, the same inspection region of the work from each of the images, and identifies, in response to detection of a defect in the inspection region, a position of the defect in the work, based on the relative position between the work and the imaging apparatus at a time of picking up the image during which the defect is detected.

US Pat. No. 10,333,783

DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHODS FOR THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A data processing apparatus comprising:a processor; and
a memory storing programs that, when executed by the processor, causes the processor to function as:
a communication unit configured to communicate with an external apparatus, using any of a plurality of communication manners including a first connection manner via a network and a second connection manner that is different from the first connection manner;
a search unit configured to search for an external apparatus capable of executing a predetermined function for transmitting an image;
a selection unit configured to select an external apparatus found in the search by the search unit as a connection-target device; and
a control unit configured to determine if the selected external apparatus has been connected to previously such that, in a case where it is determined that the external apparatus selected by the selection unit has been connected to previously and image data has been transmitted to the external apparatus previously, the communication unit is controlled to communicate with the external apparatus using the first connection manner, and
in a case where it is determined that image data has not been transmitted to the external apparatus previously, the communication unit is controlled to communicate with the external apparatus using the second connection manner,
wherein in the first connection manner the control unit controls the external apparatus to start up an application, and to perform communication via a wireless network formed by an access point and to make a plurality of functions including the predetermined function executable using the application, and in the second connection manner the control unit controls the external apparatus to perform communication by a direct connection without starting up the application, and to make the predetermined function executable.

US Pat. No. 10,332,259

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more memories storing instructions, when executed by the one or more processors, causing the image processing apparatus to function as:
an input unit configured to input image data representing a plurality of images obtained by photographing the same object from a plurality of viewpoints that are mutually different;
an estimation unit configured to estimate first information indicating a disparity map comprising a magnitude of a disparity between the plurality of images by comparing image regions each having a first size between the plurality of images;
a deriving unit configured to derive an evaluation value indicating a degree of reliability for each pixel position of the disparity map;
a determination unit configured to determine whether the degree of reliability reaches a predetermined standard; and
an identifying unit configured to identify image regions of the plurality of images whose degree of reliability has not reached the predetermined standard as image regions to be subjected to disparity estimation by comparing image regions each having a second size, which is different from the first size, between the plurality of images, based on the derived evaluation value,
wherein the estimation unit further estimates second information indicating a magnitude of a disparity between the plurality of images in the image regions identified by the identifying unit by comparing the image regions each having the second size between the plurality of images.

US Pat. No. 10,332,783

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE, AND SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a semiconductor device, the method comprising:arranging an insulation film on a substrate;
forming a hole in the insulation film;
first exposing for exposing a first portion of a photoresist arranged on the insulation film;
second exposing for exposing a second portion of the photoresist after the first exposing;
forming a resist pattern by developing the photoresist after the first exposing and the second exposing;
forming a trench in the insulation film in accordance with etching the insulation film using the resist pattern as a mask; and
embedding a conductor in the hole and the trench,
wherein the trench includes a first trench corresponding to a first pattern of the resist pattern, the first pattern being formed by the exposing of the first portion, and a second trench corresponding to a second pattern of the resist pattern, the second pattern being formed by the exposing of the second portion,
wherein, in the embedding of the conductor, both the first trench and the second trench communicate with the hole, the hole comprises a part that is deeper than the first trench and the second trench, and the conductor comprises a portion in the part of the hole, and
wherein, in a plan view, an inner edge of the part of the hole surrounds the portion of the conductor and does not surround an insulator.

US Pat. No. 10,332,275

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:an acquisition unit configured to acquire an image, including a measurement target object, captured by an image capturing apparatus;
a storage unit configured to store information about a plurality of geometric features constituting a three-dimensional model of the measurement target object;
a setting unit configured to set, in a case where the plurality of geometric features is associated with a plurality of image features in the image, a flag for the geometric feature that may correspond to the image feature caused by a shadow of the measurement target object;
an association unit configured to associate the plurality of geometric features with the plurality of image features detected from the image, based on an approximate position and orientation of the measurement target object and the flag set by the setting unit; and
a derivation unit configured to derive a position and orientation of the measurement target object based on a result of the association by the association unit.

US Pat. No. 10,328,696

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:a plurality of ejection ports;
a plurality of pressure chambers each communicating with each of the ejection ports;
a piezoelectric actuator constituting part of walls of the pressure chambers;
a common liquid chamber for containing liquid to be supplied to the plurality of pressure chambers;
an opposing wall interposed between the pressure chambers and the common liquid chamber, the opposing wall having an upper surface functioning as one of the walls of the pressure chambers; and
a reinforcing portion having at least one sidewall interconnecting an upper surface and lower surface of the common liquid chamber that supports a lower surface of the opposing wall,
wherein the pressure chambers and the common liquid chamber are arranged in an opposing configuration with respect to each other,
wherein the common liquid chamber is provided in a first manifold plate and a second manifold plate,
wherein the reinforcing portion includes a first reinforcing portion provided in the first manifold plate and a second reinforcing portion provided in the second manifold plate, and the first reinforcing portion and the second reinforcing portion are in contact with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,325,378

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:an acquisition unit configured to acquire pieces of silhouette image data of an object viewed from multiple different viewpoints;
a generation unit configured to generate, from the pieces of silhouette image data, pieces of low-resolution data representing images with a resolution lower than the pieces of silhouette image data; and
an estimation unit configured to, by performing, for a plurality of line segments in space containing the object, processing in which, after a line segment in the space is projected onto a piece of low-resolution data to calculate a first intersection of the line segment with the object, the line segment is projected onto a piece of silhouette image data to calculate a second intersection of the line segment with the object, calculate intervals over which the plurality of line segments intersect the object and estimate a shape of the object.

US Pat. No. 10,326,941

IMAGE GENERATING APPARATUS, IMAGING OBSERVING APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image generating apparatus comprising:a first generator configured to obtain a first image using a first camera with a first angle of view;
a second generator configured to obtain a second image using a second camera with a second angle of view wider than the first angle of view; and
a generator configured to generate an observation image, using the first image and the second image, that is observable as a double image where the first image and the second image are overlapped on each other in an area that contains a center of the first image.

US Pat. No. 10,324,667

PROGRAM PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A program processing apparatus that executes a plurality of threads, comprising:a memory storing a control program; and
a multi-core processor that includes a plurality of processor cores and respective caches for the plurality of processor cores, wherein when the control program is executed by the multi-core processor it causes the multi-core processor to perform a method comprising:
storing an identifier of a generated thread;
setting an operation state to be an activation processing state, when a specific program starts activation processing of an application program, and setting the operation state to be an activation processing complete state, after completion of the activation processing of an application program that is being executed, wherein the application program continues to execute after the activation processing state completes; and
while the operation state is the activation processing state, fixedly allocating a generated thread of the specific program to a specific processor core, and after the operation state is set to the activation processing complete state, allocating the generated thread of the specific program to a plurality of processor cores determined by an operating system,
wherein the same data is not cached in the respective caches for the plurality of processor cores by fixedly allocating the generated thread of the specific program to the specific processor core while the operation state is the activation processing state.

US Pat. No. 10,325,692

X-RAY DIFFRACTIVE GRATING AND X-RAY TALBOT INTERFEROMETER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An X-ray Talbot interferometer comprising:an X-ray diffractive grating including a phase advance portion including a grating material and a plurality of phase delay portions arranged in a two-dimensional grating pattern; and
an X-ray detector,
wherein a thickness of the phase delay portions is less than that of the phase advance portion,
wherein an area occupancy of the phase delay portions hexagonally arranged in a hole-array manner in the X-ray diffractive grating is 15% or more but less than 45%, and
wherein a visibility value of an interference pattern in downstream of the X-ray diffractive grating is 0.2 or more at a range between 20 keV and 40 keV in an X-ray energy.

US Pat. No. 10,324,027

ELASTIC WAVE RECEIVING APPARATUS, ELASTIC WAVE RECEIVING METHOD, PHOTOACOUSTIC APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoacoustic wave receiving apparatus comprising:a supporting member configured to support a subject;
a scanning light source located opposing the subject via the supporting member and configured to irradiate the subject with pulsed light;
a scanning probe acoustically and slidably in contact with the supporting member and configured to receive a photoacoustic wave propagated from the subject via the supporting member and output an electric signal;
a driving unit configured to move said scanning probe and said scanning light source along the supporting member;
a drive controlling unit including a memory and a pulse generator that supplies a drive pulse signal to said driving unit configured to control a movement of said scanning probe; and
a load estimation unit configured to estimate a scanning load generated due to an acoustic contact between the scanning probe and the supporting member,
wherein said drive controlling unit corrects the drive pulse signal based on an estimated scanning load in a feedforward control using the following load correction function:
C(t)=k{f(t)?g(t)},where k is a positive constant, f(t) is a target position and g(t) is an actual measurement position of the probe at time t.

US Pat. No. 10,325,572

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND DISPLAY METHOD FOR SORTING AND DISPLAYING FONT PRIORITY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:at least a processor and at least a memory coupled to the at least the processor and having stored thereon instructions, when executed by the at least the processor, and cooperating to act as:
a receiving unit configured to receive user identification information;
a display unit configured to display characters;
a user language holding unit configured to hold a list of display languages associated with each of plural pieces of user identification information;
a device language holding unit configured to hold language information about a display language used in a region where the information processing apparatus is installed; and
a font priority list control unit configured to generate a font priority list that is a new list indicating priority orders of languages to be displayed on the information processing apparatus on a basis of the list of display languages held by the user language holding unit and the language information held by the device language holding unit in response to user's logging in to the information processing apparatus,
wherein the font priority list is generated such that, by shifting priority orders of display languages of second highest and subsequent priorities in the list held by the user language holding unit, a priority order of the display language held by the device language holding unit has the second highest priority in the list, and
wherein, in the font priority list, the display language held by the device language holding unit, which has the second highest priority in the font priority list, does not overlap with the other languages in the font priority list.

US Pat. No. 10,324,582

MEDICAL IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A medical image display apparatus for displaying a thumbnail image corresponding to medical image data, and displaying the medical image data in a display area upon selection of the thumbnail image, comprising:a determination unit configured to determine a display method of the medical image data in the display area, based on a divided area specified by a designated position in the thumbnail image when the thumbnail image is selected by a user, wherein the thumbnail image is divided into a plurality of divided areas; and
a display control unit configured to display the medical image data in the display area, according to the display method determined by the determination unit,
wherein the determination unit associates a plurality of partial areas obtained by dividing the display area and the plurality of divided areas, and
determines the display method such that the medical image data is displayed in a partial area in the display area associated with a divided area to which the designated position belongs.

US Pat. No. 10,325,355

VIDEO SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS, VIDEO SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A video signal processing apparatus comprising:a processor; and
a memory containing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform operations comprising:
performing gamma correction on a video signal using a gamma characteristic selected from among a plurality of gamma characteristics; and
processing contour comprising calculating, in a case where a first gamma characteristic used in the gamma correction is changed to a second gamma characteristic by selection of the gamma characteristic, and based on a ratio of a slope between a gamma curve of the first gamma characteristic and a gamma curve of the second gamma characteristic, a contour correction characteristic corresponding to the second gamma characteristic and performing contour correction using the contour correction characteristic on the video signal.

US Pat. No. 10,318,816

METHOD, SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR SEGMENTING AN IMAGE SET TO GENERATE A PLURALITY OF EVENT CLUSTERS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A computer implemented method of segmenting an image set to generate a plurality of event clusters, each event cluster including at least one image from the image set, said method comprising:accessing, using one or more computer processors, the image set having time metadata corresponding to each image in the set;
determining, using the one or more computer processors, a time interval between each pair of neighbouring images in the image set, the neighbouring images in each of said pairs being adjacent in a time ordered sequence, said time interval for each of said pairs being determined from time metadata associated with each image in the pair;
determining, using the one or more computer processors, an adjustment value for one or more of the determined time intervals based on at least one of predetermined time of day information and calendar information, wherein the adjustment value is determined based on at least one of the group consisting of:
overlap of the time interval and one or more predetermined date and time of day periods; and
non-overlap of the time interval and one or more predetermined date and time of day periods; and
segmenting, using the one or more computer processors, the images in the image set to generate the plurality of event clusters, wherein segmentation boundaries for each event cluster are determined using at least the determined adjustment value.

US Pat. No. 10,319,867

ELECTRONIC COMPONENT, MANUFACTURING METHOD OF ELECTRONIC COMPONENT, AND ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic component comprising:a base member;
an electronic device fixed on the base member; and
a lid member arranged over the electronic device and fixed on the base member,
wherein a primary material of the lid member is a crystal quartz,
wherein the lid member has two primary faces opposing to the electronic device and four side faces, and
wherein each of the four side faces is a wet-etched face that is not parallel to an optical axis of the crystal quartz.

US Pat. No. 10,317,589

OPTICAL LOW-PASS FILTER AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical low-pass filter that is arranged on an object side of an image sensor in an image pickup apparatus and has an unevenness shape having a two-dimensional random structure with no specific periodicity in any direction, wherein the following conditions are satisfied:5.0 ?m??z?80.0 ?m;
1.25?Ps/?20.0; and
0.05?I1/I0?1?2.5(?r/(2×4·Ps)),
where ?z represents a distance between the optical low-pass filter and the image sensor, Ps represents a pixel pitch of the image sensor, represents an average pitch of the unevenness shape, I0 represents a highest peak intensity of autocorrelation of a shape height from a design surface of the optical low-pass filter in an arbitrary square region of 4·Ps×4·Ps in a surface on which the unevenness shape is formed, I1 represents a second highest peak intensity, and ?r represents a distance from an origin of a second highest peak.

US Pat. No. 10,317,880

PRINT DATA DIVIDING APPARATUS, AND RELATED PROGRAM AND RECORDING MEDIUM, THAT DETERMINE A SHAPE OF A JOINT PORTION OF A TARGET AREA AND GENERATE THREE-DIMENSIONAL SHAPE DATA FOR DIVISION PRINTING OF THE TARGET AREA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A print data dividing apparatus comprising:(A) a memory that stores instructions; and
(B) at least one processor operatively coupled to the memory, and configured to execute the instructions to function as:
(a) a dividing unit configured to divide three-dimensional (3D) image data, having image information and distance information, into a plurality of areas;
(b) a determining unit configured to determine a kind of a shape of a joint surface of a target area, among the plurality of areas, on the basis of (i) a position of the target area among all of the plurality of areas, and (ii) a thickness of the target area having the joint surface, the determining unit determining the kind of the shape of the joint surface of the target area such that the shape has a concave/convex portion and the joint surface is fitted to another joint surface of another area, of the plurality of areas, that is adjacent to the target area, and, on the basis of the thickness of the target area having the joint surface, the determining unit is further configured to determine that a joining process of joining the joint surface to the other joint surface to form a model is one of a half-lap joining process and an inclined joining process; and
(c) a generating unit configured to generate 3D shape data for division printing of the target area in which a joint portion, corresponding to the determined kind of the shape of the joint surface, has been provided for the joint surface.

US Pat. No. 10,314,558

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a receiver configured to receive a radiation image obtained by irradiating an object with a radiation;
an image processor configured to estimate a scattered radiation component included in the radiation image received by the receiver, based on a specific frequency component of an output of a first function and a specific frequency component of an output of a second function, the first function corresponding to an intensity of a scattered radiation including a multiple-times scattered radiation which is a radiation scattered a plurality of times in the object and the second function corresponding to an intensity of a single-time scattered radiation which is a radiation scattered once in the object; and
a transmitter configured to transmit a corrected image obtained by reducing the scattered radiation component estimated by the image processor from the received radiation image.

US Pat. No. 10,315,868

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus comprising:an apparatus body;
a feed member feeding a sheet;
a sheet storage member configured to be movable to an attachment position where the sheet storage member is attached to the apparatus body and to a draw-out position where the sheet storage member is drawn out of the attachment position, and comprising a first sheet storage portion in which a plurality of sheets to be fed by the feed member are stored and a second sheet storage portion in which a plurality of sheets are stored, the second sheet storage portion being provided upstream of the first sheet storage portion in a first direction that is in a horizontal plane, the sheets stored in the second sheet storage portion to be fed into the first sheet storage portion in a state in which the first sheet storage portion becomes empty of sheets;
a sheet detector configured to detect whether or not a sheet exists in the first sheet storage portion;
a sheet shifting portion configured to push upstream ends of the sheets in the second sheet storage portion in the first direction so as to shift the sheets as a sheet bundle in the second sheet storage portion to the first sheet storage portion in the first direction in a case where the sheet detector detects that the first sheet storage portion becomes empty of sheets, the sheet shifting portion being configured to position at a first position and a second position farther than the first position from the first sheet storage portion;
a driving motor configured to generate a driving force moving the sheet shifting portion in a state in which the sheet storage member is located at the attachment position; and
a moving portion configured to move the sheet shifting portion from the first position to the second position in a state in which the sheet shifting portion does not receive the driving force from the driving motor.

US Pat. No. 10,321,001

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a first detector configured to detect a size of a document set on a document stacking portion;
an automatic document feeder configured to convey the document set on the document stacking portion;
a second detector configured to detect a size of the document being conveyed by the automatic document feeder;
a scanner configured to read an image of the document being conveyed by the automatic document feeder and generate image data;
a setting unit configured to set a first setting value based on the size detected by the first detector before the image of the document is read by the scanner, wherein the setting unit sets a second setting value based on the size detected by the second detector;
an executing unit configured to execute image processing on the generated image data based on the set first setting value;
an image memory configured to store the image data on which the image processing has been executed by the executing unit;
a printer; and
a controller configured to control to read the image data stored in the image memory and transfer the read image data to the printer,
wherein, in a case where the size detected by the second detector does not match the size detected by the first detector and transfer of the image data by the controller has not yet been started, the controller controls the executing unit to execute image processing on the stored image data based on the set second setting value,
wherein, in a case where the size detected by the second detector matches the size detected by the first detector, image processing on the stored image data based on the second setting value is not executed,
wherein, in a case where the size detected by the second detector does not match the size detected by the first detector and transfer of the image data by the controller has been started, image processing on the stored image data based on the second setting value is not executed, and
wherein the setting unit and the executing unit are implemented by at least one processor.

US Pat. No. 10,315,365

THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECT MANUFACTURING METHOD, THREE-DIMENSIONAL SHAPING METHOD AND THREE-DIMENSIONAL SHAPING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a three-dimensional object, the method comprising:a step of forming the three-dimensional object including a structure and a support body; and
a step of removing the support body from the three-dimensional object, wherein
the step of forming the three-dimensional object comprises:
a step of generating slice data of the three-dimensional object, and a step of stacking a structural material constituting the structure and a support material constituting the support body based on the slice data, and
wherein the support body, the support material of which is stacked based on the slice data, has weakened parts for dividing the support body into a plurality of parts.

US Pat. No. 10,321,006

DOCUMENT READING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A document reading device comprising:a conveyer configured to convey a document sheet using a single drive source;
a reader configured to read an image of the document sheet which is being conveyed through a reading position by the conveyer; and
a controller configured to stop conveyance by the conveyer when a read request for a first document sheet, which is being conveyed upstream of the reading position in a document sheet conveyance direction, has not been received,
wherein the controller invalidates the image read from a second document sheet which is being conveyed downstream of the first document sheet in a case where a trailing edge of the second document sheet has not passed through the reading position at a timing when the conveyance by the conveyer is stopped because of the read request having not been received, and validates the image read from the second document sheet in a case where the trailing edge of the second document sheet has passed through the reading position.

US Pat. No. 10,321,011

COMBINING INPUT IMAGE WITH GENERATED IMAGE OF REGISTERED CHARACTER USING CHARACTER CODE TO GENERATE IMAGE TO BE PRINTED

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a printer engine;
a controller having a processor and a memory storing a program which is executed by the processor, the controller being configured to be able to:
set a first display language;
register a character for printing a corresponding pattern in a predetermined position in a page for printing in character code whose image is displayed using a first font associated with the set first display language;
after the registration, set a second display language different from the first display language;
input an image;
after the setting of the second display language, determine whether a second font associated with the set second display language is capable of generating an image of the registered character, by using the character code of the registered character and the set second font; and
if the determination determines that the second font is not capable of generating an image of the registered character, acquire a font which is capable of generating an image of the registered character by searching a plurality of fonts stored in the printing apparatus for the font by checking sequentially, until the font is found, the plurality of fonts one by one using the character code of the registered character;
generate the image of the registered character using the acquired font; and
merge the input image and the generated image of the registered character using the character code of the registered character which is different from the second display language to generate an image to print by a print engine.

US Pat. No. 10,313,589

IMAGING DEVICE HAVING AN IMAGE MODE SET ACCORDING TO A FILTER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging device including a lens group configured to form an object image, and an imaging sensor configured to convert the formed object image to an image signal, the imaging device comprising:one or more processors; and
memory storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the imaging device to perform operations including:
inserting and removing a plurality of optical filters to and from the lens group,
setting one of a first imaging mode, a second imaging mode, and a third imaging mode,
performing noise reduction processing on the image signal according to a set imaging mode,
switching a threshold based on the set imaging mode,
comparing an illuminance value of the image signal with the threshold to produce a comparison result, and
switching, based on the comparison result, two of the following: the first imaging mode, the second imaging mode, and the third imaging mode,
wherein the plurality of optical filters includes:
a first filter having a transmittance of a wavelength component in an infrared region that is smaller than a transmittance of a wavelength component in a visible region, and
a second filter having a transmittance of the wavelength component in the infrared region that is larger than the transmittance of the wavelength component in the visible region, and
wherein the first imaging mode inserts the first filter into the lens group, the second imaging mode inserts the second filter into the lens group, and the third imaging mode removes the first filter and the second filter from the lens group.

US Pat. No. 10,313,593

IMAGE STABILIZATION APPARATUS AND IMAGE STABILIZATION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An age stabilization apparatus comprising:an identification unit that, based on an angular velocity signal outputted from an angular velocity sensor, a motion vector calculated from a difference between frames of images outputted from image sensor, and a position signal indicating a position of a correction unit that corrects a shake optically, identifies an output variation of the angular velocity sensor; and
a conversion unit that converts the angular velocity signal into a shake correction amount signal by correcting the angular velocity signal based on the output variation identified by the identification unit,
wherein the output variation is a variation of a sensitivity and an offset of the angular velocity sensor, and
wherein the conversion unit converts the angular velocity signal into the shake correction amount signal by applying the variation of the sensitivity of the angular velocity sensor and the offset of the angular velocity sensor to the angular velocity signal;
each unit is implemented by at least one processor or circuitry, or combination thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,311,546

EDGE DETECTION APPARATUS AND EDGE DETECTION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An edge detection apparatus, comprising:a detection unit configured to detect a dispersion degree of gradation values of input image data whose resolution is lower than an output resolution;
a determination unit configured to determine detection sensitivity, which is edge detectability, based on the dispersion degree detected by the detection unit;
an edge detection unit configured to detect an edge from an input image based on the input image data, at the detection sensitivity determined by the determination unit; and
a scaling unit configured to output image data generated by converting the input image data to the output resolution in accordance with the detected edge, wherein
with respect to first and second cases in which the dispersion degree is lower in the first case than the dispersion degree in the second case, the determination unit determines a detection sensitivity that is lower in the first case and higher in the second case.

US Pat. No. 10,311,549

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a CPU; and
at least one memory, the CPU and the at least one memory cooperating to provide:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain image data captured by detecting radial rays via a grid disposed in front of a radiation detector while resetting odd-numbered lines or even-numbered lines of the radiation detector;
a calculating unit configured to calculate data lack information of the image data including grid components caused by the grid from a start of radial rays by an irradiating unit to detection of the radial rays by the obtaining unit, by calculating ratios of pixels in which data lack occurs in odd-numbered lines or even-numbered lines to pixels in which data lack does not occur using adjacent lines that are normal, wherein the data lack occurs in odd-numbered lines or even-numbered lines by resetting the odd-numbered lines or the even-numbered lines of the radiation detector;
a fitting unit configured to fit a model function representing data lack to the data lack information; and
a correcting unit configured to correct the image data using data lack information obtained by reducing grid components in accordance with the model function subjected to the fitting performed by the fitting unit.

US Pat. No. 10,311,595

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND ITS CONTROL METHOD, IMAGING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing device comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory storing instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the image processing device to function as:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a plurality of image data and a plurality of depth data corresponding to the plurality of image data, respectively;
a calculating unit configured to calculate first position and attitude changes for each depth from the plurality of image data and the plurality of depth data;
a grouping unit configured to calculate a frequency distribution of depths corresponding to the first position and attitude changes from each of the plurality of depth data, and group the plurality of depth data in a plurality of groups based on the frequency distribution;
a detection unit configured to detect motions in the plurality of image data;
a region calculating unit configured to estimate regions, which have a same motion;
a processing unit configured to calculate second position and attitude changes of the regions for each motion; and
a determining unit configured to determine a position and attitude change of a whole image for the plurality of image data by determining a static region based on data of the first position and attitude changes which respectively correspond to the plurality of groups obtained by the grouping unit and data of the second position and attitude changes.

US Pat. No. 10,313,649

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor or circuit configured to function as following units:
an image generation unit configured to generate one or more reduced images that are reduced in a stepwise fashion based on an input image, the input image and the reduced images forming hierarchized images;
a gain map generation unit configured to generate a gain map for each hierarchical level that represents a gain at each pixel position of an image, by applying a first tone characteristic to each of the hierarchized images and also further applying a second tone characteristic to at least one of the one or more reduced images; and
a composing unit configured to compose gain maps generated for each hierarchical level to generate a composed gain map that represents gain applied to each pixel position of the input image,
wherein the gain map generation unit applies, for each subject region, the first tone characteristic and the second tone characteristic to the at least one of the one or more reduced images, and
wherein the first tone characteristic and the second tone characteristic are mutually different tone characteristics associated with a respective subject region included in the input image.

US Pat. No. 10,308,021

PRINT ELEMENT SUBSTRATE, PRINTHEAD, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A print element substrate that includes a plurality of heaters and a plurality of temperature sensors provided in correspondence with a plurality of nozzles, the substrate comprising:a selecting unit configured to select one temperature sensor from the plurality of temperature sensors and output a temperature signal, and change the temperature sensor;
a determining unit configured to determine a discharge state of the nozzle based on the temperature signal output by the selecting unit;
an outputting unit configured to, based on a determination result output from the determining unit, externally output a signal indicating the discharge state of the nozzle corresponding to the temperature sensor selected by the selecting unit; and
a masking unit configured to, in accordance with a change of the temperature sensor by the selecting unit, mask the determination result output from the determining unit to the outputting unit for a predetermined time after the change of the temperature sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,313,145

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM INCLUDING A PRINTING SYSTEM THAT SUPPORTS A SEARCH FUNCTION AND A SEARCH RESULT SCREEN DISPLAY CONFORMING TO A SEARCH RESULT PRINTER FOUND

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

13. A method for controlling an information processing apparatus that executes an operating system (OS) including a printing system that supports a search function using a first search protocol as a standard, the method comprising:identifying, if a plug-in for the printing system is installed, a vendor that corresponds to the plug-in;
performing a search using the first search protocol; and
performing, if a search using a second search protocol is performed by the plug-in for the printing system, together with a first display conforming to a search result of one or more printers found by using the first search protocol, in which a printer of the identified vendor is excluded, a second display conforming to a search result using the second search protocol, which includes the printer of the identified vendor.

US Pat. No. 10,311,097

IMAGE RETRIEVING APPARATUS AND METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image retrieving apparatus comprising:an image obtaining unit configured to obtain a plurality of images and store the obtained plurality of images in a storage device;
a category obtaining unit configured to obtain respective categories to which the plurality of images obtained by the image obtaining unit belongs;
a basic searching unit configured to search for a specific image, which is an image that includes a specific object, from among the images stored in the storage device;
a counting unit configured to count a number of the specific images that include the specific object for each category obtained by the category obtaining unit;
a determining unit configured to determine whether or not an additional search for the specific image that includes the specific object is to be performed for a category among the categories obtained by the category obtaining unit, based on the number of the specific images that include the specific object of each category counted by the counting unit; and
an additional searching unit configured to search for the specific image that includes the specific object from among the images, stored in the storage device, which belong to the category for which it has been determined by the determining unit that the additional search is to be performed, the category for which it has been determined by the determining unit that the additional search is to be performed including no specific images including the specific object based on a result of the search performed by the basic searching unit.

US Pat. No. 10,311,612

DISPLAY DEVICE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display device comprising:a first display unit;
a second display unit arranged on a back side of the first display unit;
at least one processor; and
at least one memory storing at least one program which, when executed by the at least one processor, causes the display device to:
acquire first image data;
select automatically a display mode based on contents of the first image data;
control the first display unit to transmit light from the second display unit based on the first image data;
generate second image data corresponding to the first image data based on the selected display mode; and
control the second display unit so as to display an image based on the second image data, wherein
in a case where a first display mode is selected, the image displayed based on the second image data is blurred more than in a case where a second display mode is selected.

US Pat. No. 10,308,044

RECORDING APPARATUS AND RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording apparatus including a recording head, the recording head including a plurality of recording devices containing ink, first and second heating devices, and first and second detection devices, the recording devices each generating energy for ejection of the ink, the first and second heating devices respectively heating the ink in a vicinity of recording devices located at first and second positions of the recording devices, and the first and second detection devices respectively detecting temperatures in the vicinity of the recording devices located at the first and second positions, the recording apparatus comprising:an acquisition unit configured to acquire information relating to a representative temperature of the temperatures detected by the first and second detection devices;
a determination unit configured to determine whether the representative temperature or a first temperature threshold is higher;
a decision unit configured to decide an upper limit of driving power of each of the first and second heating devices, based on a determination result of the determination unit;
a recording control unit configured to drive the recording devices to control a recording operation; and
a heat control unit configured to drive each of the first and second heating devices to control a heating operation during the recording operation, based on the temperatures respectively detected by the first and second detection devices and a second temperature threshold that is higher than the first temperature threshold,
wherein the heat control unit drives the first and second heating devices to cause the driving power to be lower than the decided upper limit indicated by the representative temperature related information, and
wherein the decision unit decides the upper limit (i) so as to increase the upper limit in a case where the determination unit determines one time that the representative temperature is lower than the first temperature threshold, and (ii) so as to decrease the upper limit in a case where the determination unit consecutively determines N(N?2) times that the representative temperature is higher than the first temperature threshold.
US Pat. No. 10,310,396

METHOD OF PRODUCING TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of producing a toner comprising a toner particle, the toner particle containing:a resin particle containing a binder resin, and
a condensate of an organosilicon compound on a surface of the resin particle,
the toner production method comprising:
a condensation step of condensing an organosilicon compound given by formula (1) below in a surfactant-containing aqueous medium, in which the resin particle is dispersed, to obtain the toner particle, wherein
a surface tension of the aqueous medium in the condensation step is at least 35.0 mN/m:
Ra(n)—Si—Rb(4-n)  (1)wherein, in formula (1), each Ra independently represents a halogen atom, a hydroxy group, or an alkoxy group; each Rb independently represents an alkyl group, an alkenyl group, an aryl group, an acyl group, or a methacryloxyalkyl group; and n represents an integer from 1 to 4.

US Pat. No. 10,313,541

PRINTING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF IDENTIFYING USER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus that uses a job management unit configured to manage job information about a print job, a user management unit configured to manage user information about registered users, and a display unit configured to display information, the printing apparatus comprising:a printing unit configured to perform printing based on a print job, and
one or more controllers including a processor that executes a program or a circuit having a function, the one or more controllers configured to function as:
a display control unit configured to cause the display unit to display a user selection screen for selecting one of the registered users, the user selection screen on which a plurality of selection objects corresponding to the registered users are arrangeable, and the user selection screen having a plurality of display states including a first display state and a second display state, and
cause, based on user information associated with a selection object selected on the user selection screen, the display unit to display a job list screen capable of listing print jobs associated with the user information,
wherein, in the first display state, at least one object, among the plurality of selection objects, corresponding to a first user being one of the registered users is arranged on the user selection screen, and at least one object, among the plurality of selection objects, corresponding to a second user being one of the registered users is not arranged on the user selection screen, in a case where a print job associated with the first user is held and a print job associated with the second user is not held by the printing apparatus, and
wherein, in the second state, the at least one object corresponding to the first user and the at least one object-corresponding to the second user are arranged on the user selection screen, without depending on whether a job associated with the first user or a job associated with the second user is held or not held by the printing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,312,283

IMAGING DEVICE AND METHOD OF PRODUCING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging device comprising:a first region where a plurality of pixel circuits each constituting a light receiving pixel is arranged;
a second region where a peripheral circuit is arranged; and
a third region positioned between the first region and the second region,
wherein a semiconductor layer, a first wiring layer disposed over the semiconductor layer, and a second wiring layer disposed farther from the semiconductor layer than the first wiring layer are arranged in the first region, the second region, and the third region,
wherein the first region includes a first section having a square outline with a width of four sides being from 10 ?m to 100 ?m, and at least one of the plurality of pixel circuits is positioned in the first section,
wherein the third region includes a second section having an outline congruent with the square outline of the first section, and at least the one of the plurality of pixel circuits and the peripheral circuit in the second region is connected via a wiring included in at least one of the first wiring layer and the second wiring layer in the second section,
wherein an occupancy rate of the one of the first wiring layer and the second wiring layer in the second section to an area of the second section is from 0.5 to 1.5 times an occupancy rate of the one of the first wiring layer and the second wiring layer in the first section to an area of the first section, and
wherein a number of contacts connected to the semiconductor layer in the second section is larger than a number of contacts connected to the semiconductor layer in the first section.

US Pat. No. 10,313,824

AUDIO PROCESSING DEVICE FOR PROCESSING AUDIO, AUDIO PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An audio processing device comprising:a first low-pass filter unit configured to output a low-frequency component of a first right channel audio signal;
a second low-pass filter unit configured to output a low-frequency component of a first left channel audio signal;
a first subtraction unit configured to subtract an output signal of the second low-pass filter unit from the first right channel audio signal, thereby outputting a second right channel audio signal;
a second subtraction unit configured to subtract an output signal of the first low-pass filter unit from the first left channel audio signal, thereby outputting a second left channel audio signal;
a first addition unit configured to add up the first right channel audio signal and the first left channel audio signal;
a third low-pass filter unit configured to output a low-frequency component of an output signal of the first addition unit;
a first amplification unit configured to amplify an output signal of the third low-pass filter unit;
a control unit configured to control an amplification factor of the first amplification unit based on the second right channel audio signal and the second left channel audio signal;
a second addition unit configured to add up the second right channel audio signal and an output signal of the first amplification unit; and
a third addition unit configured to add up the second left channel audio signal and the output signal of the first amplification unit.

US Pat. No. 10,313,577

FOCUS DETECTION APPARATUS, FOCUS DETECTION METHOD, AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A focus detection apparatus that performs focus detection based on a phase difference method using signals output from an image sensor including a plurality of focus detection pixels, each focus detection pixel having a first photoelectric portion and a second photoelectric portion that share one microlens and receive light beams passing through different pupil regions of an imaging optical system, the focus detection apparatus comprising:a setting unit that sets one or more focus detection areas in which the focus detection is performed, such that a subject in an image formed on the image sensor is included therein;
a detection unit that detects whether at least one of a position and a size of the subject has changed;
a division unit that divides each of the one or more focus detection areas into a plurality of divisional areas in a preset first direction in accordance with a result of the detection by the detection unit; and
a focus detection unit that
for each divisional area, adds signals output from the first photoelectric portions included in the divisional area in the first direction, adds signals output from the second photoelectric portions included in the divisional area in the first direction, and obtains correlation amounts while shifting a pair of signals obtained through the addition relative to each other, and
adds the obtained correlation amounts of the divisional areas for each focus detection area, and performs the focus detection based on a result of adding the obtained correlation amounts,
wherein the division unit makes a divisor used in obtaining the divisional areas smaller when at least one of the position and the size of the subject has changed than when there is no change in the position and the size of the subject.

US Pat. No. 10,313,578

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging optical system capable of connecting to an image capturing apparatus capable of executing autofocus detection of an imaging optical system and to a detachable converter lens that is mounted on an image capturing apparatus capable of executing autofocus detection of an imaging optical system, the imaging optical system comprising:a storage that stores information for correcting a change in a focus state caused by aberration of the imaging optical system, wherein the information relates to an in-focus position of the imaging optical system for each of a plurality of different spatial frequencies;
a processor; and
a memory containing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform operations comprising:
converting the information stored in the storage based on a change in spatial frequencies caused by a magnification of the converter lens in a case where the converter lens is mounted.

US Pat. No. 10,313,582

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS WHICH SEPARATES IMAGES INTO GROUPS BASED ON IMAGE PICKUP CONDITION INFORMATION TO PERFORM A CORECTION ON IMAGES USING A SAME IMAGE RESTORATION FILTER WITH RESPECT TO EACH GROUP, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AN

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a memory that stores an optical transfer function;
one or more processors; and
a storage medium including instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the one or more processors to;
read a plurality of images;
analyze header information of the plurality of images to acquire image pickup condition information of each of the plurality of images;
generate an image restoration filter from the optical transfer function on the basis of the image pickup condition information so as to correct the plurality of images using the image restoration filter; and
separate the plurality of images into a plurality of groups based on the image pickup condition information to correct images included in each group using a same image restoration filter with respect to each group.

US Pat. No. 10,303,077

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT DETERMINES LIFETIME OF INTERMEDIATE TRANSFER BELT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a photoconductor configured to carry a toner image;
an intermediate transfer belt onto which the toner image carried on the photoconductor is transferred;
a metal transfer roller which is disposed to abut an inner peripheral surface of the intermediate transfer belt such that, when viewed in a thickness direction of the intermediate transfer belt, an abutting position between the metal transfer roller and the intermediate transfer belt does not overlap an abutting position between the photoconductor and the intermediate transfer belt, the metal transfer roller being configured to transfer the toner image carried on the photoconductor to the intermediate transfer belt at a transfer position when a voltage is applied from a power supply;
a detection portion configured to detect a current flowing when a voltage is applied to the transfer roller from the power supply; and
a controller capable of executing a mode in which a plurality of voltages higher than a discharge starting voltage is applied from the power supply to the transfer roller during a period other than a transfer period when the toner image carried on the photoconductor is transferred onto the intermediate transfer belt, the controller being configured to output information regarding a lifetime of the intermediate transfer belt based on a current flowing when the plurality of voltages is applied to the transfer roller.

US Pat. No. 10,303,079

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic member having an electro-conductive resin layer, the resin layer comprising a resin and an anion, the resin having at least one cationic structure selected from the group consisting of formulae (1), (2) and (3)whereinthe resin further comprises a structure of at least one of formulae (4) and (5)
*—X1—*  (4)
where “*” represents a binding moiety for the nitrogen cation in said at least one structure selected from formulae (1), (2) and (3),
X1 represents at least one structure selected from the group consisting of formulae (X101) to (X105)
—R1—  (X101)
where R1 represents a divalent saturated or unsaturated hydrocarbon group having a linear moiety having at least 4 carbon atoms,

where R2 and R3 independently represent a divalent hydrocarbon group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms, R4 represents a hydrocarbon group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms, and d1 represents 0 or 1,

where R5 and R6 independently represent a divalent hydrocarbon group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms, R7 represents a hydrocarbon group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms, and d2 represents 0 or 1,
—R8?O—R9?n1  (X104)
where R8 and R9 independently represent a divalent hydrocarbon group having 2 to 4 carbon atoms, and n1 represents an integer of 1 to 4,

where R10 and R11 independently represent a divalent hydrocarbon group having 2 to 4 carbon atoms, and R12 represents a hydrogen atom or a hydrocarbon group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms;
*—X2  (5)
where X2 represents at least one structure selected from the group consisting of formulae (X201) to (X205)
—R13  (X201)
where R13 represents a hydrocarbon group having 1 or more carbon atoms,

where R14 represents a divalent hydrocarbon group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms, R15 represents a hydrocarbon group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms, and d3 represents an integer of 0 to 2,

where R16 represents a divalent hydrocarbon group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms, R17 represents a hydrocarbon group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms, and d4 represents an integer of 0 to 2,
—R18?O—R19?n2O—R20  (X204)
R18 and R19 independently represent a divalent hydrocarbon group having 2 to 4 carbon atoms, R20 represents a hydrocarbon group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms, and n2 represents an integer of 1 to 4,

where R21 represents a divalent hydrocarbon group having 2 to 4 carbon atoms, and R22 and R23 independently represent a hydrogen atom or a monovalent hydrocarbon group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms.

US Pat. No. 10,303,080

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH IMPROVED TIMING FOR EMITTING BEAM DETECT LIGHT BEAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a plurality of photosensitive members;
a plurality of charging devices provided corresponding to the plurality of photosensitive members, respectively, and configured to charge the plurality of photosensitive members, respectively;
a plurality of developing devices provided corresponding to the plurality of photosensitive members, respectively, and configured to develop electrostatic latent images, formed on the plurality of photosensitive members, respectively, by using respective toners;
a transfer device including: an intermediate transfer belt onto which toner images formed on the plurality of photosensitive members are transferred; a plurality of rollers configured to rotate the intermediate transfer belt, and a transfer roller configured to form a transfer nip between the transfer roller and one of the plurality of rollers and to which a transfer bias is applied, wherein the toner images on the intermediate transfer belt are transferred onto a recording material at the transfer nip;
a light scanning apparatus configured to emit a plurality of light beams to form the electrostatic latent images on the plurality of photosensitive members, respectively,
wherein as an exposure unit for one of the plurality of photosensitive members, the light scanning apparatus comprises:
a light source configured to emit a light beam;
a rotary polygon mirror comprising a plurality of reflection surfaces configured to deflect the light beam emitted from the light source so that the light beam scans the one of the plurality of photosensitive members;
a drive motor which rotates the rotary polygon mirror, the drive motor including a rotary rotor to which the rotary polygon mirror and a magnet are fixed, wherein N poles and S poles of the magnet are alternately magnetized along a rotation direction of the rotary polygon mirror;
a beam detector configured to receive the light beam deflected by each of the plurality of reflection surfaces, and to generate a first signal indicating a scan starting position of the light beam on the one of the plurality of photosensitive members based on each reception of the light beam deflected by each of the plurality of reflection surfaces; and
a rotation sensor which generates a second signal in accordance with a rotation phase of the rotor in response to a rotation of the magnet in association with a rotation of the rotor,
wherein the image forming apparatus further comprises a controller which, until one of the plurality of charging devices starts charging the one of the plurality of photosensitive members for forming an image based on image data after a start signal for starting image formation is inputted, causes the rotor to rotate and causes the light source to emit the light beam continuously during at least one revolution of the rotary polygon mirror so as to cause the beam detector to generate the first signal and so as to cause the rotation sensor to generate the second signal,
the controller identifying, based on a phase relationship between the first signal and the second signal, a scan timing at which the light beam scans the beam detector during one revolution of rotation of the rotary polygon mirror,
the controller controlling, after the one of the plurality of charging devices starts charging the one of the plurality of photosensitive members, an emission timing of the light beam based on the scan timing so that the light beam scans the beam detector to generate the first signal without scanning the one of the plurality of photosensitive members,
wherein the phase relationship between the first signal and the second signal is obtained in a state in which the rotary polygon mirror is rotated at a first speed without applying the voltage to the one of the plurality of charging devices, and
wherein the emission timing of the light source is determined based on the phase relationship between the first signal and the second signal and a number of second signals in a state in which the rotary polygon mirror is rotated at a second speed higher than the first speed with the voltage being applied to the one of the plurality of charging devices.

US Pat. No. 10,303,081

CASING OF A LIGHT SCANNING APPARATUS, LIGHT SCANNING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A casing of a light scanning apparatus, the casing accommodating a rotary polygon mirror having a plurality of reflective surfaces and configured to deflect a light beam emitted from a light source, and an optical member including an imaging lens configured to image the light beam deflected by the rotary polygon mirror on a photosensitive member and a reflective mirror configured to guide the light beam deflected by the rotary polygon mirror to the photosensitive member, the casing comprising:a plurality of first seat surfaces arranged on a bottom surface of the casing to mount a first deflection portion to the casing, the first deflection portion including a first rotary polygon mirror, a first motor configured to drive the first rotary polygon mirror, and a first board on which the first rotary polygon mirror and the first motor are fixed; and
a plurality of second seat surfaces arranged on the bottom surface of the casing to mount a second deflection portion to the casing, the second deflection portion including a second rotary polygon mirror, a second motor configured to drive the second rotary polygon mirror and having a maximum number of revolutions per unit time that is higher than a maximum number of revolutions per unit time of the first motor, a second board on which the second rotary polygon mirror and the second motor are fixed, and a mounting portion configured to support the second board,
wherein at least one of the plurality of second seat surfaces is arranged outside of a region formed by connecting the plurality of first seat surfaces to each other,
wherein the second deflection portion includes a cover member to be mounted to the mounting portion,
wherein the second rotary polygon mirror, the second motor, and the second board are tightly sealed inside the mounting portion by the cover being mounted to the mounting portion, and
wherein the cover member has an opening on an extension line of a rotary center axis of the rotary polygon mirror.

US Pat. No. 10,303,083

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING LAYER THICKNESS REGULATING MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a developer regulating member made of a resin material and provided in non-contact with and opposed to a rotatable developing member for carrying and feeding a developer toward a position where an electrostatic image formed on an image bearing member is developed, the developer regulating member comprising:a base portion;
a regulating portion provided as a part of the base portion on a side opposing the rotatable developing member and configured to regulate an amount of the developer carried on the rotatable developing member;
an extended portion provided as a part of the base portion on the side opposing the rotatable developing member and extended from a most upstream end of the regulating portion toward an upstream side with respect to a rotational direction of the rotatable developing member; and
a rib portion provided as a part of the base portion on a side opposite from the side opposing the rotatable developing member, projected from the side opposite from the side opposing the rotatable developing member, and formed along a rotational axis direction of the rotatable developing member,
wherein the developer regulating member is provided separately from a developing container for accommodating the developer,
the method comprising:
an injecting step of injecting the resin material between a first split mold for molding at least the regulating portion and the extended portion of the developer regulating member and a second split mold for molding at least the rib portion of the developer regulating member;
a first separating step of separating the developer regulating member from the first split mold by moving the second split mold relative to the first split mold in a state that the resin material injected in the injecting step is solidified; and
a second separating step of separating the developer regulating member from the second split mold by pushing out the rib portion with an ejecting member penetrating through and moving relative to the second split mold in a state that the developer regulating member separated from the first split mold in the first separating step is held by the second split mold.

US Pat. No. 10,303,084

DEVELOPING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing apparatus comprising:a developing container configured to accommodate a developer containing toner and carrier;
a rotatable developing sleeve rotatably supported by said developing container and configured to carry the developer from said developing container;
a magnet provided in said developing sleeve and having a plurality of magnetic poles arranged in a circumferential direction; and
a regulating member provided opposed to said developing sleeve with a predetermined gap therebetween and configured to regulate a layer thickness of the developer carried on said developing sleeve,
wherein said magnetic poles include a first pole disposed opposed to said regulating member, and a second pole of the same polarity as said first pole, said second pole being disposed adjacent to said first pole upstream of said first pole in a rotational direction of said developing sleeve, said first pole is disposed such that a maximum value position at which a magnetic flux density in a normal line direction of said developing sleeve is a maximum is not less than 3° downstream in the rotational direction of said developing sleeve from a half peak center portion position which is a center portion position of a half-peak width of the magnetic flux density, and wherein said regulating member is disposed such that a position of said regulating member closest to said developing sleeve is upstream of the maximum value position with respect to the rotational direction of said developing sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,306,160

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus, comprising:a pixel array having a plurality of pixels arranged two-dimensionally therein, the plurality of pixels each including: a photoelectric converter that performs photoelectric conversion; a first charge holding section that holds a charge obtained due to a first charge accumulation by the photoelectric converter; and a second charge holding section that holds a charge obtained due to a plurality of times of second charge accumulations by the photoelectric converter; and
a controller, the controller generating a first image by a first signal which is based on the charge obtained by the first charge accumulation performed within a first time period corresponding to one frame of an image group, the controller generating a second image using at least a second signal which is based on the charge obtained by the plurality of times of second charge accumulations performed within the first time period, and the controller, in a first case where a time of the first charge accumulation is less than a predetermined time, generating the second image by the second signal without using the first signal, and in a second case where the time of the first charge accumulation is the predetermined time or more, generating the second image using the first signal and the second signal.

US Pat. No. 10,303,085

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:a support, an electrically conductive layer, and a photosensitive layer, sequentially,
wherein the electrically conductive layer contains a binder resin and a carbon black, a number average primary particle diameter of the carbon black is 200 nm or more and 500 nm or less, an average inter-particle distance of the carbon black is 200 nm or more and 600 nm or less, a coefficient of variation of an inter-particle distance is 1.2 or less, and SF-1 of the carbon black is 150 or less.

US Pat. No. 10,303,086

DEVELOPER SUPPLY CONTAINER AND DEVELOPER SUPPLYING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer supplying system comprising:a developer replenishing apparatus; and
a developer supply container detachably mountable to the developer replenishing apparatus,
wherein the developer replenishing apparatus includes:
a mounting device configured and positioned to demountably mount the developer supply container;
a developer receiver configured and positioned to receive developer from the developer supply container;
a driver configured and positioned to apply a driving force to the developer supply container; and
a single toggle configured and positioned to attract the developer supply container toward a mounting position when the developer supply container is being mounted to the developer replenishing apparatus,
wherein the developer supply container includes:
a developer discharging body;
a developer accommodating body configured and positioned to accommodate the developer;
a discharge opening, provided on the developer discharging body, configured and positioned to discharge the developer accommodated in the developer accommodating body from the developer discharging body;
a feeding portion, provided on the developer accommodating body, configured and positioned to feed the developer in the developer accommodating body toward the developer discharging body;
a gear configured and positioned to receive a rotational force from the driver for rotating the feeding portion; and
a projection to be toggled at each of lateral sides of the developer discharging body, the each projection to be toggled being projected in a direction perpendicular to a rotational axis of the feeding portion,
wherein the discharge opening is disposed between the gear and the projection to be toggled with respect to the rotational axis of the feeding portion and
wherein the toggle is rotatable about a horizontal axis that is perpendicular to the rotational axis of the feeding portion to attract both projections to be toggled into the mounting position, with a mounting operation of the developer supply container.

US Pat. No. 10,303,090

DEVELOPING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing apparatus comprising:a developer container comprising a first chamber in which a discharge port of developer is formed and a second chamber that forms a circulation path of developer with the first chamber;
a first conveyance screw disposed in the first chamber and comprising:
a conveyance portion configured to convey developer to a first direction toward the discharge port; and
a return conveyance portion disposed upstream of the discharge port in the first direction and configured to convey developer conveyed by the conveyance portion in a second direction that is opposite to the first direction;
a partition wall configured to separate the first chamber and the second chamber in the developer container with first and second communication ports, the first communication port being disposed on a downstream side in the first direction and configured to deliver developer from the first chamber to the second chamber, the second communication port being disposed on an upstream side in the first direction and configured to deliver developer from the second chamber to the first chamber; and
a partition member disposed in the first chamber above a discharge space communicated to the discharge port positioned downstream of the return conveyance portion in the first direction, and configured to divide a space within the first chamber in a gravity direction,
wherein the first conveyance screw is arranged such that an upstream end in the first direction of the return conveyance portion is overlapped with the first communication port,
the partition member is configured to extend from a wall portion on a downstream side of the developer container to a position corresponding to a downstream end of the return conveyance portion or to a position further upstream beyond the position corresponding to the downstream end of the return conveyance portion in the first direction, and
a surface, opposed to the first conveyance screw, of the partition member is positioned downward in the gravity direction than an upper end of the first communication port and upward in the gravity direction than the first conveyance screw.

US Pat. No. 10,304,371

LIQUID CRYSTAL DRIVE APPARATUS, IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING LIQUID CRYSTAL DRIVE PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid crystal drive apparatus configured to drive a liquid crystal element based on an input image, the liquid crystal element including a plurality of pixels, the apparatus comprising:a tone setter configured to set drive tones for each pixel of the plurality of pixels of the liquid crystal element based on a plurality of input tones of corresponding pixels of the input image;
a driver configured to control, depending on the set drive tones, a voltage applied to each corresponding pixel of the plurality of pixels of the liquid crystal element to a first voltage or a second voltage lower than the first voltage, in respective two or more sub-frame periods included in one frame period, to cause the corresponding pixel of the liquid crystal element to form a display tone; and
a temperature detector configured to detect a temperature of or around the liquid crystal element,
wherein the tone setter is configured to change the drive tones to decrease, as the detected temperature increases, a drive tone corresponding to a maximum input tone of the plurality of input tones at which a period in which the first voltage is applied in the two or more sub-frame periods is maximum,
wherein the change of one or more drive tones changes a total length of one or more first sub-frame periods, among the two or more sub-frame periods, in which the first voltage is applied to one or more corresponding pixels, and changes a total length of one or more second sub-frame periods thereamong, in which the second voltage is applied to one or more corresponding pixels, and
wherein, when the detected temperature is higher than a predetermined temperature, as compared with when the detected temperature is lower than the predetermined temperature, the tone setter is configured to set the drive tones to decrease the total length of the one or more first sub-frame periods and increase the total length of the one or more second sub-frame periods.

US Pat. No. 10,303,091

VOLTAGE DETECTION APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A voltage detection apparatus comprising:a first line and a second line configured to supply an alternating voltage that is input from an alternating current power supply to a load;
a transformer, in which a primary side and a secondary side are insulated from each other, the primary side connected in parallel with the first line and the second line, configured to output an output voltage from the secondary side of the transformer according to the alternating voltage supplied to the primary side;
a detection circuit configured to detect a frequency of the alternating voltage; and
a correction unit configured to acquire information corresponding to the output voltage and information corresponding to the frequency that is detected by the detection circuit, and that corrects the information corresponding to the output voltage according to the information corresponding to the frequency.

US Pat. No. 10,303,093

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT PROMPTS EXCHANGE OF A FIRST ROTATABLE MEMBER OF A FIXING PORTION BASED ON A ROTATION TIME OF THE FIRST ROTATABLE MEMBER OR A RECORDING MATERIAL LENGTH

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

6. An image forming apparatus comprising:(A) an image forming portion configured to form a toner image on a recording material;
(B) a fixing portion including:
(a) a first rotatable member;
(b) a second rotatable member, the first rotatable member and the second rotatable member being configured to form a nip therebetween for fixing the toner image, formed by the image forming portion, to the recording material; and
(c) a detecting portion configured to detect a temperature of the first rotatable member;
(C) a first acquiring portion configured to acquire a rotation time of the first rotatable member;
(D) a first accumulating portion configured to accumulate the rotation time of the first rotatable member acquired by the first acquiring portion after the rotation time is weighted on the basis of the temperature of the first rotatable member detected by the detecting portion;
(E) a second acquiring portion configured to acquire a length of the recording material with respect to a feeding direction of the recording material;
(F) a second accumulating portion configured to accumulate the length of the recording material acquired by the second acquiring portion after the length of the recording material is weighted on the basis of the temperature of the first rotatable member detected by the detecting portion; and
(G) a notifying portion configured to provide a notification prompting exchange of the first rotatable member on the basis of outputs of the first accumulating portion and the second accumulating portion.

US Pat. No. 10,303,094

FIXING DEVICE HAVING A FIXING NIP FORMED BY AN ELASTIC ROLLER AND A BACK-UP UNIT WITH A CYLINDRICAL FILM AND A FILM GUIDE INCLUDING A PLURALITY OF RIBS EXTENDING CIRCUMFERENTIALLY ALONG THE INNER PERIPHERY OF THE FILM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device comprising:(A) an elastic roller; and
(B) a back-up unit cooperative with said elastic roller to form a fixing nip therebetween, said back-up unit including:
(a) a cylindrical film contacting said elastic roller;
(b) a heat leveling member contacting an inner surface of said film to cooperate with said elastic roller to form a nip nipping said film; and
(c) a supporting member provided in an inside space of said film to support said heat leveling member, said supporting member including a groove for supporting said heat leveling member, wherein an edge of said groove with respect to a rotational direction of said film is protruded toward said elastic roller beyond a surface of said heat leveling member that contacts the inner surface of said film,
wherein an unfixed toner image is heat-fixed on a recording material at the fixing nip while feeding the recording material carrying the unfixed toner image at the fixing nip,
wherein said device feeds the recording material such that the unfixed toner image contacts said elastic roller,
wherein said film includes a layer of a thermoplastic resin material, and, when said device fixes the unfixed toner image on a small size sheet, a temperature of a non-sheet-passage-part of said film rises to a temperature that is greater than a glass transition point of the thermoplastic resin material, and
wherein a width of contact, measured in the rotational direction of said film, between the non-sheet-passage-part of said film and said heat leveling member is greater than a width of contact, measured in the rotational direction of said film, between a sheet-passage-part of said film and said heat leveling member, when the temperature of the non-sheet-passage-part of said film is greater than the glass transition point of the thermoplastic resin material.

US Pat. No. 10,305,402

MOTOR CONTROL APPARATUS, SHEET CONVEYANCE APPARATUS, DOCUMENT FEEDING APPARATUS, DOCUMENT READING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A motor control apparatus comprising:a driving circuit that includes a plurality of switching elements constituting an H bridge circuit, and to which a winding of a motor is connected;
a detector configured to detect a driving current flowing through the winding;
a voltage generator configured to generate a driving voltage for the driving circuit based on the driving current detected by the detector; and
a pulse generator configured to generate a first PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation) signal and a second PWM signal that control ON and OFF operations of the plurality of switching elements, the first PWM signal being generated based on both the driving voltage generated by the voltage generator and a first triangle wave that serves as a carrier wave, and including a pulse at a first level that is one of a high level and a low level, and a pulse at a second level that is the other one of the high level and the low level, and the second PWM signal being generated based on both the driving voltage generated by the voltage generator and a second triangle wave that is in antiphase with the first triangle wave, and including a pulse at the first level and a pulse at the second level;
wherein a driving voltage in a first period is smaller than a predetermined value and a driving voltage in a second period is greater than or equal to the predetermined value, the first period being a period in which the first PWM signal generated by the pulse generator is at the second level and including a timing when the detector detects the driving current, the second period being a period in which the second PWM signal generated by the pulse generator is at the first level and including a timing when the detector detects the driving current.

US Pat. No. 10,303,095

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT ACQUIRES A TEMPERATURE OF A HEATER IN A REGION IN WHICH A HEAT GENERATION MEMBER IS FORMED BASED ON A DETECTED RESISTANCE OF THE HEAT GENERATION MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:(A) a fixing unit configured to fix an image, formed on a recording material, to the recording material, the fixing unit including:
(a) a heater having:
(i) a first heat generation member; and
(ii) a second heat generation member controllable independently of the first heat generation member and formed in a region different from a region in which the first heat generation member is formed in a direction orthogonal to a recording material conveyance direction; and
(b) a temperature detection element configured to detect a temperature of the region in which the first heat generation member is formed of the heater;
(B) an energization control unit configured to control energization to the first heat generation member depending on the temperature detected by the temperature detection element,
(C) a resistance detecting unit configured to detect a resistance of the second heat generation member; and
(D) a temperature acquiring unit configured to acquire a temperature of the heater in the region in which the second heat generation member is formed based on the resistance detected by the resistance detecting unit,
wherein the image, formed on the recording material, is fixed to the recording material with heat from the heater.

US Pat. No. 10,303,099

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CONFIGURED TO EXECUTE A CALIBRATION PROCESS FOR A FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:(A) a correcting portion configured to correct gradation of inputted image data on the basis of a correction condition;
(B) an image forming device configured to form, on a recording material, a toner image corresponding to the image data corrected by said correcting portion;
(C) a fixing device configured to fix, on the recording material, the toner image formed by said image forming device, said fixing device being one of a plurality of fixing devices including:
(a) a first fixing device including a first pair of rotatable members forming a first nip under a first load, the first fixing device being configured to fix, on the recording material in the first nip, the toner image formed by said image forming device; and
(b) a second fixing device including a second pair of rotatable members forming a second nip under a second load that is less than the first load, and configured to fix, on the recording material in the second nip, the toner image formed by said image forming device;
(D) a mounting portion configured to selectively mount one of the plurality of fixing devices;
(E) a detector configured to detect a density of the toner image fixed on the recording material;
(F) an executing portion configured to execute a calibration process for generating the correction condition on the basis of a result of detection of a predetermined toner image by said detector, the predetermined toner image being a toner image that is formed, on the basis of predetermined data, on the recording material by said image forming device, and that is fixed by said fixing device mounted in said mounting portion, and the predetermined toner image forming a plurality of image regions different in density, said executing portion permitting execution of the calibration process when said fixing device mounted in said mounting portion is the first fixing device, and prohibiting the execution of the calibration process when said fixing device mounted in said mounting portion is the second fixing device;
(G) a receiving portion configured to receive an input of an execution instruction of the calibration process; and
(H) a notifying portion configured to provide a notification indicating non-execution of the calibration process with receipt of the execution instruction by said receiving portion when the second fixing device is mounted in said mounting portion.

US Pat. No. 10,304,895

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image pickup apparatus comprising:a photoelectric conversion unit including a first semiconductor region which is provided in a substrate;
a first transistor provided on the substrate;
a first insulating film covering a top surface and a side surface of a first gate electrode of the first transistor and including silicon nitride;
a first structure provided on the side surface of the first gate electrode with the first insulating film interposed between the first gate electrode and the first structure;
an interlayer insulating film provided over the first insulating film and the first structure;
a conductive layer electrically connected to the first transistor through a hole in the interlayer insulating film; and
a light shielding film provided between the first insulating film and the interlayer insulating film,
wherein in a cross-sectional view including the first insulating film and the interlayer insulating film, the first structure has a round surface on an opposite side to the first gate electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,303,107

IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming system comprising:an image forming apparatus configured to form an image on a recording member;
an operation unit configured to operate the image forming apparatus, the operation unit comprising an operation portion and a stand portion configured to be attached to the operation portion and to stand on a top surface of the image forming apparatus;
a cable configured to electrically communicate between the image forming apparatus and the operation unit, the cable being connected with the operation unit while a part of the cable is exposed from the image forming apparatus; and
an anchor portion provided on a rear side of the top surface of the image forming apparatus and configured to anchor the exposed part of the cable at a predetermined portion of the rear side of the top surface of the image forming apparatus,
wherein, in a state where the exposed part of the cable is anchored at the predetermined portion, a length of a free area of the cable, which is located on a free end side beyond the predetermined portion, is such a length that the stand portion is capable of standing at least at two positions of the top surface of the image forming apparatus, and that the operation unit cannot reach an installation surface of the image forming apparatus if the operation unit falls from the top surface of the image forming apparatus in a rear direction, and
wherein the cable has a strength capable of supporting the operation unit if the operation unit falls from the top surface of the image forming apparatus in the rear direction.

US Pat. No. 10,306,445

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more memories including instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the apparatus to:
transmit a first signal in a case where the communication apparatus is connected to first predetermined number of source devices defined by a Wi-Fi Miracast standard and where the communication apparatus is not connected to second predetermined number of sink devices defined by the Wi-Fi Miracast standard, the first signal indicating the communication apparatus operates as the source device;
transmit a second signal in a case where the communication apparatus is not connected to the first predetermined number of the source devices and where the communication apparatus is connected to the second predetermined number of sink devices, the second signal indicating that the communication apparatus operates as the sink device;
transmit a third signal in a case where the communication apparatus is not connected to the first predetermined number of the source devices nor to the second predetermined number of the sink devices, the third signal indicating that the communication apparatus operates as a dual-role device that is capable of operating both as the source device and as the sink device; and
establish a connection to an external communication apparatus that has responded to any of the first, second, or third signals.

US Pat. No. 10,303,114

IMAGE FORMING UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming unit detachably mountable to an image forming apparatus, the image forming unit comprising:a main assembly that includes an image bearing member and is insertable into the image forming apparatus;
a cover portion engageable with the main assembly of the image forming unit to cover the image bearing member; and
a locking portion movably provided on the cover portion and configured to lock the cover portion to the image forming apparatus,
wherein, in a case that the main assembly is between (i) an initial position in which the main assembly is positioned when the setting of the cover portion to said image forming apparatus is completed and (ii) a first position in which the main assembly is inserted into the image forming apparatus from the initial position by a first amount, the locking portion is positioned in an unlocked position in which the locking portion unlocks the cover portion from the image forming apparatus, and
wherein, in a case that the main assembly is between the first position and a second position in which the main assembly is inserted into the image forming apparatus from the initial position by a second amount that is larger than the first amount, the locking portion is positioned in a locked position in which the locking portion locks the cover portion to the image forming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,306,192

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS FOR DEMOSAICING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a signal processing circuit that obtains first image data and second image data, and executes demosaicing on the first image data by referring to the second image data, wherein a field of view of the second image data overlaps a field of view of the first image data, and resolution of the second image data is higher than that of the first image data, wherein:
each pixel value in the first image data corresponds to one color component out of a plurality of color components that constitute a color filter of an image sensor used for obtaining the first image data,
each pixel value in the second image data corresponds to one color component out of a plurality of color components that constitute a color filter of an image sensor used for obtaining the second image data, and
the signal processing circuit executes demosaicing on the pixel to be interpolated by referring to, out of values of pixels that constitute the second image data, a value of a pixel (i) at a first position corresponding to a position of a pixel to be interpolated in the first image data or pixel (ii) at a second position being closest to the first position.

US Pat. No. 10,303,117

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A SWINGABLY SUPPORTED DEVELOPING CARTRIDGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a main assembly;
a rotatable image bearing member;
a cartridge detachably mountable to said main assembly, said cartridge including a rotatable developer carrying member;
a first bearing provided in said cartridge and supporting said developer carrying member at one axial end of said developer carrying member, said first bearing being provided with a first regulated portion;
a second bearing provided in said cartridge and supporting said developer carrying member at the other axial end of said developer carrying member, said second bearing being provided with a second regulated portion;
a third bearing supporting said image bearing member at one axial end of said image bearing member, said third bearing being provided with a first regulating portion;
a fourth bearing supporting said image bearing member at the other axial end of said image bearing member, said fourth bearing being provided with a second regulating portion;
a first swingable member provided in said main assembly and engaged with one end of said cartridge in an axial direction of said developer carrying member when said cartridge is mounted in said main assembly, said first swingable member being swingable integrally with said cartridge; and
a second swingable member provided in said main assembly and engaged with the other end of said cartridge in the axial direction of said developer carrying member when said cartridge is mounted in said main assembly, said second swingable member being swingable integrally with said cartridge;
wherein said cartridge is swingable integrally with said first swingable member and said second swingable member to move between a first position in which said developer carrying member is contacted with or close to said image bearing member and a second position in which said developer carrying member is spaced from said image bearing member,
wherein said first swingable member is provided with a third regulated portion, and said second swingable member is provided with a fourth regulated portion,
wherein said main assembly is provided with a third regulating portion corresponding to said third regulated portion and a fourth regulating portion corresponding to said fourth regulated portion,
wherein when said cartridge is in the first position, said first regulated portion contacts said first regulating portion, said second regulated portion contacts said second regulating portion, said third regulated portion contacts said third regulating portion, and said fourth regulated portion is spaced from said fourth regulating portion.

US Pat. No. 10,306,455

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:a search unit configured to execute the Discovery Process specified by the Wi-Fi Direct standard to search a communication partner apparatus:
a decision unit configured to execute the Group Owner Negotiation specified by the Wi-Fi Direct standard with the communication partner apparatus discovered by the search unit to decide whether the communication apparatus operates as a Group Owner or a Client:
a connection unit configured to connect, based on the decision by the decision unit, to the communication partner apparatus according to the Wi-Fi Direct standard:
a determination unit configured to determine whether the connection by the connection unit has been disconnected: and
a control unit configured to control the communication apparatus such that, in a case where it is determined, by the determination unit, that the connection has been disconnected while the communication apparatus operates as the Group Owner, the communication apparatus continues to operate as the Group Owner, and, in a case where it is determined, by the determination unit, that the connection has been disconnected while the communication apparatus operates as the Client, the communication apparatus stops an use of an IP address which was used in a communication with the communication partner apparatus connected by the connection unit and starts a search by the search unit.

US Pat. No. 10,306,210

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:at least one memory storing a program of instructions; and
at least one processor configured to execute the program of instructions to implement:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire captured image data and depth map data representing a distribution of depth information of an object acquired from the captured image data;
a reduction unit configured to reduce the captured image data acquired by the acquisition unit in accordance with a data amount of the depth map data;
a correction unit configured to correct the depth map data by using the reduced captured image data; and
an enlargement unit configured to enlarge the corrected depth map data,
wherein each piece of depth information included in the depth map data corresponds to any one of a plurality of signal levels included in the reduced captured image data, and
wherein the correction unit corrects depth information before correction, the depth information before correction being a part of the depth map data, by using different depth information included in the depth map data, and
wherein a signal level of the reduced captured image data corresponding to the depth information before correction and a signal level of the reduced captured image data corresponding to the different depth information satisfy predetermined conditions, and
wherein a following formula is satisfied:
L2 where N is a data amount required for correction, C is a reduction ratio used for reduction of the captured image data performed by the reduction unit, U is an enlargement ratio used for enlargement of the depth map data performed by the enlargement unit, and L is a size of a filter used for correction of the enlarged depth map data performed by the correction unit.

US Pat. No. 10,305,961

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for executing a Web application, the information processing apparatus comprising:a memory storing instructions; and
a processor configured to implement the instructions to execute a plurality of tasks, including:
a registration task that registers function information, which indicates a function of the information processing apparatus, of each of a plurality of applications, including:
an application installed and executable in the information processing apparatus; and
the Web application;
an acquisition task that acquires user authority information corresponding to the function associated with the function information registered by the registration task;
a first determination task that determines, based on the user authority information acquired by the acquisition task, whether execution of an application by a user corresponding to the user authority information is permitted;
a display control task that controls user access to a user interface (UI) for instructing execution of the application based on a determination result of the first determination task;
an acceptance task that accepts a license file of an application to be executed in the information processing apparatus and a license file of an application for executing the Web application of a server; and
a second determination task that determines, based on the received license file, whether or not each of the application to be executed in the information processing apparatus and the application for executing the Web application of the server is usable.

US Pat. No. 10,304,168

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR CORRECTING DETERIORATION OF IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a memory storing instructions; and
a processor configured to implement the stored instructions to execute a plurality of tasks, including:
an acquiring task that acquires a plurality of captured images and an image capturing condition of each of the plurality of captured images;
a classifying task that classifies the plurality of captured images into groups, which include a first group and a second group, based on the image capturing condition of each of the plurality of captured images;
a calculating task that performs, after the classifying task has finished classifying all of a plurality of images belong to one of the first group or the second group:
first common calculation processing on the first group of images to generate first optical transfer function information or point spread function information for the first group of images; and
second common calculation processing on the second group of images to generate second optical transfer function information or point spread function information for the second group of images, the second optical transfer function information or point spread function information being different from the first optical transfer function information or point spread function information; and
an image restoring task that performs:
first restoration processing on the first group of images based on the first optical transfer function information or the point spread function information generated by the first common calculation processing; and
second restoration processing on the second group of images based on the second optical transfer function information or the point spread function information generated by the second common calculation processing.

US Pat. No. 10,302,125

SLIDING MEMBER AND SLIDING MECHANISM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sliding part comprising:a shaft; and
two or more intervening members, each located between the shaft and a bearing, and each being operable independently of the shaft and the bearing, the two or more intervening members having a first intervening member facing the shaft and a second intervening member having a surface facing the bearing,
wherein at least one surface of the two or more intervening members on a shaft side comprises a sliding surface under one of a radial load and an axial load, and
wherein a material for forming the first intervening member is different from a material for forming the second intervening member.

US Pat. No. 10,302,895

COMPOSITE PLASTIC LENS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A camera having a lens comprising:a resin lens including a convex surface, a surface on the side opposite to the convex surface, a side surface, a protrusion protruding from at least part of the side surface; and
a resin light-shielding holder configured to hold the resin lens,
wherein the resin lens is joined with the resin light-shielding holder at least at the protrusion on the side of the convex surface, and an interface of the resin light-shielding holder with respect to the protrusion on the side of the convex surface is inclined inward from an outer periphery of the lens in a direction approaching the surface on the side opposite to the convex surface; and
an angle F formed between the interface and a plane including a line orthogonal to an optical axis falls within a range from 5° to 80°.

US Pat. No. 10,302,896

OPTICAL PART, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE OPTICAL PART, AND CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical part comprising:a lens including an eyepiece-side lens surface, an objective-side lens surface opposing the eyepiece-side lens surface, and a side surface continuous between the eyepiece-side lens surface and the objective-side lens surface; and
a cylindrical holder configured to fix the lens on the eyepiece-side lens surface side, the cylindrical holder including a front surface present on the eyepiece-side lens surface side, a back surface opposing the front surface and present on the objective-side lens surface side, an inner peripheral surface continuous between the front surface and the back surface, and an outer peripheral surface continuous between the front surface and the back surface and opposing the inner peripheral surface,
wherein the inner peripheral surface of the cylindrical holder consists of a first region that is formed continuously from the front surface and is not in contact with the lens, and a second region that is formed continuously from the back surface and is in contact with the lens,
wherein the second region is formed to approach an optical axis of the lens in a direction from the front surface to the back surface, and
wherein the cylindrical holder is in contact with the lens only on the back surface of the cylindrical holder and in the second region.

US Pat. No. 10,304,690

FLUID DISPENSE METHODOLOGY AND APPARATUS FOR IMPRINT LITHOGRAPHY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of generating a fluid droplet pattern for an imprint lithography process, the method comprising:rotating a set of the fluid dispense ports arranged on a fluid dispense head in a fixed arrangement of at least two rows and at least two columns to a rotation angle to change a fluid droplet pitch in a first direction while the fluid dispense ports remain in the fixed arrangement, wherein the rotation angle is selected from a set of discrete rotation angles, and wherein the number of discrete rotational angles in the set of discrete rotational angles decreases as the number of columns increases;
moving a substrate and the set of the fluid dispense ports relative to each other in a second direction substantially perpendicular to the first direction; and
dispensing fluid droplets of a formable material onto the substrate while moving the substrate and the set of the fluid dispense ports relative to each other, wherein the fluid droplets of the fluid droplet pattern have the fluid droplet pitch in the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,304,182

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:an obtaining unit configured to obtain, on a basis of plural pieces of three-dimensional image data obtained by imaging an object at a plurality of different time points, a plurality of projection images obtained by projection from a plurality of different projection directions corresponding to projection images in accordance with a three-dimensional partial region where a pixel value is increased and a three-dimensional partial region where the pixel value is decreased at a second time point with respect to a first time point among the plurality of time points;
a display control unit configured to display the plurality of projection images on a display unit; and
a specification unit configured to specify a projection direction,
wherein the display control unit displays the projection image obtained by projection in the specified projection direction on the display unit.

US Pat. No. 10,304,205

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a computer executing instructions that, when executed by the computer, cause the computer to function as:
a moving object detection unit configured to detect a moving object from a moving image;
a detection unit configured to detect from the moving image a line corresponding to the moving object, wherein the line is a line in which one of end points of the line corresponds to a leading end position of the moving object; and
a determination unit configured to determine, based on a detection result of the detection unit, whether the moving object is a self-moving object.

US Pat. No. 10,304,206

SELECTING FEATURE PATTERNS AND CORRESPONDING LAYOUT POSITIONS FOR VIEWPOINT MEASUREMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a calculation circuit configured to obtain a feature distribution by calculating a distribution of features, existing in an environment, that can be used to measure a position and orientation of a measurement viewpoint;
a deciding circuit configured to decide on a feature pattern to be laid out and a layout position of the feature pattern in the environment that enable the obtainment of a feature distribution according to a criteria for measuring accuracy at which the position and orientation of the measurement viewpoint is calculated; and
a presenting circuit configured to present the feature pattern and the layout position of the feature pattern decided on by the deciding circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,300,640

IMPRINT APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus that molds an imprint material on a shot region of a substrate by using a mold on which a pattern is formed, comprising:a detection unit configured to irradiate a first mark of the mold and a second mark of the substrate with first light, detect the first light from the first mark and the second mark, and measure a position deviation between the first mark and the second mark;
a heating unit configured to irradiate the substrate via the mold with second light for heating, and heat the substrate to deform the shot region; and
a control unit configured to control alignment between the mold and the substrate based on the position deviation measured by the detection unit,
wherein during the alignment which is controlled by the control unit, the control unit is configured to cause the detection unit to detect the first light and measure the position deviation and the control unit is configured to cause the heating unit to heat the substrate by irradiating the substrate with the second light while the detection unit detects the first light and measures the position deviation, and
wherein a direction in which the detection unit receives the first light, a numerical aperture of the detection unit, a wavelength of the second light, and a direction of the second light which is incident on the substrate are configured to suppress detection of the second light reflected by at least one of the first mark and the second mark by the detection unit in the alignment during the heating of the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,300,643

MANUFACTURE METHOD OF LIQUID SUPPLY MEMBER AND MANUFACTURE APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A manufacture method of a liquid supply member configured by a plurality of constituting components including first and second constituting components for forming a liquid supply path between the first constituting component and the second constituting component, comprising:a first step of injection-molding the first constituting component between a first position of a first mold and a first position of a second mold and injection-molding the second constituting component between a second position of the first mold and a second position of the second mold;
a second step of opening the first mold and the second mold so that the first position of the first mold has the first constituting component and the second position of the second mold has the second constituting component to subsequently move the first mold relative to the second mold so that the first constituting component is opposed to the second constituting component;
a third step of closing the first mold and the second mold so that a first region surrounding a part in which the liquid supply path is formed in the first constituting component and a second region surrounding a part in which the liquid supply path is formed in the second constituting component are abutted to each other; and
a fourth step of allowing molten resin to flow to an outer side of the first and second regions,
wherein in the third step, one of the first region and the second region is pushed to the other when the first mold and the second mold are closed, and
wherein: D1+D2>D3,
where, in a state prior to the closing of the first mold and the second mold in the third step, D1 is a distance between the first region and a first face of the first mold abutted to a region at an opposite face of the first region in the first constituting component, and D2 is a distance between the second region and a second face of the second mold abutted to a region at an opposite side of the second region in the second constituting component, and
where, in a state where the first mold and the second mold are closed in the third step, D3 is a distance between the first face and the second face.

US Pat. No. 10,306,554

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus that causes an external apparatus to operate through a remote control, the communication apparatus comprising:at least one processor or circuit to perform the operations of:
a communication unit configured to wirelessly communicate with the external apparatus; and
an instruction accepting unit configured to accept an instruction of an operation for the external apparatus to execute,
wherein the communication unit:
establishes a wireless connection with the external apparatus upon the instruction accepting unit accepting the instruction, and transmits an operation command corresponding to the instruction to the external apparatus; and
disconnects the wireless connection with the external apparatus upon the external apparatus executing part of a series of operations corresponding to the operation command, without waiting for the remaining operations to be executed,
wherein in the case where the operation executed by the external apparatus is a shooting operation and the instruction accepting unit continuously accepts an instruction for the shooting operation,
the communication unit maintains the wireless connection with the external apparatus even after the external apparatus has executed part of the operations corresponding to the operation command,
wherein in the case where, after the instruction accepting unit has continuously accepted the instruction for the shooting operation, the instruction accepting unit no longer accepts the instruction,
the communication unit disconnects the wireless connection with the external apparatus after the instruction is no longer being accepted.

US Pat. No. 10,306,077

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:a memory storing instructions, and
at least one processor that, when executing the instructions, causes the image processing apparatus to:
permit a user to use the image processing apparatus, based on first authentication information which is input by the user;
receive, from the user, destination information for specifying a WebDAV server or a SMB server as a file server;
perform a connection confirmation for trying to connect to the file server using the received destination information;
register the destination information in an address book; and
transmit a file including image data to the file server using the registered destination information,
wherein, in a case where a first mode for transmitting image data using the first authentication information is set, the connection confirmation is performed using the destination information for specifying the file server and the first authentication information.

US Pat. No. 10,300,698

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising: a substrate; a heat generating resistor element arranged on the substrate to generate thermal energy for ejecting liquid; and a flow channel forming member for forming a flow channel for allowing liquid to flow therethrough, the flow channel forming member having a side wall surrounding at least part of the heat generating resistor element,the heat generating resistor element having a pair of oppositely disposed sides, a pair of electrical connection regions being formed on a substrate-facing surface of the heat generating resistor element in order to supply electric energy to the heat generating resistor element, the electrical connection regions extending along the respective sides of the pair of sides and separated from the respective sides of the pair of sides by a distance, and
the side wall having at least one concave corner comprised of a curved surface or a surface extending obliquely to the pair of sides, the heat generating resistor element having at least one convex corner facing the at least one concave corner of the side wall, the convex corner being rounded or chamfered.

US Pat. No. 10,306,082

SYSTEM, SERVERS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, FOR EXECUTING PROCESS WITH WEB APPLICATION, JOB PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A system including an application server, and a job processing apparatus,the job processing apparatus comprising:
at least one processor, wherein at least one of the at least one processor is configured to function as:
a display unit configured to display screen including a content provided by a server external to the job processing apparatus;
a request unit configured to request, to the application server, issuing a job for printing an image, through the display screen displayed by the display unit in accordance with a user operation to the job processing apparatus; and
the application server comprising:
at least one processor, wherein at least one of the at least one processor is configured to function as:
an issuing unit configured to issue the job according to the request of issuing the job,
wherein at least one of the at least one processor of the job processing apparatus is further configured to function as:
a receiving unit configured to receive a job; and
a performing unit configured to perform printing process for printing an image based on the received job,
wherein the performing unit is controlled so that,
if a job, which has been issued as a job to be processed by the job processing apparatus, is a first job issued through the display screen, the printing process, which has been required to the job processing apparatus based on the first job, is performed, and
if a job, which has been issued as the job to be processed by the job processing apparatus in a state where the display screen is displayed by the display unit, is a second job issued without going through the display screen, the printing process which has been required to the job processing apparatus based on the second job, is not performed, based on a fact that the job, which has been issued as the job to be processed by the job processing apparatus in the stage where the display screen is displayed by the display unit, is not the first job but the second job.

US Pat. No. 10,300,699

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD, LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head comprising:a recording element substrate having a first discharge port group, a second discharge port group, a third discharge port group, and a fourth discharge port group, each of which includes a plurality of discharge ports for discharging liquid,
wherein a sum of opening areas of the plurality of discharge ports included in the first discharge port group is larger than a sum of opening areas of the plurality of discharge ports included in the second discharge port group, and is smaller than a sum of opening areas of the plurality of discharge ports included in the third discharge port group and a sum of opening areas of the plurality of discharge ports included in the fourth discharge port groups;
a first flow path connecting a first liquid tank to the first discharge port group;
a second flow path connecting a second liquid tank to the second discharge port group; and
a third flow path connecting a third liquid tank to the third discharge port group and the fourth discharge port group,
wherein a flow resistance in the first flow path is smaller than a flow resistance in the second flow path and larger than a flow resistance in the third flow path, and
wherein a ratio of the flow resistance in the second flow path to the flow resistance in the third flow path is 4 or less.

US Pat. No. 10,306,084

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS ACQUIRING SETTING INFORMATION ASSOCIATED WITH USER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus capable of communicating with a server, comprising:a display device configured to display information; and
at least one controller configured to function as:
a unit configured to cause the display device to display an identification screen for acquiring user identification information;
a unit configured to, upon acquiring the user identification information, transmit a request based on the user identification information to the server;
a unit configured to, upon acquiring the user identification information, cause a screen transition from the identification screen to a next screen, wherein a predetermined message is displayed on the next screen later in response to receiving setting information from the server, wherein the setting information is information that corresponds to the user identification information and relates to a display method of the next screen; and
a unit that causes the display device to display the next screen whose display method has been changed on a basis of the setting information upon acquiring the user identification information after further display of the identification screen,
wherein the predetermined message is a message that prompts a user to perform an operation including a step of instructing for further display of the identification screen.

US Pat. No. 10,306,085

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus which executes individual processes for a plurality of documents, the apparatus comprising:a processor; and
a memory that stores a computer executable instructions, wherein the processor executes the computer executable instructions to perform;
dividing an area, that indicates progress status about all of the individual processes to be executed for the plurality of documents into individual areas, wherein the information processing apparatus executes at least two of the individual processes to be executed for the plurality of documents in parallel; and
displaying, in each of the divided individual areas, individual process statuses about each of the individual processes to be executed for the plurality of documents in parallel.

US Pat. No. 10,305,836

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus which is capable of receiving an e-mail as Internet FAX, comprising:a display;
a network interface;
a controller, including a memory which stores instructions and a processor which executes the instructions, the controller being configured to execute the following:
receive, via a user interface displayed on the display, settings for an e-mail received as the Internet FAX, wherein the settings include a predetermined storage destination, conditions and a transmission destination;
store image data attached to a received first e-mail in the predetermined storage destination according to the conditions included in the settings received via the user interface;
acquire first character codes included as text in the received first e-mail and first classification information which indicates an encoding type of the first character codes; and
generate, in a case where the image data attached to the first e-mail is stored in the predetermined storage destination included in the settings received via the user interface, a second e-mail having a multipart format including a first part and a second part; and
transmit, using the network interface, the generated second e-mail to the transmission destination included in the settings received via the user interface,
wherein, in the first part of the transmitted second e-mail, second character codes corresponding to notification information for notifying that the image data attached to the first e-mail has been stored in the predetermined storage destination and second classification information which indicates an encoding type of the second character codes are described, the encoding type of the second character codes corresponding to a language used by the communication apparatus,
wherein, in the second part of the transmitted second e-mail, the acquired first classification information and the acquired first character codes are described, and
wherein, if another received e-mail does not satisfy the conditions included in the settings received via the user interface, image data attached to the received e-mail is not stored in the predetermined storage destination and the second e-mail is not generated.

US Pat. No. 10,306,099

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND SEMICONDUCTOR INTEGRATED CIRCUIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

14. A semiconductor integrated circuit having a plurality of image processing units, a control unit configured to control the plurality of image processing units, and an interrupt unit configured to output an interrupt to the control unit, the circuit having:an external interface that receives an interrupt output from an external device; and
a switch unit configured to output an interrupt received by the external interface to one of the plurality of image processing units, wherein
one of the plurality of image processing units, to which the interrupt is input, outputs an interrupt to the interrupt unit in accordance with the interrupt being input from the switch unit.

US Pat. No. 10,306,101

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF ESTABLISHING CONNECTION WITH INTERNET BASED ON FIRST COMMUNICATION METHOD AND CONNECTION WITH EXTERNAL APPARATUS BASED ON SECOND COMMUNICATION METHOD IN PARALLEL, AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control method for an information processing apparatus, comprising:receiving a selection operation for selecting data from a user;
receiving the data selected on a basis of the selection operation via communication with the Internet based on a first communication method in a state that the information processing apparatus is operating in a first state, the first state being a state in which a first connection with the Internet based on the first communication method and a second connection with an external apparatus based on a second communication method are established in parallel and in which the first communication with the Internet based on the first communication method is possible and second communication with the external apparatus based on the second communication method is not possible;
switching, after receiving the data selected on a basis of the selection operation, the state of the information processing apparatus from the first state to a second state while the information processing apparatus maintains the connection with the Internet based on the first communication method and the connection with the external apparatus based on the second communication method in parallel, the second state being a state in which the first connection and the second connection are established in parallel and in which the second communication is possible and the first communication is not possible, the switching being performed while the information processing apparatus maintains the first connection and the second connection in parallel; and
transmitting, while the information processing apparatus is operating in a second state, the data, which has been selected on a basis of the selection operation and acquired via the communication with the Internet based on the first communication method, to the external apparatus via the communication with the external apparatus based on the second communication method.

US Pat. No. 10,306,103

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a platen glass on which a document is to be placed;
a reader configured to read the document;
a document feeder configured to convey the document on a tray;
a printer configured to print an image based on an image forming condition; and
a controller configured to:
cause the printer to form a test image on a sheet;
cause the reader to read the test image; and
generate the image forming condition based on a result of the reader reading the test image formed on the sheet,
wherein the reader has a first reading mode for reading the document placed on the platen glass and a second reading mode for reading the document being conveyed by the document feeder,
wherein in a case where the test image is formed on a sheet of a first type, the test image on the sheet of the first type is readable in the second mode,
wherein in a case where the test image is formed on a sheet of a second type, the test image on the sheet of the second type is not readable in the second mode, and
wherein grammage of the sheet of the second type is higher than grammage of the sheet of the first type.

US Pat. No. 10,303,033

ELECTROCHROMIC ELEMENT, OPTICAL FILTER, LENS UNIT, AND IMAGE PICK-UP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrochromic element comprising:a first electrode;
a second electrode; and
a third electrode, wherein:
at least one of the first electrode and the second electrode is a transparent electrode, and an electrolyte, an anodic organic electrochromic compound, and a cathodic redox substance are present between the first electrode and the second electrode,
the third electrode is electrically connectable to the first electrode or the second electrode via the electrolyte,
the third electrode contains an irreversible oxidation substance, and
an oxidation potential C of the irreversible oxidation substance is between an oxidation potential A of a reversible first oxidation reaction of the anodic organic electrochromic compound and an oxidation potential B of an irreversible oxidation reaction of the anodic organic electrochromic compound.

US Pat. No. 10,306,109

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image processor configured to convert an image signal based on a tone correction table indicating a relationship between a level of the image signal and an output signal value;
a printer configured to form an image based on the converted image signal;
a sensor configured to measure a pattern image formed by the printer;
a controller, including a processor, configured to execute:
a pattern image forming task that controls the printer to form the pattern image;
a measuring task that controls the sensor to measure the pattern image;
a generating task that generates the tone correction table based on a measurement result from the measuring task;
an obtaining task that obtains a reference output signal value corresponding to a high density level of the image signal based on the tone correction table generated by the generating task; and
a controlling task that controls, based on the reference output signal value obtained by the obtaining task an image forming condition for adjusting a maximum density of an output image to be formed by the printer.

US Pat. No. 10,301,495

INK JET RECORDING METHOD AND INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet recording method that records an image, the method comprising:preparing an aqueous ink comprising a pigment for application onto a recording medium using an ink jet recording apparatus equipped with (i) a line head having a nozzle for ejecting the aqueous ink, and (ii) a recovery mechanism for recovering an ejection state of the aqueous ink from the nozzle;
causing the aqueous ink to flow in the nozzle by operating an ink flow mechanism that is included with the recovery mechanism;
reducing a viscosity of the aqueous ink in the nozzle by heating the aqueous ink at the time of causing the aqueous ink to flow in the nozzle by operating the ink flow mechanism;
ejecting the aqueous ink from the nozzle; and
recovering the ejection state of the aqueous ink from the nozzle using the recovery mechanism,
wherein the pigment has an average particle diameter of 80 nm or more, and
wherein the aqueous ink has a dynamic surface tension of 55 mN/m or less at a lifetime of 10 milliseconds.

US Pat. No. 10,303,043

IMAGE PROJECTION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image projection apparatus comprising:a light modulation element;
a pixel shift unit that includes an optical element configured to shift an optical path of light from a pixel in the light modulation element and to shift a position on a projection surface of projected pixel formed on the projection surface by a projection optical system with the light; and
an attachment portion to which the pixel shift unit is attached,
wherein the optical element shifts the optical path by a shift amount in accordance with an attachment angle of the pixel shift unit relative to a plane orthogonal to an optical axis from the light modulation element to the projection optical system,
wherein the attachment portion is configured to select a plurality of angles for the attachment angle, and
wherein the attachment portion includes a plurality of holders configured to selectively hold the pixel shift unit.

US Pat. No. 10,303,049

REDUCING ELECTRIC CHARGE IN IMPRINT LITHOGRAPHY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

9. An imprint lithography method of manufacturing an article, comprising:contacting a polymerizable material disposed on a surface of a substrate with a patterning surface of an imprint lithography template;
curing the polymerizable material in a working environment, comprising a first gas,
to yield a cured polymeric layer, the working environment proximate to the surface of the substrate;
introducing a second gas into the working environment;
after introducing the second gas into the working environment, separating the patterning surface of the imprint lithography template and the surface of the substrate to yield the article and achieve at least a particular distance between the patterning surface of the imprint lithography template and the surface of the substrate; and
after achieving at least the particular distance between the patterning surface of the imprint lithography template and the surface of the substrate, introducing a third gas into the working environment,
wherein, for a given pressure of the working environment, the second gas has a breakdown voltage less than that of the first gas up to the particular distance, and the third gas has a breakdown voltage less than that of the second gas at distances greater than the particular distance.

US Pat. No. 10,306,639

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:at least one processor; and
a memory coupled to the at least one processor, the memory storing a computer program which, when executed by the at least one processor, causes the at least one processor to function as:
a communication unit capable of concurrently performing first communication in which communication with a partner apparatus is performed via another apparatus that decides a wireless channel to be used in wireless communication and second communication in which communication with the partner apparatus is performed not via another apparatus by the communication apparatus deciding the wireless channel; and
a control unit configured to set, when a connection for the first communication is to be established while a connection for the second communication is established in a state in which the first communication and the second communication are concurrently performed, a second wireless channel to be used in the second communication so that the second wireless channel matches a first wireless channel to be used when the connection for the first communication is established,
wherein in the state in which the first communication and the second communication are concurrently performed, if a time which has elapsed without successful establishment of the connection for the first communication since the start of processing for establishing the connection exceeds a timeout value, the control unit determines that the connection for the first communication has not been successfully established, controls the communication unit so as to set a wireless channel to be used in the second communication based on a history of a wireless channel used in the first communication, and controls the communication unit to execute processing for establishing the connection for the second communication in a state in which the connection for the first communication has not been established.

US Pat. No. 10,306,130

IMAGE-CAPTURING APPARATUS, ACCESSORY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image-capturing apparatus to which an accessory apparatus is detachably attachable, the image-capturing apparatus comprising:a camera communicator configured to provide, with the accessory apparatus, a first data communication channel used for receiving accessory data at the image-capturing apparatus, and a second data communication channel used for transmitting image-capturing apparatus data from the image-capturing apparatus; and
a camera controller configured to perform communication through the camera communicator,
wherein the camera controller is configured to be capable of switching its communication mode between a first communication mode and a second communication mode, and
wherein the camera controller is configured to transmit, in the first and second communication modes, a request to the accessory apparatus to transmit the accessory data whose setting of a parity bit is predetermined so as to be different depending on a communication mode of the accessory apparatus between the first and second communication modes.

US Pat. No. 10,306,131

FOCUS DETECTION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A focus detection apparatus comprising:an image pickup unit configured to perform photoelectric conversion on a luminous flux having passed through an imaging optical system;
a focus detection unit configured to detect a focusing state based on a signal generated by the image pickup unit;
a setting unit configured to set a first region within an image generated by the image pickup unit;
a display controller configured to control such that an index representing the focusing state detected by the focus detection unit within the first region can be superimposed on the image;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain information regarding a predetermined subject in the image; and
an operating member configured to receive a predetermined operation,
wherein the setting unit changes the position of the first region in accordance with the predetermined operation, and
wherein the display controller increases responsiveness of display of the index in a case where the amount of change in position of the first region in accordance with the predetermined operation is equal to a first amount, compared with a case where the amount of change is equal to a second amount smaller than the first amount.

US Pat. No. 10,306,132

DISTANCE CALCULATION APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS AND DISTANCE CALCULATION METHOD THAT INCLUDE CONFIDENCE CALCULATION OF DISTANCE INFORMATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A distance calculation apparatus configured to calculate distance information based on a first image, which is generated based on luminous flux that passed through a first pupil region, and a second image, which is generated based on luminous flux that passed through a second pupil region, the distance calculation apparatus comprising:at least one processor operatively coupled to a memory serving as:
(a) a distance calculation unit configured to calculate the distance information by comparing a local region of the first image and a local region of the second image; and
(b) a confidence calculation unit configured to calculate confidence of the distance information based on a contrast evaluation value, which is a value indicating a magnitude of a contrast change amount in the local region of the first image, in the local region of the second image or in a local region of a composite image of the first image and the second image, and a noise amount estimation value, which is a value indicating an estimated amount of noise contained in the first image, the second image, or the composite image, is calculated based on one of pixel values of the local region of the first image, pixel values of the local region of the second image, and pixel values of the local region of the composite image of the first image and the second image.

US Pat. No. 10,306,133

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR GENERATING A LIKELIHOOD DISTRIBUTION OF AN OBJECT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor;
at least one nonvolatile memory device;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire distance information indicating a distance of each of regions in first image data;
a generation unit configured to generate a likelihood distribution of an object in the first image data; and
a calculation unit configured to calculate a feature amount to be used to detect the object from second image data based on the likelihood distribution,
wherein the acquisition unit, the generation unit, and the calculation unit is realized by execution of a program stored in the at least one nonvolatile memory device by the at least one processor, and
wherein the generation unit generates the likelihood distribution by classifying the distance information in the first image data into a plurality of classes based on a difference in the distance information from a region containing a position specified as the object, and reliability of the distance information.

US Pat. No. 10,306,390

AUDIO PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR PROCESSING AUDIO AND AUDIO PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An audio processing apparatus comprising:a detection unit configured to detect a level of an input audio signal;
a level control unit configured to control the level of the audio signal according to a gain;
a gain control unit configured to,
in a case where the detected level exceeds a threshold level, perform a limit operation for decreasing the gain so that the level of the audio signal to be output from the level control unit becomes equal to or lower than the threshold level, and
in a case where the level becomes not higher than the threshold level during execution of the limit operation, perform a recovery operation for increasing the gain;
a noise generation unit configured to output a noise signal; and
a combination unit configured to combine the audio signal output from the level control unit with the noise signal output from the noise generation unit,
wherein the gain control unit includes a first recovery mode and a second recovery mode as the recovery operation,
wherein, in the second recovery mode, the gain control unit increases the gain in a longer time than in the first recovery mode, and
wherein the gain control unit controls the noise generation unit,
in the first recovery mode, to output the noise signal with a predetermined level, and
in the second recovery mode, to output the noise signal with a level according to the gain of the level control unit.

US Pat. No. 10,306,137

IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:an orientation detector configured to detect an orientation of the imaging apparatus; and
a memory and at least one processor to perform operations of the following units:
a control unit configured to perform control so as to present a first 2-area enlargement display of displaying live view images captured at two imaging regions in an imaging unit that are separated in a width direction while arranging them on a display unit if the orientation detection unit detects that the orientation of the imaging apparatus is a first orientation, and present a second 2-area enlargement display of displaying live view images captured at two imaging regions in the imaging unit that are separated in a height direction while arranging them on the display unit if the orientation detection unit detects that the orientation of the imaging apparatus is a second orientation, the control unit being configured to perform control to end the first 2-area enlargement display based on the orientation of the imaging apparatus changed from the first orientation in a manner satisfying a predetermined condition when the first 2-area enlargement display is presented.

US Pat. No. 10,306,141

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:an input unit configured to input a plurality of image data shot with a plurality of different exposures;
a determination unit configured to determine whether each of the plurality of image data includes an exposure defect;
a generation unit configured to generate a plurality of panoramic images respectively corresponding to the plurality of exposures by panoramically composing a plurality of image data shot with the same exposure based on a result of the determination;
an alignment unit configured to perform alignment between the plurality of panoramic images using image data determined not to include the exposure defect and image data obtained by performing luminance correction for image data determined to include the exposure defect; and
a composition unit configured to perform high dynamic range composition for the plurality of aligned panoramic images.

US Pat. No. 10,303,069

PATTERN FORMING METHOD AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A pattern forming method of forming a plurality of pattern layers on a substrate by using a plurality of lithography apparatuses including a first lithography apparatus adopting a die-by-die alignment method and a second lithography apparatus adopting a global alignment method, the pattern forming method comprising:forming only a plurality of alignment marks on the substrate, by using a lithography apparatus which adopts a global alignment method;
forming a first pattern layer on the substrate by using the first lithography apparatus, based on first alignment information obtained by performing the die-by-die alignment method for the plurality of marks formed on the substrate; and then
forming a second pattern layer on the substrate so as to overlap with the first pattern layer, by using the second lithography apparatus, based on second alignment information obtained by performing the global alignment method for a plurality of shot regions in the first pattern layer to which patterns have been respectively formed by the first lithography apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,303,074

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising a toner particle that contains a binder resin and a colorant, whereinthe toner has a Martens hardness, as measured at a maximum load condition of 2.0×10?4 N, of from 200 MPa to 1,100 MPa.

US Pat. No. 10,295,902

IMPRINT APPARATUS, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE, AND SUPPLY APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus comprising:a chamber configured to define a first space including a processing unit which includes a discharge unit configured to discharge an imprint material onto a substrate and is configured to perform an imprint process of forming a pattern of the imprint material on the substrate by using a mold, the first space containing a gas having a predetermined level of cleanliness; and
an enclosure configured to define a second space including a tank configured to store the imprint material supplied to the discharge unit,
wherein a gas that is cleaner than the gas that is contained in the first space is supplied to the second space so that a pressure of the second space becomes higher than a pressure inside the tank,
the tank has a first opening open to the second space, and
the enclosure has a supply port configured to supply the gas that is cleaner than the gas in the first space, to the second space, and
the gas supplied to the second space is absorbed from the first opening to the inside of the tank in response to a change in pressure inside the tank.

US Pat. No. 10,293,600

INK JET RECORDING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet recording device comprising:a recording head having:
an ejection port configured to eject an aqueous ink; and
an ejection-port surface in which the ejection port is opened; and
a liquid supply mechanism configured to supply an ejection-port clogging prevention liquid into the ejection port,
wherein the aqueous ink contains at least one component selected from the group consisting of pigment particles and resin particles, and
wherein the clogging prevention liquid has a dielectric constant of 20 to 40 at 25° C.
US Pat. No. 10,293,619

METALLIC IMAGE FORMING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A metallic image forming method comprising:preparing an ink containing metal particles;
preparing a recording medium having an underlayer having one of (i) a black color for absorbing diffusion light of the metal particles and (ii) an opposite color with respect to diffusion light of the metal particles for cancelling the diffusion light of the metal particles; and
printing with the ink onto the recording medium such that the ink overlaps at least a part of the underlayer to form a metallic image having a metallic hue derived from the metal particles.

US Pat. No. 10,293,620

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS AND INKJET PRINTING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inkjet printing apparatus using a printing head including a plurality of nozzle arrays each including a plurality of nozzles configured to eject ink and arrayed in a first direction, the nozzle arrays being arranged in a second direction intersecting with the first direction, to print an image on a print medium while relatively moving at least one of the printing head and the print medium in the second direction, the inkjet printing apparatus comprising one or more processors and one or more computer-readable media functioning as:a generation unit configured to generate a plurality of items of print data corresponding to the plurality of the nozzle arrays, respectively, by allocating print data indicating whether or not to eject ink to each pixel on the print medium to the plurality of the nozzle arrays;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire information on a defective nozzle included in the printing head; and
a compensating unit configured to compensate for an ejection failure of the defective nozzle by causing a compensating nozzle different from the defective nozzle to eject ink to a pixel area, on the print medium, to which ink is indicated to be ejected onto by the defective nozzle,
wherein the compensating unit determines the compensating nozzle such that the following conditions are satisfied:
i) a first condition that the compensating nozzle is not a defective nozzle, and
ii) a second condition that nozzles belonging to the nozzle array including the compensating nozzle do not eject ink to a pixel area corresponding to N pixels (N is a positive integer) around any pixel area to which ink is indicated to be ejected onto by the defective nozzle in the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,295,924

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING CONTROLLER FOR SWITCHING THRESHOLDS FOR DECIDING AMOUNT OF COLOR MISREGISTRATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that forms an image on a sheet, the apparatus comprising:an image bearing member configured to rotate;
a plurality of image forming units configured to form color images, each having a different color, on the image bearing member;
a sensor configured to detect color patterns formed on the image bearing member by the plurality of image forming units, the color patterns being used for detecting color registration;
a comparator configured to compare a detection value corresponding to a detection result by the sensor with a threshold, and to output an output value according to a comparison result; and
a controller configured to control the plurality of image forming units to form color patterns, to control the sensor to detect the color patterns, to set the thresholds that correspond to the color patterns, to control the color registration according to the output value from the comparator,
wherein the color patterns include a first color pattern of first color and a second color pattern of second color that is different from the first color,
wherein the second color pattern is formed at an upstream side of the first color pattern in a rotational direction of the image bearing member,
wherein the first color pattern is adjacent to the second color pattern,
wherein the controller sets the threshold to a second threshold that corresponds to the second color pattern based on an edge timing of the output value that is output from the comparator according to the comparison result between the detection value corresponding to a detection result about the first color pattern and a first threshold corresponding to the first color pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,298,998

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus that accepts remote control from an external apparatus via wireless communication, the communication apparatus comprising:a communication unit configured to communicate with the external apparatus; and
a control unit configured to execute, in response to an operation request that the communication unit has received from the external apparatus, the request being performed through the remote control, a task corresponding to the operation,
wherein the control unit
sets a time period to at least one of a first time period which is longer than a predetermined time period, which is used for determining key repeat by the communication apparatus, and a second time period which is shorter than the predetermined time period, wherein the time period relates to a timing at which communication with the external apparatus is performed,
controls the communication unit to perform communication with the external apparatus in compliance with the set time period,
in a case where the predetermined time period has elapsed, without accepting a request to cancel the operation from the external apparatus, after having accepted the operation request that the communication unit received from the external apparatus, the request being performed through the remote control, executes the task corresponding to the operation again,
in a case where the time period is set to the first time period which is longer than the predetermined time period, even if the predetermined time period has elapsed without receiving a request to cancel the operation transmitted from the external apparatus, performs control such that the task corresponding to the operation is not executed again,
in a case where the time period is set to the second time period which is shorter than the predetermined time period and the communication unit receives a request to cancel the operation before the predetermined time period has elapsed, the control unit cancels an operation state, and
in a case where the time period is set to the second time period which is shorter than the predetermined time period, when the predetermined time period has elapsed without accepting a request to cancel the operation from the external apparatus, the control unit executes a task corresponding to the operation again.

US Pat. No. 10,295,950

CLEANING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cleaning device comprising:a cleaning member, contacting an image bearing member for bearing a toner image, for removing toner from the image bearing member with movement of the image bearing member;
a container for temporarily accommodating the toner removed from the image bearing member by said cleaning member;
a feeding screw, including a helical blade, for feeding the toner inside said container to outside of said container; and
a loosening member, constituted by a member including a linear spring and provided in a neighborhood of said feeding screw and a wall surface of said container, for loosening the toner on the wall surface of said container,
wherein said loosening member includes a torsion coil spring portion, a loosening portion, a contact portion and a portion-to-be-limited,
wherein said torsion coil spring portion is formed by winding said loosening member about a shaft member provided on one end side of said container and having a rotational axis substantially parallel to a rotational axis direction of said feeding screw, and wherein at one arm portion connecting to said torsion coil spring portion, said portion-to-be-limited is provided, and at the other arm portion connecting to said torsion coil spring portion, said contact portion and said loosening portion are provided,
wherein said loosening portion is provided so as to extend in the rotational axis direction and loosens the toner on the wall surface by being rotated about the rotational axis bi-directionally in a direction crossing the rotational axis,
wherein said contact portion is provided between said loosening portion and said torsion coil spring portion with respect to the rotational axis direction and contacts a blade of said feeding screw, and rotates said loosening portion in a first direction around the rotational axis by being rotated in the first direction with rotation of said feeding screw, and
wherein said portion-to-be-limited is provided further towards an end portion side of said loosening member than said torsion coil spring portion is and is limited in rotation thereof together with said contact portion in contact with a limiting portion provided inside said container, and wherein a restoring force for rotating said loosening portion in a second direction opposite to the first direction is accumulated in said torsion coil spring portion by limiting said portion-to-be-limited by said limiting portion when said contact portion is rotated in the first direction with rotation of said feeding screw, and when said contact portion overcomes said blade with subsequent rotation of said feeding screw, said loosening portion is rotated in the second direction by the accumulated restoring force.

US Pat. No. 10,295,951

CLEANING BLADE, CLEANING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A plate-like cleaning blade of elastic member capable of removing deposited matter from an image bearing member carrying a liquid developer, said cleaning blade comprising:a free end surface provided at one end portion with respect to a height direction of said cleaning blade which is perpendicular to a longitudinal direction of said cleaning blade and to a thickness direction of said cleaning blade, said free end surface being provided with an edge portion at one end portion of said free end surface with respect to the thickness direction,
wherein said edge portion has a curved portion extending from each end portion of said edge portion with respect to the longitudinal direction in a predetermined range, and a linear portion extending in the longitudinal direction between said curved portions and connecting with said curved portions at respective connecting positions, and
wherein when said cleaning blade is viewed in the thickness direction:
a) said curved portion includes a portion having an arcuate shape,
b) said curved portion is connected with said linear portion such that said linear portion is tangential of the arcuate shape,
c) a height of said cleaning blade measured in the height direction in the range in which said curved portion is provided increases toward the end portion of said cleaning blade,
d) a maximum angle formed between said curved portion and said linear portion is not less than 5 degrees, and
e) said curved portion includes a portion having a radius of curvature not less than 240 mm and not more than 320 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,295,954

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FRAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming unit; and
a frame configured to support the image forming unit, the frame including:
a first column member;
a second column member; and
a connecting unit connecting the first column member and the second column member, the connecting unit including:
a first member having a welding surface that (i) is disposed on a portion of the first member closer to one end of the connecting unit than a center of the connecting unit in a longitudinal direction of the connecting unit, (ii) faces a part of the first column member and (iii) is welded to the part of the first column member; and
a second member fixed to the first member, the second member having a welding surface that (i) is disposed on a portion of the second member closer to another end of the connecting unit than the center of the center of the connecting unit in the longitudinal direction of the connecting unit, (ii) faces a part of the second column member, and (iii) is welded to the part of the second column member, the second member being fixed to the first member to set a length between the welding surface of the first member and the welding surface of the second member in the longitudinal direction, the length being set so that a distance between the first column member and the second column member is a predetermined distance.

US Pat. No. 10,295,956

DEVELOPER SUPPLY CONTAINER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer supply container comprising:a developer accommodating body configured to contain developer;
a developer discharging body in fluid communication with the developer accommodating body, the developer discharging body having a discharge opening to discharge the developer from the developer discharging body, with the developer accommodating body being rotatable about a rotational axis relative to the developer discharging body;
a gear portion rotatable about the rotational axis integrally with the developer accommodating body; and
a rotatable portion integrally molded with the gear portion,
wherein the rotatable portion is provided with a circumferential surface extending along an imaginary circle about the rotational axis, the circumferential surface including an arcuate surface portion extending along the imaginary circle and a recessed surface portion recessed from the imaginary circle toward the rotational axis.

US Pat. No. 10,295,957

DEVELOPER SUPPLY CONTAINER AND DEVELOPER SUPPLYING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer supply container comprising:a developer accommodating body configured to contain developer, the developer accommodating body being rotatable about a rotational axis;
a developer discharging body in fluid communication with the developer accommodating body, the developer discharging body having a discharge opening that is provided in a bottom portion of the developer discharging body, with the discharge opening being configured to discharge the developer from the developer discharging body, and with the developer accommodating body being rotatable relative to the developer discharging body; and
a track provided at each of opposite sides of the developer discharging body, each track being provided below a plane that includes the rotational axis and divides the developer supply container into a lower section that includes the discharge opening and an upper section, each track (i) projecting from a surface, (ii) including a first part that extends from a first position to a second position, with the second position being closer to the plane than the first position, and (iii) including a second part extending from the second position of the first part such that a plane perpendicular to the rotational axis and passing through the second part passes through the discharge opening, with a portion of the surface extending from the first position of the first part in a direction away from the second part.

US Pat. No. 10,295,958

PACKING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A packing member for packing a cartridge, the cartridge being attachable to and detachable from an image forming apparatus, the packing member comprising:a first member provided with a first recessed portion and including a first flange connected to the first recessed portion, the first flange including a first bent portion; and
a second member provided with a second recessed portion and including a second flange connected to the second recessed portion, the second flange including a second bent portion, the second member being connected to the first member with a connecting portion, and
the first flange and the second flange being overlapped and welded to form a joined surface such that a space for accommodating the cartridge is formed by the first recessed portion and the second recessed portion,
wherein in a direction intersecting the joined surface, the first bent portion and the second bent portion protrude with respect to the joined surface in a first direction from the first member toward the second member, and the second bent portion protrudes with respect to the joined surface in the first direction, and
wherein in a direction along the joined surface, the first bent portion and the second bent portion are disposed on an opposite side of the connecting portion with respect to the first recessed portion and the second recessed portion.

US Pat. No. 10,298,796

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR CONTROLLING POWER STATE SHIFTING BASED ON AMPLITUDES OF RECEIVED SOUND WAVES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a sound wave sensor that outputs a sound wave and receives a reflected wave of the output sound wave;
a control unit that stores a plurality of amplitudes of sound waves which are received by the sound wave sensor during a predetermined time interval; and
a power control unit that shifts a power state of the information processing apparatus from a first power state into a second power state where power consumption is larger than that in the first power state, on a basis that a received sound wave is of an amplitude that is larger than or equal to a threshold value, in a case where, among the plurality of the amplitudes of the sound waves received in the predetermined time interval, the number of the amplitudes that are larger than or equal to the threshold value is equal to or smaller than a predetermined number, and maintains the power state of the information processing apparatus in the first power state in a case where, among the plurality of amplitudes of the sound waves received during the predetermined time interval, the number of the amplitudes of the sound waves that are larger than or equal to the threshold value is larger than the predetermined number.

US Pat. No. 10,298,797

OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a photoconductor; and
an optical scanning apparatus configured to form an electrostatic latent image on the photoconductor, the optical scanning apparatus comprising:
an outer cover;
a light source configured to emit a light beam for forming the electrostatic latent image;
a rotary polygon mirror disposed inside the outer cover and configured to deflect the light beam emitted from the light source such that the photoconductor is scanned with the light beam;
an optical member disposed inside the outer cover and configured to guide the light beam deflected by the rotary polygon mirror to the photoconductor;
a transparent member attached to the outer cover; and
an elastic member molded on the outer cover;
wherein an opening, for passing the light beam deflected by the rotary polygon mirror from inside of the outer cover to outside of the outer cover, is formed on the outer cover and is covered by the transparent member,
wherein the elastic member is molded on the outer cover in such a way as to enclose the opening and protrude from a fluid passage, the elastic member being made of a material that is different from a material of the outer cover, the elastic member being more elastic than the outer cover, the fluid passage being formed on the outer cover in such a way as to enclose the opening, a molten material of the elastic member being poured into the fluid passage so as to mold the elastic member on the outer cover in such a way as to enclose the opening, and
wherein the elastic member elastically deforms due to contact of a protruding portion of the elastic member protruding from the fluid passage with the transparent member, and the deformed elastic member seals a gap between the outer cover and the transparent member.