US Pat. No. 10,430,935

IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING SYSTEM, MOVABLE BODY, AND CHIP

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus, comprising:an imaging unit configured to output an image signal;
a first image processing unit; and
a second image processing unit,
wherein the first image processing unit includes
a first input portion configured to receive the image signal,
a first signal processing unit configured to generate a first image signal from the image signal input to the first input portion, and a second image signal including a smaller number of signals than signals included in the first image signal and corresponding to a first imaging region,
a first output portion configured to output the first image signal to outside of the first image processing unit, and
a second output portion configured to output the second image signal to the outside of the first image processing unit, and
wherein the second image processing unit includes
a second input portion configured to receive the first image signal from the first output portion,
a second signal processing unit configured to generate a third image signal from the first image signal input to the second input portion, the third image signal including a smaller number of signals than the signals included in the first image signal and corresponding to a second imaging region that is a part of the first imaging region, and
a third output portion configured to output the third image signal to outside of the second image processing unit.

US Pat. No. 10,429,916

CONTROL APPARATUS THAT CONTROLS A MEMORY AND POWER SAVING CONTROL METHOD FOR THE MEMORY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus comprising:a storage device having a memory array which stores data, a memory array driver which controls reading the data from the memory array and writing the data to the memory array, and a power controller which controls power supply to the memory array driver,
wherein the storage device is shifted in accordance with a first control signal from a first power state to a second power state, and
wherein power is supplied to the memory array driver and the memory array in the first power state, and power is supplied to the memory array but not to the memory array driver in the second power state;
a register that outputs a second control signal; and
a control circuit configured to output the first control signal and a clock signal that is input to the storage device, wherein the first control signal is input to the storage device,
wherein the control circuit stops outputting the clock signal that is input to the storage device based on receipt of the second control signal output by the register, and then outputs the first control signal to the storage device.

US Pat. No. 10,427,867

PACKING MEMBER AND CARTRIDGE PACKED IN THE PACKING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A packing member for packing a cartridge, the cartridge including a photosensitive drum on which an electrostatic latent image is to be formed and the cartridge being detachably mountable to an image forming apparatus, wherein the packing member is molded with a resin material, the packing member comprising:(i) a first portion including (a) an opening as an entrance for the cartridge, (b) a recessed portion for accommodating the cartridge, (c) a first limiting portion for limiting a position of the cartridge in a first direction perpendicular to an axial direction of the photosensitive drum, and (d) a second limiting portion for limiting a position of the cartridge in a second direction perpendicular to the axial direction of the photosensitive drum and crossing to the first direction; and
(ii) a second portion for openably covering the opening,
wherein the first limiting portion and the second limiting portion contact portions of the cartridge excluding a region where the electrostatic latent image is to be formed on the photosensitive drum such that a gap is formed between a surface of the photosensitive drum and an inner surface of the recessed portion.

US Pat. No. 10,431,463

SUBSTRATE HOLDING DEVICE, LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, AND ARTICLE PRODUCTION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A substrate holding device configured to hold a substrate, the substrate holding device comprising:a holding member including a center part having a hole through which gas is exhausted from a space between the substrate and the holding member and an outer peripheral part surrounding the center part;
a moving unit configured to relatively move the substrate and the holding member in a direction perpendicular to a substrate holding surface of the center part; and
a seal member provided on the outer peripheral part, configured to seal the space and configured to be deformed in response to a distance between the substrate and the holding member relatively moved by the moving unit,
wherein at least one of the outer peripheral part and the seal member has a through hole, and
wherein a first end of the through hole faces the space and a second end of the through hole faces an atmosphere.

US Pat. No. 10,430,960

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus configured to output data indicating a shape of a three-dimensional object including a plurality of bundles each including a plurality of fibers, the 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:
a first acquisition unit configured to acquire image data acquired by imaging the three-dimensional object;
a second acquisition unit configured to acquire shape data indicating a general uneven shape of the three-dimensional object;
a generation unit configured to generate first region data indicating a region corresponding to a general uneven shape of each of the plurality of bundles included in the three-dimensional object and second region data indicating a region corresponding to an uneven shape of the fibers included in each of the bundles by analyzing the image data; and
an output unit configured to output the shape data after correcting the shape data by adding the general uneven shape of each of the plurality of bundles included in the three-dimensional object to the general uneven shape of the three-dimensional object and adding the uneven shape of the fibers included in each of the bundles on the general uneven shape of each of the plurality of bundles included in the three-dimensional object based on the first region data and the second region data.

US Pat. No. 10,430,962

THREE-DIMENSIONAL SHAPE MEASURING APPARATUS, THREE-DIMENSIONAL SHAPE MEASURING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM THAT CALCULATE A THREE-DIMENSIONAL SHAPE OF AN OBJECT BY CAPTURING IMAGES OF THE OBJECT FROM A PLURALITY OF DIRECTIONS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus for calculating a three-dimensional shape of an object based on an image, acquired by capturing images of the object from a plurality of directions, the control apparatus comprising:(A) at least one memory that stores instructions; and
(B) at least one processor that executes the instructions stored in the at least one memory to function as:
(a) a first acquiring unit configured to acquire a group of images, including (i) an image acquired by capturing an image of the object irradiated with first pattern light, an amount of the first pattern light changing periodically, in a predetermined direction, and (ii) an image acquired by capturing images of the object irradiated with second pattern light, an amount of the second pattern light changing periodically, in the predetermined direction, and having a phase difference from the first pattern light, by controlling an image capturing unit and a projection unit for each of the plurality of directions;
(b) a second acquiring unit configured to acquire one image acquired by capturing an image of the object irradiated with third pattern light, that provides for identification of a position of at least one period, of a plurality of periods, included in one of the first pattern light and the second pattern light, by controlling the image capturing unit and the projection unit for each of the plurality of directions; and
(c) a calculation unit configured to (i) calculate the three-dimensional shape of the object, based on the group of images and the one image, for each of the plurality of directions.

US Pat. No. 10,426,352

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An object information acquiring apparatus comprising:a plurality of receiving elements that receive an acoustic wave that has propagated from an object, and that convert the acoustic wave to an electric signal;
an adaptive beamformer that performs adaptive beamforming of adjusting reception directionality using the electric signal;
a delay-and-sum beamformer that performs delay-and-sum beamforming having preset directionality using the electric signal; and
at least one CPU and memory, the at least one CPU and memory cooperating to function as an amplitude modulator that performs amplitude modulation of modulating an output signal of one of the adaptive beamformer and the delay-and-sum beamformer, using an output signal of the other one of the adaptive beamformer and the delay-and-sum beamformer, and
the at least one CPU and memory cooperating to function as a generator that generates, on the basis of a signal outputted by the amplitude modulator, image data on the interior of the object.

US Pat. No. 10,426,354

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An object information acquiring apparatus comprising:a probe supporting a plurality of receiving elements such that directivity axes of the plurality of receiving elements converge, each of the plurality of receiving elements configured to receive an acoustic wave, generated by irradiation of light onto an object, and to output an electric signal, the probe provided to be spaced apart from the object at measurement;
an amplifying unit configured to amplify electric signals output from the plurality of receiving elements;
a scanning unit configured to change relative positions of the probe with respect to the object;
a controlling unit configured to determine time-dependent gains applied to the electric signals by the amplifying unit when the plurality of receiving elements receives the acoustic wave; and
a processing unit configured to acquire characteristics information on the object, using the electric signals that have been amplified by the amplifying unit,
wherein the controlling unit determines, for a plurality of relative positions of the probe with respect to the object, the time-dependent gains applied to the electric signals on a basis of distances between the plurality of receiving elements and the object.

US Pat. No. 10,430,967

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors that operate to:
acquire features used for deriving a positional attitude of an imaging device from an image captured by the imaging device;
set a plurality of partial regions included in the image as a plurality of candidate regions to which a feature is to be added;
evaluate the plurality of set candidate regions;
determine a position and/or an orientation of a feature to be newly added based on the plurality of evaluated candidate regions; and
output the determined position and/or the orientation.

US Pat. No. 10,430,457

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory coupled to the one or more processors, the memory having stored thereon instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the image processing apparatus to:
acquire, for each of a plurality of image-capturing environments, a captured image obtained by capturing under the image-capturing environment a surface on which a color chart is disposed;
extract color values from colored regions classified as an identical color in the color chart that is contained in the captured image, and extract color information representing the identical color from the color chart;
register the color information and the color values, both of which are extracted from the color chart that is contained in the captured image, in association with each other,
wherein, in a case where a first color value extracted from a first colored region in the color chart that is contained in a first captured image of the surface that has been captured under a first image-capturing environment is equal to a second color value extracted from a second colored region in the color chart that is contained in a second captured image of the surface that has been captured under a second image-capturing environment, first color information, representing the identical color into which the first colored region in the first captured image is classified, and second color information, different from the first color information, representing the identical color into which the second colored region in the second captured image is classified, are registered with the same color value;
acquire an image of an object;
acquire a color value of the object that is contained in the image of the object;
specify color information which has been registered in association with a color value corresponding to the acquired color value of the object; and
register the image of the object and the specified color information in association with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,431,995

ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND CHARGE CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic device comprising:a processor and a memory configured to function as a first unit that performs an enumeration process with power received from an external apparatus connected to the electronic device via a universal serial bus (USB) cable, wherein before the enumeration process is completed, a current flowing from the external apparatus to the electronic device is limited to a first value;
a second unit that performs a battery authentication process with power received from the external apparatus after the enumeration process is completed, wherein after the enumeration process is completed, a current flowing from the external apparatus to the electronic device is limited to a second value larger than the first value; and
a charging unit that charges a battery authenticated by the battery authentication process with power received from the external apparatus after the battery is authenticated by the battery authentication process.

US Pat. No. 10,430,974

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for generating data for overlappingly forming a first image including a boundary between a plurality of areas representing different gloss characteristics and a second image having a plurality of areas including a plurality of pixels, on a recording medium, the apparatus comprising:at least one memory and at least one processor that function as:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire first image data representing gloss characteristics of the first image and second image data representing color characteristics of the second image; and
a conversion unit configured to convert colors represented by respective pixels of the areas in the second image into one color out of the colors represented by the respective pixels of the areas, based on the first image data,
wherein the areas in the second image correspond to areas obtained by dividing the first image into a plurality of areas, and include a part of the area corresponding to the boundary in the second image.

US Pat. No. 10,427,400

PRINTHEAD AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printhead comprising:a printing element;
a driving circuit configured to drive the printing element;
an analog signal processing circuit configured to process one or more analog signals;
a bias circuit configured to supply a bias voltage to the analog signal processing circuit; and
a control terminal to which a control signal is inputted,
wherein, in a state in which the analog signal processing circuit and the bias circuit are receiving a supply of power, it is possible to switch starting and stopping of at least one of the analog signal processing circuit and the bias circuit based on the control signal.

US Pat. No. 10,427,403

REAL-TIME LINEFEED MEASUREMENT OF INKJET PRINTER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for an image forming apparatus to print an image on a print medium, wherein the image forming apparatus includes a print head having a head sensor configured to sense information from the image printed on the print medium, the method comprising:printing a first swath of the image on the print medium by the print head;
capturing, by the head sensor, a first target image from the printed first swath;
comparing the first target image to a reference image for the first swath based upon the image;
determining a head sensor position deviation based on a relative shift between the first target image and the reference image, wherein the head sensor position deviation shows a vertical shift between a position of the head sensor and a position of a predetermined section of the print head;
repositioning the print head relative to the print medium on which the first swath is printed by at least one line feed distance in a feed direction which intersects the scan direction;
capturing, by the head sensor, a second target image from the printed first swath;
determining a line feed error based upon the second target image while compensating the head sensor position deviation; and
printing a second swath of the image on the print medium while compensating the line feed error.

US Pat. No. 10,429,714

DRIVER FOR ELECTROCHROMIC ELEMENT, METHOD FOR DRIVING ELECTROCHROMIC ELEMENT, OPTICAL FILTER, IMAGING DEVICE, LENS UNIT, AND WINDOW COMPONENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrochromic element comprising:a pair of electrodes;
an electrochromic layer disposed between the pair of electrodes;
the electrochromic layer comprising two kinds of organic compounds; and
a driver connected to at least one of the pair of electrodes,
wherein the driver increases transmittance of the electrochromic element with applying a voltage before decreasing the transmittance of the electrochromic element,
wherein the driver is configured to saturate a change in the transmittance of the electrochromic element by applying a voltage V1, and
the V1 is a voltage which is equal to or higher than an oxidation voltage of one of the organic compounds, and which is lower than a back reduction voltage of the other organic compounds.

US Pat. No. 10,427,410

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS AND DETECTING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inkjet printing apparatus comprising:a print head that ejects ink for printing;
a maintenance unit configured to perform a maintenance operation of the print head;
a waste ink tank having an absorber that absorbs ink discharged by the maintenance unit;
a detecting unit provided on the absorber and configured to detect ink;
a first counting unit configured to count an amount of ink discharged to the waste ink tank for every first period of time;
a second counting unit configured to count an amount of ink discharged to the waste ink tank after the detecting unit detects ink; and
a determining unit configured to determine whether an amount of ink in the waste ink tank is equal to or greater than a predetermined amount,
wherein the determining unit makes determination based on an amount of ink counted by the first counting unit over a past second period of time before a point when the detecting unit detects ink and an amount of ink counted by the second counting unit.

US Pat. No. 10,427,411

INK-JET PRINTING APPARATUS AND CLEANING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink-jet printing apparatus comprising:a print head having a discharge port face provided with a first discharge port having a first diameter and a second discharge port having a second diameter smaller than the first diameter, the print head being configured to perform a printing operation on a recording medium;
a cap configured to cover the discharge port face;
a suction unit connected to the cap, configured to suck ink from the print head when the cap covers the discharge port face, and capable of performing a first suction operation sucking ink at a first strength and a second suction operation sucking ink at a second strength higher than the first strength;
a control unit configured to cause the suction unit to perform the suction operation; and
a determining unit configured to determine a printing operation to be performed by the print head among a plurality of printing operations including a first printing operation performing printing on a recording medium using at least the second discharge port and a second printing operation performing printing on a recording medium using the first discharge port without using the second discharge port,
wherein, in a case where the determining unit determines to perform the first printing operation, the control unit causes the suction unit to perform the first suction operation and the second suction operation before the first printing operation, and
wherein, in a case where the determining unit determines to perform the second printing operation, the control unit causes the suction unit to perform the first suction operation and not to perform the second suction operation before the second printing operation and causes the suction unit to perform the second suction operation after the second printing operation.

US Pat. No. 10,427,412

LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS AND LIQUID REFILLING CONTAINER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejecting apparatus comprising:a print head configured to eject a liquid;
a liquid storage unit including a liquid injection port protruding in a first direction through which the liquid is injected, and a pressing member provided inside the liquid injection port, the liquid storage unit storing the liquid to be supplied to the print head;
a first shape portion extending by a first length from an opening of the liquid injection port in the first direction and being formed with a first width in a circumferential direction of the opening;
a second shape portion extending by a second length shorter than the first length from the opening of the liquid injection port in the first direction and being formed with a second width shorter than the first width in the circumferential direction of the opening; and
a liquid refilling container configured to refill the liquid into the liquid storage unit, the liquid refilling container including a liquid pour-out port through which the liquid is poured out, a sealing member configured to seal the liquid pour-out port, an inclined portion having a tip at which the liquid pour-out port is formed, a third shape portion enabled to engage with the first shape portion, and a fourth shape portion enabled to engage with the second shape portion,
wherein a distance between the third shape portion and an opening of the liquid pour-out port is less than a distance between the fourth shape portion and the opening of the liquid pour-out port, and
wherein, in a case where the first shape portion engages with the third shape portion and the second shape portion engages with the fourth shape portion, the pressing member presses the sealing member to open the liquid pour-out port,
wherein in a case where the first shape portion and the third shape portion engage with each other, and the second shape portion and the fourth shape portion do not engage with each other, the pressing member does not press the sealing member,
wherein the first shape portions are formed at positions for which a positional relation relative to a center of the liquid pour-out port remains the same regardless of the type of the liquid stored in the liquid storage unit, and the second shape portions are formed at positions for which the positional relation varies depending on the type of the liquid stored in the liquid storage unit,
wherein in a case where a type of the liquid to be stored in the liquid storage unit is different from a type of the liquid stored in the liquid refilling container, the first shape portion engages with the third shape portion and the second shape portion does not engage with the fourth shape portion.

US Pat. No. 10,427,413

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:a plurality of liquid chambers each including,
an energy generating element that generates energy for ejecting a liquid,
an ejection opening that ejects the liquid, and
a liquid supply opening that supplies the liquid to the energy generating element,
the liquid flowing in a first direction in the plurality of liquid chambers, and the plurality of liquid chambers being arranged in a second direction that intersects the first direction; and
a plurality of first side walls that extend in the first direction and that form walls on both sides of the plurality of liquid chambers,
wherein each of the plurality of first side walls includes a fragmenting portion that fragments each of the plurality of first side walls in the first direction, or a section reducing portion that is a portion in which a section vertical to the first direction has been scaled down,
wherein the plurality of first side walls are shared by adjacent liquid chambers,
wherein a continuously extending second side wall that forms a dummy liquid chamber together with a first side wall of the plurality of first side walls is positioned at an end portion in the second direction, and
wherein the fragmenting portion or the section reducing portion is provided at a position that is closer to the liquid supply opening with respect to a center of the ejection opening in the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,432,804

DISPLAY CONTROL FOR AN IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus having a plurality of applications for using functions of the image processing apparatus which arranges, in a first area displayed on an operation unit of the image processing apparatus, a first software key for executing an application among the plurality of applications, the image processing apparatus comprising:at least one memory storing instructions; and
at least one processor that, upon execution of the instructions, configures the at least one processor to
display, on the operation unit, a second area where a second software key generated by executing a job corresponding to the application is arranged, wherein the second software key is for re-executing the application by a first user operation according to a setting content of the executed job; and
display, on the operation unit, an item for arranging, in the first area, the first software key for executing a job according to a setting content of the second software key, and a menu screen including the item when the second software key is selected by a second user operation different from the first user operation.

US Pat. No. 10,427,427

PRINTING APPARATUS THAT DETECTS WHETHER A PRINT MEDIUM RUNS OUT AND, DURING DOUBLE-SIDED PRINTING, DISCARDS IMAGE DATA TO BE PRINTED ON THE RUN OUT PRINT MEDIUM, AND RELATED PRINT CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a storage unit configured to externally receive and to store image data used to print images;
a detection unit configured to detect presence and absence of a print medium fed from a feeding unit;
a print unit configured to read out, in accordance with detection of the print medium fed from the feeding unit by the detection unit, the image data for printing an image on the print medium, detected by the detection unit, from the storage unit, and to print the image on the print medium based on the image data;
a hold unit configured to hold a print medium, with an image being printed on a first surface, to print on a second surface, as a back surface of the first surface, in double-sided printing; and
a control unit configured to control, if the detection unit detects that a print medium fed from the feeding unit runs out, while the hold unit holds the print medium, with the image being printed on the first surface by the print unit, during execution of a sequence of the double-sided printing, data reading so as to read and to discard image data, corresponding to an image to be printed on the runout print medium, from the storage unit, to cause a conveyance unit to convey the held print medium from the hold unit to the print unit, and to cause the print unit to print an image on the second surface of the held print medium.

US Pat. No. 10,427,430

PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a first roller configured to feed a sheet;
a second roller configured to convey the sheet fed by the first roller;
a print head configured to print an image on the sheet conveyed by the second roller based on printing data;
a detection unit configured to detect an edge of the sheet; and
processor and memory configured to function as:
a control unit configured to perform a forming operation for forming an overlap state in which a leading edge of a succeeding sheet is overlapping with a preceding sheet; and
a determination unit configured to determine whether to perform a first conveyance operation for conveying the succeeding sheet to a printing start position at which printing of the succeeding sheet by the print head is started while keeping the overlap state or a second conveyance operation for conveying the succeeding sheet to the printing start position with an interval between a trailing edge of the preceding sheet and the leading edge of the succeeding sheet,
wherein the control unit controls the first roller and the second roller to perform a skew correction operation of the succeeding sheet by abutting the leading edge of the succeeding sheet against the second roller which stops before the trailing edge of the preceding sheet passes the second roller in a case in which the determination unit determines to perform the first conveyance operation.

US Pat. No. 10,432,811

IMAGE READING METHOD WITH DOCUMENT LAYOUT DETECTION, AND IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND STORAGE MEDIUM THEREWITH

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image reading method executed by an image reading apparatus which moves a reading head, in which a plurality of reading sensors are arranged in a first direction, along a document table in a second direction crossing the first direction, so as to read a plurality of documents placed on the document table, the image reading method comprising:a first moving step, by at least one processor of the image reading apparatus, for causing the image reading apparatus to move the reading head in the second direction to a detection position by a predetermined distance from a position, at which a first document is detected, in a state in which the reading head does not perform predetermined reading processing;
a first determining step, by the at least one processor, for determining the size and layout of the first document based on the result, when the reading head is at the detection position, of the predetermined reading processing by reading sensors among the plurality of reading sensors arranged at positions corresponding to the first document in the first direction; and
a second determining step, by the at least one processor, for determining whether or not a second document other than the first document exists at the detection position in the second direction and a position apart from the first document in the first direction, based on the result, when the reading head is at the detection position, of the predetermined reading processing by reading sensors among the plurality of reading sensors arranged at positions corresponding to the second document in the first direction, and determining the size and layout of the second document based on the result in a case where it is determined that the second document exists.

US Pat. No. 10,427,431

SHEET SUPPLYING APPARATUS AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet supplying apparatus, comprising:a driving unit configured to cause a roll including a wound consecutive sheet to rotate in a first direction for feeding the sheet or a second direction opposite to the first direction;
a first sensor that detects a leading end portion of the sheet separated from an outer circumferential surface of the roll; and
a second sensor that detects the leading end portion of the sheet, the second sensor being positioned downstream of the first sensor with respect to a direction in which the sheet is fed, wherein
in a case in which the second sensor detects the leading end portion of the sheet, the driving unit causes the roll to rotate in the first direction, and
in a case in which the second sensor does not detect the leading end portion of the sheet, the driving unit causes the roll to rotate in the second direction, and when the first sensor detects the leading end portion of the sheet, the driving unit changes a rotation direction of the roll from the second direction to the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,432,812

IMAGE READING DEVICE, DOCUMENT FEEDER DEVICE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image reading device, comprising:a reading unit including a reading glass, and a reader configured to read, through the reading glass, an image on a document placed on the reading glass; and
a turning unit configured to turn with respect to the reading unit,
wherein the turning unit includes
a pressing plate configured to press the document placed on the reading glass against the reading glass when the turning unit is at a position closing the reading glass,
an attachment part to which a communication unit for acquiring information regarding a user of the image reading device is attached,
wherein at least part of the pressing plate is removed from the turning unit to externally expose the attachment part, and
wherein the communication unit is attached to the attachment part in a state where at least part of the pressing plate is removed from the turning unit.

US Pat. No. 10,430,507

REPORT CREATING SUPPORT APPARATUS, METHOD FOR THE SAME, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging diagnosis report creating support apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more memories coupled to the one or more processors and having instructions stored thereon which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the report creating support apparatus to:
cause a display unit to display a plurality of evaluation values for an evaluation item associated with an imaging diagnosis target, wherein the plurality of evaluation values are arranged in order in accordance with a state of the imaging diagnosis target, and the evaluation item is an item related to an imaging finding;
in a case where a mouse cursor is moved to a position at one of the displayed evaluation values, determine a number of the evaluation values to display adjacent to an indicated evaluation value at the position of the mouse cursor;
while the mouse cursor is at the position of the indicated evaluation value, obtain a subset of evaluation values from the displayed evaluation values adjacent to the indicated evaluation value based on the determined number, and cause the display unit to display in a popup, based on the obtaining, the subset of evaluation values and the indicated evaluation value, and wherein a graphic illustrates a criterion for the indicated evaluation value in the popup and a graphic illustrates a criterion for the displayed subset of evaluation values adjacent to the indicated evaluation value in the popup, in such a manner that the popup is displayed at the position of the mouse cursor; and
in a case where one of the subset of evaluation values or indicated evaluation value is selected in the popup or display by clicking, store, as an imaging diagnosis report for the imaging diagnosis target, the selected evaluation value for the item in the one or more memories.

US Pat. No. 10,432,815

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT TURNS ON WHEN SENSING A HUMAN AND TURNS OFF WHEN NO OPERATION IS INPUT IN A PREDETERMINED TIME, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a human sensor;
an interface that receives a user operation; and
a power controller configured to, based on a sensing result of the human sensor, turn on a predetermined device;
wherein the power controller turns on the predetermined device and turns off the human sensor based on the sensing result of the human sensor, and the power controller turns on the human sensor and turns off the predetermined device based on a sensing result of the human sensor, when a predetermined time has elapsed without the interface receiving a user operation.

US Pat. No. 10,429,233

OBJECT INFORMATION OBTAINING DEVICE, DISPLAY METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image generating apparatus, comprising:a light source configured to emit light;
an acoustic wave detecting unit configured to detect a photoacoustic wave generated in an object in response to irradiation with the light and output an electric signal in response to detection of the acoustic wave; and
an arithmetic unit configured to generate photoacoustic signal data based on the electric signal and generate image data based on the photoacoustic signal data,
wherein the arithmetic unit is configured to:
cause a display unit to display a plurality of candidates in image reconstruction processing, those of which are ready to be specified by a user,
perform image reconstruction processing specified by the user on the photoacoustic signal data configured to generate the image data; and
cause the display unit to display an image based on the image data,
wherein the arithmetic unit is configured to cause the display unit to display a plurality of candidates in image reconstruction processing including a time-domain image reconstruction processing, a Fourier-domain image reconstruction processing and a model base image reconstruction processing, those of which are ready to be specified by a user, and to display a state of progress in the corresponding image reconstruction processing.

US Pat. No. 10,432,820

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a scanner that scans multiple original documents placed on a platen glass of the scanner to generate a scanned image;
a memory that stores instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the stored instructions to perform:
acquiring document images corresponding to the respective original documents by performing a multiple cropping process for the scanned image;
deciding a page order of the acquired document images based on area sizes of the acquired document images and position coordinates at which the acquired document images are located on the scanned image; and
arranging the document images of the respective original documents in the decided page order to create one file including the document images arranged in the decided page order.

US Pat. No. 10,432,822

COLOR CONVERSION LUT CREATION APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS COLOR CONVERSION PROCESSING BY USING COLOR CONVERSION LUT, CREATION METHOD OF COLOR CONVERSION LUT, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A color conversion LUT creation apparatus comprising:a derivation unit configured to derive an output value corresponding to an input value in an input image for a plurality of virtual color materials whose number is smaller than a number of actual color materials used in an image forming apparatus;
a setting unit configured to set a target number of dots of the actual color material, which is a target of a number of dots printed per unit area; and
a conversion unit configured to convert an output value of the plurality of virtual color materials into an output value of the actual color material so that a total value of numbers of dots of the actual color material coincides with the target number of dots and to create a color conversion LUT in which the input value and the output value of the actual color material are associated with each other, wherein
the setting unit sets the target number of dots based on dispersibility of a dot pattern corresponding to each tone level of a dither matrix used for halftone processing.

US Pat. No. 10,432,823

PRINTING APPARATUS CONFIGURED TO DISPLAY CODE IMAGE WITHOUT CHANGING COLOR, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus, comprising:a printer;
a display;
a memory configured to store instructions; and
one or more processors configured to execute the instructions to:
set whether or not to perform first processing for changing color information of a screen to be displayed on the display; and
perform the first processing on the screen and control the display to display the screen whose color information has been changed by the first processing in a case where the setting to perform the first processing is set,
wherein, in a case where a code image to be read by an external apparatus is included in the screen to be displayed on the display, the one or more processors are configured to not perform the first processing on the code image included in the screen to be displayed, even if the setting to perform the first processing is set, and control the display to display the code image on which the first processing has not been performed.

US Pat. No. 10,429,753

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOCONDUCTOR, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic photoconductor comprising:a support;
an undercoat layer;
a charge generation layer; and
a hole transport layer in this order,
wherein the undercoat layer comprises a polymerized product of a composition that comprises an electron transport substance haying a polymerizable group and a crosslinking agent,
and
the charge generation layer comprises a gallium phthalocyanine crystal and an amide compound represented by formula (N1):

 where R1 represents a methyl group, andwherein PN/PA is 0.005 or more and 0.080 or less, where PA represents an amount of the electron transport substance in terms of percent by mass based on a total mass of the undercoat layer and PN represents an amount of the amide compound represented by formula (N1) in terms of percent by mass based on a total mass of the charge generation layer.

US Pat. No. 10,426,423

RADIOGRAPHING SYSTEM AND RADIOGRAPHING METHOD FOR REDUCING SCATTERED RADIATION COMPONENT FROM RADIOGRAPHIC IMAGE AND GENERATING LONG-SIZED IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiographing system comprising:a plurality of radiation detecting apparatuses that can detect radiation and output radiographic images, the plurality of radiation detecting apparatuses being provided to overlap with one another;
a scattered radiation correction unit configured to perform reduction processing of a scattered radiation component in a defective region of at least one of the output radiographic images, the defective region including a structure of one or more of the radiation detection apparatus;
a composition processing unit configured to generate a long-sized image on a basis of the radiographic images acquired from the plurality of radiation detecting apparatuses; and
an image correction unit configured to perform correction processing on the defective region in the long-sized image, thereby reducing the structure of the radiation detecting apparatus in the long-sized image using a pixel value of an image region other than the defective region.

US Pat. No. 10,429,754

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member, comprising:a support;
a charge-generating layer on the support;
a charge-transporting layer on the charge-generating layer; and
a protective layer on the charge-transporting layer, the protective layer comprising components (?), (?), and (?):
(?) a polymer of a hole-transportable compound represented by formula (A)

where Z1 to Z3 independently represent an optionally substituted aryl group, and a substituent of the aryl group comprises a linear or branched alkyl group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms, a halogen atom or a polymerizable functional group, provided that the hole-transportable compound represented by the formula (A) has one or more polymerizable functional groups each serving as the substituent;
(?) a polycarbonate resin having a structural unit represented by formula (B)

where R11 to R14 independently represent a hydrogen atom, a methyl group or an ethyl group, and X1 represents a single bond, an oxygen atom or a divalent hydrocarbon group; and
(?) a hole-transportable compound represented by formula (C)

where Ar1 and Ar2 independently represent a substituted or unsubstituted phenyl group, Ar3 represents an n-valent aromatic group and n represents an integer of 1 to 3, provided that component (?) is free from any polymerizable functional group, wherein
a content of component ((3) in the protective layer is 0.01 to 4.0 mass % with respect to a content of component (a) in the protective layer,
a content of component (?) in the protective layer is 0.001 to 3.0 mass % with respect to the content of component (a) in the protective layer, and
the charge-transporting layer contains component (?).

US Pat. No. 10,431,546

MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a laminate, the method comprising:preparing a first wafer and a second wafer, the first wafer comprising a first semiconductor substrate and a first wiring structure on the first semiconductor substrate, the second wafer comprising a second semiconductor substrate and a second wiring structure on the second semiconductor substrate, the first wiring structure and the second wiring structure are arranged between the first substrate and the second substrate, the first wiring structure including a first plurality of conductive lines, and the second wiring structure including a second plurality of conductive lines; and
forming a connecting member configured to electrically connect a first conductive line of the first plurality of conductive lines and a second conductive line of the second plurality of conductive lines,
wherein the forming of the connecting member comprises:forming a first hole and a second hole each of which penetrates at least the first semiconductor substrate so that a part of the first semiconductor substrate is arranged between the first hole and the second hole, at least one of the first conductive line and the second conductive line exposes to the first hole, and at least the one of the first conductive line and the second conductive line exposes to the second hole; and disposing a conductive material in the first hole and the second hole.

US Pat. No. 10,426,425

CONTROL DEVICE, CONTROL SYSTEM, RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An X-ray radiation imaging control device comprising:a display control unit configured to output, to a display unit, information indicating display content to be displayed on the display unit in order to cause the display unit to display imaging conditions for X-ray radiation imaging and an X-ray radiation image obtained by X-ray radiation imaging under at least one of the imaging conditions;
a determination unit configured to determine the presence or absence of abnormality concerning X-ray radiation imaging based on a dose index value derived from image data for the X-ray radiation image; and
a storage control unit configured to cause a storage unit to store the information indicating display content that is output to the display unit by the display control unit at a timing based on the abnormality in the case where the presence of abnormality is determined by the determination unit.

US Pat. No. 10,432,830

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING PLURALITY OF EXTERNAL CONNECTION TERMINALS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:a plurality of inclined faces formed on a side surface in a width direction of an apparatus main body perpendicular to an optical axis, the plurality of inclined faces being inclined such that ends of the respective inclined faces on a back side of the apparatus main body are inclined in a direction to come close to the optical axis; and
a plurality of external connection terminals provided on the respective plurality of inclined faces,
wherein the plurality of inclined faces are arranged at positions so as not to overlap each other when viewed from the width direction of the apparatus main body, and are arranged at a position such that at least a part of the inclined faces overlap each other when viewed from a direction of the optical axis, and
wherein the number of external connection terminals provided on a first inclined face among the plurality of inclined faces is different from the number of external connection terminals provided on a second inclined face, among the plurality of inclined faces, other than the first inclined face.

US Pat. No. 10,429,757

TONER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A toner comprising a toner particle containing a binder resin and a release agent, whereinthe toner particle has a surface layer that contains an organosilicon polymer; and
for a luminance histogram, obtained by acquiring a backscattered electron image of a 1.5 ?m-by-1.5 ?m square of the surface of the toner particle in scanning electron microscopic observation of the toner particle surface, and classifying a luminance of each pixel constituting this backscattered electron image into 256 levels from a luminance of 0 to a luminance of 255, and moreover placing the luminance on an abscissa and the number of pixels on an ordinate in this luminance histogram,
(i) two peak values P1 and P2 and a minimum value V between P1 and P2 are present, and the peak containing P2 is a peak originating from the organosilicon polymer,
(ii) the luminance giving P1 is from 20 to 70,
(iii) the luminance giving P2 is from 130 to 230,
(iv) a percentage for P1 and a percentage for P2 with respect to the total number of pixels in the backscattered electron image are each at least 0.50%, and
(v) formulas (1) and (2) below are satisfied
(A1/AV)?1.50  (1)
(A2/AV)?1.50  (2)where Bl is the luminance giving V, A1 is the total number of pixels in a luminance range from 0 to (Bl?30), AV is the total number of pixels in a luminance range from (Bl?29) to (B1+29), and A2 is the total number of pixels in a luminance range from (Bl+30) to 255.

US Pat. No. 10,429,761

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS USING ULTRAVIOLET AND INFRARED RADIATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming portion for forming an image on a sheet by using a developer including toner;
a feeding belt for feeding the sheet on which the image is formed by said image forming portion;
an infrared irradiating portion for irradiating, with infrared radiation, the image on the sheet fed by said feeding belt;
an ultraviolet irradiating portion for irradiating, with ultraviolet radiation, the image on the sheet having been irradiated with the infrared radiation by said infrared irradiating portion to fix the developer on the sheet by ultraviolet radiation; and
a controller for controlling operations of said feeding belt and said infrared irradiating portion,
wherein said controller causes said infrared irradiating portion to irradiate said feeding belt with the infrared radiation while causing said feeding belt to rotate in a stand-by state in which said controller waits for an execution instruction of an image forming operation in a state in which the image forming operation is capable of being started.

US Pat. No. 10,429,766

DEVELOPING APPARATUS HAVING A LARGE CAPACITY TONER STORAGE CHAMBER, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing apparatus comprising:a frame including:
a first surface including a first curved surface having a tangent plane that is inclined at a first angle relative to a horizontal plane in an installed state where the developing apparatus is installed in an image forming apparatus; and
a second surface including a second curved surface having a tangent plane that is inclined at a second angle less than the first angle relative to a horizontal plane, the second surface being coupled to the first surface so that the second surface is positioned above the first surface in the installed state; and
a developer carrying member including a surface configured so that a plurality of dielectric portions is dispersed on a conductive portion, and which is rotatably supported by the frame at a lower side of the fame in the installed state,
wherein a developer stored in a storage chamber formed by the frame has a first angle of repose of the developer in a case where the developer stored in the storage chamber has been used in an image forming operation for a predetermined number of times, and a second angle of repose of the developer in a case the developer stored in the storage chamber has never been used in the image forming operation, and
wherein the second angle is equal to or greater than a degree of the second angle of repose of the developer, relative to a horizontal plane.

US Pat. No. 10,426,440

SUBJECT INFORMATION OBTAINING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR OBTAINING SUBJECT INFORMATION, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A subject information obtaining apparatus that obtains information regarding a subject, the subject information obtaining apparatus comprising:a probe having a plurality of conversion elements;
the plurality of conversion elements being configured to transmit an elastic wave to the subject and receive a reflected elastic wave and convert the received elastic wave into a plurality of received signals;
a computing unit having a storage unit and a frequency-domain interferometry adaptive processing unit,
the storage unit being configured to store a plurality of predetermined reference signals each representing a received signal of a wave from a known interface of an object with mutually different incident angles, radii of curvature, or sizes; and
the frequency-domain interferometry adaptive processing unit being configured to execute a frequency-domain interferometry method and adaptive signal processing which adaptively applies weight on the plurality of received signals and two or more reference signals among the plurality of reference signals, to obtain a power intensity distribution for each of the two or more reference signals,
wherein the obtained two or more power intensity distributions are indicative of a spatial resolution of the information regarding the subject.

US Pat. No. 10,429,772

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an apparatus body;
a belt unit configured to be detachably mountable to the apparatus body,
wherein the belt unit includes,
a belt configured to bear a toner image, and
a cleaning unit configured to clean the toner image remaining on the belt,
wherein the cleaning unit includes,
a blade configured to contact the belt,
a plate configured to support the blade, and
a cleaning container configured to collect toner cleaned by the blade and configured to support the plate; and
a backup portion, provided on the apparatus body, configured to be in contact with the plate to support the plate.

US Pat. No. 10,426,443

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An object information acquiring apparatus comprising:a plurality of converting elements with which an acoustic wave is transmitted to an object and the acoustic wave reflected within the object is received and converted into a plurality of received signals;
a processor that acquires, using the plurality of received signals, a power intensity signal showing a distribution of power intensity in a plurality of positions within the object through processing using frequency domain interferometry to which adaptive signal processing is applied;
a corrector that performs correction processing on the power intensity signal to output a corrected power intensity signal; and
an image processor that generates image display data using the corrected power intensity signal,
wherein the processor calculates a plurality of correlation values of frequency components using the plurality of received signals, performs frequency average processing on a correlation matrix that is a set of the plurality of calculated correlation values to acquire a first power intensity signal using a plurality of values obtained by the frequency average processing, and performs signal processing of reducing variance of elements in a diagonal direction of the correlation matrix and thereby acquire a second power intensity signal using the plurality of values after the signal processing of reducing variance,
wherein the corrector outputs the corrected power intensity signal using the first power intensity signal and the second power intensity signal, and
wherein the processor performs as the signal processing of reducing variance, substituting elements in a diagonal direction with an identical value.

US Pat. No. 10,432,848

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:a display unit arranged on a first surface of the electronic apparatus;
a first operation member arranged on a second surface of the electronic apparatus;
a second operation member arranged on a third surface of the electronic apparatus, wherein the third surface is on a right side of the electronic apparatus when the first and second surfaces are viewed as front and top sides, respectively, of the electronic apparatus; and
a memory and at least one processor or circuit which function as:
a control unit configured to perform control to change an item to be selected from among a plurality of items displayed on the display unit to a previous item according to an operation on the first operation member and change the item to be selected to a next item according to an operation on the second operation member.

US Pat. No. 10,429,778

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT DETERMINES A TYPE OF A RECORDING MATERIAL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a heat generation member configured to heat a recording material placed on a placement portion;
an image forming unit configured to form an image on the recording material conveyed from the placement portion;
a detecting unit configured to perform detection for information about a characteristic of the recording material and obtain detection result;
a measuring unit configured to perform measurement for information about a moisture content around the image forming apparatus and obtain measured information; and
a control unit configured to set an image forming condition for the image forming unit based on a detection result obtained by the detecting unit, the measured information obtained by the measuring unit immediately before energization to the heat generation member is started, and a time elapsed after the energization to the heat generation member is started.

US Pat. No. 10,432,852

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory storing instructions which, when the instructions are executed by the one or more processors, cause the image processing apparatus to function as:
an acquiring unit configured to acquire a plurality of image signals picked up by an image pickup unit;
a determining unit configured to determine distance information of the object image by using the plurality of image signals; and
a conversion unit configured to perform, on the distance information, gradation conversion that has at least one conversion characteristic out of a plurality of different conversion characteristics, and to output information that is based on the distance information converted by the gradation conversion,
wherein the conversion unit selects the one conversion characteristic out of the plurality of different conversion characteristics based on an application to which the information is output, and
wherein the conversion unit determines a gradation resolution of the output of the conversion unit based on the conversion characteristic.

US Pat. No. 10,432,854

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS TO DETERMINE WHETHER THERE IS FOG OR MIST IN A CAPTURED IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:an image acquisition unit configured to acquire an image of a subject;
a calculation unit configured to calculate a ratio of a number of pixels having brightness values in a brightness range to a total number of pixels in an entire image;
an image processing unit configured to emphasize a contrast of the image when the ratio is equal to or greater than a first threshold; and
a control unit configured to change a brightness range for calculating the ratio based on at least one of an illuminance of the subject obtained from the image and an exposure target value used when the image is acquired.

US Pat. No. 10,429,781

IMAGE HEATING DEVICE AND HEATER FOR USE IN IMAGE HEATING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A heater for use in an image heating device, the heater comprising:a substrate;
a first heating block provided on the substrate and configured to generate heat by electric power supplied thereto;
a second heating block provided on the substrate at a position different from the position of the first heating block in a longitudinal direction of the substrate and configured to generate heat by electric power supplied thereto;
a third heating block provided on the substrate at a position different from the position of the first and second heating blocks in the longitudinal direction of the substrate and configured to generate heat by electric power supplied thereto;
a fourth heating block provided on the substrate at a position different from the position of the first, second and third heating blocks in the longitudinal direction of the substrate and configured to generate heat by electric power supplied thereto, the first to fourth heating blocks are controllable independently of each other;
a first temperature sensor provided on the substrate at a position corresponding to the first heating block;
a second temperature sensor provided on the substrate at a position corresponding to the second heating block;
a third temperature sensor provided on the substrate at a position corresponding to the third heating block;
a fourth temperature sensor provided on the substrate at a position corresponding to the fourth heating block;
a first conductive pattern provided on the substrate and electrically coupled to the first temperature sensor;
a second conductive pattern provided on the substrate and electrically coupled to the second temperature sensor;
a first common conductive pattern provided on the substrate and electrically coupled to the first and second temperature sensors;
a third conductive pattern provided on the substrate and electrically coupled to the third temperature sensor;
a fourth conductive pattern provided on the substrate and electrically coupled to the fourth temperature sensor;
a second common conductive pattern provided on the substrate and electrically coupled to the third and fourth temperature sensors;
a first electrode provided on the substrate at one end portion of the substrate in the longitudinal direction of the substrate and electrically connected to the first conductive pattern;
a second electrode provided on the substrate at the one end portion of the substrate in the longitudinal direction of the substrate and electrically connected to the second conductive pattern;
a first common electrode provided on the substrate at the one end portion of the substrate in the longitudinal direction of the substrate and electrically connected to the first common conductive pattern;
a third electrode provided on the substrate at the other end portion of the substrate in the longitudinal direction of the substrate and electrically connected to the third conductive pattern;
a fourth electrode provided on the substrate at the other end portion of the substrate in the longitudinal direction of the substrate and electrically connected to the fourth conductive pattern; and
a second common electrode provided on the substrate at the other end portion of the substrate in the longitudinal direction of the substrate and electrically connected to the second common conductive pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,429,783

FIXING APPARATUS AND HEATER USED IN THE SAME THAT SUPPRESSES THERMAL STRESS FROM BEING CREATED IN THE HEATER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing apparatus comprising:a fixing member;
a heater that generates heat by electric power supplied thereto, the heater including a substrate, and a first heat generating resistor and a second heat generating resistor provided on the substrate along a longitudinal direction of the substrate; and
a power shut-off member that is operated by heat of the heater to shut off supply of the electric power to the heater, the power shut-off member being in contact with the heater at a position between the first heat generating resistor and the second heat generating resistor in a lateral direction of the heater,
wherein an image formed on a recording material is fixed to the recording material with the heat of the heater with the fixing member interposed therebetween,
wherein a width of a first portion in the lateral direction, the first portion being a portion of the first heat generating resistor that overlaps a contact area between the power shut-off member and the heater in the longitudinal direction, is narrower than a width of a second portion that is a portion of the first heat generating resistor different from the first portion in the longitudinal direction,
wherein in the lateral direction, at least a portion of an outline of the first portion on a near side with respect to a virtual line that passes the contact area along the longitudinal direction is provided at a position closer to the virtual line than an outline of the second portion on a near side with respect to the virtual line, and
wherein in the lateral direction, at least a portion of an outline of the first portion on a far side with respect to the virtual line is provided at a position closer to the virtual line power shut-off member than an outline of the second portion on a far side with respect to the virtual line.

US Pat. No. 10,432,858

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR HAVING POWER CONTROL TO CONTROL POWER STATE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus having a power supply and comprising:a display configured to be capable of selectively changing a display direction to at least one of an image pickup direction of an image pickup unit or an opposite direction;
at least one processor; and
a memory storing instructions that, when executed by the at least one processor, causes the at least one processor to perform operations comprising:
accepting an operation from a user;
controlling a power state of the power supply either in a first state or a second state, wherein power consumption in the first state is lower than power consumption in the second state, and to switch to the first state from the second state in response to a period, in which the operation from the user has not been accepted, exceeding a threshold; and
performing control including changing the threshold based on the display direction while a predetermined screen is displayed on the display such that the threshold in a case where the display direction is the image pickup direction is set to be longer than the threshold in a case where the display direction of the display is the opposite direction.

US Pat. No. 10,429,787

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH DETECTION OF SURFACE POTENTIAL OF PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER AND ADJUSTMENT OF SLOPE OF CHARGE POTENTIAL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a rotatable photosensitive member;
first and second corona chargers each extending along an axial direction of said photosensitive member at a position opposing said photosensitive member and each configured to electrically charge a surface of said photosensitive member, wherein said second corona charger is disposed downstream of said first corona charger with respect to a rotational direction of said photosensitive member;
an adjusting mechanism provided in each of said first and second corona chargers and capable of adjusting, through an operator, a slope of a charge potential of said photosensitive member with respect to the axial direction;
a developing device provided downstream of said second corona charger with respect to the rotational direction and configured to develop an electrostatic image on said photosensitive member into a toner image with toner deposited on the electrostatic image at a developing position;
a detecting member provided downstream of said second corona charger and upstream of the developing position with respect to the rotational direction and configured to detect a surface potential of said photosensitive member at a plurality of positions with respect to the axial direction;
an input portion to which an instruction of the operator is inputted;
a display portion at which information is displayed; and
a controller configured to execute an operation in a first mode and a second mode in accordance with input of the instruction to said input portion, said controller causing said detecting member to detect a first surface potential of said photosensitive member after being charged by said first and second corona chargers and to cause said display portion to display information regarding the first surface potential with respect to the axial direction based on the detection result of said detecting member in the first mode, and said controller causing said detecting member to detect a second surface potential of said photosensitive member after being charged by one of said first corona charger and said second corona charger and causing said display portion to display information regarding the second surface potential with respect to the axial direction based on the detection result of said detecting member in the second mode.

US Pat. No. 10,429,789

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS IN WHICH UNEVEN IMAGE DENSITY IS SUPPRESSED WHILE SIMULTANEOUSLY FIXING FILM SURFACE LAYER IS PROTECTED

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image bearing member;
a transfer unit configured to form, together with the image bearing member, a transfer nip portion and to transfer a toner image formed on the image bearing member to a recording material at the transfer nip portion; and
a fixing unit configured to fix the toner image on the recording material to the recording material at a fixing nip portion, the fixing unit including a fixing film, a heater configured to generate heat from electric power supplied from a commercial alternating power supply, and a pressure roller configured to form, together with the heater, the fixing nip portion via the fixing film,
wherein the pressure roller is electrically grounded,
wherein a conductive path different from a power supply path from the commercial alternating power supply to the heater is provided between the commercial alternating power supply and the pressure roller,
wherein one end of the power supply path is connected with the commercial alternating power supply and the other end of the power supply path is connected with the heater,
wherein one end of the conductive path is connected with the commercial alternating power supply or the power supply path and the other end of the conductive path is connected with the pressure roller, and
wherein a capacitive element is provided on the conductive path.

US Pat. No. 10,429,791

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING OPTICAL PRINT HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a drum unit including a rotatable photosensitive drum;
an optical print head including a light emitting surface configured to emit light to which the photosensitive drum is exposed,
wherein the optical print head is movable between
an exposure position where the photosensitive drum is exposed to the light by causing the light emitting surface to emit the light, and
a retracted position where the optical print head is retracted further from the photosensitive drum than the exposure position;
a guide portion configured to allow a cleaning member for cleaning the light emitting surface to be inserted into the guide portion in the longitudinal direction; and
an abutting portion that is provided between the light emitting surface and the guide portion in a longitudinal direction of the optical print head,
wherein the movement path of the abutting portion that moves together with the optical print head toward the exposure position and the retracted position, and the movement path of the cleaning member inserted in the guide portion and configured to clean the light emitting surface of the optical print head positioning at the retracted position intersect with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,429,794

ROTATIONAL FORCE TRANSMITTING PART

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A device for transmitting a rotational force to an electrophotographic photosensitive drum, the device comprising:a flange connectable with the photosensitive drum and having a rotational axis;
a pin supported by the flange, the pin being configured to transmit the rotational force to the flange; and
a coupling member having a rotational axis, the coupling member including (i) a first end portion operatively connected to the flange, (ii) a second end portion including at least one projection, and (iii) a connecting portion connecting the first end portion and the second end portion, wherein the first end portion includes a through-hole portion,
wherein the pin penetrates the through-hole portion and is capable of receiving the rotational force from the coupling member,
wherein the coupling member is movable with respect to the pin between a first position in which the axis of the coupling member is coaxial with the axis of the flange, and a second position in which the axis of the coupling member is inclined with respect to the axis of the flange, and
wherein in the second position the coupling member is fully inclined with respect to the axis of the flange, and an angle of inclination of the axis of the coupling member with respect to the axis of the flange is about 20 degrees to about 60 degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,432,878

IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM HAVING LOGICAL CIRCUIT TO GENERATE PIXEL DRIVING SIGNALS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:a pixel area including a plurality of pixel circuit groups each of which includes a plurality of pixel circuits;
a plurality of drivers arranged so as to correspond to the different pixel circuit groups and configured to output driving signals to the corresponding pixel circuit groups; and
an address decoder configured to supply logical values indicating selection or deselection of the individual drivers to the drivers,
wherein each of the drivers includes
a first holding circuit configured to hold and output a logical value based on a logical value supplied from the address decoder,
a second holding circuit configured to hold and output a logical value based on the logical value output from the first holding circuit, and
a calculator configured to receive the logical values supplied from the first and second holding circuits and perform a logical operation for generating one of the driving signals.

US Pat. No. 10,432,880

IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING SYSTEM, AND DRIVING METHOD FOR IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:a pixel array having a plurality of rows of a plurality of pixels, the pixels each including:
a photoelectric converting unit configured to generate electric charges corresponding to incident light;
an amplification transistor having an input node, the amplification transistor configured to output a signal corresponding to electric charges in the input node;
a transfer transistor configured to transfer the electric charges generated by the photoelectric converting unit to the input node;
a reset transistor configured to reset the input node to a predetermined voltage; and
a capacitance setting unit configured to set a capacitance value of the input node,
a scanning circuit configured to perform shutter scanning sequentially performing processing of resetting electric charges of the photoelectric converting units on each row of the plurality of pixels by turning on the transfer transistors and the reset transistors, and readout scanning sequentially performing processing of transferring electric charges of the photoelectric converting unit to the input node on each row of the plurality of pixels by turning on the transfer transistors;
a first control unit configured to control the capacitance setting unit to set a capacitance value of the input node in the readout scanning; and
a second control unit configured to control the capacitance setting unit to set a capacitance value of the input node in the shutter scanning.

US Pat. No. 10,433,149

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus that performs an infrastructure connection for wireless connecting to an external apparatus through a wireless access point of a local area network and a direct connection for direct wireless connecting to the external apparatus, the communication apparatus comprising:at least one memory storing instructions;
at least one processor executing the instructions to perform:
searching for devices;
displaying a list of devices discovered by the search;
attempting to perform the infrastructure connection to a device selected by a user in the displayed list; and
in a case where the infrastructure connection to the selected device fails, attempting to perform the direct connection to the selected device.

US Pat. No. 10,431,617

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE AND APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion device, comprising:a substrate including a photoelectric conversion area in which a plurality of photoelectric conversion portions are arranged along a main surface;
a film that is disposed on the photoelectric conversion area, and includes an inner surface on a side of the substrate and an outer surface on a side opposite to the side of the substrate;
a first member that is disposed between the film and the photoelectric conversion area, includes a bottom surface located on the side of the substrate, a top surface located on the side opposite to the side of the substrate, and a side surface connecting the bottom surface and the top surface, and includes a light shielding body;
a second member disposed at least between the film and the top surface; and
a color filter that is disposed above the substrate so that the film is arranged between the color filter and a photoelectric conversion portion in the photoelectric conversion area,
wherein a distance from the main surface to the top surface is smaller than a distance from the main surface to the color filter,
wherein the film includes a first part, a second part, and a third part, the first part overlapping at least a part of each of the photoelectric conversion portions in a normal direction to the main surface of the substrate, the second part overlapping the top surface in the normal direction, and the third part locating between the first part and the second part,
wherein a distance from the main surface to the inner surface at the first part is smaller than the distance from the main surface to the top surface, a distance from the main surface to the outer surface at the first part is smaller than a distance from the main surface to the outer surface at the second part, and the outer surface at the third part inclines to the top surface,
wherein a front surface of the second member on a side of the film inclines to the top surface, between the film and the top surface in the normal direction, and
wherein one or both of the following (A) and (B) are satisfied,
(A) the second member has a refractive index lower than a refractive index of the film, and
(B) the film and the second member each include a silicon compound, and the second member includes lower nitrogen concentration and/or higher oxygen concentration as compared with the film.

US Pat. No. 10,430,132

COMMUNICATION TERMINAL, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium storing a program for causing a computer to execute a method of controlling a mobile terminal, the method comprising:setting user information that includes at least a user name and a domain name of an authentication server for authenticating a user corresponding to the user name, based on a user operation;
transmitting print data that includes information concerning the user information to an image processing apparatus;
determining to use the domain name included in the user information in a login request for the image processing apparatus in a case that the login request includes the domain name, and
determining not to use the domain name included in the user information in the login request for the image processing apparatus in a case that the login request does not include the domain name.

US Pat. No. 10,430,138

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus that wirelessly communicates in a first frequency band and a second frequency band, the communication apparatus comprising:at least one processor,
wherein the at least one processor performs operations of:
a first receiving unit configured to receive setting information used in processing for wirelessly connecting with an external apparatus;
a connection unit configured to establish a first wireless connection between the external apparatus that operates as a parent station and the communication apparatus that operates as a child station using the first frequency band with priority over the second frequency band, in a case where the setting information does not include frequency band information corresponding to the first frequency band and does not include frequency band information corresponding to the second frequency band, and configured to establish a first wireless connection between the external apparatus that operates as a parent station and the communication apparatus that operates as a child station using the first frequency band with priority over the second frequency band, in a case where the setting information includes the frequency band information corresponding to the first frequency band and does not include the frequency band information corresponding to the second frequency band;
a control unit configured to perform control so as to enable an operation unit to accept, from a user, a predetermined operation for executing process to establish a second wireless connection between an apparatus that operates as the child station and the communication apparatus that operates as the parent station in a state that the first wireless connection using the second frequency band is not established, and configured to perform control so as to disable the operation unit to accept the predetermined operation from the user in a state that the first wireless connection using the second frequency band is established;
an execution unit configured to execute the process for establishing the second wireless connection based on which the operation unit receives the predetermined operation;
a second receiving unit configured to receive a print job via the first wireless connection with the external apparatus; and
a printing unit configured to perform printing on a recording medium using a recording agent based on the print job,
wherein a channel used in the first wireless connection using the second frequency band is changed from a first channel corresponding to the second frequency band to a second channel that is different from the first channel by Dynamic Frequency Selection or Transmit Power Control.

US Pat. No. 10,430,143

IMAGE OUTPUT APPARATUS, IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGE OUTPUT APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image output apparatus connectable to an image display apparatus including a plurality of first communicating units that can be used to transmit and receive data to and from an external apparatus,an area of a screen of the image display apparatus being made up of a plurality of partial display areas capable of individually displaying an image,
the plurality of partial display areas being associated with the plurality of first communicating units,
the image output apparatus comprising:
a plurality of second communicating units that ,can be used to transmit and receive data to and from an external apparatus;
an acquiring unit configured to acquire, for each of the second communicating unit connected to the first communicating unit, from the first communicating unit connected to the second communicating unit, correspondence information that is information related to a partial display area associated with the first communicating unit;
a setting unit configured to set, for each of the second communicating unit, any of a plurality of output modes including a first output mode for outputting image data of an original image in any one of a plurality of partial image areas constituting an area of the original image; and
an outputting unit configured to output, for each of the second communicating unit, image data based on an output node set with respect to the second communicating unit using the second communicating unit, wherein
the correspondence information is a Tiled Display Topology Data Block as defined by a VESA (Video Electronics Standard Association) standard, and
the setting unit automatically sets the first output mode with respect to a second communicating unit for which the correspondence information has been acquired.

US Pat. No. 10,430,660

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a motion vector detection unit configured to perform motion vector detection by using an image signal output from an image sensor;
a generation unit configured to generate information regarding a result of the motion vector detection as metadata;
a recording unit configured to record each frame image of moving image output from the image sensor in a recording medium in association with the metadata; and
a control unit configured to cause, during an image capturing operation, the motion vector detection unit to perform motion vector detection by using an image signal output from the image sensor on which first reduction processing to reduce a number of pixels of the frame image was performed, and cause, during a playback operation of playing back the recorded age instructed by a user, the motion vector detection unit to narrow an image area in the each frame image in which motion vector detection is to be performed based on the metadata and to perform motion vector detection by using an image signal output from the recording medium on which second reduction processing to reduce a number of pixels of the frame image was not performed or on which the second reduction processing was performed such that a number of pixels of the frame image which has undergone the second reduction processing is larger than number of pixels of the frame image which has undergone the first reduction processing.

US Pat. No. 10,424,548

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a semiconductor device, the method comprising:bonding a semiconductor substrate having a semiconductor element and a conductive layer disposed on a first surface, to a support substrate, at least through an adhesive layer between the semiconductor substrate and the support substrate, the semiconductor substrate including chip areas and a scribe area between the chip areas;
forming a groove in the scribe area of the semiconductor substrate, from a side of a second surface of the semiconductor substrate, the second surface being opposite to the first surface; and
dicing the semiconductor substrate into chips by cutting the semiconductor substrate in the scribe area along the groove, such that the chips include the chip areas but do not include the scribe area,
wherein, in the forming the groove, the conductive layer between the semiconductor substrate and the support substrate is exposed at a bottom of the groove, without the adhesive layer being exposed in the groove.

US Pat. No. 10,424,613

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state imaging device comprising:a pixel in which a photoelectric conversion unit, a transfer transistor configured to transfer electric charges from the photoelectric conversion unit to a floating diffusion, and an outputting unit configured to output a signal corresponding to an amount of electric charges transferred to the floating diffusion are arranged in a well region of a second conductivity type;
a first semiconductor region extending in a first direction and which includes:
a first isolating region of the second conductivity type which is formed below the floating diffusion which is of a first conductivity type; and
a first counter dope region of the first conductivity type which surrounds the floating diffusion and in which an impurity concentration of the first conductivity type of the first counter dope region is lower than an impurity concentration of the first conductivity type of the floating diffusion; and
a second semiconductor region extending in a second direction which perpendicularly crosses the first direction in a plan view and which includes:
a second counter dope region of the first conductivity type formed in channel regions of a plurality of transistors which the outputting unit has; and
a second isolating region of the second conductivity type which is formed below the second counter dope region,
wherein a depth position of a lower surface of the first counter dope region is deeper than a depth position of a lower surface of the second counter dope region.

US Pat. No. 10,425,645

ENCODER OPTIMIZATIONS FOR PALETTE ENCODING OF CONTENT WITH SUBSAMPLED COLOUR COMPONENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of encoding a block of pixels in an image, the method comprising the following steps:obtaining an input block of input pixels conforming to an input sampling scheme having subsampling of at least one of colour components forming the pixels;
up-sampling the input block into a pre-encode block of pre-encode pixels conforming to a pre-encode sampling scheme having no subsampling of the colour components;
encoding the pre-encode block of pre-encode pixels, wherein encoding the pre-encode block includes assigning weights to the values of the at least one subsampled colour component of pre-encode pixels depending on whether the corresponding values of the same subsampled colour component exist or not in the corresponding input pixels due to the subsampling, and includes evaluating a measure using the weighted values of the pre-encode pixels,
wherein a first weight assigned to the value of a subsampled colour component of a first pre-encode pixel which corresponds to an input pixel having a value for the same subsampled colour component is higher than a second weight applied to the value of the same subsampled colour component of a second pre-encode pixel which corresponds to an input pixel having no value for the same subsampled colour component.

US Pat. No. 10,423,853

INFORMATION-PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION-PROCESSING METHOD FOR GENERATING DISTRIBUTION OF BRIGHTNESS-RELATED VALUE OF IMAGE DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information-processing apparatus comprising:a first acquisition unit configured to acquire gradation characteristic information which is information related to a gradation characteristic;
a second acquisition unit configured to acquire axial characteristic information which is information related to an axial characteristic including a distribution, on an axis, of graduations corresponding to brightness-related values related to brightness of input image data; and
a generation unit configured to generate, based on the input image data, the gradation characteristic information, and the axial characteristic information, distribution information indicating a distribution of the brightness-related value of the input image data using the axis according to the axial characteristic information,
wherein the first acquisition unit, the second acquisition unit, and the generation unit are implemented via at least one processor.

US Pat. No. 10,421,628

SHEET CONVEYANCE APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet conveyance apparatus comprising:an upstream conveyance member configured to nip and convey a sheet;
a receiving conveyance path configured to receive the sheet conveyed by the upstream conveyance member;
a first conveyance path and a second conveyance path branched from the receiving conveyance path;
a first support portion configured to support the sheet conveyed through and discharged from the first conveyance path;
a downstream conveyance member disposed on the first conveyance path and configured to nip and convey the sheet;
a guide member configured to guide the sheet passing through the receiving conveyance path, the guide member being movable between a first position where the guide member guides the sheet toward the first conveyance path and a second position where the guide member guides the sheet toward the second conveyance path; and
a rotary member disposed on the receiving conveyance path and configured to guide the sheet by rotating in contact with the sheet, the rotary member being configured so that the rotary member guides the sheet on a same side of the sheet as the guide member in a case where the guide member is at the first position and that the rotary member guides the sheet on an opposite side of the sheet from the guide member in a case where the guide member is at the second position,
wherein the upstream and downstream conveyance members are disposed, in a horizontal direction when viewed in a rotational axis direction of the rotary member, on a same side with each other with respect to a branching portion where the receiving conveyance path branches into the first and the second conveyance paths, and on an opposite side from the first support portion with respect to the branching portion, and
wherein the upstream conveyance member is arranged to convey the sheet at a nip portion in a direction approaching the branching portion from the opposite side from the first support portion in terms of the horizontal direction, and the downstream conveyance member is arranged to convey the sheet at a nip portion in a direction away from the branching portion toward the opposite side from the first support portion in terms of the horizontal direction.

US Pat. No. 10,424,721

PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, MULTILAYERED PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD, LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS, ULTRASONIC MOTOR, OPTICAL APPARATUS, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A piezoelectric material comprising:a perovskite-type metal oxide containing Ba, Ca, Ti, and Zr;
a Mn;
crystal grains having an average circular equivalent diameter of 1 ?m or more and 10.8 ?m or less; and
a relative density of 91.8% or more and 100% or less,
wherein a molar ratio x of a content of Ca to a total of contents of Ba and Ca is in a range of 0.02?x?0.30,
a molar ratio y of a content of Zr to a total of contents of Ti and Zr is in a range of 0.020?y?0.095 and y?x, and
a molar ratio a of the total of contents of Ba and Ca to the total of contents of Ti and Zr is in a range of 1.00?a?1.01,
wherein a content of Mn relative to 100 parts by weight of the perovskite-type metal oxide is 0.02 parts by weight or more and 0.40 parts by weight or less on a metal basis, and
wherein a total content of component other than the perovskite-type metal oxide and Mn relative to 100 parts by weight of the perovskite-type metal oxide is 1.2 parts by weight or less.

US Pat. No. 10,424,722

PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, PIEZOELECTRIC ACTUATOR, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A piezoelectric element, comprising:a substrate;
a first electrode;
a piezoelectric film; and
a second electrode,
wherein the piezoelectric film comprises a perovskite metal oxide comprising barium zirconate titanate, manganese, and trivalent bismuth,
wherein the trivalent bismuth comprises trivalent bismuth positioned at an A site of the perovskite metal oxide,
wherein the piezoelectric film satisfies 0.02?x?0.13,
where x is a mole ratio of zirconium to a sum of zirconium and titanium,
wherein a manganese content is 0.002 moles to 0.015 moles for 1 mole of barium zirconate titanate, and
wherein a bismuth content is 0.00042 moles to 0.00850 moles for 1 mole of barium zirconate titanate, and
wherein a maximum film thickness TP nm of the piezoelectric film at a portion sandwiched between the first electrode and the second electrode is 10 ?m or less.

US Pat. No. 10,424,757

ORGANIC LIGHT EMITTING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING ORGANIC LIGHT EMITTING APPARATUS, AND IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An organic light emitting apparatus comprising:a first electrode;
a second electrode; and
an organic layer including a light emitting layer disposed between the first electrode and the second electrode,
wherein the first electrode includes a metallic layer containing a first metal and a mixture layer disposed between the metallic layer and the organic layer, and
wherein the mixture layer contains the first metal and a second metal having lower reflectance than the first metal,
wherein an end portion of the first electrode is covered by a bank insulating layer,
wherein the bank insulating layer includes a first opening on the first electrode,
wherein the organic layer is disposed between the first electrode and the second electrode at the first opening, and
wherein the first electrode has a first film thickness at the first opening and a second film thickness in a region covered by the bank insulating layer, and the first film thickness is smaller than the second film thickness.

US Pat. No. 10,417,746

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD FOR ESTIMATING FIXED-PATTERN NOISE ATTRIBUTABLE TO IMAGE SENSOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing method, comprising:a weight coefficient generation step in which a computer generates, based on data of a plurality of images acquired by performing imaging using a same image sensor, a weight coefficient corresponding to each image so that a weight coefficient corresponding to an image of which a brightness change is smoother than a brightness change of another image is larger than a weight coefficient corresponding to the another image;
an integrated image generation step in which a computer integrates the data of the plurality of images using the weight coefficients to generate data of an integrated image;
a smoothing step in which a computer applies smoothing to the data of the integrated image to generate data of a smoothed integrated image; and
a fixed-pattern noise estimation step in which a computer generates, based on the data of the integrated image and the data of the smoothed integrated image, data of estimated fixed-pattern noise which is an estimated value of fixed-pattern noise attributable to the image sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,417,773

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETECTING OBJECT IN MOVING IMAGE AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more memories coupled to the one or more processors, the memories having stored thereon instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the apparatus to:
obtain a moving image;
detect a region of a target object from an interest image frame in the moving image by evaluating a likelihood that the region includes the target object with a first criteria;
obtain a region of a tracked object corresponding to a previously detected region of the target object from the interest image frame in a neighborhood region of the previously detected region of the target object which was detected in an image frame preceding the interest image frame in the moving image;
confirm that the region of the tracked object includes the target object by evaluating a likelihood that the region of the tracked object includes the target object with a second criteria which has a higher threshold than the first criteria; and
a display control unit configured to display the confirmed region of the tracked object as a region of the target object in an image frame in the moving image on a display.

US Pat. No. 10,417,777

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a memory storing a program; and
one or more processors which, by executing the program, function as units comprising:
(1) a data obtaining unit configured to obtain a first image and a second image obtained by imaging an object under different conditions, wherein the first image and the second image are three-dimensional tomographic images;
(2) a region-of-interest obtaining unit configured to obtain a region of interest in the first image;
(3) a first deformation obtaining unit configured to obtain a first deformation displacement field between the first image and the second image;
(4) a deformation approximation unit configured to approximate the first deformation displacement field in the region of interest using an approximation transformation model of a degree of freedom lower than that of the first deformation displacement field, thereby generating an approximated displacement field;
(5) a corresponding information generation unit configured to generate, concerning the region of interest, corresponding information between the first image and the second image based on the approximated displacement field; and
(6) a second deformation obtaining unit configured to obtain a second deformation displacement field between the first image and the second image using the corresponding information as a constraint which restricts a transformation of the region of interest to the approximation transformation model.

US Pat. No. 10,417,783

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that calculates three-dimensional information on a subject by a corresponding point search by taking one of three or more disparity images including the common subject to be a base image and one of the disparity images other than the base image to be a reference image, the image processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more memories including instructions stored thereon that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the image processing apparatus to:
determine an image to be used as the reference image out of the disparity images other than the base image based on an evaluation value in relation to a luminance gradient on an epi-polar line calculated from a base station in each of the disparity images other than the base image; and
search for a corresponding point in the base image and the determined reference image.

US Pat. No. 10,417,792

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS TO DISPLAY AN INDIVIDUAL INPUT REGION FOR INDIVIDUAL FINDINGS AND A GROUP INPUT REGION FOR GROUP FINDINGS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:(a) a region acquisition unit adapted to acquire a plurality of regions of interest on a medical image of an object to be examined;
(b) a designation unit adapted to designate regions of interest to be included in the same group out of the plurality of regions of interest, wherein the designation unit designates the regions of interest based on a user's instruction; and
(c) a display control unit adapted to cause a display unit to display an individual input region used to input individual findings information for each of the plurality of regions of interest and a common input region used to input findings information common to the regions of interest included in the group, wherein the display control unit causes the display unit to display the individual input region and the common input region.

US Pat. No. 10,409,156

MOLD, IMPRINT APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

4. A mold having a pattern and configured to transfer the pattern to an imprint material, the mold comprising:a pattern portion where the pattern to be transferred to the imprint material is formed; and
a concave portion formed in an opposite side of a surface where the pattern portion is formed and having a size to include the pattern portion in a planar view,
wherein an outer edge of the pattern portion has a rectangular shape in the planar view,
the concave portion includes respective sidewall portions along respective sides of the rectangular shape of the pattern portion in the planar view,
a bottom portion of the concave portion includes an inclined portion whose height becomes higher toward the center of the pattern portion, and
the inclined portion includes four parts whose height become higher toward the center of the pattern portion inside steps of four sides of the rectangular shape of the pattern portion in the planar view.

US Pat. No. 10,412,237

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a display device; and
a scanner device,
wherein the image processing apparatus receives, from a communication terminal, information to be used in a transmission function using the scanner device,
wherein the display device displays a screen of the transmission function in a case where the information is received in a state in which the display device displays a first screen that is different from the screen of the transmission function, and
wherein the display device does not display the screen of the transmission function in a case where the information is received in a state in which the display device displays a second screen that is different from the screen of the transmission function and is different from the first screen.

US Pat. No. 10,409,178

ALIGNMENT CONTROL IN NANOIMPRINT LITHOGRAPHY BASED ON REAL-TIME SYSTEM IDENTIFICATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imprint lithography alignment method comprising:dispensing an imprint resist on a substrate;
contacting the imprint resist with a template, wherein the imprint resist is a liquid;
assessing a first alignment error between the template and the substrate;
generating a first input signal corresponding to a first relative motion between the template and the substrate;
initiating the first relative motion between the template and the substrate via the first input signal;
assessing an output signal corresponding to the first relative motion;
comparing the first input signal and the output signal to yield a motion control action corresponding to a motion trajectory of a second relative motion between the template and the substrate;
generating a second input signal corresponding to the second relative motion between the template and the substrate;
initiating the second relative motion between the template and the substrate via the second input signal; and
assessing a second alignment error between the template and the substrate, wherein a magnitude of the first alignment error exceeds a magnitude of the second alignment error.

US Pat. No. 10,409,180

RESIN FINE PARTICLES, METHOD OF PRODUCING RESIN FINE PARTICLES, METHOD OF PRODUCING RESIN PARTICLES, AND METHOD OF PRODUCING TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of producing a toner comprising a toner particle, the method comprising the steps of:a) mixing a resin fine particle, an organic solvent, and a resin R with a dispersion medium comprising carbon dioxide, to prepare a dispersion, in which a droplet comprising the resin R is dispersed in the dispersion medium, and
a surface of the droplet being covered with the resin fine particle; and
b) removing the organic solvent contained in the droplet and dispersion medium by flowing carbon dioxide under pressurization through the dispersion,whereinthe resin fine particle contains one or more resins that have a partial structure A, a partial structure B, and a partial structure C,
the resin fine particle is soluble in chloroform,
a resin A constituted of only the partial structure A and a resin B constituted of only the partial structure B are soluble in the organic solvent,
a resin C constituted of only the partial structure C is insoluble in the organic solvent, and
the resin fine particle satisfies following formulas (1) and (2):
|SPR?SPA|?2.0   formula (1)
3.0?(SPA?SPB)   formula (2)where, SPA represents an SP value of the partial structure A, SPR represents an SP value of the resin R, and SPB represents an SP value of the partial structure B.

US Pat. No. 10,409,186

TONER AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A toner comprising:toner particles containing a binder resin; and
organic-inorganic composite fine particles, each of which comprises a vinyl based resin particle and inorganic fine particles,
wherein:
the binder resin comprises a vinyl based polymer or a polyester,
the inorganic fine particles are exposed at surfaces of the organic-inorganic composite fine particles,
each of the organic-inorganic composite fine particles has convex portions derived from the inorganic fine particles on the surfaces thereof, and
an abundance ratio of the inorganic fine particles exposed at the surface of the organic-inorganic fine particles ranges from 20% to 70%, and
wherein:
the toner has an average circularity of 0.960 or more,whereinwhen the toner is charged by a two-component method so as to have a squared triboelectricity (Q2) of 4000 (mC/kg)2, the toner has an electrostatic adhesion F to a polycarbonate flat plate of 50 to 200 nN, and
a gradient of a linear approximation straight line ranges from 0.003 to 0.040, wherein the linear approximation straight line is obtained by a process including:
preparing three sets of the toner each having different squared triboelectricity from each other,
measuring electrostatic adhesion to a polycarbonate flat plate of the respective sets of the toner,
plotting the measured electrostatic adhesion on a graph having a horizontal axis of squared triboelectricity Q2 ((mC/kg)2), and a vertical axis of electrostatic adhesion F (nN) to a polycarbonate flat plate, and
drawing the liner approximation straight line based on the plots on the graph.

US Pat. No. 10,409,190

OPTICAL SCANNING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical scanning device comprising:a light source configured to emit a light beam;
a rotating polygon mirror configured to deflect the light beam such that the light beam emitted from the light source is scanned on a photosensitive member;
a lens and a reflection mirror configured to direct the light beam deflected by the rotating polygon mirror onto the photosensitive member;
an optical housing that contains the rotating polygon mirror and the optical component; and
a cover attached to the optical housing to cover an opening of the optical housing,
wherein the cover includes
a sealing member molded on the cover, and sandwiched between the cover and a side wall of the optical housing, for sealing a space between the cover and the side wall, anda channel through which the sealing member, being melted and injected in the molding process, flows, the channel being formed in the cover such that the sealing member which has been fixed is sandwiched between the side wall and the cover by attaching the cover to the optical housing,wherein the channel includes a first channel portion for holding a portion of the sealing member sandwiched between the side wall and the cover and a second channel portion connected with the first channel portion and extending from a part of the first channel portion toward an area surrounded by the first channel portion, the second channel potion is provided outside a light path area for the light beam when viewed in a direction of a rotational axis of the rotating polygon mirror, and the second channel portion is used as an inlet through which the sealing member being melted is injected into the channel.

US Pat. No. 10,409,191

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a light source configured to emit a light beam;
a rotary polygon mirror having a plurality of reflection surfaces and being configured to deflect the light beam so that the light beam emitted from the light source scans on a surface of a photosensitive member;
a beam detector configured to receive the light beam reflected by each of the plurality of reflection surfaces to output a pulse;
a pulse interval measurement unit configured to measure a pulse interval of pulses output from the beam detector respectively corresponding to the plurality of reflection surfaces, wherein the pulse interval measurement unit measures the pulse interval between two pulses generated continuously, and makes a measurement result correspond to each of the plurality of reflection surfaces;
a reflection surface identification unit configured to identify each of the plurality of reflection surfaces;
a storage portion configured to store a plurality of reference pulse intervals corresponding to the plurality of reflection surfaces, respectively;
a correction amount calculation unit configured to calculate a correction amount based on a difference between the pulse interval measured by the pulse interval measurement unit and a corresponding one of the plurality of reference pulse intervals corresponding to the plurality of reflection surfaces, respectively, identified by the reflection surface identification unit; and
a light source control unit configured to control an emitting start timing of the light source based on the correction amount calculated by the correction amount calculation unit,
wherein the emitting start timing is a timing corresponding to a writing start position of an image in a main scanning direction of the light beam during one scan period of the light beam.

US Pat. No. 10,409,198

FEEDING SCREW AND DEVELOPING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A feeding screw for feeding a developer, comprising:a rotation shaft; and
a helical blade provided on said rotation shaft and including a plurality of threads,
wherein said helical blade includes,
a first blade helically formed with a single thread on said rotation shaft,
a second blade helically formed with a single thread on said rotation shaft, and
a third blade helically formed with a single thread on said rotation shaft,
wherein with respect to a direction along said rotation shaft, a gap is provided between a most downstream end portion of said second blade and a most upstream end portion of said third blade, and
wherein a volume of said second blade is not more than 75% of said first blade between a most upstream end portion of said second blade and the most upstream end portion of said third blade with respect to the direction.

US Pat. No. 10,409,203

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT EXECUTES A CLEANING MODE IN WHICH POSITIONAL RELATIONSHIPS OF A FIRST SHEET AND A SECOND SHEET, FED THROUGH A FIXING NIP DURING A CLEANING MODE, RELATIVE TO A ROTATABLE HEATING MEMBER DIFFER FROM EACH OTHER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming portion for forming a toner image on each sheet, of a plurality of sheets;
a rotatable heating member and a rotatable pressing member for fixing, at a nip, the toner image formed on each sheet, of the plurality of sheets, by said image forming portion;
an executing portion for executing a cleaning mode for cleaning said rotatable heating member by introducing, into the nip, a sheet, of the plurality of sheets, on which a predetermined toner image is formed by said image forming portion;
a changing mechanism for making positional relationships of a first sheet and a second sheet, of the plurality of sheets, relative to said rotatable heating member different from each other with respect to a widthwise direction of said rotatable heating member when the first sheet and the second sheet are successively introduced into the nip in the cleaning mode; and
a re-introducing mechanism for re-introducing the first sheet and the second sheet, of the plurality of sheets, into the nip, the first sheet and the second sheet having passed through the nip and having been turned upside down,
wherein said changing mechanism changes the relative positional relationship of the first sheet and the second sheet, which are turned upside down, relative to said rotatable heating member.

US Pat. No. 10,409,204

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a feeding member configured to feed a recording material;
an inputting unit configured to input a species of the recording material; and
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a degree of deterioration of the feeding member, by multiplying at least one of an abrasion amount per sheet and an abrasion amount per rotation when the recording material is fed by the feeding member by an efficiency depending on stiffness of the recording material corresponding to the species of the recording material inputted by the inputting unit, and then by integrating a resultant value.

US Pat. No. 10,409,042

WIDE ATTACHMENT, AND IMAGE PICKUP LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A wide attachment which is detachably attachable to an object side of a lens apparatus, the attachment consisting of:a meniscus lens having a negative refractive power, wherein
the meniscus lens has an aspherical surface, and
conditional expressions
?5.2 1.50 0.10<|?4/?7|<0.80; and
0.20<|?9/?7|<1.60,are satisfied, where r1 represents a curvature radius of a surface on an object side of the meniscus lens, r2 represents a curvature radius of a surface on an image side of the meniscus lens, and nd represents a refractive index of a material constituting the meniscus lens with respect to d-line, wherein a curvature radius of the aspherical surface is defined as a curvature radius of a reference spherical surface passing through a vertex of the aspherical surface and an end of a maximum effective diameter of the aspherical surface, ?4, ?7, and ?9 respectively represent aspherical surface amounts of the aspherical surface at forty-percent, seventy-percent, and ninety-percent of an effective radius of the meniscus lens, each of the aspherical surface amounts being defined as a length in an optical axis direction between the aspherical surface and the reference spherical surface.

US Pat. No. 10,408,853

VELOCIMETER AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A velocimeter configured to detect light modulated by a moving object with a Doppler effect and measure a velocity of the object, the velocimeter comprising:a detector configured to detect the light; and
a processor configured to obtain a signal from the detector, perform filtering of the signal obtained from the detector by a band pass filter, perform binarization of the signal obtained by the band pass filter, and measure a time duration over a predetermined number of pulse intervals in the signal obtained by the binarization to obtain a measurement value of the velocity,
wherein the processor is configured to obtain, as an offset value, first amplitude in a plurality of frequencies of the signal obtained from the detector by performing calibration,
obtain second amplitude in the plurality of frequencies of the signal obtained from the detector by detecting light modulated by the moving object,
correct the second amplitude based on the offset value,
determine a frequency of a filtering band of the band pass filter based on the corrected second amplitude, and
obtain the measurement value of the velocity by filtering the signal obtained from the detector by the band pass filter having the determined frequency of the filtering band.

US Pat. No. 10,401,771

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD WHICH GENERATES COLOR PROCESSING CONDITION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus to which an external measurement device is connectable, the image forming apparatus comprising:an image processor configured to perform image processing to image data;
a printer configured to print an image on a sheet based on the image data;
a sensor arranged on a conveyance path for conveying the sheet on which the image is formed and configured to measure a measurement image printed on the sheet by the printer; and
a controller configured to:
execute first processing for generating a color processing condition to be used for the image processing, based on a measurement result acquired by the sensor from measurement images printed by the printer, the measurement images including a first measurement image and a second measurement image, wherein a length of the second measurement image in a conveyance direction is longer than a length of the first measurement image in the conveyance direction, and
execute second processing for generating a conversion condition, based on a measurement result acquired by the sensor from predetermined measurement images printed by the printer, wherein a length of a predetermined measurement image included in the predetermined measurement images in the conveyance direction is longer than the length of the first measurement image in the conveyance direction,
wherein the first processing includes:
a first printing task that controls the printer to print the measurement images on a first sheet;
a first measuring task that controls the sensor to measure the measurement images on the first sheet;
a conversion task that converts a first measurement result of the measurement images based on the conversion condition, the first measurement result being acquired by the sensor; and
a first generation task that generates the color processing condition based on the converted first measurement result, and
wherein the second processing includes:
a second printing task that controls the printer to print the predetermined measurement images on a second sheet;
a second measurement task that controls the sensor to measure the predetermined measurement images on the second sheet; and
a second generation task that generates the conversion condition based on a second measurement result acquired by the sensor from the predetermined measurement images and measurement data output from an external measurement device,
wherein the measurement data corresponds to a measurement result acquired by the external measurement device from the predetermined measurement images on the second sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,404,932

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE AND IMAGE-PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion device comprising:a first photoelectric conversion element including a first semiconductor region of a first conductivity type;
a first floating diffusion region of the first conductivity type, associated with the first photoelectric conversion element;
a second photoelectric conversion element including a second semiconductor region of the first conductivity type;
a second floating diffusion region of the first conductivity type, associated with the second photoelectric conversion element; and
an amplifier transistor including a gate connected to the first floating diffusion region,
wherein the first photoelectric conversion element and the second photoelectric conversion element are adjacent to each other with no insulating element separation region interposed between the first photoelectric conversion element and the second photoelectric conversion element, and
wherein the gate of the amplifier transistor is arranged between the first floating diffusion region and the second floating diffusion region.

US Pat. No. 10,402,654

IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD FOR SELECTING IMAGE TO BE OUTPUT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing method executed by at least one processor in an image processing apparatus, the method comprising:acquiring a plurality of still images and a moving image based on conditions specified by a user via a user interface;
extracting a plurality of frame images from the acquired moving image;
evaluating the extracted plurality of frame images and the acquired plurality of still images;
performing, based on the evaluation of the plurality of frame images, a first selection process for selecting an image to be laid out, from a first group that includes the extracted plurality of frame images and does not include the acquired plurality of still images;
performing, based on the evaluation of the plurality of frame images and the plurality of still images, a second selection process for selecting an image to be laid out from a second group that includes both of the extracted plurality of frame images and the acquired plurality of still images; and
laying out the images selected by the first selection process and the second selection process so as to generate layout data to be displayed on a display screen.

US Pat. No. 10,402,693

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CLASSIFYING PATTERN IN IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,389,185

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:a power transmission unit configured to wirelessly transmit power to another communication apparatus;
a communication unit configured to communicate with said another communication apparatus to perform authentication for wireless power transfer; and
a control unit configured to control the power transmission unit,
wherein, in a case where the authentication via the communication unit succeeds, the control unit controls the power transmission unit so that the power transmission unit wirelessly transmits power based on power requested by said another communication apparatus, and in a case where the authentication via the communication unit does not succeed, the control unit controls the power transmission unit so that the power transmission unit limits the wireless power transfer.

US Pat. No. 10,389,703

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND COMMUNICATION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus capable of secure wireless communication with a communication target apparatus by using a certificate, the apparatus comprising:a determining unit configured to determine, in the communication apparatus, one of whether a first mode which operates as a role in deciding a communication channel used for direct wireless connection with the communication target apparatus is activated and whether a second mode which executes role decision processing of deciding whether to operate as the role in deciding the communication channel used for the direct wireless connection with the communication target apparatus is activated; and
a control unit configured to utilize a certificate generated by using a first encryption method if the determining unit determines that the first mode is activated and utilize a certificate generated by using a second encryption method lower in a load of certificate generation processing than the first encryption method if the determining unit determines that the second mode is activated,
wherein the first encryption method is RSA encryption, and the second encryption method is an elliptic curve cryptography.

US Pat. No. 10,386,649

OPTICAL APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical apparatus which guides light from an object to an image pickup element, the optical apparatus comprising:a first phase plate configured to give a fixed relative phase difference by ?/2 between a polarization component in a slow axis direction of the first phase plate and a polarization component in a fast axis direction of the first phase plate;
a second phase plate configured to give a variable relative phase difference between a polarization component in a slow axis direction of the second phase plate and a polarization component in a fast axis direction of the second phase plate;
a polarizer configured to guide a polarization component in a transmission polarization direction of the polarizer to the image pickup element; and
a setter configured to set the relative phase difference of the second phase plate,
wherein the first phase plate, the second phase plate, and the polarizer are disposed in order from an object side to an image pickup element side, and
wherein the slow axis direction of the second phase plate is inclined with respect to each of the slow axis direction and the fast axis direction of the first phase plate.

US Pat. No. 10,387,168

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND LIBRARY MANAGEMENT METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:at least one processor; and
at least one memory storing instructions that, when executed, cause the at least one processor to function as
a loading unit that, when an installed program is executed, opens a library that contains a class used by the program and loads the class, the loading unit consuming resources of an amount in accordance with a number of opened libraries;
a determination unit that determines if a number of libraries that include a class set for the installed program is plural;
an integration unit that, if it is determined that the number of libraries is plural, integrates at least some classes included in the libraries into a smaller number of integrated libraries; and
a deletion unit that deletes pre-integration libraries that include the classes included in the integrated libraries, without deleting libraries that are designated to be accessed without using the loading unit.

US Pat. No. 10,387,542

LAYOUT EDITING APPARATUS LAYOUT EDITING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR BOOK-BINDING PRINTED SHEETS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A layout editing apparatus capable of editing a layout of a plurality of sheets in a layout editing area displayed on a display unit in a case where the plurality of sheets is to be book-bound after being printed, the layout editing apparatus comprising:at least one processor; and
a memory which stores a program that, when executed by the at least one processor, causes the layout editing apparatus to perform operations including:
accepting, from a user, a method for binding a plurality of spread pages,
determining, in the layout editing area, a layout-inhibited area where a layout of an object is inhibited, at a position corresponding to a portion at which the plurality of printed sheets is to be bound, with a size according to the accepted method for binding the plurality of spread pages, and
laying out the object so as not to overlap with the determined layout-inhibited area,
wherein, in a case where accepting includes accepting a first method as the method for binding the plurality of spread pages, determining includes determining the layout-inhibited area with a first size,
wherein, in a case where accepting includes accepting a second method as the method for binding the plurality of spread pages, determining includes determining the layout-inhibited area with a second size larger than the first size,
wherein the executed program further causes the layout editing apparatus to perform operations including deciding whether the object overlaps with the layout-inhibited area in a case where the object is moved according to a user instruction, and
wherein, in a case where the moved object overlaps with the layout-inhibited area, laying out includes laying out the object so as not to overlap with the layout-inhibited area.

US Pat. No. 10,388,592

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A semiconductor device comprising:a semiconductor substrate having a first surface and a second surface that oppose each other, the semiconductor substrate being provided with a through hole, which is surrounded by an inner side surface connecting the first surface to the second surface, the inner side surface having a shape in which a convex portion and a concave portion are repeated in an alternating manner in a depth direction of the through hole;
a semiconductor element arranged on a first surface side of the semiconductor substrate;
a wiring layer arranged on the first surface side of the semiconductor substrate;
a through electrode arranged in the through hole of the semiconductor substrate, penetrating the semiconductor substrate, and connected to the wiring layer; and
an insulating member arranged between the inner side surface and the through electrode,
wherein the insulating member includes a first insulating film arranged between the inner side surface and the through electrode, and includes a second insulating film arranged between the first insulating film and the through electrode, and
wherein a crack in the insulating member is in the first insulating film, and the crack is located between the second insulating film and the inner side surface.

US Pat. No. 10,387,084

CONTROL METHOD FOR INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control method for an information processing apparatus that performs wireless communication with a communication apparatus, the control method comprising:acquiring, via a connection established by a communication based on a Bluetooth® standard, information transmitted from the communication apparatus; and
causing a display unit of the information processing apparatus to display a screen for eliminating an error occurring in the communication apparatus,
wherein, in a case where the communication apparatus is in a predetermined error state, the information processing apparatus is able to acquire first predetermined information and second predetermined information from the communication apparatus via the established connection, in a first state where authentication between the communication apparatus and the information processing apparatus has been performed,
wherein, in a case where the communication apparatus is in the predetermined error state, the information processing apparatus is able to acquire the first predetermined information via the established connection and is not able to acquire the second predetermined information via the established connection, in a second state where the authentication has not been performed,
wherein, in a case where the second predetermined information is acquired, a screen including first information for eliminating the predetermined error state is displayed on the display unit based on the acquired second predetermined information, and,
wherein in a case where the second predetermined information is not acquired, a screen including second information different from the first information is displayed on the display unit.

US Pat. No. 10,387,089

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM USING AUTHENTICATION PROCESSING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus which comprises a short range wireless communication interface for performing first and second communication with a printing apparatus configured to provide a remote user interface (UI) function of managing the printing apparatus by using a Web browser of the information processing apparatus, comprising:a processor; and
a memory containing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform operations comprising:
causing a display to display a password input screen for using the remote UI function;
performing a first authentication processing to enable the short range wireless communication interface to perform the second communication based on an advertise packet transmitted from the printing apparatus being received in the first communication, wherein the first communication is performed using the short range wireless communication interface before the first authentication processing and the second communication is performed using the short range wireless communication interface after the first authentication processing;
receiving password information of the remote UI function from the printing apparatus via the second communication using the short range wireless communication interface;
sending the received password information of the remote UI function to the printing apparatus; and
if it is determined, by the printing apparatus, that the sent password information of the remote UI function is valid, displaying a screen corresponding to the remote UI function based on information about the screen of the remote UI function, without displaying the password input screen,
wherein, a second authentication processing is performed using a password which is input using the password input screen displayed by the display of the information processing apparatus,
wherein in a case that the second authentication processing is successful, a screen corresponding to the remote UI function based on the information about the screen of the remote UI function is displayed by the display of the information processing apparatus, and
wherein the screen corresponding to the remote UI function displayed based on the first authentication processing being performed is the same as the screen corresponding to the remote UI function displayed based on success of the second authentication processing.

US Pat. No. 10,387,090

SYSTEM, CONTROL APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD THAT CONTROL AN INDICATING PATTERN OF AN INDICATOR LIGHT CONNECTED TO AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A system comprising one or more image forming apparatuses and a control apparatus configured to control the one or more image forming apparatuses,(A) the control apparatus including:
(a) at least one memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
(b) at least one processor that executes instructions, of the set of instructions:
(i) to receive a selection of a job from a job list indicating one or more jobs that are executed by the one or more image forming apparatuses;
(ii) to specify destination information corresponding to the selected job, among one or more pieces of destination information; and
(iii) to transmit control information, based on the specified destination information, to an image forming apparatus, of the one or more image forming apparatuses, corresponding to the selected job, to control an indicating pattern of an indicator light connected to the image forming apparatus corresponding to the selected job; and
(B) the image forming apparatus including:
(a) at least one memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
(b) at least one processor that executes instructions, of the set of instructions:
(i) to receive the control information transmitted from the control apparatus; and
(ii) to control the indicating pattern of the indicator light connected to the image forming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,387,093

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT SETS A TIME-OUT VALUE BASED ON AN EXECUTED APPLICATION, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a memory configured to store an application, a platform which is a program environment for executing the application, and instructions; and
a processor configured to execute the instructions to perform:
a setting task that sets a time-out value related to execution time of the application operating on the platform stored in the memory, the time-out value defining a time threshold for determining occurrence of an error condition regarding the application in the image forming apparatus; and
a control task that controls execution of the application based on the time-out value, set by the setting task, related to the execution time of the application,
wherein the setting task sets the time-out value by:
determining whether the time-out value is provided in meta-information associated with the application;
in a case where the time-out value is provided in the meta-information, setting the time-out value provided in the meta-information as the time-out value related to execution time of the application; and
in a case where the time-out value is not provided in the meta-information, setting a time-out value, to be set when the time-out value is not provided in the meta information, associated with a type of the application stored in the memory as the time-out value related to execution time of the application, and
wherein the control task controls execution of the application by:
measuring a response time to an execution request for the application;
detecting that the error condition has occurred when the measured response time is greater than the set time-out value for the application; and
terminating the application when the error condition is detected.

US Pat. No. 10,389,912

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:at least one controller having a first memory, a second memory, and at least one processor that operates to execute instructions, the at least one controller configured to:
generate drawing data based on drawing commands;
store the generated drawing data in the first memory;
generate drawn data based on at least the drawing data acquired from the first memory;
store the drawn data in a drawn data buffer area of the second memory;
compress the drawn data acquired from the drawn data buffer area of the second memory;
store, in the first memory, the compressed drawn data acquired from the drawn data buffer area of the second memory;
wherein in a case where compressed image data is included in the drawing data;
the compressed image data is decompressed,
the decompressed data is stored in a decompression buffer area of the second memory, and
the drawn data is generated based on the the drawing data acquired from the first memory and the decompressed data acquired from the decompression buffer area of the second memory;
wherein, in a case where compressed image data is included in the drawing data, the decompression buffer area and the drawn data buffer area having first size are allocated to the second memory; and
wherein, in a case where it is determined that compressed image data is not included in the drawing data, the drawn data buffer area having second size that is larger than the first size is allocated to the second memory.

US Pat. No. 10,386,598

SIGNAL PROCESSING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A signal processing device comprising:a correlation amount calculation unit configured to calculate a first correlation amount obtained by comparing a pair of image signals with each other in a same direction on a time axis and a second correlation amount obtained by comparing the pair of image signals with each other in opposite directions on the time axis, the pair of image signals being output from an image sensor and respectively corresponding to a pair of light beams that have each passed through a corresponding one of areas, in an exit pupil of an imaging optical system, that are at least partially different from each other; and
a determination unit configured to determine whether an image shift amount corresponding to the first correlation amount corresponds to an in-focus position, based on the first correlation amount and the second correlation amount.

US Pat. No. 10,389,939

IMAGING CONTROL APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging control apparatus comprising: a first operation unit; anda sub-control unit configured to perform control in such a manner that, in a case of performing a series of image capturing operations for performing a plurality of image capturing operations including a first image capturing operation and a second image capturing operation to be performed after the first image capturing operation, in a third period between a first period for performing the first image capturing operation and a second period for performing the second image capturing operation, a display is not performed on a display unit and a notification is not provided to a user by a notification unit different from the display unit, and in response to an operation performed by the first operation unit in the third period, the notification is performed by the notification unit different from the display unit without performing the display on the display unit.

US Pat. No. 10,389,176

ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic device comprising:a housing;
an antenna that wirelessly receives power from an external device, the antenna being arranged in the housing; and
a communication unit that communicates with the external device,
wherein a part of the housing is formed with a conductive material and has an opening portion,
wherein a part of an outer edge of the conductive material is formed with a part of an outer edge of the opening portion,
wherein the opening portion is filled with an insulator,
wherein the insulator is arranged to cover the antenna, and
wherein the antenna is arranged between the insulator and a magnetic material.

US Pat. No. 10,379,457

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,379,458

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,379,460

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,379,462

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,379,463

TRANSFER UNIT AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,379,464

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,379,467

COMPACT FIXING DEVICE WITH REDUCED COST OF WIRING INCLUDING ELECTRICAL CABLES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,379,471

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,379,473

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,379,474

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND UNIT CONTROL DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a plurality of functional units, each functional unit being configured to serve as hardware configured to execute a given function for forming an image; and
an apparatus main body comprising (i) a power source configured to supply electric power to each functional unit of the plurality of functional units, and (ii) a main controller configured to control an operation of the plurality of functional units,
wherein each functional unit of the plurality of functional units is configured to be mounted on the apparatus main body such that each functional unit is able to be pulled out of the apparatus main body,
wherein each functional unit of the plurality of functional units comprises:
a load to be driven by electric power that is supplied from the power source;
a switch circuit configured (i) to gradually supply the electric power, which is supplied from the power source, to the load when the functional unit is mounted on the apparatus main body, and (ii) to shut off the supply of the electric power to the load when the functional unit is pulled out of the apparatus main body; and
an overcurrent protection circuit configured (i) to shut off the supply of the electric power to the load when the overcurrent protection circuit detects failure of the supply of the electric power to the load, and (ii) to transmit, to the main controller, a detection signal indicating the failure of the supply of the electric power to the load.

US Pat. No. 10,379,475

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS PROJECTING INFORMATION ONTO INNER SURFACE OF OPEN COVER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,379,487

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,379,490

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,382,099

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND COMMUNICATION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A wireless communication system comprising:a first electrode configured to get rotated around an axis, wherein the first electrode forms at least a part of a shape of a first ring centered at a position on the axis;
a second electrode configured to get rotated around the axis, wherein the second electrode forms at least a part of a shape of a second ring centered at a position on the axis;
a third electrode;
a fourth electrode; and
a communication control unit configured to control wireless communication based on electromagnetic field coupling between the first electrode and the third electrode, and configured to control wireless communication based on electromagnetic field coupling between the second electrode and the fourth electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,379,554

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS AND PRINTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,377,589

STACKING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A stacking apparatus comprising:a sheet stacking plate on which sheets are to be stacked;
a cassette main body configured to support the sheet stacking plate;
a regulating device disposed at the cassette main body to be movable in a first direction and a second direction opposite to the first direction, and configured to regulate an end position of the sheets;
a plurality of first engaged portions disposed at the cassette main body in a moving direction of the regulating device;
a plurality of second engaged portions disposed at the cassette main body in the moving direction of the regulating device, wherein the plurality of second engaged portions are arranged at positions separated from the plurality of first engaged portions with respect to a direction intersecting the moving direction of the regulating device; and
a contact portion provided between second engaged portions that are adjacent to each other in the moving direction of the regulating device,
wherein the regulating device includes:
a holding member,
an operation member disposed rotatably at the holding member and configured to be operated,
a first engaging portion movable in a vertical direction and configured to engage with the plurality of first engaged portions,
a spring,
a second engaging portion movable in a vertical direction and configured to engage with the plurality of second engaged portions by being urged by the spring, wherein a downward movement in the vertical direction of the second engaging portion is suppressed in a state where the second engaging portion is in contact with the contact portion by the spring, and
an urging portion provided at the operation member and configured to urge the first engaging portion, wherein the urging portion moves the first engaging portion in an upward direction by rotating the operation member,
wherein, as seen from an axial direction intersecting the moving direction of the regulating device in a state in which the first engaging portion engages with the first engaged portion, the urging portion is disposed between a first surface of the operation member and a second surface of the operation member opposite to the first surface with respect to the moving direction.

US Pat. No. 10,377,603

SHEET SUPPLYING APPARATUS AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a holding unit configured to hold a sheet roll in which a continuous sheet is wound around a center portion;
a driving unit configured to drive the sheet roll held by the holding unit in a forward direction and a reverse direction;
a pressing unit configured to be movable between a press-contact position in which the pressing unit is brought into press-contact with an outer periphery of the sheet roll and a separation position in which the pressing unit is separated from the outer periphery of the sheet roll, the pressing unit being movable according to an outer diameter of the sheet roll so as to be brought into press-contact with the outer periphery of the sheet roll when in the press-contact position;
a conveyance roller configured to convey the sheet supplied from the holding unit by rotating the sheet roll in the forward direction;
a driving motor configured to drive the conveyance roller in a first direction and a second direction opposite to the first direction;
a print unit configured to print an image on the sheet conveyed by the conveyance roller driven in the first direction;
a detecting unit configured to detect an end of the sheet supplied from the holding unit; and
a control unit configured to, in a case where the detecting unit detects the end of the sheet, drive the conveyance roller by the driving motor in the second direction in a state where the pressing unit is moved to the separation position, and subsequently drive the sheet roll by the driving unit in the reverse direction in a state where the sheet is held between the center portion and the pressing unit by moving the pressing unit to the press-contact position.

US Pat. No. 10,379,423

IMAGE-CAPTURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,379,426

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. 10,370,216

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet;
a first conveyance path for conveying the sheet on which the image is formed by the image forming unit;
an intermediate processing tray in which a plurality of sheets conveyed through the first conveyance path is stacked as a sheet bundle;
a bookbinding unit configured to execute bookbinding for the sheet bundle stacked in the intermediate processing tray;
a second conveyance path for conveying the sheet bundle after the bookbinding is performed for the sheet bundle by the bookbinding unit;
a cutting unit configured to cut the sheet bundle conveyed in the second conveyance path;
a sensor disposed at the second conveyance path and configured to detect a sheet bundle being conveyed in the second conveyance path;
a stacking tray in which sheets discharged through a discharging path diverging from the first conveyance path are stacked; and
a control unit configured to determine a discharging destination of sheets remaining in the first conveyance path,
wherein, in response to occurrence of a paper jam based on detection information from the sensor, the control unit determines the intermediate processing tray as the discharging destination, for a sheet to be included in a same bundle as a bundle of sheets stacked in the intermediate processing tray among the remaining sheets, and determines the stacking tray as the discharging destination, for a sheet to be included in a bundle different from the bundle of the sheets stacked in the intermediate processing tray among the remaining sheets, and
wherein, after the paper jam is cleared, the control unit causes execution of bookbinding and cutting for a sheet bundle including the remaining sheets stacked in the intermediate processing tray.

US Pat. No. 10,370,474

OPTICAL COMPOSITION, CURED PRODUCT, AND OPTICAL ELEMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A material comprising:first compound represented by general formula (1) and
a second compound represented by general formula (2),
wherein the first compound and the second compound are polymerized with each other, and
wherein a content of the second compound in the material is 1.0 mass % to 10.0 mass % with respect to the first compound:

wherein, in the general formula (1) and the general formula (2):
X1, X2, Y1, and Y2 each represents O or S, and may be identical to or different from one another;
R1 to R4 each represents one selected from the group consisting of a methyl group, an ethyl group, a propyl group, an isopropyl group, an allyl group, a 2-(meth)acryloyloxyethyl group, a 3-(meth)acryloyloxypropyl group, and a 4-(meth)acryloyloxybutyl group, and may be identical to or different from one another;
Z1, Z4, and Z6 each represents a structure represented by general formula (3);
Z2, Z3, Z5, and Z7 each represents one selected from the group consisting of a hydrogen atom, a methyl group, an ethyl group, an isopropyl group, a methoxy group, an ethoxy group, an isopropoxy group, a methylthio group, an ethylthio group, a propylthio group, a 2-(meth)acryloyloxyethoxy group, a 3-(meth)acryloyloxypropoxy group, a 4-(meth)acryloyloxybutoxy group, and a structure represented by the general formula (3), and may be identical to or different from one another; and
Z8 represents V in a structure represented by the general formula (3):

wherein, in the general formula (3), m represents 0 or 1, W represents a hydrogen atom or a methyl group, and V is selected from the group consisting of:
*—O—**;
*—S—**;
*—O—CnH2n—O—**;
*—S—CnH2n—O—**;
*—O—CnH2n—S—**; and
*—S—CnH2n—S—**,
where, in each of the Z1 to the Z7, * represents a bonding site with an alkylene moiety and ** represents a bonding site with a (meth)acryloyl group, and
where, in the Z8, the V does not represent *—O—** and *—S—**, and each of * and ** represents a bonding site with an alkylene moiety, and a structure represented by CnH2n in the V may have a substituent on a carbon atom, and n represents an integer selected from the group consisting of 2 to 5.

US Pat. No. 10,375,348

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS OPERABLE TO STORE CAPTURED IMAGE DATA IN IMAGE MEMORY, METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus, comprising:an image sensor configured to output image data captured at any of two or more sensitivities;
an image memory;
one or more processors; and
a memory storing instructions which, when the instructions are executed by the one or more processors, cause the image capturing apparatus to function as:
a control unit configured to control a predetermined compression rate for compressing image data outputted from the image sensor;
a compression unit configured to compress the image data outputted from the image sensor at the predetermined compression rate;
a storage unit configured to temporarily store the image data compressed by the compression unit in the image memory;
a decompression unit configured to decompress the compressed image data read from the image memory; and
an application unit configured to apply a gain amount corresponding to a sensitivity of the two or more sensitivities to the image data decompressed by the decompression unit,
wherein the control unit controls the predetermined compression rate so that a compression rate in a case where a first gain amount larger than a predetermined gain amount is applied to the decompressed image data is less than a compression rate in a case where a second gain amount less than the predetermined gain amount is applied to the decompressed image data, and
wherein the first gain amount is a gain amount applied in a case where the sensitivity is a sensitivity higher than a common-use sensitivity, and the second gain amount is a gain amount applied in a case where the sensitivity is the common-use sensitivity.

US Pat. No. 10,371,513

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A calculation method of calculating a shape of a measurement target surface, the method comprising:a first step of obtaining, while scanning a probe contacting the measurement target surface in a first direction, first shape measurement data of a line region of the measurement target surface, which represents a shape of the line region by detecting a position of the probe during scanning, and obtaining, while scanning the probe contacting the measurement target surface in a second direction different from the first direction, second shape measurement data of a line region of the measurement target surface, which represents a shape of the line region by detecting a position of the probe during scanning;
a second step of obtaining first corrected shape data by correcting the first shape measurement data using a first correction parameter for correcting a first measurement error caused by scanning the probe in the first direction, and obtaining second corrected shape data by correcting the second shape measurement data using a second correction parameter for correcting a second measurement error caused by scanning the probe in the second direction;
a third step of generating first whole shape data representing a shape of the whole measurement target surface by synthesizing the first corrected shape data and the second corrected shape data; and
a fourth step of correcting the first shape measurement data obtained in the first step while changing the first correction parameter, correcting the second shape measurement data obtained in the first step while changing the second correction parameter, obtaining a value of an evaluation function for evaluating the first corrected shape data and the second corrected shape data obtained in the second step, whenever the first correction parameter and the second correction parameter are changed, and determining the first correction parameter and the second correction parameter so that the value of the evaluation function falls within an allowable range.

US Pat. No. 10,375,639

POWER TRANSMISSION APPARATUS FOR WIRELESSLY SUPPLYING POWER TO POWER RECEPTION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,372,568

ELECTRONIC DEVICE BEING CONNECTABLE TO EXTERNAL DEVICE, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING ELECTRONIC DEVICE BEING CONNECTABLE TO EXTENAL DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic device, comprising:a first terminal for receiving power from a connected external device;
a second terminal for obtaining information of the external device;
a control unit configured to control a voltage of the second terminal;
a determination unit configured to determine a type of the external device in accordance with a voltage of the first terminal after a predetermined period has elapsed since the control unit changed the voltage of the second terminal from a voltage included in a predetermined range to a voltage not in the predetermined range; and
a power supply unit configured to perform a process related to a power supply via the first terminal from the external device, based on the type of the external device determined by the determination unit.

US Pat. No. 10,370,279

METHOD OF CONVEYING PRODUCT, PRODUCT CONVEYANCE APPARATUS, METHOD OF PRODUCING OPTICAL ELEMENT, OPTICAL ELEMENT PRODUCTION APPARATUS, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

11. An optical element production apparatus comprising:an actuator configured to hold an optical blank;
a movement portion configured to move the actuator;
a camera;
a shaping portion configured to subject the optical blank to a shaping process; and
a controller configured to control the actuator, the movement portion, the camera, and the shaping portion,
wherein the controller performs
a process of causing the actuator not holding the optical blank to move to a predetermined image capturing position, causing the camera to capture an image of the actuator, and storing a position of the actuator as a first position on a basis of the captured image of the actuator,
a process of causing the actuator to move on a basis of a movement instruction value that is stored in advance and hold the optical blank, causing the actuator holding the optical blank to move to the predetermined image capturing position, causing the camera to capture an image of the optical blank held by the actuator, and storing a position of the optical blank as a second position on a basis of the captured image of the optical blank, and
a process of correcting and updating the movement instruction value on a basis of difference between the first position and the second position, and causing the actuator to move on a basis of the updated movement instruction value, hold the optical blank, and convey the held optical blank to the shaping portion.

US Pat. No. 10,371,569

ELECTROSTATIC CAPACITANCE TYPE TRANSDUCER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrostatic capacitance type transducer having an operational central frequency fc, comprising:one or more elements each of which includes N cell groups and a signal extraction electrode that is shared among the N cell groups,
wherein each of the N cell groups includes P cells,
wherein each of the P cells includes a first electrode and a second electrode arranged with a gap therebetween,
wherein the second electrode is electrically connected to the signal extraction electrode,
wherein, in each of the N cell groups, each of the P cells has an equal wiring length from the signal extraction electrode, and
wherein fc?1/(2×?×N2×?Rg×?Cg), where ?Cg is electrostatic capacitance of each of the N cell groups, ?Rg is wiring resistance between two adjacent cell groups in the N cell groups.

US Pat. No. 10,369,780

PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a transfer drum;
a printing unit configured to form an ink image on the transfer drum by discharging ink;
a pressurizing drum configured to transfer the ink image formed on the transfer drum to a print medium which passes between the pressurizing drum and the transfer drum;
a guide unit configured to guide the printing unit to a discharge position for the printing unit to discharge the ink to the transfer drum and a retreat position where the printing unit retreats from the discharge position;
an adjusting member supporting a rotation-center axis of the transfer drum and configured to adjust a position of the transfer drum with regard to the pressurizing drum, and
a positioning unit configured to position the printing unit at the discharge position and be displaced together with the transfer drum displaced by the adjusting member.

US Pat. No. 10,371,838

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,369,796

PRINTING APPARATUS AND PERFORMANCE MAINTAINING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a carriage on which a printhead, which is configured to discharge ink, is mounted, the carriage being configured to move in a first direction such that the printhead moves across a printing region where a printing operation by the printhead is performed and a standby region adjacent to the printing region in the first direction;
a cap arranged in the standby region and configured to cap the printhead,
a wiper configured to perform wiping for the printhead,
a first moving mechanism configured to move the cap in a gravity direction to an upper first position where the cap caps the printhead, a lower first position which allows the wiper to wipe the printhead, and a middle first position between the upper first position and the lower first position; and
a second moving mechanism configured to move the cap to the middle first position and a second position, which is located nearer to the printing region than the middle first position and allows the printhead to perform preliminary discharge to the cap.

US Pat. No. 10,369,797

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRELIMINARY DISCHARGING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inkjet printing apparatus comprising:a print head having a nozzle arrangement surface on which a nozzle for discharging ink is provided, the print head configured to perform a preliminary discharge operation;
a cap unit configured to cover the nozzle arrangement surface;
a setting unit configured to set a preliminary discharge amount based on a printing amount of a printing operation performed by the print head; and
a control unit configured to cause the print head to perform the preliminary discharge operation in a state where the cap unit covers the nozzle arrangement surface if the preliminary discharge amount set by the setting unit is greater than a first threshold value and cause the print head to perform the preliminary discharge operation in a state where the cap unit does not cover the nozzle arrangement surface if the preliminary discharge amount set by the setting unit is less than the first threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,375,178

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT TRANSMITS A PACKET A PREDETERMINED PERIOD OF TIME AFTER DETECTING LINK-UP , METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus that transmits an SLP packet to a network via a hub, the apparatus comprising:a memory that stores instructions;
a processor that executes the instructions to:
detect a link-up of a link with the hub;
start a time measurement before a communication state of the link with the hub is established, upon detecting the link-up;
determine whether a predetermined time has elapsed since the time measurement was started; and
perform processing to transmit an SLP packet when it is determined that the predetermined time has elapsed since the time measurement was started,
wherein the SLP packet is not transmitted until it is determined that the predetermined time has elapsed since the time measurement was started.

US Pat. No. 10,372,386

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus equipped with a direct wireless communication function for executing a direct wireless communication with an external apparatus, the communication apparatus comprising:a memory configured to store a plurality of SSIDs, used by the direct wireless communication function, in correspondence with user information of users, respectively; and
at least one processor that executes instructions to:
specify a user of the communication apparatus; and
select, from the plurality of SSIDs stored in the memory, an SSID that corresponds to user information of the specified user,
wherein the wireless communication unit uses the selected SSID to execute the direct wireless communication function.

US Pat. No. 10,372,388

COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, COMMUNICATION DEVICE, AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus that communicates with an information processing apparatus and executes predetermined processing using image data, the communication apparatus comprising:at least one processor causing the communication apparatus to act as:
a first communication unit configured to transmit advertising information and communicate with the information processing apparatus via a connection established based on a request from the information processing apparatus that receives the advertising information, based on Bluetooth® Low Energy standard as a first communication standard;
a second communication unit configured to communicate image data with the information processing apparatus via communication based on a second communication standard which is able to perform higher-speed communication than the Bluetooth® Low Energy standard;
a first determination unit configured to determine whether the communication apparatus is in a specific state, the communication apparatus not being able to execute the predetermined processing when in the specific state; and
a second determination unit configured to determine whether an authentication of the information processing apparatus has been performed;
wherein in a case where the second determination unit determines that the authentication of the information processing apparatus has been performed and in a case where the first determination unit determines that the communication apparatus is in the specific state, the first communication unit transmits specific information based on the specific state, via the connection established based on the request from the information processing apparatus that receives the advertising information based on the Bluetooth® Low Energy standard, and
wherein in a case where the second determination unit determines that the authentication of the information processing apparatus has not been performed, the first communication unit does not transmit the specific information via the connection established based on the request from the information processing apparatus that receives the advertising information based on the Bluetooth® Low Energy standard, even in the case where the first determination unit determines that the communication apparatus is in the specific state.

US Pat. No. 10,369,829

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet processing apparatus, comprising:a supporting portion on which sheets are supported;
a binder including a first member with a first surface on which a concave-convex portion is provided and a second member with a second surface on which a concave-convex portion is provided and which is engaged with the first surface, the binder being configured to bind the sheets disposed between the first and second members by crimping the sheets using the first and second surfaces; and
a controller configured to execute a plurality of modes including first and second modes, an area of the sheets being deformed by being crimped by the first and second surfaces including an edge of the sheets in a case where the first mode is executed, and an area of the sheets being deformed by being crimped by the first and second surfaces not including an edge of the sheets in a case where the second mode is executed.

US Pat. No. 10,372,391

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus having a wired communication unit and a wireless communication unit, the printing apparatus comprising:a short distance wireless communication unit different from the wireless communication unit;
an input unit configured to input a user's instruction to activate at least one of the wired communication unit and the wireless communication unit via an operation screen of the printing apparatus, wherein the operation screen has a selection option for the wired communication unit and a selection option for the wireless communication unit;
a receiving unit that,
in a case where a short distance wireless communication between the short distance wireless communication unit of the printing apparatus and a communication partner apparatus is executed and the printing apparatus is connected to a network to which the communication partner apparatus is connected, receives print data, via the network, from the communication partner apparatus which is a communication partner of the short distance wireless communication, and
in a case where the short distance wireless communication between the short distance wireless communication unit of the printing apparatus and the communication partner apparatus is executed, the wireless communication unit of the printing apparatus is not activated, and the printing apparatus and the communication partner apparatus are not connected to a same network, receives the print data from the communication partner apparatus via a direct connection established between the communication partner apparatus and the wireless communication unit of the printing apparatus, wherein a wireless communication control processing for establishing the direct connection is performed by the printing apparatus; and
a print control unit that executes a print processing based on the print data,
wherein, the communication speed of the wireless communication unit is faster than that of the short distance wireless communication unit, and wherein the short distance wireless communication unit, the input unit, the receiving unit, and the print control unit are executed by at least one processor.

US Pat. No. 10,372,392

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR CANCELING A COMMUNICATION SETTING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:at least one storage medium; and
at least one processor configured to cause the communication apparatus to:
operate in a predetermined condition in which the communication apparatus is able to receive, from a terminal apparatus, setting information related to a first communication setting for communicating with the terminal apparatus using a first communication method;
receive the setting information from the terminal apparatus while the communication apparatus is operating in the predetermined condition;
execute the first communication setting in a case where the setting information is received from the terminal apparatus;
receive, by a user operation to the communication apparatus before the setting information is received from the terminal apparatus while the communication apparatus is operating in the predetermined condition, a cancel instruction to cancel an execution of the first communication setting;
display, on a display unit of the communication apparatus while the predetermined condition is maintained, a predetermined screen to execute a second communication setting that allows the communication apparatus to communicate with the terminal apparatus using a second communication method, which is different from the first communication method, based on that the cancel instruction is received while the communication apparatus is operating in the predetermined condition;
receive, by the user operation to the communication apparatus on the display unit of which the predetermined screen is displayed, an execution instruction to execute the second communication setting;
execute the second communication setting based on that the execution instruction to execute the second communication setting is received; and
stop an operation in the predetermined condition based on that the execution instruction to execute the second communication setting is received;
wherein, by execution of the second communication setting, the communication apparatus becomes able to communicate with the terminal apparatus using the second communication method.

US Pat. No. 10,372,395

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

8. A method for controlling a system including an image forming apparatus and an information processing apparatus, comprising:providing first data that causes the image forming apparatus to print by processing a not blank page, and providing second data that causes the image forming apparatus to not print a blank page;
generating third data by processing the first data and generating fourth data by processing the second data; and
storing the third data and the fourth data in a predetermined area in a storage unit,
wherein
the stored third data is not the same data as the first data and the stored fourth data is not the same data as the second data,
the stored third data and the stored fourth data in the predetermined area are accessible by a user after the printing by the image forming apparatus, and
the stored third data includes an image representing page data of the blank page and the fourth data includes an image representing page data of the not blank page.

US Pat. No. 10,368,813

PHOTOACOUSTIC APPARATUS AND METHOD WITH USER SELECTABLE DIRECTIVITY ANGLES FOR DETECTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An object information acquiring apparatus comprising:a light source;
a detector array including a plurality of detection elements configured to detect acoustic waves generated as a result of irradiation of light from the light source onto an object and to output electric signals and a supporting member configured to support the plurality of detection elements in a certain arrangement so that axes of directivity of at least a part of the plurality of detection elements gather;
an inputting unit configured to receive an input of a measurement condition from a user;
a selecting unit configured to select at least a part of the plurality of detection elements; and
a processing unit configured to acquire property information on the inside of the object, using electric signals output from the detection elements selected by the selecting unit,
wherein the plurality of detection elements includes at least two groups of detection elements, the groups being different in a directivity angle,
wherein the selecting unit selects at least one group of detection elements based on the measurement condition input by the user,
wherein the at least two groups of detection elements includes a first group of detection elements and a second group of detection elements, and the detection elements of the first group have a wider directivity angle than the detection elements of the second group,
wherein the inputting unit indicates to the user at least two types of measurement modes including a quick scan mode and a detailed scan mode to be able to be specified by the user,
wherein the selecting unit selects at least the first group of detection elements in case the quick scan mode is specified by the user, and
wherein the selecting unit selects at least the second group of detection elements in case the detailed scan mode is specified by the user.

US Pat. No. 10,372,404

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A data processing apparatus, which is a second apparatus communicating with a first apparatus, whereinthe first apparatus comprises:
a first setting unit configured to set, according to a user operation, a first parameter to be used in a first image processing including at least one of crop and rotation, wherein when first parameters are the same in the first image processing to first image data and the first image processing to second image data, a result of the first image processing to the first image data is the same as a result of the first image processing to the second image data, the second image data having a data format different from a data format of the first image data, and having a size larger than a size of the first image data;
a second setting unit configured to set, according to a user operation, a second parameter to be used in a second image processing including at least one of sharpness and color adjustment, wherein when second parameters are the same in the second image processing to the first image data and the second image processing to the second image data, a result of the second image processing to the first image data is different from a result of the second image processing to the second image data;
a first processing unit configured to execute the first image processing using the first parameter set by the first setting unit to the first image data;
a first transmitting unit configured to transmit a set parameter which is at least one of the first parameter set by the first setting unit and the second parameter set by the second setting unit, to the second apparatus, in response to a user operation;
a display control unit configured to display predetermined information indicating that the second parameter has not been determined; and
a first receiving unit configured to receive determination information indicating that the second parameter has been determined, from the second apparatus,
wherein the second apparatus comprises:
a second receiving unit configured to receive the set parameter transmitted by the first transmitting unit, from the first apparatus;
a second processing unit configured to execute, in a case where the first parameter is received by the second receiving unit, the first image processing using the received first parameter to the second image data, and execute, in a case where the second parameter is received by the second receiving unit, the second image processing using the received second parameter to the second image data; and
a second transmitting unit configured to transmit the determination information indicating that the received second parameter has been determined, to the first apparatus, in response to a user operation,
wherein the display control unit stops displaying the predetermined information indicating that the second parameter has not been determined in response to receiving the determination information from the second apparatus by the first receiving unit.

US Pat. No. 10,368,823

RADIOGRAPHING APPARATUS, CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiographing system comprising:a plurality of radiographic imaging units configured to acquire a plurality of radiographic images;
a communication unit to which the plurality of radiographic imaging units is connected; and
a storage medium storing instructions and a processor executing the instructions to function as:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire path information indicating a communication path between each of the plurality of radiographic imaging units connected to the communication unit and the communication unit, and
an output unit configured to output an image acquired from the plurality of radiographic images based on the path information.

US Pat. No. 10,372,667

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:a first memory configured to store data to be sent to another communication apparatus;
a second memory accessible at higher speed than the first memory;
one or more processors; and
a memory coupled to the one or more processors and having instructions stored thereon which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the communication apparatus to:
transfer the data to the second memory concurrently with transfer of the data to the first memory;
send the transferred data from the second memory to the another communication apparatus;
discard the data from the second memory after the sending and before receiving a response to the data from the another communication apparatus; and
in a case where the communication apparatus is to resend the data, resend the data to the another communication apparatus based on the data transferred to the first memory.

US Pat. No. 10,368,826

RADIANT RAY GENERATION CONTROL APPARATUS, RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An X-ray generation control apparatus comprising:an exposure switch;
a first connection unit connected to an X-ray detector and configured to receive a second signal from the X-ray detector;
a second connection unit connected to an X-ray generation apparatus and configured to transmit a specific signal;
a memory storing instructions; and
one or more processors that, upon execution of the instructions, are configured to operate as:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a first signal indicating that the exposure switch to instruct radiation emission is pressed; and
a control unit configured to output the specific signal via the second connection unit in response to acquisition of the first signal and reception of the second signal,
wherein the specific signal is either the first signal or the second signal.

US Pat. No. 10,371,647

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising a processor coupled to a storage medium programmed to function as:a mode setting unit configured to set an imaging mode for radiation imaging;
an information outputting unit configured to output state information on a state of the radiation imaging apparatus;
a correction data acquiring unit configured to acquire offset correction data through use of image data acquired in an acquisition mode;
an image processing unit configured to correct image data acquired by imaging an object through use of the offset correction data; and
a control unit configured to, when the acquisition mode based on the imaging mode coincides with the acquisition mode based on the state information, control the correction data acquiring unit to acquire the offset correction data in the acquisition mode based on the state information.

US Pat. No. 10,371,649

RADIATION PHASE CHANGE DETECTION METHOD AND RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,375,499

SOUND SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS, SOUND SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sound signal processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory which stores instructions executable by the one or more processors to cause the sound signal processing apparatus to perform at least:
acquiring sound data generated by collecting a sound in a sound-collecting target space;
detecting an amount of processing by a processor included in the one or more processors;
causing the processor to execute signal processing for a sound in an area of a plurality of areas included in the sound-collecting target space by using the acquired sound data, wherein the signal processing is controlled based on a result of the detecting of the amount of processing by the processor, and
outputting processed data generated based on the executed signal processing.

US Pat. No. 10,370,896

JOINED UNIT OF GLASS BASE MEMBERS, AND AIRTIGHT ENVELOPE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A joined unit of glass base members, comprising:a first glass base member;
a second glass base member; and
a joining member which joins the first glass base member and the second glass base member, the joining member (a) having a viscosity that has a negative temperature coefficient, and (b) extending at a predetermined width along opposing surfaces of the first glass base member and the second glass base member,
wherein at least one of the first glass base member and the second glass base member is elastically deformed while being depressed in an internal direction of the glass base member at an end portion in a widthwise direction of the joining member,
wherein a boundary between an elastically deformed portion of the glass base member and the joining member is positioned farther toward an internal side of the glass base member as compared with a boundary between a non-elastically deformed portion of the glass base member and the joining member,
wherein an area formed at the end portion in the widthwise direction of the joining member has a residual stress in a thickness direction of the joining member that is a compressive stress, and
wherein the area formed at the end portion in the widthwise direction of the joining member has a greater compressive stress than a compressive stress of an area formed at a central portion in the widthwise direction of the joining member.

US Pat. No. 10,371,922

OPTICAL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical apparatus comprising:a lens barrel;
a most object-side lens held by the lens barrel; and
a light emitter and an accessory attachment portion that are provided in an object-side end portion of the lens barrel so as to be located outside further than the most object-side lens in a radial direction of the lens barrel, the light emitter emitting an illumination light, the accessory attachment portion allowing detachable attachment of an accessory,
wherein:
the accessory attachment portion is located inside further than the light emitter in the radial direction;
the lens barrel is provided with a concave space that opens toward an object side and is used for the attachment of the accessory;
the concave space is provided in the radial direction between the accessory attachment portion and the most object-side lens; and;
the lens barrel is provided with a slope surface formed so as to decrease an outer diameter of the lens barrel toward an object-side end of the lens barrel.

US Pat. No. 10,375,259

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS WHICH DISPLAYS AN EXECUTION BUTTON FOR PRINTING BASED ON REGISTERED IMAGE DATA, CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a registration unit configured to register image data;
a display unit configured to display an execution button for printing based on the image data if the image data is registered in the registration unit; and
a print unit configured to perform printing based on the image data if the execution button is selected,
wherein the display unit displays a guidance button for performing display to prompt a user to register image data if the image data is not registered, and displays an execution button for printing based on image data without displaying the guidance button if the image data is registered.

US Pat. No. 10,371,930

STAGE APPARATUS AND MICROSCOPE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A stage apparatus including a fixed base and a first stage movable in a first direction relative to the fixed base, the apparatus comprising:a sensor configured to read a scale moving in the first direction together with the first stage; and
a sensor base formed from a material having a smaller thermal expansion coefficient than the fixed base and configured to fix the sensor to the fixed base,
wherein the sensor base is fixed to the fixed base at two first fixing positions located near a second axis having a second direction perpendicular to the first direction and passing through a specific position on the fixed base and sandwiching a first axis having the first direction and passing through the specific position, and is fixed to the fixed base at a second fixing position near the first axis and an arrangement position of the sensor so as to be movable in the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,375,268

COMMUNICATION DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,371,937

PROJECTION DISPLAY APAPRATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A projection display apparatus comprising:a light source;
a wavelength conversion element configured to convert a wavelength of light from the light source;
a driver configured to rotate the wavelength conversion element;
an image generator configured to generate an image by using light from the light source and light wavelength-converted by the wavelength conversion element; and
a controller configured to control the light source, the driver, and the image generator,
wherein the controller is configured to:
in a first mode to project an image with the light source turned on, rotate the wavelength conversion element at the first number of rotations per unit time,
in a second mode to supply the light source with power which is smaller than that supplied to the light source in the first mode, rotate the wavelength conversion element with the second number of rotations per unit timewhich is smaller than the first number of rotations per unit time, and
in a third mode to supply the light source with power which is smaller than that supplied to the light source in the first mode and to supply the image generator with power that is smaller than that supplied to the image generator in the first mode, rotate the wavelength conversion element with the third number of rotations per unit timewhich is smaller than the second number of rotations per unit time.

US Pat. No. 10,375,270

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,375,271

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,373,993

SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM USING SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING METAL FILM WITH FIRST AND SECOND PORTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state image pickup apparatus comprising:a photoelectric conversion unit disposed in a semiconductor substrate;
a first transfer transistor configured to transfer carriers generated in the photoelectric conversion unit;
a charge storage unit configured to store the carriers transferred from the photoelectric conversion unit;
a second transfer transistor configured to transfer the carriers in the charge storage unit to a floating diffusion unit; and
a metal film having a first portion disposed over a second gate electrode of the second transfer transistor and a second portion disposed between a first gate electrode of the first transfer transistor and the second gate electrode,
wherein the first portion has an opening.

US Pat. No. 10,372,969

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:an image generation unit configured to composite a first image including a captured transparent object having transparency and a second image including a captured target object, and generate a reproduced image, where the target object at least partially covered by the transparent object, is reproduced; and
a creation unit configured to create, by machine learning of features of the reproduced image, a model for recognizing the target object at least partially covered by the transparent object.

US Pat. No. 10,375,277

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM USING COLOR-ADJUSTED IMAGE DATA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the set of instructions to:
store, in a storage, a first lookup table indicating each output color data associated with respective input color data, and
acquire a second lookup table by adjusting an output value of the first lookup table such that the output value is adjusted to be a color value for at least one of characters and lines,
wherein an input value of the input color data is represented by red (R), green (G), and blue (B) of an RGB color space,
wherein the output value to be adjusted in the first lookup table is an output value associated with an input value having a predetermined value corresponding to at least one of R, G, and B, and, the predetermined value includes at least a maximum value or a minimum value of color data,
wherein the output value of the first lookup table is adjusted based on two configuration values among R, G, and B of the input value corresponding to the output value to be adjusted, and, the two configuration values are configuration values other than a configuration value of which the input value is the maximum value.

US Pat. No. 10,371,953

IMAGE DISPLAY SYSTEM AND INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHODS THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image display system comprising:a computer graphics (CG) displaying device including a display device that displays an image to a user; and
an information processing apparatus that transmits information for displaying CG on the display device,
wherein the displaying device comprises:
an image capturing device configured to capture an image of a physical space; and
a position and orientation detecting sensor that detects a position and orientation of the displaying device;
a first communication interface that communicates with the information processing apparatus;
at least one first processor or circuit configured to implement first instructions to execute a first plurality of tasks, including:
a first transmitting task that transmits, via the first communication interface, to the information processing apparatus, position and orientation information related to the position and orientation detected by the position and orientation detecting sensor and specific information for specifying a frame captured by the image capturing device;
a first receiving task that receives a CG command from the information processing apparatus;
a rendering task that renders CG based on the CG command received by the first receiving task;
a synthesizing task that synthesizes the CG on to the captured image of the physical space in a case where the specific information of the CG rendered by the rendering task and the specific information of a synthesizing target image match; and
a display control task that controls to the display device to display the CG rendered by the rendering task and an image synthesized by the synthesizing task, and
wherein the information processing apparatus comprises:
a second communication interface for communicating with the displaying device;
at least one second processor or circuit configured to implement second instructions to execute a second plurality of tasks, including:
a second receiving task that receives the position and orientation information and the specific information from the displaying device;
a CG command generating task that generates the CG command based on the position and orientation information and the specific information received from the displaying device; and
a second transmitting task that transmits the generated CG command to the displaying device via the second communication interface.

US Pat. No. 10,375,304

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:a first generation unit configured to generate, from input image data, color component data of a predetermined color space for luminance output;
a second generation unit configured to generate, from input image data, color component data of the predetermined color space for color difference output;
a first conversion unit configured to convert a tone of each piece of the color component data for luminance output generated by the first generation unit;
a second conversion unit configured to convert a tone of each piece of the color component data for color difference output generated by the second generation unit;
a combining unit configured to combine each piece of the color component data obtained by the conversion by the first conversion unit and each piece of the color component data obtained by the conversion by the second conversion unit, and generate respective pieces of combined color component data;
a separation unit configured to respectively separate luminance data and color difference data from each piece of color component data obtained by the combining unit; and
a correction unit configured to correct a tone of each of the luminance data and color difference data obtained by the separation unit,
wherein the second conversion unit has a conversion characteristic for outputting, for each piece of color component data, a non-negative value in a range, of negative infinity to a positive threshold set in advance, that input data can take.

US Pat. No. 10,372,750

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, PROGRAM AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,358,305

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a main body having therein an image forming portion for forming an image on a recording material;
a feeding unit mountable on the main body for feeding the recording material to the image forming portion, the feeding unit comprising a feeding roller pair to feed the recording material to the image forming portion and being opposed to a lower surface of the main body, an external surface opposed to the lower surface of the main body, and a cover for opening and closing the inside of the feeding unit; and
an elastic member to be positioned between the feeding roller pair and the cover of the feeding unit,
the elastic member being provided so as to protrude from the lower surface of the main body to a position further inward than the external surface of the feeding unit, and the elastic member being positioned so as to overlap with the feeding roller pair when viewed from a direction perpendicular to a feeding direction of the feeding roller pair.

US Pat. No. 10,358,567

COMPOUND, INK, INK CARTRIDGE AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A compound represented by the following formula (1),
wherein, in Formula (1), R1 to R24 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, an alkyl group, a cycloalkyl group, an alkenyl group, an alkynyl group, an aryl group, an aralkyl group, an acyl group, an acylamino group, a sulfonylamino group, an alkoxy group, an aryloxy group, a hydroxy group, an amino group, a nitro group, a cyano group, a sulfonic acid group, a carboxylic acid group, a sulfamoyl group, a carbamoyl group, an alkoxysulfonyl group, an alkoxycarbonyl group, an aryloxysulfonyl group or an aryloxycarbonyl group and satisfy at least one of (X) and (Y) below: (X) at least one of R1 to R24 is a sulfonic acid group or a carboxylic acid group; (Y) at least one of R6, R7, R8, R9, R16, R17, R18 and R19 is a halogen atom, an acyl group, a nitro group or a cyano group.

US Pat. No. 10,358,312

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet processing apparatus, comprising:a conveyance member configured to convey a sheet; and
an alignment portion comprising a first alignment member and a second alignment member and configured to move relative positions of the first and second alignment members in a width direction orthogonal to a conveyance direction of the sheet by the conveyance member, so as to align a position of the sheet in the width direction,
the first alignment member comprising:
a first contact surface configured to come in contact with one end of the sheet in the width direction;
a first lower surface configured to face a lower surface of the sheet that is in contact with the first contact surface;
a first lower portion configured to support the lower surface of the sheet that is in contact with the first contact surface; and
a first upper portion facing an upper surface of the sheet that is in contact with the first contact surface,
wherein in a plane vertical to the conveyance direction, the first lower surface extends from a lower end of the first contact surface toward the second alignment member in the width direction, the first lower surface is inclined so as to be further upward as the first lower surface extends toward the second alignment member in the width direction, and the first lower portion is arranged at an end portion of the first lower surface on a far side from the first contact surface in the width direction,
wherein in the plane vertical to the conveyance direction, the first lower portion is more distant from the first contact surface than the first upper portion in the width direction, the first lower portion is positioned above the lower end of the first contact surface in a gravity direction, and a distance between the first upper portion and the first lower portion in the gravity direction is smaller than a length of the first contact surface in the gravity direction,
the second alignment member comprising:
a second contact surface configured to come in contact with the other end of the sheet in the width direction;
a second lower surface configured to face a lower surface of the sheet that is in contact with the second contact surface;
a second lower portion configured to support the lower surface of the sheet that is in contact with the second contact surface; and
a second upper portion facing an upper surface of the sheet that is in contact with the second contact surface,
wherein in the plane vertical to the conveyance direction, the second lower surface extends from a lower end of the second contact surface toward the first alignment member in the width direction, the second lower surface is inclined so as to be further upward as the second lower surface extends toward the first alignment member in the width direction, and the second lower portion is arranged at an end portion of the second lower surface on a far side from the second contact surface in the width direction,
wherein in the plane vertical to the conveyance direction, the second lower portion is more distant from the second contact surface than the second upper portion in the width direction, the second lower portion is positioned above the lower end of the second contact surface in the gravity direction, and a distance between the second upper portion and the second lower portion in the gravity direction is smaller than a length of the second contact surface in the gravity direction.

US Pat. No. 10,357,155

WAVEFRONT CORRECTION METHOD FOR ADAPTIVE OPTICS SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmic apparatus having an adaptive optics system, the apparatus comprising:a detecting unit configured to detect each position data of a plurality of spots on a sensor surface and status data of each of the plurality of spots, the plurality of spots being formed on the sensor surface by dividing return light from an eye to be examined by a lens array;
a calculation unit configured to calculate a set of wavefront data using the each position data and a set of local gain data using the each status data, then obtain a set of a control data based on the set of wavefront data and the set of local gain data; and
a wavefront adjustment unit configured to adjust the wavefront of the return light based on the set of control data.

US Pat. No. 10,357,956

SHAPING APPARATUS AND SHAPING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A shaping method using a shaping apparatus that stacks, based on slice data, a material layer formed of a shaping material to fabricate a solid object, the shaping apparatus having (a) a material layer forming section that forms the material layer based on the slice data, (b) a conveyance body that conveys the material layer formed by the material layer forming section, (c) a stage on which the material layer conveyed by the conveyance body and heated by a heating section is stacked, (d) a preheating section that preheats the material layer on the conveyance body before being heated by the heating section, (e) a temperature acquisition section that a acquires temperature of the material layer preheated by the preheating section, (f) a time measurement section that measures a time at which the material layer on the conveyance body is preheated by the preheating section, and (g) a storage section that stores in advance a relationship between a temperature of the shaping material and a heating time at a time at which oxidation of the shaping material starts as the shaping material is heated, the shaping method comprising:estimating a timing at which the oxidation of the material layer starts, based on an acquisition result from the temperature acquisition section, a measurement result from the time measurement section, and the relationship stored in the storage section when the material layer on the conveyance body is preheated by the preheating section; and
reducing the temperature of the material layer on the conveyance body before the oxidation of the material layer starts.

US Pat. No. 10,357,965

PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINTING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:an ink application unit applying a first ink containing at least a resin as a solid content onto a discharge medium;
a reaction liquid application unit applying a reaction liquid reacting with a component in the ink to aggregate the solid content in the first ink onto the discharge medium; and
a liquid absorbing unit for bringing a liquid absorbing member of a porous body into contact with an ink image formed by the ink and the reaction liquid on the discharge medium to absorb liquid to thereby reduce an amount of the liquid in the ink image, wherein
the printing apparatus has a receiving unit receiving an instruction for detecting a degree of the reaction of the ink and the reaction liquid on the discharge medium and a control unit controls the ink application unit and the reaction liquid application unit in response to reception of the instruction by the receiving unit to form a layer on the discharge medium with the first ink and the reaction liquid and causes the ink application unit to apply a second ink different from the first ink to a part of the layer to print a test pattern utilized for the detection.

US Pat. No. 10,357,972

PRINTER AND WASTE PACK FOR USE IN PRINTER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printer comprising:a print unit configured to perform printing by discharging liquid;
a horizontal duct for discharging liquid discharged from the print unit, the horizontal duct including:
a cylindrical body having an outer circumferential surface; and
a discharge port provided downwardly through an underside portion of the outer circumferential surface;
wherein an end of the cylindrical body adjacent to the discharge port is enclosed; and
a waste pack to be detachably attached to an attaching portion of the printer, the waste pack configured to contain liquid to be discharged from the discharge port of the horizontal duct when the waste pack is attached to the attaching portion,
wherein the waste pack includes:
an opening port into which the horizontal duct is inserted when the waste pack is attached;
a sealing member movable to a first position at which the opening port is sealed by being urged by an urging member and to a second position at which the opening port is not sealed, wherein, in response to the waste pack being attached to the attaching portion, the sealing member is pushed by the horizontal duct and is moved from the first position to the second position; and
an elastic member disposed in front of the sealing member in a direction in which the waste pack is attached, wherein the elastic member has slits in a radial pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,357,977

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inkjet printing apparatus comprising:a tank in which ink is contained;
a print head for ejecting ink supplied from the tank;
a supply flow path for supplying ink from the tank to the print head;
a collection flow path for collecting ink from the print head to the tank;
a first diaphragm pump which is provided in the collection flow path; and
a second diaphragm pump which is provided in the supply flow path, ink being circulated among the tank, the supply flow path, the print head, and the collection flow path by the first diaphragm pump and the second diaphragm pump,
wherein
the first diaphragm pump includes a first volume change portion which allows volume changes and a first control member which controls a volume of the first volume change portion, the first diaphragm pump delivering ink in a first flow amount, and
the second diaphragm pump includes a second volume change portion having the same volume as the first volume change portion and a second control member which is different from the first control member and controls a volume of the second volume change portion, the second diaphragm pump delivering ink in a second flow amount that is larger than the first flow amount.

US Pat. No. 10,350,767

SENSOR, DRIVING MECHANISM, AND ROBOT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sensor comprising:a first portion;
a second portion disposed to face the first portion;
a plurality of connection portions disposed between the first portion and the second portion, the plurality of connection portions connecting the first portion and the second portion; and
an encoder configured to detect an amount of relative displacement of the first portion and the second portion,
wherein the plurality of connection portions have portions that extend in a direction away from a rotation center at intervals in a rotational direction of one or both of the first portion and the second portion,
the encoder includes a scale unit disposed in the first portion, and a detection unit disposed in the second portion and to face the scale unit,
the plurality of connection portions include a first connection portion and a second connection portion that is adjacent to the first connection portion, and
the scale unit and the detection unit are disposed between the first connection portion and the second connection portion.

US Pat. No. 10,349,826

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a first acquiring unit configured to acquire a tomographic image of an eye to be inspected;
a detecting unit configured to execute structural analysis on the acquired tomographic image and detect an abnormal portion of the eye;
a second acquiring unit configured to acquire a similar case image related to a similar case of the detected abnormal portion, using finding information about a finding of the detected abnormal portion and position information about a position of the detected abnormal portion; and
a display control unit configured to cause a displaying unit to display the acquired tomographic image and the acquired similar case image,
wherein the display control unit causes the displaying unit to display a fundus image corresponding to the acquired tomographic image and a fundus image corresponding to the acquired similar case image together with the acquired tomographic image and the acquired similar case image,
wherein the display control unit causes the displaying unit to display first information on the fundus image corresponding to the acquired tomographic image,
wherein the display control unit causes the displaying unit to display second information on the fundus image corresponding to the acquired similar case image, and
wherein the first information is information about a scanning of measurement light when the acquired tomographic image is obtained, and the second information is information about a scanning of measurement light when the acquired similar case image is obtained.