US Pat. No. 10,298,830

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:an image capturing unit configured to perform processing to generate image data;
an encoding unit configured to perform processing to encode the image data;
a communication unit configured to receive a command for changing Video Source Mode to define at least a frame rate and resolution related to the image data, from an external apparatus via a network; and
a control unit configured to perform a reboot process and cause the communication unit to transmit a predetermined notification to the external apparatus, in a case where Video Source Mode being set in the image capturing apparatus is changed from first Video Source Mode to second Video Source Mode different from the first Video Source Mode, in response to the command for changing Video Source Mode received by the communication unit,
wherein the control unit is configured to perform control not to perform the reboot process in a case where Video Source Mode being set in the image capturing apparatus is changed from the first Video Source Mode to third Video Source Mode different from the first Video Source Mode and the second Video Source Mode, in response to the command for changing Video Source Mode received by the communication unit,
wherein the control unit is configured to cause the communication unit to transmit, to the external apparatus, information indicating that the second Video Source Mode is a target on which the reboot process is to be performed and information indicating that the third Video Source Mode is not a target on which the reboot process is to be performed, in response to a request command from the external apparatus,
wherein the communication unit is configured to receive a configuration command for setting at least the frame rate and the resolution from the external apparatus, and
wherein at least one of the image capturing unit and the encoding unit is configured to perform the processing in accordance with the configuration command.

US Pat. No. 10,298,831

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME WITH NOTIFICATION WHETHER TO STOP MOVING IMAGE RECORDING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus capable of being remotely controlled from an external apparatus, comprising:an image capturing unit;
a communication unit configured to communicate with the external apparatus;
a reception unit configured to receive a control instruction from the external apparatus via the communication unit; and
a control unit configured to control the image capturing apparatus based on the received control instruction,
wherein, when a connection with the external apparatus by the communication unit is disconnected during moving image recording in accordance with remote control from the external apparatus, the control unit continues the moving image recording and notifies a user whether to stop the moving image recording.

US Pat. No. 10,298,844

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a processor and a memory storing therein program instructions which, when executed, cause the processor to operate as following units:
a detection unit that detects moving information using a plurality of images output from an image sensor;
a prediction unit that predicts moving information corresponding to a first image that is captured after a first image group based on moving information detected using a plurality of images included in the first image group; and
a calculation unit that calculates a coefficient to be used in prediction processing by the prediction unit,
wherein the calculation unit calculates a coefficient to be used in the prediction processing for predicting moving information corresponding to a second image captured after the first image using the moving information corresponding to the first image that is predetected by the prediction unit and moving information corresponding to the first image detected by the detection unit.

US Pat. No. 10,298,852

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD AND PROGRAM THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus that performs intermittent image capturing to acquire a moving image which is composed of combined plural images, the image capturing apparatus comprising:an image sensor configured to capture an image of a subject;
at least one processor, the at least one processor functioning, according to a program stored in a memory, as:
a luminance value acquisition unit configured to acquire a luminance value of the subject;
an exposure control unit configured to control exposure according to the luminance value acquired by the luminance value acquisition unit; and
a range setting unit configured to set a predetermined range in which the exposure control unit does not change the exposure according to a change of the luminance value acquired by the luminance value acquisition unit,
wherein the range setting unit sets the predetermined range based on information related to time when intermittent image capturing is performed.

US Pat. No. 10,298,865

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR CORRECTING IMAGE CORRESPONDING TO CHANGE IN STATE OF AN OPTICAL MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a circuitry configured to perform operations of:
obtaining an image generated by an image sensor by photoelectrically converting an optical image of a subject that has passed through an optical member, wherein the image has degradation in image quality caused by an optical member, and a degree of degradation changes in accordance with a state of the optical member;
setting first correction values for correcting the degradation in image quality caused by the optical member, in accordance with the state of the optical member when the image is generated;
calculating second correction values based on (i) a correction value for correcting the largest degradation in image quality of the degradation in image quality caused by the optical member which changes in accordance with the state of the optical member, (ii) a predetermined upper limit value, and (iii) the first correction values; and
correcting the image based on the second correction values.

US Pat. No. 10,298,867

IMAGING DEVICE HAVING A PLURALITY OF PIXELS EACH WITH A PLURALITY OF PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION PORTIONS COVERED BY ONE MICROLENS OF A PLURALITY OF MICROLENSES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging device comprising:a plurality of pixels each including a first photoelectric conversion portion, a second photoelectric conversion portion, a third photoelectric conversion portion and a fourth photoelectric conversion portion, a first transfer gate that transfers charges of the first photoelectric conversion portion, a second transfer gate that transfers charges of the second photoelectric conversion portion, a third transfer gate that transfers charges of the third photoelectric conversion portion and a fourth transfer gate that transfers charges of the fourth photoelectric conversion portion, and an amplification transistor; and
a plurality of microlenses each covering the first photoelectric conversion portion, the second photoelectric conversion portion, the third photoelectric conversion portion and the fourth photoelectric conversion portion of a corresponding pixel of the plurality of pixels,
wherein,
the first photoelectric conversion portion and the second photoelectric conversion portion are arranged adjacent along a first direction,
the third photoelectric conversion portion and the fourth photoelectric conversion portion are arranged adjacent along the first direction,
the first photoelectric conversion portion and the third photoelectric conversion portion are arranged adjacent along a second direction,
the second photoelectric conversion portion and the fourth photoelectric conversion portion are arranged adjacent along the second direction,
each of the first transfer gate, the second transfer gate, the third transfer gate and the fourth transfer gate is arranged so that a channel width direction crosses both the first direction and the second direction,
the amplification transistor is shared by the first photoelectric conversion portion, the second photoelectric conversion portion, the third photoelectric conversion portion, and the fourth photoelectric conversion portion covered with one microlens of the plurality of microlenses, and
the first photoelectric conversion portion, the second photoelectric conversion portion, the third photoelectric conversion portion and the fourth photoelectric conversion portion covered with the one microlens are arranged in one active region.

US Pat. No. 10,291,803

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

5. An image forming apparatus comprising:a main assembly;
an operating portion movably mounted to said main assembly and configured to be capable of inputting a signal to said main assembly;
a holding portion fixed to said main assembly and configured to movably hold said operating portion;
a first cable configured to electrically connect said main assembly and said operating portion;
a second cable configured to electrically connect said main assembly and said operating portion and having a cable diameter smaller than a cable diameter of said first cable;
a first connector provided in said operating portion and configured to be connected with said first cable;
a second connector provided in said operating portion and configured to be connected with said second cable; and
a retaining portion provided in said holding portion and configured to retain said first and second cables at said holding portion,
wherein said first cable is disposed between said operating portion and said holding portion so that said first cable forms a first loop from said retaining portion until said first cable is connected with said first connector,
wherein said second cable is disposed between said operating portion and said holding portion so that said second cable forms a second loop from said retaining portion until said second cable is connected with said second connector, and
wherein said first and second connectors are disposed so that a radium of curvature of the first loop is larger than a radium of curvature of the second loop.

US Pat. No. 10,291,070

POWER RECEPTION APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power reception apparatus comprising:a power reception unit configured to receive electric power from a power transmission apparatus in a wireless manner;
a detection unit configured to detect an instruction for controlling a load unit which operates using the electric power received by the power reception unit;
a determination unit configured to determine whether a change of power consumption of the load unit, which would be caused in a case where the load unit changes an operation in response to the instruction detected by the detection unit, exceeds a threshold value; and
a transmission unit configured to transmit, to the power transmission apparatus, a request for changing an amount of reception power, in a case where the determination unit determines that the change of power consumption of the load unit would exceed the threshold value, before the load unit changes the operation in response to the instruction,
wherein, in a case where the determination unit determines that the change of power consumption of the load unit would not exceed the threshold value, the transmission unit does not transmit the request based on a result of a determination by the determination unit.

US Pat. No. 10,291,860

IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM THAT PROVIDES AUTOMATIC RADIATING DIRECTION CONTROL, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup system that has an image pickup apparatus and a light-emitting apparatus built in or removably mounted on the image pickup apparatus and capable of communicating with the image pickup apparatus, the light-emitting apparatus having a light-emitting unit that emits light and a drive unit that changes a radiating direction of light from the light-emitting unit, the image pickup system comprising:a hardware processor; and
a memory that stores instructions, which when executed by the hardware processor, cause the image pickup system to:
disable a preparatory operation for shooting and a shooting operation by the image pickup apparatus while the radiating direction of the light is being changed by the drive unit;
determine whether or not an instruction to suspend changing the radiating direction of the light by the drive unit has been issued; and
enable, when the image pickup system determines that the instruction to suspend changing the radiating direction of the light by the drive unit has been issued, the preparatory operation for shooting and the shooting operation by the image pickup apparatus, which have been disabled, and control the drive unit such that the light-emitting unit returns to an initial position prior to the change of the radiating direction of the light from the light-emitting unit by the drive unit.

US Pat. No. 10,290,077

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:at least one memroy storing instruction;
and at least one processor that when executing the instructions cause the display control apparatus to:
receive an operation on a display object displayed in a display area on a display;
change the display area from a first size to a second size smaller than the first size; and
control the display,
wherein, in a case where the operation is not received while the display area is displayed in the first size, when the display area is changed from the first size to the second size, display is controlled to display a first range out of the display object in the display area with the second size, and
wherein, in a case where the operation is received while the display area is displayed in the first size, when the display area is changed from the first size to the second size, display is controlled to move the display object to display a second range, which is different from the first range out of the display object and based on a position where the operation has been received, in the display area with the second size.

US Pat. No. 10,290,082

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR PERFORMING A RESTORATION PROCESS FOR AN IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:(A) a memory configured to store a plurality of image restoration filters depending on an F-number; and
(B) at least one processor coupled to the memory, and serving as:
(a) an acquirer configured to acquire a plurality of first image restoration filters, according to an imaging condition, from among the plurality of image restoration filters; and
(b) an image restorer configured to perform a restoration process for an image through a predetermined calculation process based on the plurality of first image restoration filters, the image being obtained via an imaging optical system that includes an optical element having a transmittance distribution where a transmittance continuously changes in at least a partial area,
wherein the plurality of first image restoration filters are image restoration filters relating to an imaging optical system that does not include the optical element.

US Pat. No. 10,289,058

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND DRAWER MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording material, the apparatus comprising:a main assembly provided with an opening;
a drawer member movable relative to the main assembly while supporting an image forming portion including at least an image bearing member for carrying a toner image, between an inside position which is inside the main assembly and in which an image forming operation is enabled and an outside position to which the drawer member is drawn out of the main assembly through the opening and in which a cartridge including at least a part of the image forming portion is mountable to and dismountable from the drawer member;
an optical unit provided in the main assembly and configured to emit light onto the image bearing member and including a light emission opening and a transparent member covering the light emission opening;
a cleaning member provided in the main assembly and configured to clean a surface of the transparent member by moving relative to the optical unit; and
an operating portion configured to move the cleaning member in a process of movement of the drawer member from the inside position to the outside position or a process of movement of the drawer member from the outside position to the inside position,
wherein a direction of the movement is perpendicular to a longitudinal direction of the image bearing member.

US Pat. No. 10,291,875

SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF GENERATING AUDIO SIGNAL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A signal processing apparatus, comprising:at least one hardware processor; and
a memory which stores instructions executable by the at least one hardware processor to cause the signal processing apparatus to perform at least:
acquiring information related to a capturing point of time corresponding to a virtual-viewpoint image generated based on a plurality of captured images that are captured from respectively different directions by a plurality of cameras;
identifying a length of a playback period of the virtual-viewpoint image;
obtaining a collected sound signal based on collection of sound of a sound collection region by at least one microphone, wherein the sound collection region includes at least a part of a capturing area captured by the plurality of cameras; and
generating an audio signal to be reproduced together with the virtual-viewpoint image in the playback period, by using the obtained collected sound signal corresponding to a sound collection period determined based on both the capturing point of time specified by the acquired information and the identified length of the playback period,
wherein a sound collection point of time corresponding to the audio signal at a beginning of the playback period is earlier than the capturing point of time corresponding to the virtual-viewpoint image.

US Pat. No. 10,289,828

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming system comprising:a first information processing device configured to perform:
a first process of storing print data,
a second process of receiving a device token from an external device and transmitting the device token to another external device, and
a third process of transmitting requested print data to the external device;
a second information processing device configured to perform:
a fourth process of registering the device token of the external device in a registration database, and
a fifth process of receiving the device token from the external device and notifying the external device of determination information indicating whether the device token is valid based on the received device token and the registration database, and
an image forming apparatus configured to perform:
a sixth process of receiving a print instruction and transmitting a device token of the image forming apparatus to the external device to request the external device for the print data, and
a seventh process of receiving the print data from the external device and forming an image on a sheet based on the received print data,
wherein, in a state where the first process is executed by the first information processing device and the fourth process is executed by the second information processing device:
the image forming apparatus requests the first information processing device for the print data in the sixth process,
the first information processing device receives the device token from the image forming apparatus and transmits the device token to the second information processing device in the second process,
the second information processing device receives the device token from the first information processing device and notifies the first information processing device of the determination information in the fifth process,
the first information processing device transmits the requested print data to the image forming apparatus in a case where the notified determination information indicates that the device token is valid in the third process, and
the image forming apparatus forms the image on the sheet based on the print data received from the first information processing device in the seventh process.

US Pat. No. 10,289,066

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image bearing member;
an exposing unit configured to expose said image bearing member;
an electric circuit board provided such that a plane of said electric circuit board is substantially perpendicular to a surface on which said image forming apparatus is placed;
a driving unit configured to supply a driving force;
a first metal plate supporting said exposing unit;
a second metal plate supporting said electric circuit board; and
a third metal plate supporting said driving unit,
wherein at least one of said first metal plate, said second metal plate and said third metal plate is provided at each of four sides of said image forming apparatus, the four sides being substantially perpendicular to the surface on which said image forming apparatus is placed,
wherein said first metal plate, said second metal plate and said third metal plate are electrically connected with each other, and
wherein at least one connecting portion between said first metal plate, said second metal plate and said third metal plate is connected with an electroconductive elastic member.

US Pat. No. 10,253,194

INK, INK CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink comprising:(a) a pigment;
(b) resin particles;
(c) a surfactant;
(d) at least one water-soluble organic compound; and
(e) water,
wherein a total of the content of the at least one water-soluble organic compound is 35 mass % or less based on a total mass of the ink,
wherein the at least one water-soluble organic compound comprises at least a first water-soluble organic compound being liquid at 25° C. and having a surface tension at 25° C. of 40 mN/m or less, and the content of the first water-soluble organic compound is 5 mass % or less based on a total mass of the ink,
wherein the surfactant is a surfactant represented by the following general formula (1):

wherein R1 to R4 each independently represents an alkyl group having 1 to 3 carbon atoms, x and y each independently represent a numerical value of from 1 to 5, and m+n represents a numerical value of from 0 to 7,
wherein the content of the surfactant is 0.7 mass % or more based on a total mass of the ink,
wherein a mass ratio of the content (mass %) of the surfactant to a total of the content (mass %) of the pigment and the content (mass %) of the resin particles is from 0.03 to 0.25,
wherein the surface tension of the ink at 25° C. is from 25 mN/m to 35 mN/m, and
wherein the resin particles have an acid value of from 20 mg KOH/g to 150 mg KOH/g.

US Pat. No. 10,291,155

VIBRATION WAVE MOTOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A vibration wave motor comprising:a vibrator including a piezoelectric element and a vibration plate; and
a friction member including a frictional contact surface to be brought into contact with the vibrator, the vibrator and the friction member being moved relative to each other using vibration generated in the vibrator,
wherein the vibration plate includes a flat plate portion to which the piezoelectric element is fixed and a projection portion to be brought into contact with the friction member, the friction member including at least one reinforcing portion that increases a strength of the friction member along a direction of the relative movement, in a region between the flat plate portion and the friction member,
wherein the reinforcing portion does not come into contact with the projection portion.

US Pat. No. 10,254,508

CONVERTER DEVICE AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A converter device to be attached between a lens device, which is attachable to and detachable from an image capturing apparatus, and the image capturing apparatus, the converter device comprising a reimaging optical system configured to reimage a primary image formed by the lens device on an image plane as a secondary image,wherein, given that an imaging magnification of the reimaging optical system is represented as ?c, a distance on an optical axis from a first surface which is an object-side surface of a lens nearest to an object-side of the reimaging optical system to the primary image is represented as Objc, and a distance on the optical axis from the first surface to the secondary image is represented as Tdc, the following condition expressions are satisfied:
?5.00 ?0.20
US Pat. No. 10,256,393

PIEZOELECTRIC MATERIAL, PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A piezoelectric material comprising:a perovskite-type metal oxide expressed by the general formula (Ba1-xCax)a(Ti1-yZry)O3, wherein x, y and a satisfy 0.030?x<0.090, 0.030?y?0.080, and 0.9860?a?1.0200;
a Mn component;
a Bi component, or a Bi and Li component;
a Cu component; and
a sub-constituent including at least one of Si and B;
wherein the Mn content is in the range of 0.040 part by weight to 0.500 part by weight in terms of metal element relative to 100 parts by weight of the metal oxide, the Bi content is in the range of 0.042 part by weight to 0.850 part by weight in terms of metal element relative to 100 parts by weight of the metal oxide, the Li content is in the range of 0 parts by weight to 0.028 part by weight in terms of metal element relative to 100 parts by weight of the metal oxide, the Cu content is in the range of 0.001 part by weight to 4.000 parts by weight in terms of metal element relative to 100 parts by weight of the metal oxide, and the content of the sub-constituent is in the range of 0.001 part by weight to 4.000 parts by weight in terms of element relative to 100 parts by weight of the metal oxide.

US Pat. No. 10,286,664

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND PRINTING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:a silicon substrate; and
an element disposed on the silicon substrate and configured to generate energy that is utilized for ejecting a liquid,
wherein a protective layer A containing a metal oxide is disposed on a first surface of the silicon substrate,
wherein a structure containing an organic resin and constituting part of a liquid flow passage is disposed on the protective layer A, and
wherein an intermediate layer A containing a silicon compound is disposed between the protective layer A and the structure.

US Pat. No. 10,291,795

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR SELECTING AN APPARATUS IN A WIRELESS NETWORK

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus configured to perform wireless communication, comprising:at least one processor; and
at least one memory storing code to be executed by the at least one processor, wherein the at least one processor executes the code to function as:
a search unit configured to search for another communication apparatus by transmitting a probe request and receiving a probe response in return;
a display unit configured to display information about other communication apparatuses found as a result of search by the search unit, wherein the information includes information for identifying whether each of the other communication apparatuses is operating as a base station;
an acceptance unit configured to accept designation of the other communication apparatus for the communication apparatus to connect to from among the other communication apparatuses displayed by the display unit; and
a connection unit configured to connect to, in a case where the designated other communication apparatus is not operating as a base station, the other communication apparatus in response to a particular operation being performed by a user on the other communication apparatus, and connect to, in a case where the designated other communication apparatus is operating as a base station, the other communication apparatus even when the particular operation is not performed by the user on the other communication apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,291,799

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF COMMUNICATING WITH A MOBILE TERMINAL AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus capable of communicating with a mobile terminal in accordance with a predetermined wireless communication protocol, comprising:an operation unit including a screen operable by a user;
a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the set of instructions to:
receive identification information used for authenticating the mobile terminal from the mobile terminal in accordance with the predetermined wireless communication protocol;
cause an authentication processing to authenticate the mobile terminal based on the received identification information;
receive predetermined information from the mobile terminal in accordance with the predetermined wireless communication protocol after the authentication processing successfully authenticates the mobile terminal, to determine to shift the screen of the operation unit into a logged-in state in a case where a distance between the mobile terminal and the information processing apparatus is within a set range; and
shift the screen of the operation unit into the logged-in state based on the received predetermined information.

US Pat. No. 10,282,829

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR PROCESSING X-RAY IMAGE, RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND 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:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a gradation conversion characteristic;
a characteristic acquisition unit configured to acquire an input-output characteristic of an X-ray sensor and identify, according to the input-output characteristic, a dynamic range of the X-ray sensor in which a signal-to-noise ratio of an image obtained by the X-ray sensor is higher than a threshold value and in which linearity of an output of a signal component of the image is kept;
an image input unit configured to receive an input image;
an image analysis unit configured to determine a pixel value range to be emphasized in the input image, the pixel value range being set according to a slope of the gradation conversion characteristic and pixel values in the input image;
a determination unit configured to determine whether the pixel value range is included in the dynamic range;
a correction unit configured to correct the gradation conversion characteristic depending on a result of determination by the determination unit, wherein in a first case where the pixel value range in is included in the dynamic range, the correction unit does not correct the gradation conversion characteristic, and in a second case where the pixel value range is not included in the dynamic range, the correction unit corrects the gradation conversion characteristic by widening or shifting the pixel value range so that the pixel value range is included in the dynamic range; and
a gradation processing unit configured to apply gradation processing to the input image according to the gradation conversion characteristic in the first case or according to the corrected gradation conversion characteristic in the second case.

US Pat. No. 10,283,090

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

7. A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium storing a program for causing a computer that has a display unit and a plurality of graphic controllers to execute a method, the method comprising:causing the display unit to display, using a graphic controller corresponding to an application of the plurality of graphic controllers, a screen of the application;
detecting an event that is generated by a user operation to the screen displayed on the display unit;
determining, when the event is detected, the graphic controller corresponding to the application displaying the screen on the display unit; and
based on a resolution of the display unit and information of the graphic controller for which the determination is made, converting coordinate information on the display unit of the user operation that the event indicates to a value of a coordinate system corresponding to the graphic controller for which the determination is made, and transmitting a result of the conversion to the application.

US Pat. No. 10,280,018

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus comprising:an apparatus body;
a supporting portion held by the apparatus body and configured to support a sheet;
a feed portion configured to feed the sheet supported on the supporting portion;
a conveyance portion disposed downstream of the feed portion in a sheet feeding direction;
a separation portion disposed in pressure contact with the conveyance portion and configured to separate sheets fed from the feed portion one by one in a separation nip portion formed between the conveyance portion and the separation portion;
a sheet regulation member disposed upstream of the separation nip portion in the sheet feeding direction, the sheet regulation member being configured to take a regulation position to regulate the sheet on the supporting portion so as not to enter the separation nip portion and a retracted position to allow the sheet on the supporting portion to enter the separation nip portion;
a restriction portion configured to restrict a change of the sheet regulation member from the regulation position to the retracted position;
a feed holder configured to hold the feed portion and pivotally supported by the apparatus body between an approach position where the feed portion approaches the supporting portion and a separation position where the feed portion is separated from the supporting portion with respect to the approach position;
an engagement member provided separately from the feed holder and configured to engage with the feed holder to move the feed holder; and
a resilient member disposed between the engagement member and the feed holder,
wherein in a case where an external force equal to or more than a predetermined amount is applied to the sheet regulation member in a state where the restriction portion restricts change of the sheet regulation member from the regulation position to the retracted position, the resilient member allows the feed holder to move with respect to the engagement member so that the sheet regulation member is displaced along with movement of the feed holder.

US Pat. No. 10,281,834

OPTICAL SCANNING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical scanning device comprising:a light source;
a deflection unit configured to deflect a light beam emitted from the light source;
a board having a through-hole formed thereon; and
a light receiving member including a light receiving portion and mounted on the board,
wherein the light receiving member receives the light beam that has entered the through-hole while being deflected by the deflection unit and moving in a scanning direction, and
wherein the light receiving portion is located in a position which is downstream of the center of the light receiving member with respect to the scanning direction and which allows no light beam reflected from an inner wall of the through-hole to be incident on the light receiving portion.

US Pat. No. 10,281,845

DEVELOPMENT DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A development device that forms a toner image on an image bearing member, the development device comprising:a developer bearing member that is rotatable and carries developer including magnetic particles and toner;
a regulation portion that is disposed to face the developer bearing member for regulating an amount of developer carried on the developer bearing member;
a magnetic field generation member that is provided inside of the developer bearing member, the magnetic field generation member having: a development pole facing the image bearing member; a first magnetic pole which is disposed downstream of the development pole with respect to a rotation direction of the developer bearing member on a position adjacent to the development pole and has a polarity different from a polarity of the development pole; and a second magnetic pole which is disposed upstream of the development pole with respect to the rotation direction of the developer bearing member on a position adjacent respectively to the development pole and the first magnetic pole and has a polarity different from the polarity of the development pole;
wherein the magnetic field generation member has a region satisfying |(Br(?a)?Br(?c))/10|<0.3,
wherein Br(?a) is a magnetic flux density in a normal direction relative to a surface of the developer bearing member on a position shifted by ?5° from a point nearest to the regulation portion on the developer bearing member around a center of the developer bearing member, and
Br(?c) is the magnetic flux density around the developer bearing member on a position shifted by +5° from the point nearest to the regulation portion on the developer bearing member.

US Pat. No. 10,281,852

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT CONTROLS AN EXECUTION FREQUENCY OF A RUBBING TREATMENT OF A FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:(A) an image forming portion configured to form a toner image on a sheet;
(B) a mounting portion configured to detachably mount either one of a fixing portion and another fixing portion, each of the fixing portion and the other fixing portion including:
(a) a first rotatable member;
(b) a second rotatable member, the first rotatable member and the second rotatable member being configured to cooperate with each other to form a nip for fixing the toner image on the sheet formed by the image forming portion; and
(c) a memory;
(C) a rubbing rotatable member configured to execute a rubbing process of rubbing a surface of the first rotatable member;
(D) a moving mechanism configured to move the rubbing rotatable member between a rubbing position, in which the rubbing rotatable member is in contact with the first rotatable member, and a stand-by position, in which the rubbing rotatable member is separated from the first rotatable member;
(E) an operating panel; and
(F) a controller configured to store information corresponding to an execution frequency of the rubbing process designated by an operator through the operating panel, in the memory of the fixing portion that has been mounted in the mounting portion.

US Pat. No. 10,281,854

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 fixing unit having a heating member for generating heat based on power supplied, and configured to fix the image on the sheet by the heat of the heating member;
a detection unit configured to detect a temperature of the heating member; and
a controller configured to:
determine a difference value between the detected temperature and a target temperature,
determine an accumulated value by accumulating the difference value,
determine a calculated value based on the difference value and the accumulated value,
control power to be supplied to the heating member based on the calculated value,
wherein, in a case where the calculated value is less than a predetermined value, the controller controls power to be supplied to the heating member next time based on the difference value and an alternate value that is different from the accumulated value, and
wherein the alternate value is a previous accumulated value.

US Pat. No. 10,282,880

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS AN ALIGNMENT PROCESS ON A PLURALITY OF IMAGES, A RELATED CONTROL METHOD, AND A RELATED STORAGE MEDIUM THAT STORES A CONTROL PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:at least one memory configured to store instructions; and
at least one processor in communication with the at least one memory and configured to execute the instructions:
(a) to set up a plurality of image sets according to a predetermined rule using a plurality of images obtained by continuous photography;
(b) to calculate a first conversion coefficient corresponding to a moving amount of an object between images in each of the plurality of image sets;
(c) to calculate a second conversion coefficient used for an alignment process about a correction target image other than a base image included in the plurality of images by multiplying a plurality of first conversion coefficients; and
(d) to generate an alignment image in which the object in the correction target image is aligned to the object in the base image by applying a conversion process to the correction target image using the second conversion coefficient.

US Pat. No. 10,283,651

PHOTODETECTION DEVICE AND SYSTEM HAVING AVALANCHE AMPLIFICATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photodetection device comprising:a semiconductor substrate; and
a pixel including a first semiconductor region having signal charges as majority carriers, and a first electrode disposed on the semiconductor substrate with a dielectric member interposed therebetween, the pixel being configured to detect a signal based on avalanche-amplified electric charges,
wherein the pixel includes a second semiconductor region of a conductive type opposite that of the first semiconductor region, the second semiconductor region being disposed under the first electrode and in a front surface of the semiconductor substrate, and a second electrode disposed on the semiconductor substrate and configured to supply a potential to the second semiconductor region,
wherein when a predetermined potential is supplied between the first electrode and the second electrode, an inversion layer electrically connected to the first semiconductor region is formed in the second semiconductor region and
an avalanche amplification occurs at an interface between the inversion layer and the second semiconductor region.

US Pat. No. 10,281,858

ROLLER WITH ELASTIC LAYERS HAVING DIFFERENT INDENTATION ELASTIC MODULI, AND FIXING DEVICE HAVING ROLLER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A roller usable in a fixing device for fixing, on a recording material, an unfixed toner image formed thereon, said roller comprising:a first elastic layer;
a second elastic layer provided closer to a center of said roller than said first elastic layer, said second elastic layer having a thermal conductivity in a thickness direction higher than that of said first elastic layer;
a third elastic layer provided between said first elastic layer and said second elastic layer,
wherein an indentation elastic modulus EIT1 of said first elastic layer, an indentation elastic modulus EIT2 of said second elastic layer, and an indentation elastic modulus of said third elastic layer satisfy:
E1T1

US Pat. No. 10,280,322

INK, INK CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink comprising:(a) a first pigment;
(b) a second pigment; and
(c) water,
wherein the first pigment satisfies condition 1:
condition 1: when, to a first pigment dispersion liquid comprising the first pigment and water and having a content of the first pigment of 0.01% by mass, calcium chloride is added so as to give a concentration of 1.0 mM, a particle diameter increase rate of a solid content is 2.0 nm/second or more,
wherein the second pigment satisfies condition 2:
condition 2: when, to a second pigment dispersion liquid comprising the second pigment and water and having a content of the second pigment of 0.01% by mass, hydrochloric acid is added so as to give a concentration of 0.5 mM, a particle diameter increase rate of a solid content is 0.5 nm/second or less, and
wherein a content (% by mass) of the first pigment relative to a content (% by mass) of the second pigment based on a total mass of the ink is 1.7 times or more to 8.0 times or less in terms of mass ratio.

US Pat. No. 10,281,861

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS USING TEST IMAGES TO ADJUST POSITION OF LATENT IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming unit comprising:
a rotating photoconductor;
an exposure unit configured to expose the photoconductor to light to form an electrostatic latent image on the photoconductor;
a developing unit configured to develop the electrostatic latent image formed on the photoconductor with toner;
a transfer unit configured to transfer a toner image developed on the photoconductor by the developing unit on a sheet;
a sheet feeding unit including a plurality of paper cassettes,
a reading unit configured to read an image formed on a sheet, wherein the image formed on the sheet includes a test image;
a control unit (1) capable of adjusting a position where the electrostatic latent image is formed in a rotation axis direction of the photoconductor by controlling the exposure unit in order to adjust a position of the toner image in the rotation axis direction of the photoconductor on a sheet that has reached the transfer unit, (ii) configured to generate correction data used to correct densities of images in a plurality of areas on the photoconductor, which correspond to an area where the test image is formed in the rotation axis direction of the photoconductor, based on a result of reading of the test image formed on the sheet including the test image by the reading unit, and (iii) configured to correct a density of the toner image to be developed on the photoconductor in the rotation axis direction of the photoconductor using the correction data,
wherein, in a case where the image forming unit forms an image other than the test image on a sheet based on input image data, the control unit adjusts the position to form the electrostatic latent image corresponding to the image other than the test image with respect to the rotation axis direction of the photoconductor according to a paper cassette, included in the plurality of paper cassettes, used for feeding the sheet onto which the image other than the test image is formed,
wherein, in a case where the image forming unit forms the test image on a sheet, the control unit does not adjust the position to form the electrostatic latent image corresponding to the test image with respect to the rotation axis direction of the photoconductor according to a paper cassette used for feeding the sheet onto which the test image is formed.

US Pat. No. 10,282,629

MAIN-SUBJECT DETECTION METHOD, MAIN-SUBJECT DETECTION APPARATUS, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing method comprising:extracting local feature amounts from an input image;
detecting at least one salient area from the input image based on the local feature amounts;
analyzing a distribution of the at least one salient area in the input image;
determining whether or not a main subject is present in the input image based on the distribution of the at least one salient area in the input image;
deriving a location of the main subject based on the at least one salient area in the input image; and
outputting information indicating absence of the main subject in the input image if the main subject is not determined to be present and outputting information indicating the location of the main subject if the main subject is determined to be present.

US Pat. No. 10,280,323

AQUEOUS INK, INK CARTRIDGE AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An aqueous ink for ink jet, the aqueous ink comprising:a pigment;
a resin having an anionic group;
a salt; and
a water-soluble organic solvent,
wherein the pigment is a self-dispersible pigment in which an anionic group is bonded to a particle surface of carbon black directly or through another atomic group,
wherein the resin has a weight-average molecular weight of 8,000 or more to 20,000 or less,
wherein the salt is a salt formed by bonding at least one cation selected from the group consisting of an alkali metal ion, an ammonium ion, and an organic ammonium ion with at least one anion selected from the group consisting of Cl?, Br?, I?, ClO?, ClO2?, ClO3?, ClO4?, NO2?, NO3?, SO42?, CO32?, HCO3?, HCOO?, (COO?)2, COOH(COO?), CH3COO?, C2H4(COO?)2, C6H5COO?, C6H4(COO?)2, PO43?, HPO42?, and H2PO4?,
wherein the water-soluble organic solvent includes glycerol and an additional solvent other than the glycerol, and
wherein a content (% by mass) of the additional solvent relative to a content (% by mass) of the glycerol in terms of mass ratio is 0.6 times or less.

US Pat. No. 10,281,873

DEVELOPING DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing device that is detachably mountable to an image forming apparatus main body, the developing device comprising:a developing frame configured to contain a developer;
a developing roller configured to perform developing using the developer; and
a plurality of electric contact points disposed at one end in an axial direction of the developing roller, on a face that intersects the axial direction,
wherein the developing device is pivotably centered on a pivot axis parallel to the axial direction of the developing roller, and electrically conducts with the image forming apparatus main body via the plurality of electric contact points when mounted to the image forming apparatus main body, and
wherein, in a plane perpendicular to the axial direction of the developing roller, a position of the pivot axis is within a polygon having a greatest area formed of outer shapes of the plurality of electric contact points and straight lines connecting the outer shapes of the multiple electric contact points.

US Pat. No. 10,282,143

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor and at least one memory coupled to each other and cooperating to act as:
a user interface that enables display on a screen and an operation performed by a user;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire content from a designated location; and
a control unit configured to, when displaying the content, additionally display, on the user interface, an operation portion for returning to a previous screen, if the location is a predetermined location,
wherein, in a case where a first location at which a Web application is provided is designated as the location, if an operation portion for returning to a previous screen is not displayed as a portion of content from the first location when displaying the content, and a second location designated next is the predetermined location, the control unit additionally displays the operation portion when displaying content from the second location.

US Pat. No. 10,284,451

MANAGEMENT APPARATUS FOR MANAGING NETWORK DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A management apparatus comprising,a memory storing instructions for managing a network device; and
a processor which is capable of executing the instructions causing the management apparatus to:
manage a script and a task, the script being a command, required for an operation to a network device, via a web page provided by the network device, and the task designating a timing of execution of the script;
acquire markup language information corresponding to a web page provided by the network device from the network device via HTTP;
detect whether or not a web page element that is a web scraping target element of the script of the managed task has been deleted, as a change in a configuration of the web page provided by the network device based on a structure change related to tag information included in the acquired markup language information, and
stop, in a case where the detected change indicates that a web page element that is a web scraping target element of the script of the managed task has been deleted, execution of the script according to the managed task,
wherein, in a case where the detected change does not indicate that a web page element that is a web scraping target element of the script of the managed task has been deleted and an operation content defined by the script is not writing information to the network device, the execution of the script is not stopped.

US Pat. No. 10,282,147

IMAGE FORMING DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication device capable of performing communication by Bluetooth Low Energy, the communication device comprising:at least one processor,
the at least one processor being caused to perform operations comprising:
transmitting first advertisement information based on the Bluetooth Low Energy, wherein the first advertisement information includes transmission power information relating to transmission power used for transmitting the first advertisement information by the Bluetooth Low Energy;
receiving, by the Bluetooth Low Energy, predetermined information from an information processing device, wherein the predetermined information is transmitted by the information processing device in accordance with the first advertisement information having been received by the information processing device;
transmitting, based on the predetermined information being received, second advertisement information that is based on the Bluetooth Low Energy and different from the first advertisement information, using transmission power same as the transmission power used for transmitting, by the Bluetooth Low Energy, the first advertisement information received by the information processing device, wherein transmission power used for transmitting, by the Bluetooth Low Energy, the second advertisement information is same as transmission power indicated by the transmission power information included in the first advertisement information received by the information processing device;
communicating, via a Bluetooth Low Energy connection between the communication device and the information processing device that has received the second advertisement information, connection information for connecting by a predetermined communication method that is different from the Bluetooth Low Energy; and
establishing connection by the predetermined communication method based on the connection information.

US Pat. No. 10,279,590

PRESSING METHOD FOR SURFACE OF RESIN LAYER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A pressing method for pressing a surface of a resin layer, the method, comprising pressing a surface of a resin layer of a wafer with a pressing member, which is to be divided into a plurality of liquid ejection head chips, the wafer including a substrate and the resin layer to serve as an ejection port forming member provided on the substrate,wherein the pressing of the surface of the resin layer is performed by placing a structure closer to a circumference of the wafer than to an area that becomes the plurality of liquid ejection head chips on the substrate, the structure being in contact with the resin layer.

US Pat. No. 10,282,159

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR TRANSMITTING AN IMAGE TO A DISPLAY APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that connects to a projection apparatus via a network, the information processing apparatus comprising:at least one communication interface configured to connect to the projection apparatus via the network to create a group,
at least one processor configured to cause the communication interface to transmit an image to be displayed on a display unit of the information processing apparatus to the projection apparatus as a projection image,
wherein the at least one processor is configured to:
detect an instruction to display, as a projection image, on a projection plane, a group information image having information that enables a new device to join the group to the projection apparatus;
generate the group information image having the information that enables the new device to join the group;
transmit an instruction to change a projection layout of the projection image projected by the projection apparatus to a predetermined layout; and
transmit the group information image to the projection apparatus so that the projection apparatus projects, on the projection plane, in accordance with the predetermined layout, the group information image having the information that enables the new device to join the group.

US Pat. No. 10,282,671

MEDICAL DIAGNOSIS SUPPORT APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A medical diagnosis support apparatus which provides information for supporting medical diagnosis, the apparatus comprising:at least one processor and a memory operatively coupled to function as:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire medical information associated with a diagnosis target as input information, wherein the input information is input by a user;
an inference unit configured to infer a diagnosis name of the diagnosis target as an inference result based on the acquired input information, wherein the diagnosis name exhibits a highest inference probability;
a calculation unit configured to calculate an influence rate of the acquired input information with respect to each inference;
a creation unit configured to select terms from the input information and create a report sentence based on the calculated influence rate; and
a display control unit configured to cause a monitor to display the created report sentence, wherein
the creation unit is configured to
select a first set of terms from the input information, each of the first set of terms having an influence rate equal to or more than a first threshold concerning positive influences,
determine an order of writing of the selected first set of terms based on a descending or ascending order of a positive influence rate on the inference result, and
create the report sentence based on the selected first set of terms and the determined order, the report sentence including the inferred diagnosis name.

US Pat. No. 10,279,601

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus which generates data for forming an image, the image processing apparatus comprising:a first obtaining unit configured to obtain color signals representing colors of the image;
a second obtaining unit configured to obtain a gloss signal representing gloss of the image;
a third obtaining unit configured to obtain a predetermined amount of a recording material;
a first determination unit configured to determine a recording amount of glossy recording material to be recorded in a first region of the image based on the gloss signal;
a second determination unit configured to determine recording amounts of colored recording materials to be recorded in the first region based on the color signals such that a total amount of the recording amount of the glossy recording material to be recorded in the first region determined by the first determination unit and the recording amounts of the colored recording materials to be recorded in the first region does not exceed the predetermined amount; and
a third determination unit configured to determine recording amounts of colored recording materials to be recorded in a second region of the image based on the color signals and the recording amounts of the colored recording materials determined by the second determination unit.

US Pat. No. 10,280,119

PIEZOELECTRIC CERAMIC, METHOD FOR MAKING THE SAME, PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD, ULTRASONIC MOTOR, AND DUST CLEANER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A piezoelectric material comprising:barium titanate; and
0.04% by mass or more and 0.20% by mass or less of manganese relative to the barium titanate,
wherein an average circular equivalent diameter of crystal grains constituting the piezoelectric material is 2 ?m or more and 9 ?m or less, a number percentage of crystal grains having a circular equivalent diameter of 20 ?m or less is 99 number % or more, and a relative density of the piezoelectric material is 97.5% or more and 100% or less,
wherein minima of a Young's modulus Y11 differ between when temperature of the piezoelectric material is increased and when temperature of the piezoelectric material is decreased in a range of ?30° C. to 50° C.

US Pat. No. 10,281,436

ACOUSTIC WAVE ACQUISITION APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An acoustic wave acquisition apparatus comprising:a probe configured to receive an acoustic wave propagated from a subject;
a moving unit configured to move the probe relative to the subject;
a target position designation unit configured to designate a target position to which the probe is to be moved; and
a movement control unit configured to control the moving unit to move the probe along a trajectory,
wherein the movement control unit determines the trajectory so that, in a case where a distance between the probe positioned at a first point and a second point corresponding to the target position is below a predetermined threshold value, a ratio of a length of the trajectory to a distance between the first point and the second point is larger than in a case where the distance between the probe and the second point exceeds the threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,284,778

ELECTRONIC DEVICE CAPABLE OF DISPLAYING UPDATED VOLTAGES OF POWER SOURCES, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING ELECTRONIC DEVICE, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic device comprising:at least one processor programmed to cause the electronic device to:
acquire a result of AD conversion on a voltage of each of a main power source and a sub-power source, and detect an average value of the results of the AD conversion acquired over a predetermined period of time as each of the voltages of the main power source and the sub-power source; and
control a display of the voltage of the main power source and a display of the voltage of the sub-power source on a display unit such that
the displayed voltage of the main power source is updated to a voltage newly detected even if a change between the new voltage and the displayed voltage is smaller than a predetermined threshold, and
the displayed voltage of the sub-power source is not updated to a voltage newly detected if a change between the new voltage and the displayed voltage is smaller than the predetermined threshold, but is updated to the voltage newly detected if the change between the new voltage and the displayed voltage is equal to or greater than the predetermined threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,284,782

IMAGE STABILIZATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image stabilization apparatus comprising:at least one processor or circuit configured to perform the operations of the following units:
an acquiring unit configured to acquire a signal representing a movement of an image capture apparatus from an angular velocity sensor;
a detecting unit configured to detect motion vectors between images captured by an image sensor;
a calculating unit configured to calculate a difference between the movement represented by the signal and each of the motion vectors;
a determining unit configured to determine a motion vector determined to have a temporal variation in the difference smaller than a preset threshold value as a background area motion vector, and determine a subject area motion vector from motion vectors other than the motion vector determined as the background area motion vector among the motion vectors detected by the detecting unit; and
a control unit configured to control a correction unit that performs image stabilization, based on the subject area motion vector, so that an image of subject is to be stationary in a still image captured while the image capture apparatus is panning.

US Pat. No. 10,284,026

POWER SUPPLY DEVICE THAT SUPPLIES POWER TO POWER RECEIVING DEVICE IN CONTACTLESS MANNER, METHOD OF CONTROLLING POWER SUPPLY DEVICE, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power supply device configured to supply power to a power receiving device in a contactless manner, the power supply device comprising:a first communication antenna for communication with the power receiving device;
a second communication antenna for communication with the power receiving device;
a power supply antenna for power supply to the power receiving device;
a communication control unit configured to control sharing processing of sharing a communication parameter with the power receiving device via the first communication antenna and establishment processing of establishing the communication via the second communication antenna with the power receiving device with information shared by the sharing processing;
a power supply control unit configured to control authentication processing for the power supply to the power receiving device via the power supply antenna and power supply processing of performing the power supply via the power supply antenna to the power receiving device authenticated by the authentication processing; and
a control unit configured to control the sharing processing and the authentication processing to be performed alternately,
wherein, in a case where the power supply processing starts before completion of the establishment processing of establishing the communication via the second communication antenna, the power supply stops and the sharing processing is performed again.

US Pat. No. 10,284,821

IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus which is capable of communicating with an external apparatus via a network, wherein the imaging apparatus is capable of encoding image data using a plurality of encoding methods including a first encoding method and a second encoding method, and wherein the imaging apparatus transmits, to the external apparatus, encoded image data encoded by using one of the plurality of encoding methods, the imaging apparatus comprising:a reception unit configured to receive, from the external apparatus, a request command which requests encoding method information which indicates an encoding method which the imaging apparatus is capable of using;
a determination unit configured to determine whether the request command received by the reception unit is for a first command set or a second command set, wherein the first command set is a command set which is capable of using the first and second encoding methods, and wherein the second command set is a command set which is capable of using the first encoding method and is not capable of using the second encoding method; and
a transmission unit configured to transmit, to the external apparatus, the encoding method information in response to the request command received by the reception unit,
wherein the transmission unit is configured:
to transmit encoding method information which indicates the first and second encoding methods, if the determination unit determines that the request command received by the reception unit is for the first command set; and
to transmit encoding method information which indicates the first encoding method and not to transmit encoding method information which indicates the second encoding method, if the determination unit determines that the request command received by the reception unit is for the second command set.

US Pat. No. 10,283,546

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM USING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus, comprising:a first photoelectric conversion portion, a second photoelectric conversion portion and a third photoelectric conversion portion;
a first charge storage portion configured to hold a charge generated by the first photoelectric conversion portion;
a second charge storage portion configured to hold a charge generated by the second photoelectric conversion portion;
a first transistor group having a plurality of transistors including a transistor configured to output a signal based on the charge held by the second charge storage portion; and
an element isolation portion,
wherein the element isolation portion has a first element isolation portion using a PN junction arranged between the first photoelectric conversion portion and the third photoelectric conversion portion, and a second element isolation portion using an insulator arranged between the first charge storage portion and a part of the first transistor group.

US Pat. No. 10,283,555

RADIATION DETECTION APPARATUS, MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREFOR, AND RADIATION DETECTION SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation detection apparatus comprising:a sensor panel having a first surface on which a pixel array and an electrical contact are arranged, and a second surface located on an opposite side to the first surface, the electrical contact being connected by a wiring member through which the pixel array exchanges an electrical signal with an external apparatus;
a scintillator layer arranged on the first surface side of the sensor panel so as to cover the pixel array;
a supporting substrate including a first supporting portion configured to support the pixel array from the second surface side of the sensor panel through an adhesive layer that functions as a buffer member, the first supporting portion being adhered to the second surface of the sensor panel by the adhesive layer; and
a frame member including a second supporting portion fixed to a region in the second surface of the sensor panel located on an opposite to a region of the first surface of the sensor panel on which the electrical contact is arranged so as to support the electrical contact from the second surface side of the sensor panel, the frame member being adhered to the supporting substrate by using an adhesive agent, an elastic modulus of the second supporting portion being higher than an elastic modulus of the adhesive layer functioning as the buffer member, wherein
the radiation detection apparatus does not contain a light source on the frame member.

US Pat. No. 10,283,556

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE, IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM, AND DRIVING METHOD OF THE PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion device comprising:a first reference pixel and a second reference pixel; and
a voltage supply unit;
wherein each of the first reference pixel and the second reference pixel includes a photoelectric converter and a transistor having a gate,
the voltage supply unit supplies a first voltage to the photoelectric converter of the first reference pixel at a timing,
the voltage supply unit supplies a second voltage to the photoelectric converter of the second reference pixel at the timing, the second voltage being a different voltage from the first voltage,
in the first reference pixel, the first voltage input to the photoelectric converter is supplied to the gate of the transistor,
in the second reference pixel, the second voltage input to the photoelectric converter, is supplied to the gate of the transistor,
the transistor of the first reference pixel outputs a first reference signal having a signal level corresponding to the first voltage, and the transistor of the second reference pixel outputs a second reference signal having a signal level corresponding to the second voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,281,509

LOCAL TRANSFORMER LEVEL GRID MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS AND METHODS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A metering apparatus enclosed within a first housing, said metering apparatus comprising:a plurality of metering points, wherein said metering apparatus, via said plurality of metering points, measures electricity usage for each of a plurality of corresponding electricity consumer lines;
said metering apparatus in communication with one or more sensors that sense one or more environmental conditions in a second housing enclosing a distribution transformer that steps down voltage from a distribution level to a consumer level, wherein said sensors are not operable to sense environmental conditions in said first housing, and wherein said metering apparatus is operable to connect and disconnect service on one or more of said plurality of electricity consumer lines in response to information received from said one or more sensors, without affecting voltage supplied to said distribution transformer.

US Pat. No. 10,278,965

METHOD OF DETECTING CANCER STEM CELL, METHOD OF SCREENING CANCER STEM CELL, AND METHOD OF INHIBITING CANCER STEM CELL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of inhibiting growth of any one of a pancreatic cancer cell, a prostatic cancer cell, and a cancer stem cell of chronic myelocytic leukemia in a subject in need thereof, comprising administering to the subject a composition comprising, as an active ingredient, any one of compounds (2) to (13) and (15) to (60).

US Pat. No. 10,273,100

SHEET CONVEYING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveying device comprising:a device body;
a conveyance merging part where sheets conveyed from different directions join;
at least a first sheet conveying path and a second sheet conveying path configured to convey sheets to the conveyance merging part; and
a guide unit provided between the first sheet conveying path and the second sheet conveying path, the guide unit including a first guide portion being a portion for constituting the first sheet conveying path, a second guide portion being a portion for constituting the second sheet conveying path, and a biasing member configured to bias the first guide portion and the second guide portion in directions to separate from each other;
wherein the first guide portion is able to expand the first sheet conveying path by pivoting against a biasing force of the biasing member when pushed by a sheet conveyed from the first sheet conveying path, and
wherein the second guide portion is able to expand the second sheet conveying path by pivoting against the biasing force of the biasing member when pushed by a sheet conveyed from the second sheet conveying path.

US Pat. No. 10,274,671

FIBER STRUCTURAL BODY AND LIGHT SOURCE DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fiber structural body comprising:a first fiber;
a second fiber spliced to the first fiber such that light that has propagated through the first fiber propagates through the second fiber;
a first coating layer;
a second coating layer; and
a heat sink,
wherein one of the first fiber and the second fiber is a photonic crystal fiber and the other of the first fiber and the second fiber is an optical fiber,
wherein a splice surface between the first fiber and the second fiber is coated with the first coating layer,
wherein the second fiber is coated with the second coating layer, and
wherein the heat sink is in contact with the first coating layer and has a thermal conductivity higher than a thermal conductivity of the first coating layer.

US Pat. No. 10,277,753

ORIGINAL READING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image reading apparatus comprising:an original stacking tray;
a first sensor that detects an original placed on the original stacking tray;
a feeder that feeds the original;
a reader that reads the original fed by the feeder;
a second sensor that detects multi feed of originals;
an interface that receives a setting about whether to enable or to disable a function of multi feed detection which the second sensor detects the multi feed of originals; and
a display that displays an object indicating the setting of the function of multi feed detection in accordance with the first sensor detecting the original placed on the original stacking tray.

US Pat. No. 10,277,770

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE READING APPARATUS DEPENDING ON IMAGE PROCESSING CAPABILITY OF THE IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE READING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

15. A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium having stored therein a program for causing a computer to implement a method of controlling an image reading apparatus for reading an image of an original, the method comprising:a transmission step of transmitting the read image to an image forming apparatus configured to perform image processing;
an acquisition step of acquiring identification information about the image forming apparatus; and
a determination step of determining whether or not the acquired identification information is included in a first table in which clock frequencies for respectively controlling hardware of a plurality of image reading apparatuses are set for each of a plurality of pieces of identification information; and
a setting step of setting a clock frequency for controlling hardware of the image reading apparatus in accordance with the first table when it is determined that the acquired identification information is included in the first table, while setting the clock frequency for controlling the hardware of the image reading apparatus to a default setting of the first table when the acquired identification information is not included in the first table,
wherein a minimum value of the clock frequencies in the first table is set as the default setting of the first table.

US Pat. No. 10,277,517

PRINTING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND MEDIUM FOR TRANSMITTING IDENTIFICATION INFORMATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

6. A method for controlling a printing apparatus, comprising:in accordance with the printing apparatus having shifted into a link-up state, transmitting identification information of the printing apparatus a plurality of times while the link-up state continues; and
in accordance with a predetermined time period passing after the plurality of times of transmission has completed, transmitting the identification information a plurality of times while the link-up state continues.

US Pat. No. 10,277,780

CLIENT DEVICE, SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM ADAPTED FOR CHANGING AN AUTHENTICATION MODE FROM AN INDIVIDUAL AUTHENTICATION MODE TO A COMMON AUTHENTICATION IN A CASE WHERE A TRANSMISSION OF AT LEAST FIRST OPERATION INFORMATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

9. A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium storing executable instructions for causing a system including a server and a client device to execute an information processing method comprising:transmitting, by the client device, first operation information to a server device by using individual authentication information, which is authentication information for each client device;
changing the authentication information from the individual authentication information to common authentication information, which is authentication information commonly used by each client device, in a case where the transmission of the first operation information is failed due to an authentication error; and
transmitting, by the client device, second operation information to the server device by using the common authentication information changed in the changing
determining, by the server device, authentication information of the client device;
identifying a client device which has transmitted the first operation information and storing the first operation information, by the server device, in a case where the authentication information is determined to be the individual authentication information in the determining; and
storing the second operation information without identifying the client device which has transmitted the second operation information, by the server device, in a case where the authentication information is determined to be the common authentication information in the determining.

US Pat. No. 10,272,674

RECORDING APPARATUS AND RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording apparatus that performs recording by using a recording head including a plurality of ejection openings for ejecting ink which are arranged in an array direction, the recording apparatus comprising:a scanning unit configured to cause the recording head to perform a plurality of scanning operations relatively in a scanning direction intersecting with the array direction with respect to a unit area on a recording medium;
a conveyance unit configured to convey, after a recording operation with respect to the recording medium is started, the recording medium in a conveyance direction intersecting with the scanning direction by a first conveyance amount for a predetermined times followed by conveying the recording medium in the conveyance direction by a second conveyance amount which is larger than the first conveyance amount;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain multi-value data corresponding to an image to be recorded on the recording medium;
a quantization unit configured to generate quantized data by applying a quantization pattern to the multi-value data in the array direction for a multiple times;
a distribution unit configured to generate recording data used for the plurality of scanning operations by distributing the quantized data to the plurality of scanning operations on a basis of a plurality of mask patterns corresponding to the plurality of scanning operations, each of the plurality of mask patterns being determined while being mutually associated with the quantization pattern; and
a control unit configured to control the recording operation in a manner that the ink is ejected on a basis of the generated recording data,
wherein the quantization unit sets a position of the application of the quantization pattern with respect to a leading edge of the recording medium a position of such that an end part on an upstream side in the conveyance direction in an area where the image is recorded on the recording medium in a last scanning operation of the plurality of scanning operations before conveying the recording medium by the second amount is a switching position in repeating the application of the quantization pattern in the array direction for the multiple times.

US Pat. No. 10,277,828

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus configured to obtain polarization information based on a plurality of images captured by changing a retardation provided to light from an object, the image pickup apparatus comprising:an image pickup element configured to obtain the plurality of images;
a variable retardation plate configured to change the retardation;
a polarizer configured to extract a polarization component guided to the image pickup element; and
a controller configured to control the variable retardation plate so as to vary a transmitted light quantity obtained according to a polarization state of light incident from the object and to set an image pickup condition of the image pickup apparatus,
wherein the controller sets the image pickup condition while the retardation is changed to a reference value that is from ?90 degrees to +90 degrees inclusive.

US Pat. No. 10,277,839

IMAGING DEVICE, DRIVE METHOD OF IMAGING DEVICE, AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging device comprising:a pixel unit in which pixels are arranged to form a plurality of rows, each of the pixels comprising a photoelectric conversion element that generates and accumulates charges in accordance with an incident light; and
a scanning unit comprising row drive units, each of the row drive units being arranged associated with each of the rows of the pixel unit and outputting a drive signal for driving the pixel unit on a row basis,
wherein each of the row drive units comprises:
a first storage unit configured to store a first signal for a readout from the pixels on an associated row and configured to output the first signal,
a second storage unit configured to store a second signal for an operation for causing the photoelectric conversion element on an associated row to be reset to a charge accumulation state and configured to output the second signal,
a third storage unit configured to store a third signal for maintaining the photoelectric conversion element on an associated row in the charge accumulation state or a reset state based on the first signal output from the first storage unit and the second signal output from the second storage unit and configured to output the third signal, and
a pixel drive signal generating unit configured to receive the first signal, the second signal and the third signal,
wherein the plurality of rows includes a first row, a second row, and a third row that is arranged between the first row and the second row,
wherein the pixel drive signal generating unit maintains the photoelectric conversion element included in the pixels on the first row and the second row in the charge accumulation state or the reset state by using the third signal, and
wherein the pixel drive signal generating unit maintains the photoelectric conversion element included in the pixels on the third row in the reset state by using the first signal during a period from a start of a readout from the pixels on the first row to an end of a readout from the pixels on the second row.

US Pat. No. 10,277,850

SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE FOR A DISTANCE SENSOR TRANSFERRING CHARGES FROM ONE PIXEL WHILE RESETTING ANOTHER PIXEL IN A SAME PERIOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state imaging device comprising:a first pixel, a second pixel, and a floating diffusion node shared by the first pixel and second pixel,
the first pixel including a first photoelectric conversion element, a first electric charge accumulation portion, a first reset transistor configured to reset the first photoelectric conversion element, a first transfer transistor configured to transfer an electric charge generated in the first photoelectric conversion element to the first electric charge accumulation portion, and a second transfer transistor configured to transfer the electric charge from the first electric charge accumulation portion to the floating diffusion node,
the second pixel including a second photoelectric conversion element, a second electric charge accumulation portion, a second reset transistor configured to reset the second photoelectric conversion element, a third transfer transistor configured to transfer an electric charge generated in the second photoelectric conversion element to the second electric charge accumulation portion, and a fourth transfer transistor configured to transfer the electric charge from the second electric charge accumulation portion to the floating diffusion node; and
an amplification transistor connected to the floating diffusion node,
wherein:
during a first period, the electric charge generated by the first photoelectric conversion element is accumulated in the first pixel while the second reset transistor resets the second photoelectric conversion element, and
during a second period following the first period, the electric charge generated by the second photoelectric conversion element is accumulated in the second pixel while the first reset transistor resets the first photoelectric conversion element,
wherein after the first period, the electric charge accumulated in the first electric charge accumulation portion of the first pixel is transferred to the floating diffusion node, and the amplification transistor outputs a signal corresponding to the electric charge in the floating diffusion node, and
wherein after the second period, the electric charge accumulated in the second electric charge accumulation portion of the second pixel is transferred to the floating diffusion node, and the amplification transistor outputs a signal corresponding to the electric charge in the floating diffusion node.

US Pat. No. 10,271,734

PHOTOACOUSTIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoacoustic apparatus comprising:a light source;
an irradiation unit configured to radiate light from the light source to an object that contains a contrast agent;
a receiving unit configured to receive acoustic waves generated when the contrast agent absorbs the light radiated by the irradiation unit and output an electrical signal;
a correction processing unit configured to correct a signal strength of the electrical signal, based on a temporal change in a concentration of the contrast agent contained in the object; and
an acquiring unit configured to acquire characteristics information on the object, based on the electrical signal that has been corrected by the correction processing unit;
wherein the correction processing unit refers to information related to the temporal change in the concentration of the contrast agent when correcting the signal strength of the electrical signal.

US Pat. No. 10,276,612

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus having a semiconductor layer and a plurality of light-receiving elements, comprising:a plurality of photoelectric conversion portions provided in the semiconductor layer and included in one of the plurality of light-receiving elements;
a separating portion provided in the semiconductor layer and located between the plurality of photoelectric conversion portions so that the separating portion and the plurality of photoelectric conversion portions are arranged in a first direction parallel to a light-receiving surface of the photoelectric conversion portions; and
a light guide portion provided on the semiconductor layer and included in the light-receiving element, the light guide portion being surrounded by at least one insulation layer in a first plane parallel to the light-receiving surface and provided so as to overlap the plurality of photoelectric conversion portions in a second direction vertical to the light-receiving surface of the photoelectric conversion portions,
wherein the light guide portion includes:
a high refractive index part having a refractive index higher than a refractive index of the insulation layer; and
a low refractive index part having a refractive index higher than the refractive index of the insulation layer and lower than the refractive index of the high refractive index part,
wherein the high refractive index part and the low refractive index part are arranged in at least the first plane, and
the high refractive index part overlaps each of the plurality of photoelectric conversion portions in the second direction and the low refractive index part overlaps on the separating portion in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,275,852

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS THAT USE A PLURALITY OF PROCESSORS TO APPLY IMAGE PROCESSING TO RESPECTIVE DIVIDED AREAS OF AN IMAGE IN PARALLEL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:a first processor that applies first image processing to a first partial image that is generated from an input image and corresponds to a first region of the input image;
a second processor that applies second image processing to a second partial image that is generated from the input image and corresponds to a second region of the input image being different from the first region, wherein the first region and the second region are partially overlapped with each other; and
a composite circuit that composites the first partial image on which the first image processing has been applied and the second partial image on which the second image processing has been applied to generate a composite image, wherein
the first processor:
calculates first evaluation values for a first frequency band of the first partial image;
calculates second evaluation values for a second frequency band, which is lower than the first frequency band, of a reduced image of the input image;
transmits evaluation values for a region of the reduced image that corresponds to the second partial image, from among the second evaluation values, to the second processor; and
applies the first image processing to the first partial image based on: the first evaluation values, and evaluation values for a region of the reduced image that corresponds to the first partial image from among the second evaluation values, and
the second processor:
calculates third evaluation values for the first frequency band of the second partial image; and
applies the second image processing to the second partial image based on the third evaluation values and the evaluation values received from the first processor.

US Pat. No. 10,277,902

IMAGE ENCODING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image encoding apparatus that encodes moving image data in which each frame is constituted by image data in a Bayer array, comprising:a converting unit configured to convert image data in a Bayer array into three planes consisting of a G plane, a B plane, and an R plane, the number of pixels in a horizontal direction of the G plane being twice the number of pixels in the horizontal direction of the B plane or R plane; and
an encoding unit configured to perform prediction encoding, for each pixel block, with the G plane, B plane, and R plane obtained by the converting unit as YCC 422 image data,
wherein the encoding unit includes:
(a) a motion searching unit configured to obtain a motion vector of the pixel block to be encoded, as a motion vector of the G plane; and
(b) a correcting unit configured to correct a motion vector of the B and R planes based on the motion vector obtained by the motion searching unit, and
wherein the correcting unit:
(1) determines a horizontal component of the motion vector of the R plane and the B plane to be half of a horizontal component of the motion vector of image data of the G plane, and
(2) with regard to a vertical component of the motion vector of the R plane and the B plane,
(2-1) if the horizontal component of the motion vector of the G plane is an even number with integer precision, takes the vertical component of the motion vector of the R plane and the B plane to be the same as a vertical component of the motion vector of the G plane, and
(2-2) if the horizontal component of the motion vector of the G plane is an odd number with integer precision, determines one of “+0.5”, “0” and “?0.5” as a correction value that is based on the vertical component of the motion vector of the G plane.

US Pat. No. 10,277,152

MOTOR CONTROL APPARATUS, SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A motor control apparatus that controls a motor based on an instruction phase indicating a target phase of a rotor of the motor, the motor control apparatus comprising:a current detector configured to detect driving current flowing in a winding of the motor;
a phase determiner configured to determine a rotation phase of the rotor based on the driving current detected by the current detector;
a speed determiner configured to determine a rotation speed of the rotor; and
a controller having (i) a first control mode in which the driving current is controlled, so that a difference between a value of a torque current component of the driving current detected by the current detector and a target value of the torque current component is decreased, to control the motor, the target value of the torque current component being set so that a difference between the instruction phase and the rotation phase determined by the phase determiner is decreased and the torque current component being a current component, which generates torque in the rotor, represented in a rotating coordinate system based on the rotation phase, and (ii) a second control mode in which constant current is supplied to a winding of the motor to control the motor,
wherein the controller is configured to start driving the motor in the second control mode,
wherein the controller switches a control mode to control the motor from the second control mode to the first control mode if the rotation speed of the rotor determined by the speed determiner is varied from a value lower than a first threshold value to a value higher than or equal to the first threshold value in a state in which the motor is controlled in the second control mode, and
wherein the controller keeps the first control mode even if the rotation speed of the rotor determined by the speed determiner is varied from a value higher than or equal to the first threshold value to a value that is higher than or equal to a second threshold value and is lower than the first threshold value in a state in which the motor is controlled in the first control mode, the second threshold value being lower than the first threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,274,858

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a photosensitive member;
an image forming process portion actable on said photosensitive member;
a scanner unit configured to emit light to said photosensitive member depending on image information, said scanner unit including an optical element and an optical box accommodating said optical element; and
an outer cover consisting of a part of an external frame of said image forming apparatus,
wherein said optical box has an open, and
wherein the open of said optical box faces said outer cover and is covered with said outer cover.

US Pat. No. 10,274,859

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus to which a cartridge, which includes a photosensitive drum to be driven to rotate, is mounted at a predetermined mounting position by moving the cartridge in a rotational axis direction of the photosensitive drum, the image forming apparatus comprising:an LED unit including an LED array configured to emit light to form a latent image on the photosensitive drum and a lens array through which the light emitted from the LED array passes, the lens array being configured to guide the light to a surface of the photosensitive drum; and
a positioning mechanism including a first spring elastically deformable in an optical axis direction of a lens included in the lens array of the LED unit, a second spring elastically deformable in the optical axis direction and disposed at a different position than the first spring in the rotational axis direction, and a cam mechanism that elastically deforms the first and the second springs by the movement of the cartridge when mounting the cartridge to the image forming apparatus, wherein the positioning mechanism is configured to relatively position the photosensitive drum of the cartridge mounted at the predetermined mounting position and the lens array in the optical axis direction;
wherein, in a state in which the cartridge has been mounted at the predetermined mounting position, the first and the second springs are contracted by an action of the cam mechanism in a state more than the first and second springs are contracted during the movement of the cartridge when mounting the cartridge to the predetermined position, and
wherein relative positions of the photosensitive drum of the cartridge mounted at the predetermined mounting position and the LED unit are defined by a force acted on the LED unit in the optical axis direction due to contraction of the first and second springs in the state in which the cartridge has been mounted at the predetermined mounting position.

US Pat. No. 10,274,860

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING LIGHT SCANNING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a light scanning apparatus to be mounted in an image forming apparatus, the light scanning apparatus comprising a light source, a rotary polygon mirror configured to deflect a light beam emitted from the light source, a reflection mirror configured to guide the light beam deflected by the rotary polygon mirror onto a photosensitive member, and an optical box to which the light source, the rotary polygon mirror and the reflection mirror are attached, the method comprising:forming the optical box,
wherein the optical box which is formed by the forming has a plurality of protrusions configured to support the reflection mirror, the plurality of protrusions being arranged along a longitudinal direction of the reflection mirror which is to be attached to the optical box,
wherein the plurality of protrusions are provided at positions corresponding to one end side of the reflection mirror in the longitudinal direction of the reflection mirror which is to be attached to the optical box and positions corresponding to the other end side of the reflection mirror, respectively, and
wherein the plurality of protrusions are formed on the optical box so that surfaces of all the plurality of protrusions on a side supporting the reflection mirror are located on a same plane;
selecting a plurality of protrusions to be used for supporting the reflection mirror, based on information about a number of printable sheets per unit time of the image forming apparatus in which the optical box is to be mounted, by selecting at least one from each of the plurality of protrusions disposed on the one end side of the refection mirror which is to be attached to the optical box and the plurality of protrusions disposed on the other end side of the refection mirror which is to be attached to the optical box;
processing protrusions except the plurality of protrusions that are selected by the selecting so that a protrusion except the at least one protrusion that is selected by the selecting from among the plurality of protrusions disposed on the one end side of the reflection mirror which is to be attached to the optical box is out of contact with the reflection mirror, and so that a protrusion except the at least one protrusion that is selected by the selecting from among the plurality of protrusions disposed on the other end side of the reflection mirror which is to be attached to the optical box is out of contact with the reflection mirror;
placing the reflection mirror on the protrusions that have not been processed in the processing; and
fixing the reflection mirror, which has been placed on the protrusions that have not been processed in the placing, to the optical box.

US Pat. No. 10,277,167

OSCILLATION ELEMENT AND OSCILLATOR USING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An oscillation element that oscillates an electromagnetic wave, the oscillation element comprising:a negative resistance element; and
a resonator including a first conductive layer, a second conductive layer, and a third conductive layer,
wherein the first conductive layer is electrically connected to the second conductive layer,
wherein the negative resistance element is electrically connected to the first conductive layer and the third conductive layer,
wherein the second conductive layer and the third conductive layer are arranged opposite each other and are also capacitively coupled to each other,
wherein the second conductive layer is arranged between the first conductive layer and the third conductive layer, and
wherein the second conductive layer and the first conductive layer are overlapped with each other in a planar view.

US Pat. No. 10,274,611

CONTROL APPARATUS, RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS, RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus that transmits an obtained radiation image to a control apparatus, the apparatus comprising:a receiving unit configured to receive identification information of an apparatus at a transfer destination from the control apparatus;
a storage unit configured to store a radiation image obtained by radiation imaging and the identification information; and
a transmitting unit configured to transmit the stored radiation image, at the time of activation, to the apparatus at the transfer destination based on the identification information read from the storage unit, when transmission of the radiation image stored in the storage unit to the control apparatus fails.

US Pat. No. 10,275,897

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that generates gloss intensity distribution image data indicating a gloss intensity distribution based on captured image data obtained by capturing an image of a subject having concavity/convexity irradiated by a surface light source, the image processing apparatus comprising:a setting unit configured to set an area, in which specularly reflected light in a virtual planar mirror for entered light from the surface light source is received by an image capturing apparatus and which is a same size as or smaller than that of an area captured by the image capturing apparatus in a case where the virtual planar mirror is arranged at the same position as that of the subject, as a measurement area of the gloss intensity distribution; and
a generation unit configured to generate the gloss intensity distribution image data in the measurement area based on pixel values of the captured image data.

US Pat. No. 10,274,878

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH FIXING DEVICE HAVING FAN AND MOVABLE SHUTTER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming unit configured to form an unfixed toner image on a recording material;
a fixing unit including a heating unit and a pressure member forming a nip portion with the heating unit, configured to fix the unfixed toner image onto the recording material while the recording material on which the unfixed toner image is formed is being conveyed at the nip portion in a direction crossing with a longitudinal direction of the heating unit;
an air blowing unit including a fan, an opening portion opposing a longitudinal end portion of the heating unit, and a shutter movable so as to open and close the opening portion, configured to blow air from the fan toward the heating unit via the opening portion;
a temperature detection member configured to detect a temperature of the heating unit and
a control unit configured to control the fan according to a temperature detected by the temperature detection member while a recording material is being conveyed at the nip portion,
wherein, while a recording material having a predetermined size is being conveyed at the nip portion, the heating unit has a non-passing area that does not pass the recording material in the longitudinal direction, and
wherein the temperature detection member is disposed on the non-passing area, and the temperature detection member is located in an predetermined area of the heating unit closer to a longitudinal center of the heating unit than an inside edge of the opening portion in the longitudinal direction.

US Pat. No. 10,274,880

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:an image bearing member;
a developer container containing a developer including toner and carrier;
a developing rotary member configured to carry and feed the developer toward a position to develop an electrostatic latent image formed on the image bearing member;
a driving unit configured to rotate the developing rotary member; and
a controller configured to control the driving unit,
wherein the controller is configured to perform a mode of:
rotating the developing rotary member by the driving unit so that a rotation speed of the developing rotary member becomes a first rotation speed in an image forming period during which an image forming operation is performed,
rotating the developing rotary member by the driving unit to decelerate the rotation speed of the developing rotary member from the first rotation speed in a first period of a non-image forming period during which no image forming operation is performed so that the rotation speed of the developing rotary member becomes a second rotation speed lower than the first rotation speed, and
stopping a rotation of the developing rotary member by the driving unit to decelerate the rotation speed of the developing rotary member from the second rotation speed in a second period subsequent to the first period of the non-image forming period so that the rotation of the developing rotary member is stopped, and
wherein a deceleration amount per unit time of the developing rotary member in the first period is smaller than a deceleration amount per unit time of the developing rotary member in the second period.

US Pat. No. 10,274,885

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING MULTIPLE IMAGE FORMING MODES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image bearing member on which an electrostatic image is formed;
a developer bearing member configured to bear a developer to develop the electrostatic image formed on the image bearing member;
an updating device configured to update toner consumption based on a number of dots corresponding to laser irradiation by which toner is consumed; and
an alerting device configured to alert an alarm concerning a residual amount of the toner based on the toner consumption updated by the updating device,
wherein the image forming apparatus is capable of operating
in a first mode in which the image forming apparatus performs image formation at a first peripheral speed ratio representing a ratio of a peripheral speed of the developer bearing member to a peripheral speed of the image bearing member, and
in a second mode in which the image forming apparatus performs image formation at a second peripheral speed ratio, which is greater than the first peripheral speed ratio,
wherein the alerting device alerts the alarm based on a total number of dots based on the number of dots corresponding to laser irradiation by which toner is consumed, the total number of dots being smaller as an operation frequency of the second mode becomes higher than an operation frequency of the first mode.

US Pat. No. 10,270,371

VIBRATING-ELEMENT DRIVING CIRCUIT, VIBRATION-TYPE ACTUATOR, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE GENERATION APPARATUS, AND DUST REMOVAL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A vibrating-element driving circuit comprising:a transformer; and
an inductor,
wherein an electro-mechanical energy conversion element is connected to a secondary coil of the transformer, the inductor is connected to a primary coil of the transformer, and
wherein when the inductance of the inductor is Le1, the inductance of the primary coil of the transformer is L1, and Ka=L1/Le1, then the following is satisfied: 1?Ka?10.

US Pat. No. 10,268,104

LENS APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lens apparatus, comprising:an image pickup optical system;
a holding frame that holds the image pickup optical system; and
an illumination apparatus arranged at an object side of the holding frame, including a plurality of light sources and a light guide member, and configured to emit light toward an object side from a light exit surface of the light guide member,
wherein the light guide member has a generally annular shape and causes an internal reflection so that the light propagates from the plurality of light sources toward the light exit surface, and
wherein the lens apparatus satisfies conditional expressions:
0.2
0.3

US Pat. No. 10,269,389

VIDEO PROCESSING APPARATUS, VIDEO PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A video processing apparatus comprising:an input unit configured to input, during a first video filming for filming a sequence of actions including a predetermined motion, information instructing a focus position, the focus position being a position on which a focus is to be put during a portion of the first video filming;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire, in a case where the information instructing the focus position has been input by the input unit, position information indicating the instructed focus position, and time information indicating a first time at which the focus position has been instructed, the first time being measured relative to a start of the first video filming; and
a control unit configured to control a focus position during a portion of a second video filming, the second video filming for filming the sequence of actions including the predetermined motion again, and the control performed based on the position information and the time information that have been acquired by the acquisition unit, wherein the control unit performs the focus control at a second time, the second time being measured relative to a start of the second video filming,
wherein the second time corresponds to the first time.

US Pat. No. 10,268,132

CHARGING ROLLER, CARTRIDGE, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF THE CHARGING ROLLER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A charging roller for electrically charging a photosensitive member in contact with said photosensitive member, said charging roller comprising:an outermost surface layer including an electroconductive resin material, first surface particles configured to form first projections at a surface of said charging roller, and second surface particles configured to form second projections at the surface of said charging roller,
wherein said outermost surface layer satisfies conditions i) to v):
6.0 (?m)?Rz?18.8 (?m),  iwhere Rz is a ten-point average roughness (?m) of the surface of said charging roller,7 (?m)?d?20 (?m),  iiwhere d is a thickness (?m) of the outermost surface layer,9.8 (?m)?D1?15.8 (?m) and 2.8 (?m)?D2?5.2 (?m),  iiiwhere D1 is an average particle size (?m) of said first surface particles, and D2 is an average particle size (?m) of said second surface particles,3.0?D1/D2?5.6, and  iv
0.10?M1/(M1+M2)?0.32,  vwhere M1 is a total weight (mg) of said first surface particles per unit area of the surface of said charging roller, and M2 is a total weight (mg) of said second surface particles per unit area of the surface of said charging roller.

US Pat. No. 10,268,135

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR REMOVING ADHERED MATTER FROM A CHARGING UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus configured to carry out an image forming operation of forming an image on a recording material, the image forming apparatus comprising:an image bearing member configured to be rotatable;
a charging member configured to charge the image bearing member;
a voltage application device configured to apply a DC voltage to the charging member;
an image exposure device configured to form an electrostatic latent image on the image bearing member charged by the charging member;
a developing device configured to supply developer to the electrostatic latent image formed on the image bearing member by the image exposure device so as to develop the electrostatic latent image into a toner image;
a transfer member configured to transfer the toner image formed on the image bearing member by the developing device onto a transfer body;
a detection unit configured to detect operation information of the image forming apparatus; and
a controller configured to cause the voltage application device to apply a pulsed voltage that repeats on and off of the DC voltage with a predetermined cycle to the charging member during a non-image-forming operation of the image forming apparatus,
an environment detection unit configured to detect use environment information of the image forming apparatus,
wherein the controller is configured to control a duration for which the pulsed voltage is applied on the basis of the operation information detected by the detection unit, and
wherein the controller controls whether the pulsed voltage is to be applied to the charging member by the voltage application device on the basis of the use environment information detected by the environment detection unit.

US Pat. No. 10,268,144

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS THAT CONTROL HEATING AMOUNTS OF A REGION IN WHICH AN IMAGE IS FORMED AND A REGION IN WHICH AN IMAGE IS NOT FORMED

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus that heats an image formed on a recording material, the image heating apparatus comprising:a heater having a plurality of heat generating elements arranged in a direction orthogonal to a conveying direction of the recording material; and
a control portion configured to control electrical power to be supplied to the plurality of heat generating elements, the control portion being capable of individually controlling each of the plurality of heat generating elements, wherein the control portion is configured to respectively set a heating amount with respect to a region in which an image is formed and a heating amount with respect to a region in which an image is not formed in a single sheet of the recording material, and the control portion is further configured to at least set the heating amount with respect to the region in which the image is not formed when the recording material is heavy paper to become less than the heating amount with respect to the region in which the image is not formed when the recording material is plain paper, so that a difference between the heating amount with respect to the region in which the image is formed and the heating amount with respect to the region in which the image is not formed when the recording material is heavy paper becomes greater than a difference between the heating amount with respect to the region in which the image is formed and the heating amount with respect to the region in which the image is not formed when the recording material is plain paper.

US Pat. No. 10,268,150

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image bearing member configured to bear an electrostatic image;
a developing apparatus configured to develop the electrostatic image formed on the image bearing member with toner using a two-component developer including toner and carrier;
a toner supply portion configured to supply toner to the developing apparatus;
a toner density detection portion configured to detect a toner density corresponding to a percentage of weight of the toner in the developer in an interior of the developing apparatus;
an intermediate transfer body configured to contact with the image bearing member and form a primary transfer portion with the image bearing member, a toner image formed on the image bearing member being primarily transferred to the intermediate transfer body in a state where a primary transfer bias is applied to the primary transfer portion;
a secondary transfer body configured to contact with the intermediate transfer body and form a secondary transfer portion with the intermediate transfer body, a toner image primarily transferred to the intermediate transfer body being secondarily transferred onto a recording material by the secondary transfer body in a state where a secondary transfer bias is applied to the secondary transfer portion;
an image density detection unit configured to detect an image density of a toner image for controlling image density; and
a control unit configured to control a supply amount of toner from the toner supply portion to the developing apparatus based on a relationship between the toner density detected by the toner density detection portion and a target toner density, and configured to change the target toner density based on the image density detected by the image density detection unit, the target toner density being limited in a predetermined setting range,
wherein in a state where the target toner density reaches a limit value of the predetermined setting range, the limit value being one of a lower limit value and an upper limit value, the control unit is configured to set a transfer condition of at least one of the primary transfer portion and the secondary transfer portion based on the image density detected by the image density detection unit.

US Pat. No. 10,270,973

CONTROL DEVICE AND IMAGING APPARATUS WITH A SUBJECT SELECTABLE MODE WITH HIGHER IMAGE BLUR CORRECTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control device comprising at least one processor or one circuit which function as:a correction control unit configured to acquire a blur detection signal detected by a blur detection unit to calculate a correction amount of an image blur and control an image blur correction unit configured to correct the image blur;
a subject detection unit configured to detect a position of a subject in a photographed image and acquire position information of the subject in the photographed image; and
a setting unit configured to set a subject selectable mode in which a user is able to select a desired subject,
wherein an image blur correction effect in a second state in which the subject selectable mode is set by the setting unit is higher than an image blur correction effect in a first state in which the subject selectable mode is not set by the setting unit.

US Pat. No. 10,270,990

IMAGING ELEMENT, IMAGING APPARATUS, AND IMAGING SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging element for acquiring signals from a plurality of pixel units to perform a plurality of types of signal processing on the signals, wherein one pixel unit or two pixel units include first to fourth photoelectric conversion units, the imaging element comprising:at least one processor and at least one memory functioning as:
a setting unit configured to set signal output conditions for the first, second, third and fourth photoelectric conversion units; and
a signal processing unit configured to perform first signal processing using signals of the first, second, third and fourth photoelectric conversion units set with a plurality of output conditions by the setting unit and second signal processing for processing the signals of the first, second, third and fourth photoelectric conversion units set with any one of the plurality of output conditions by the setting unit.

US Pat. No. 10,271,025

COLOR SEPARATING AND COMBINING SYSTEM AND PROJECTING DISPLAY APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A color separating and combining system that guides a first color light, a second color light, and a third color light having different wavelengths from each other to different optical paths from each other and combines the color lights, the system comprising:a light combining element that combines the first color light, the second color light, and the third color light;
a first color separation element that guides the first color light to a direction different from directions of the second color light and the third color light;
a first polarization separation element that guides the first color light from the first color separation element to a first light modulating element and guides the first color light modulated by the first light modulating element to the light combining element;
a second polarization separation element that guides, of the second color light and the third color light from the first color separation element, the second color light to a second light modulating element, guides the third color light to a direction different from a direction of the second light modulating element, and guides the second color light modulated by the second light modulating element to the light combining element;
a third polarization separation element that guides the third color light from the second polarization separation element to a third light modulating element and guides the third color light modulated by the third light modulating element to the light combining element; and
a second color separation element that transmits the second color light from the second polarization separation element and reflects the third color light,
wherein the first light modulating element, the second light modulating element, and the third light modulating element are reflective liquid crystal panels, and
the second color separation element is disposed between the second polarization separation element and the light combining element, and wherein
?1>?2 [nm] is satisfied,
where ?1 is a wavelength of a light whose transmittance in the second polarization separation element becomes half, and ?2 is a wavelength of a light whose transmittance in the second color separation element becomes half.

US Pat. No. 10,264,201

SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM SETTING HORIZONTAL PERIODS FOR READING SIGNALS OF DIFFERENT GROUPS OF HORIZONTAL ROWS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state image pickup apparatus, comprising:a pixel unit including a plurality of pixels arranged in a plurality of rows and a plurality of columns, each of the plurality of pixels being configured to output a pixel signal;
a plurality of groups, each including an output line to which the pixel signals are output from the pixels in a corresponding one of the plurality of columns and an AD conversion unit configured to perform AD conversion on the pixel signals output to the output line for some of the plurality of rows at each time to generate a digital signal; and
a control unit configured to set, as horizontal periods in which the digital signals are sequentially read from the AD conversion units of the plurality of groups, a first horizontal period corresponding to a first group of rows of the plurality of rows and a second horizontal period corresponding to a second group of rows of the plurality of rows, the second horizontal period being longer than the first horizontal period,
the control unit being configured to set an adjustment period for ensuring a difference in length between the first horizontal period and the second horizontal period and executing an operation of the AD conversion unit, in a period corresponding to a part of the second horizontal period excluding a period from first timing at which output of the pixel signal to the output line starts, to second timing at which the AD conversion unit starts the AD conversion.

US Pat. No. 10,264,523

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control method for an information processing apparatus that communicates with a communication apparatus and an external device which is provided outside the information processing apparatus and the communication apparatus, the control method comprising:detecting that a predetermined operation for starting connection setting processing of the communication apparatus is performed; and
wirelessly transmitting to the communication apparatus without receiving selection of the external device from a list including a plurality of external devices, in a case where the predetermined operation is performed while the information processing apparatus is connected to the external device and the communication apparatus is connectable to the external device to which the information processing apparatus is connected, information concerning the external device to which the information processing apparatus is connected at a time when the predetermined operation is performed, even if there is another external device to which the communication apparatus is connectable and to which the information processing apparatus is not connected,
wherein, in a case where the information concerning the external device to which the information processing apparatus is connected at the time when the predetermined operation is performed is transmitted to the communication apparatus, the communication apparatus establishes a connection to the external device to which the information processing apparatus is connected at the time when the predetermined operation is performed.

US Pat. No. 10,261,457

TONER TRANSPORT MECHANISM AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A toner transport mechanism, comprising:a duct which forms a transport path for transporting toner;
a transporting member which is provided in the transport path and which transports toner inside the transport path by rotating;
a sensor arranged outside of the duct;
a first movable member which is displaced in accordance with an amount of the toner inside the transport path;
a second movable member which is displaced in accordance with the rotation of the transporting member; and
a flag member which is displaced to an acting position where the flag member acts on the sensor and to a non-acting position where the flag member does not act on the sensor, in accordance with the displacement of the first movable member and the displacement of the second movable member.

US Pat. No. 10,261,732

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING DOUBLE-SIDED PRINTING AND CONTROL METHOD OF THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

11. An image forming apparatus comprising:a document feeder configured to convey an original to a predetermined reading position;
an image reader configured to perform image reading of a first original and perform image reading of a second original after reading of the first original, and configured to store read image in a first image memory;
a controller configured to obtain the read image of each original stored in the first image memory, store the obtained read image in a second image memory, and determine output timing of the read image of each original; and
a printer configured to perform double-sided printing to print the read image which is output from the controller using both sides of a sheet,
wherein the image reader is configured, before the image reading of each original is completed, to transfer the read image from the first image memory to the second image memory, and
wherein, as to the first original, the controller is configured, in a case where the printer performs the double-sided printing, to start to print a read image of the first original before the image reading of the first original is completed, and;
as to the second original, the controller is configured, in a case where the printer performs the double-sided printing, to start to print a read image of the second original after the image reading of the second original is completed.

US Pat. No. 10,261,738

PLUG-IN SOFTWARE PROGRAM, FUNCTION EXTENSION METHOD, AND FUNCTION EXTENSION DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method comprising:inputting a width of a sheet; and
executing a setting based on the input width to a predetermined program, so that the predetermined program scales an object generated by an application to a size corresponding to the input width,
wherein an information processing device performs the inputting and the executing of the setting, by executing a plug-in program for extending functionality of the application,
wherein the information processing device is able to cause a display apparatus to display a setting screen on which a user is able to designate a scaling process by the predetermined program, by executing the predetermined program, and
wherein the information processing device performs, by executing the plug-in program, the executing of the setting based on the input width to the predetermined program without displaying the setting screen by the predetermined program.

US Pat. No. 10,259,960

AQUEOUS INK, INK CARTRIDGE, AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet aqueous ink, comprising:(a) a pigment; and
(b) a water-soluble organic solvent,
wherein the pigment comprises a self-dispersible pigment having (i) a carboxylic acid group directly bonded to a particle surface of carbon black, (ii) a DBP oil absorption of 120 mL/100 g or more to 150 mL/100 g or less, and (iii) a charge amount of the carboxylic acid group of 0.20 mmol/g or more to 0.25 mmol/g or less,
wherein the water-soluble organic solvent comprises a first water-soluble organic solvent having a relative dielectric constant of 28.0 or more at a temperature of 25° C., and
wherein a ratio of a content of the first water-soluble organic solvent to a total content of the water-soluble organic solvent is 50.0 mass % or more to 60.0 mass % or less.

US Pat. No. 10,250,796

FOCUS ADJUSTMENT APPARATUS AND FOCUS ADJUSTMENT METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A focus adjustment apparatus comprising:a signal generating unit configured to generate signals of two images respectively corresponding to a pair of light fluxes that pass through different pupil regions of a focusing lens;
a two-image displacement amount calculating unit configured to calculate a displacement amount of the two images with respect to each other based on a phase difference of the signals of the two images;
a steepness calculating unit configured to calculate a steepness of change in a correlation change amount of the two images;
a steepness normalizing unit configured to normalize the steepness; and
an evaluating unit configured to evaluate reliability of the displacement amount of the two images based on the normalized steepness.

US Pat. No. 10,250,808

IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:a camera body on which a lens device is detachably mounted;
a shake detector configured to be inside the camera body; and
a processor, wherein the processor functions according to a program stored in a memory as a control unit configured to determine an exposure time at a time of panning,
wherein the control unit determines the exposure time at the time of panning using a shake detection signal output by the shake detector irrespective of whether the lens device mounted on the camera body corresponds to the panning.

US Pat. No. 10,250,827

IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:an imaging element including a plurality of micro-lenses and a plurality of photoelectric conversion units correspond to the plurality of micro-lenses;
one or more processors; and
a memory storing instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the imaging apparatus to:
generate a first image signal based on a signal from a first photoelectric conversion unit among the plurality of photoelectric conversion units and a second image signal based on signals from the first photoelectric conversion unit and a second photoelectric conversion unit different from the first photoelectric conversion unit among the plurality of photoelectric conversion units; and
record a first correction parameter specific to the imaging element for correcting the first image signal, and a second correction parameter specific to the imaging element for correcting a third image signal based on the signal from the second photoelectric conversion unit in association with the first and second image signals in the memory,
wherein one file including the first and second image signals and the first and second correction parameters is generated and the generated file is recorded in the memory.

US Pat. No. 10,248,011

PROJECTION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A projection apparatus comprising:a light source configured to emit light;
a projection unit configured to project an image on a projection surface based on the light emitted by the light source;
a projection control unit configured to control the light source and the projection unit;
a control unit configured to control the projection control unit based on schedule information in which an operation of the projection apparatus and a time at which the operation is to be performed are associated in advance; and
a storage unit configured to store a number of operations of turning on or turning off the light source and a total lighting time of the light source,
wherein, in a case where the control unit performs a power-off operation of the projection apparatus based on the schedule information, the control unit performs control whether to turn off the light source based on the power-off operation based on the number of the operations and the total lighting time.

US Pat. No. 10,250,829

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT USES PLURALITY OF IMAGE PROCESSING CIRCUITS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:an imaging unit comprising an image sensor including a vertical light-shielded region and an effective region that is not light-shielded;
a first image processing circuit connected to the imaging unit; and
a second image processing circuit connected to the first image processing circuit,
wherein the first image processing circuit:
receives image data from the imaging unit, and
applies, to image data of a first region which is a portion of the effective region of a frame of the image data received from the imaging unit, predetermined image processing by using image data of the vertical light-shielded region of the frame,
the first image processing circuit:
sets as a second region, out of the effective region of the frame, a portion that is at least partially different to the first region and that is contiguous with the vertical light-shielded region, and
consecutively transmits, to the second image processing circuit, (i) the image data of the vertical light-shielded region and (ii) unprocessed image data of the second region to which the predetermined image processing has not been applied, and
the second image processing circuit:
receives the image data of the vertical light-shielded region of the frame and the unprocessed image data of the second region transmitted from the first image processing circuit, and
applies the predetermined image processing to the unprocessed image data of the second region received from the first image processing circuit, by using the image data of the vertical light-shielded region received from the first image processing circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,244,942

OPHTHALMOLOGIC PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmologic photographing apparatus comprising:a detection unit configured to detect information on movement of an eye to be examined;
a determination unit configured to determine, using the detected information, whether or not an imaging area for imaging the eye to be examined is beyond an edge of a predetermined range;
a scanning unit configured to scan the eye to be examined with scanning light;
a control unit configured to perform a tracking of the imaging area by controlling the scanning unit, using the detected information; and
a selection unit configured to select one of a plurality of modes including (a) a first mode to perform the tracking in a case where the imaging area is determined not to be beyond the edge of the predetermined range, and not to perform the tracking in a case where the imaging area is determined to be beyond the edge of the predetermined range, and (b) a second mode to perform the tracking without making the determination by the determination unit.

US Pat. No. 10,248,018

IMPRINT APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus which forms a pattern of an imprint material on a substrate by using a mold including a pattern surface on which a pattern is formed, comprising:a driver configured to relatively drive the mold and the substrate to change a relative position and a relative orientation of the mold and the substrate; and
a controller configured to control the driver to:
arrange the mold and the substrate based on a target relative position set in advance, in a second direction perpendicular to a first direction for bringing the mold and the imprint material into contact with each other,
incline the mold so that a surface of the substrate and the pattern surface have a target relative inclination, and then
bring the mold and the imprint material on the substrate into contact with each other in a state where the mold is inclined relative to the substrate,
wherein before bringing the mold and the imprint material into contact with each other, the controller is configured to estimate a shift amount by which a mark on the mold shifts relative to the substrate in the second direction due to the inclining of the mold, based on an inclination angle of the mold, and to cause the driver to relatively drive the mold and the substrate in the second direction so as to correct for the estimated shift amount.

US Pat. No. 10,250,840

PROJECTION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A projection apparatus comprising:a projection unit configured to project an image;
an operation receiving unit configured to receive an operation; and
a control unit configured to control the projection unit,
wherein the control unit controls the projection unit to project a first adjustment image for indicating a plurality of adjustment positions in an image to be projected by the projection unit and selecting an adjustment target position from the plurality of adjustment positions,
wherein, when the operation receiving unit receives an operation for determining the adjustment target position while the projection unit is projecting the first adjustment image, the control unit controls the projection unit to project a second adjustment image for adjusting a position at which an image corresponding to the adjustment target position is projected in an area corresponding to the adjustment target position selected by the determination operation received by the operation receiving unit, and
wherein, in the second adjustment image, an image indicating an adjustment position different from the adjustment target position is different from an image indicating the plurality of adjustment positions in the first adjustment image so that the selected adjustment target position is visually recognized.

US Pat. No. 10,250,075

POWER RECEIVING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF CONTACTLESS FEEDING AND CONTACT FEEDING, METHOD OF CONTROLLING POWER RECEIVING APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power receiving apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more memories storing instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the power receiving apparatus to perform operations comprising:
receiving power by a contact power receiving operation with use of a wired transfer path via a connecting terminal;
receiving power by a contactless power receiving operation with use of a wireless transfer path via contactless coupling with a power supply apparatus; and
determining whether or not power is receivable by the contact power receiving operation and the contactless power receiving operation to control charging of a rechargeable battery by the contact power receiving operation and the contactless power receiving operation, wherein
in a case where power is receivable by both the contactless power receiving operation and the contact power receiving operation, performing control such that the rechargeable battery is allowed to be charged with power received by the contact power receiving operation, and communication with the power supply apparatus is allowed via the contactless coupling with the power supply apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,248,042

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC ROLLER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic roller, comprising an electro-conductive substrate and an electro-conductive elastic layer as a surface layer on the electro-conductive substrate,wherein the elastic layer comprises a binder and retains a bowl-shaped resin particle having an opening in the state where the opening is exposed on a surface of the electrophotographic roller,
the surface of the electrophotographic roller comprises
a concave portion derived from the opening of the bowl-shaped resin particle exposed on the surface and
a convex portion derived from an edge of the opening of the bowl-shaped resin particle exposed on the surface,
a part of the surface of the electrophotographic roller is constituted by the elastic layer,
when the electrophotographic roller is pressed on a glass plate so that a load per unit area of a nip formed by the electrophotographic roller and the glass plate is 6.5 g/mm2 or more and 14.3 g/mm2 or less, and a square region having a side whose length is equal to a length of the nip in a direction along a circumferential direction of the electrophotographic roller is put in the nip,
in the square region,
the convex portion and the glass plate are in contact with each other, and a number of the contact portion is 8 or more, an average value Save of areas of the contact portion is 10 ?m2 or more and 111 ?m2 or less,
a variation coefficient S of the areas of the contact portion satisfies the following Expression (1), and
a variation coefficient D of areas of Voronoi regions each including the contact portion satisfies the following Expression (2):
0.68?S?1.00  Expression (1)
0.85?D?1.20.  Expression (2)

US Pat. No. 10,248,043

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT PREVENTS TONER CHARGED WITH POLARITY OPPOSITE NORMAL CHARGING POLARITY FROM BEING COLLECTED

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

10. An image forming apparatus comprising:a photosensitive member;
a charging member configured to charge the photosensitive member;
a charging power supply configured to apply a voltage to the charging member;
an exposure unit configured to expose the photosensitive member;
a developing unit configured to develop a toner image on the photosensitive member by supplying toner;
an intermediate transfer member configured to form a transfer portion by contacting the photosensitive member and to receive the toner image transferred from the photosensitive member in the transfer portion; and
a potential forming unit configured to form a potential of the intermediate transfer member in the transfer portion,
wherein, in a case where a collection mode in which the exposure unit forms a first potential on the photosensitive member and the developing unit collects discharging toner discharged from the developing unit to a position where the first potential is formed is executed, the potential forming unit forms a potential having a polarity same as a normal charging polarity of toner and an absolute value greater than an absolute value of the first potential on the intermediate transfer member, and the charging power supply applies a voltage having a polarity same as the normal charging polarity and an absolute value greater than the absolute value of the first potential to the charging member.

US Pat. No. 10,248,046

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image processor configured to convert an image signal value included in image data based on a conversion condition;
an image former configured to form an image using toner based on the converted image signal value, and transfer the image to a sheet while conveying the sheet;
a sensor configured to measure a measurement image on the sheet; and
a controller configured to:
control a process condition to form the image by the image former,
control the image former to form a measurement image on the sheet based on measurement image data,
control the sensor to measure the measurement image, and
generate a control amount for controlling the process condition based on a measurement result of the measurement image,
wherein the controller is further configured to generate a profile of a toner adhesion amount in a sheet conveying direction based on the image signal value to control the process condition based on the control amount corresponding to the profile,
wherein the controller is further configured to perform a first gradation correction to an image signal through ? conversion and to derive a toner adhesion amount distribution of the image signal to which the first gradation correction is applied, and
wherein the controller is further configured to perform a second gradation correction by multiplying the image signal to which the first gradation correction is applied by a correction value which is derived based on the toner adhesion amount distribution and which varies in the sheet conveying direction.

US Pat. No. 10,249,076

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus configured to produce a virtual light source image that is an image of an object lighted by a virtual light source, the apparatus comprising:a memory configured to store instructions; and
at least one processor configured to execute the instructions to provide:
a shape acquirer configured to acquire shape information relating to a shape of the object;
a light source condition setter configured to set a first virtual light source condition as a condition relating to a virtual light source, depending (a) on an image capturing mode indicating a type of a captured image acquired by image capturing of the object, (b) on image type information indicating a selected one of multiple types of the virtual light source images or (c) on an image capturing condition selected in the image capturing; and
an image producer configured to produce the virtual light source image by using the first virtual light source condition and the shape information.

US Pat. No. 10,248,058

MOUNTED FIXING APPARATUS FOR FIXING AN IMAGE FORMED ON A RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing apparatus comprising:a tubular film;
a heater provided at an inside of the film;
a protection element provided at the inside of the film, the protection element including two terminals and a switch that turns off to shut off power to the heater when the heater abnormally generates heat;
a first conductive member provided at the inside of the film, a first end of the first conductive member being electrically connected to one of the terminals of the protection element;
a second conductive member provided at the inside of the film, a first end of the second conductive member being electrically connected to the other of the terminals of the protection element; and
a holder configured to hold the heater and provided in the inside of the film,
wherein an unfixed image formed on a recording medium is fixed on the recording medium by the heat of the heater via the film,
wherein the first and second conductive members are not coated with an insulator,
wherein a second end of the first conductive member projects from a first end of the film in a longitudinal direction of the film,
wherein the second conductive member is folded at an intermediate point, a second end of the second conductive member also projecting from the first end of the film,
wherein the holder includes a wall portion provided between the first and second conductive members, and
wherein the wall portion is made of an electrically insulating material.

US Pat. No. 10,248,068

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming unit that includes an image bearing member and a development device, the development device including a developer container and a developer bearing member, the developer container containing a developer including toner and carrier, the developer bearing member bearing the developer for developing an electrostatic latent image formed on the image bearing member;
a developer replenishment unit configured to replenish the developer container with the developer;
an image density sensor configured to detect a density of a patch image formed by the image forming unit;
an inductance sensor configured to detect a toner density of the developer contained in the developer container as a ratio of the toner to the carrier on a basis of a magnetic permeability of the developer contained in the developer container; and
a controller,
wherein the controller determines an amount of the developer supplied to the developer container by the developer replenishment unit on a basis of the toner density, detected by the inductance sensor, of the developer contained in the developer container and on a basis of a target toner density that is a target of the toner density of the developer contained in the developer container so that the toner density of the developer contained in the developer container becomes equal to the target toner density,
wherein the controller sets the target toner density between an upper limit value and a lower limit value on a basis of the density of the patch image detected by the image density sensor and on a basis of a reference density of the patch image,
wherein the controller sets the target toner density such that the target toner density set when the density of the patch image detected by the image density sensor is higher than the reference density of the patch image is lower than the target toner density set when the density of the patch image detected by the image density sensor is lower than the reference density of the patch image,
wherein, in a case where the set target toner density is the lower limit value, the controller is able to execute a mode of changing the lower limit value of the target toner density,
wherein, in the execution of the mode, the controller is configured to
(i) set the lower limit value of the target toner density into a first lower limit value in a case where the density of the patch image detected by the image density sensor is higher than the reference density of the patch image and where an absolute value of a difference between the density of the patch image detected by the image density sensor and the reference density of the patch image is less than a first threshold value,
(ii) set the lower limit value of the target toner density into a second lower limit value that is less than the first lower limit value in a case where the density of the patch image detected by the image density sensor is higher than the reference density of the patch image and where the absolute value of the difference between the density of the patch image detected by the image density sensor and the reference density of the patch image is equal to or greater than the first threshold value and is less than a second threshold value that is greater than the first threshold value, and
(iii) set the lower limit value of the target toner density into a third lower limit value that is less than the second lower limit value in a case where the density of the patch image detected by the image density sensor is higher than the reference density of the patch image and where the absolute value of the difference between the density of the patch image detected by the image density sensor and the reference density of the patch image is equal to or greater than the second threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,250,890

METHOD, APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR ENCODING AND DECODING THE SIGNIFICANCE MAP FOR RESIDUAL COEFFICIENTS OF A TRANSFORM UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of decoding a bitstream, the method comprising:receiving, from the bitstream, encoded data of residual coefficients for a transform unit represented as a 8×8 block, wherein the received encoded data includes significant coefficient group flags for indicating whether at least one of residual coefficients within a corresponding sub-block of the 8×8 block is significant;
determining a scan order of the significant coefficient group flags for the transform unit from a plurality of scan orders of the significant coefficient group flags according to an intra-prediction mode corresponding to the transform unit from a plurality of intra-prediction modes, wherein a first scan order of the significant coefficient group flags is determined if the intra-prediction mode corresponding to the transform unit is a first intra-prediction mode and a second scan order of the significant coefficient group flags is determined if the intra-prediction mode corresponding to the transform unit is a second intra-prediction mode different from the first intra-prediction mode, and the second scan order of the significant coefficient group flags is different from the first scan order of the significant coefficient group flags;
determining a scan order of the residual coefficients for the transform unit from a plurality of scan orders of the residual coefficients according to the intra-prediction mode corresponding to the transform unit from the plurality of intra-prediction modes, wherein a first scan order of the residual coefficients is determined if the intra-prediction mode corresponding to the transform unit is the first intra-prediction mode and a second scan order of the residual coefficients is determined if the intra-prediction mode corresponding to the transform unit is the second intra-prediction mode different from the first intra-prediction mode, and the second scan order of the residual coefficients is different from the first scan order of the residual coefficients;
determining the significant coefficient group flags corresponding to respective sub-blocks of the 8×8 block according to the determined scan order of the significant coefficient group flags; and
decoding residual coefficients of the transform unit according to the determined significant coefficient group flags and the determined scan order of the residual coefficients to generate at least one frame.

US Pat. No. 10,248,073

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND SHEET CONVEYANCE APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an apparatus body including an image forming portion configured to form an image on a sheet;
an openable member having a hook portion and configured to be opened with respect to the apparatus body;
a lock portion disposed in the apparatus body and movable between a lock position to lock the openable member in a closed state and a release position to permit opening of the openable member; and
a movable portion disposed in the apparatus body and configured to move with movement of the openable member such that the movable portion is located at a first position if the openable member is opened and at a second position if the openable member is closed, the movable portion including a block portion that is configured to block a movement of the lock portion from the release position to the lock position if the movable portion is located at the first position and that permits the lock portion to move from the release position to the lock position if the movable portion is located at the second position; and
an urge portion configured to urge the movable portion to the first position,
wherein the hook portion is configured to abut with and hold the movable portion at the second position in a state where the openable member is closed, and to be separated from the movable portion in a state where the openable member is open.

US Pat. No. 10,248,586

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND DATA TRANSFER METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a first chip;
a second chip; and
a third chip,
wherein the first chip, the second chip, and the third chip are connected in series, wherein the second chip includes
a receiving unit configured to receive, from the first chip, data and address information attached to the data,
a register configured to store address translation information,
a determination unit configured to determine whether the address information attached to the data received by the receiving unit corresponds to an address translation area based on the address translation information set to the register,
an address translation unit configured to translate the address information attached to the data received by the receiving unit and output the translated address information to an internal bus with the data received by the receiving unit,
a controller unit configured to control to store, in a memory for the second chip, data to which address information corresponding to an address area set for the second chip is attached among the data received from the address translation unit via the internal bus, and
a transmission unit configured to transmit, to the third chip, data to which address information corresponding to an address area set for transfer to the third chip is attached among the data received from the address translation unit via the internal bus,
wherein the address translation unit translates address information corresponding to an address area set for the second chip into an address destination in the second chip.

US Pat. No. 10,248,077

CARTRIDGE AND COVER MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge detachably mountable on an apparatus main body of an image forming apparatus, the cartridge comprising:a first unit that includes a photosensitive drum and
a first frame supporting the photosensitive drum so that the photosensitive drum is rotatable;
a second unit that includes a developing roller configured to supply developer to the photosensitive drum and
a second frame supporting the developing roller so that the developing roller is rotatable;
an attachment attached to one end of the first unit in a direction of an axis of rotation of the photosensitive drum,
the attachment including:
a first surface extending in a direction orthogonal to the axis of rotation,
a first projection portion projecting, toward an outside in the direction of the axis of rotation, further than the first surface,
a second surface extending in the direction orthogonal to the axis of rotation and recessed from the first surface toward an inner side in the direction of the axis of rotation, and
a second projection portion provided in the second surface, the second projection portion projecting further than the second surface toward the outside in the direction of the axis of rotation; and
an urging member configured to urge the developing roller against the photosensitive drum, one end and the other end of the urging member being configured to engage with the second projection portion of the attachment and a part of the second unit, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,248,080

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING VORTEX TUBE THAT GENERATES COLD AIR TO COOL A RECORDING MEDIUM AND WARM AIR TO HEAT A MEMBER INSIDE THE IMAGE FORMING APAPRATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming section configured to form a toner image;
a transfer portion configured to transfer the toner image, formed by the image forming section onto a recording medium;
a fixing portion configured to fix the toner image, which is transferred by the transfer portion, on the recording medium, by heating the toner image;
a vortex tube that is configured to receive a supply of compressed air generated by a compressor to generate cold air having a temperature that is less than a temperature of the compressed air, and warm air having a temperature that is greater than the temperature of the compressed air; and
a cooling portion that is configured to receive a supply of the cold air generated by the vortex tube to cool the recording medium on which the toner image has been fixed by the fixing portion,
wherein a member inside of the image forming apparatus is heated by the warm air generated by the vortex tube.

US Pat. No. 10,250,391

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A control method for controlling a communication apparatus having an internet fax transmitting mode for transmitting image data of Tag Image File Format (TIFF) using electronic mail, the control method comprising the steps of:setting a first email address of the communication apparatus to a From field of a header of electronic mail data;
setting a second email address of a login user who logs in to the communication apparatus to a Sender field of the header of the electronic mail data;
generating a first electronic signature using the first email address set in the From field;
generating a second electronic signature using the second email address set in the Sender field;
adding to the electronic mail data including the image data of the TIFF, the first electronic signature and the second electronic signature; and
transmitting, in the internet fax transmitting mode, the image data of the TIFF as the electronic mail data to which the first electronic signature and the second electronic signature are added.

US Pat. No. 10,248,860

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OBJECT RE-IDENTIFICATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of identifying, with a camera, an object in an image of a scene, the method comprising the steps of:obtaining relative orientation of a candidate object to the camera;
selecting at least one of a plurality of attributes of the candidate object in accordance with the obtained relative orientation of the candidate object;
determining one of a head, an upper body, legs, and a whole body as a region of interest, the determined region of interest including the selected attribute;
operating a set of at least one of pan, tilt, and zoom corresponding to the determined region of interest so as to observe the selected attribute, and
identifying an object based on the result of the observation of the selected attribute.

US Pat. No. 10,250,668

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:a network I/F that receives a packet transmitted from an external apparatus on a network;
a memory that stores programs;
a processor that executes the programs to:
set an IP address of the communication apparatus, based on a first setting packet received by the network interface (I/F) and for which a media access control (MAC) address of the network I/F is specified as a destination MAC address,
wherein, in a case where after the network I/F receives the first setting packet, the network I/F receives a second setting packet for which the MAC address of the network I/F is specified as the destination MAC address without receiving a non-setting packet for which the MAC address of the network I/F is specified as the destination MAC address, the processor performs a setting of the IP address of the communication apparatus based on the second setting packet, and
in a case where after the network I/F receives the first setting packet, the network I/F receives of the communication apparatus the second setting packet, the processor does not performed the setting of the IP address of the communication apparatus based on the second setting packet.

US Pat. No. 10,250,688

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR TRANSMITTING SENSOR DATA IN A WIRELESS NETWORK

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for transmitting data from a slave node to a master node in a robotic control network, the robotic control network being based on a shared transmission channel, access to the shared transmission channel being scheduled by the master node, the slave node comprising an acquisition device producing the data, the method comprising on the slave node:obtaining a request from the master node for acquiring data;
estimating the value of a time information representative of a delay for the acquisition device to acquire a block of data ready for transmission to the master node;
sending a message to the master node comprising the estimated time information value;
receiving, from the master node, an authorization of transmission of the block of data from the slave node to the master node, the authorization of transmission scheduling an access time for transmitting the block of data, wherein the scheduled access time depends on the estimated time information value and wherein the estimating of the value of the time information by the slave node is performed prior the receiving of the authorization of transmission from the master node; and
transmitting the block of data from the slave node to the master node during the scheduled access time after the receiving of the authorization of transmission of the block of data.

US Pat. No. 10,245,835

LIQUID DISCHARGING APPARATUS, IMPRINT APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A COMPONENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharging apparatus, comprising:a head having a discharging port surface provided with discharging ports that discharge liquid;
a suction port configured to perform a suction operation to suck liquid from the discharging port surface under a state of being spaced away from the discharging port surface;
a pressure changing unit configured to change a pressure in the head; and
a control unit configured to cause the suction port to perform the suction operation under a state in which the pressure changing unit has changed the pressure in the head into a positive pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,249,678

IMAGING DEVICE, METHOD OF DRIVING IMAGING DEVICE, AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging device comprising:a plurality of pixels, each of the plurality of pixels including a photoelectric converter that generates charges by photoelectric conversion, a holding portion that holds the charges transferred from the photoelectric converter, and an amplifier unit that outputs a signal based on the charges transferred from the holding portion; and
an output line which is connected to the plurality of pixels and to which signals are output from the plurality of pixels,
wherein each of the plurality of pixels is configured to output a signal based on charges generated by the photoelectric converter during an exposure period, the exposure period including
a first period during which the photoelectric converter holds charges generated by the photoelectric converter in the first period and
a second period during which the photoelectric converter or the holding portion holds charges generated by the photoelectric converter in the second period while the holding portion is holding charges generated in the first period, and
wherein each of the plurality of pixels is further configured to reset the holding portion after outputting a signal based on charges held in the holding portion in the first period and before transferring charges generated in the first period from the photoelectric converter to the holding portion.

US Pat. No. 10,247,902

MOTOR AND APPARATUS USING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A motor comprising:a vibrator;
a pressing member that presses the vibrator onto a contacting member in contact with the vibrator;
a moving member that moves integrally with the vibrator;
a guide member that includes a surface parallel to a contact surface of the contacting member with the vibrator and that guides a movement of the moving member; and
at least three or more rolling members that are sandwiched between the moving member and the guide member,
wherein the vibrator and the contacting member move relatively by vibration that occurs in the vibrator,
wherein the moving member includes at least two or more first groove shapes that separately formed on the same straight line parallel to a moving direction of the vibrator, and a second groove shape that formed in parallel with the moving direction to separate from the first groove shapes in a direction orthogonal to the moving direction,
wherein the guide member includes a first guide part that is opposite to the first groove shapes and that includes a surface having a predetermined angle with respect to the surface parallel to the contact surface, and a second guide part that is opposite to the second groove shape and that is parallel to the surface parallel to the contact surface,
wherein the rolling members are sandwiched between each of the first groove shapes and the first guide part and between the second groove shape and the second guide part,
wherein, on a rear side of a surface of the guide member where the first and second guide parts are formed, the moving member includes a plurality of regulating parts that regulate a movement of the guide member to the rear side, and
wherein, when the guide member abuts against the plurality of regulating parts, part of each of the rolling balls is positioned inside each of the first groove shapes or the second groove shape.

US Pat. No. 10,248,436

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS CONTROLLING CONNECTION WITH ACCESSORY DEVICE, ACCESSORY DEVICE, CONTROL METHODS THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUMS STORING CONTROL PROGRAMS THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic apparatus capable of communicating with an accessory device connected, the electronic apparatus comprising:a detection unit configured to detect whether the accessory device supports both a first communication method and a second communication method of which communication speed is higher than communication speed of the first communication method; and
a setting unit configured to set the second communication method during communication between the electronic apparatus and the accessory device and to set the first communication method during no communication between the electronic apparatus and the accessory device, when said detection unit detects that the accessory device supports both the first communication method and the second communication method.

US Pat. No. 10,248,185

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD OF INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A processing method executed by a printing apparatus in a case where the printing apparatus operating in a power saving mode receives a packet, the processing method comprising:determining whether the received packet satisfies a response condition that indicates a packet to which the printing apparatus is capable of responding while maintaining the power saving mode;
responding to the received packet while maintaining the power saving mode, in a case where the received packet is determined to satisfy the response condition;
determining whether the received packet satisfies a discard condition that indicates a packet needs to be discarded in the power saving mode, in a case where the received packet is determined not to satisfy the response condition;
discarding the received packet while maintaining the power saving mode, in a case where the received packet is determined to satisfy the discard condition;
determining whether the received packet satisfies a shift condition that indicates a packet for which the printing apparatus needs to be shifted from the power saving mode to a normal power mode, in a case where the received packet is determined not to satisfy the discard condition; and
shifting the printing apparatus from the power saving mode to the normal power mode, in a case where the received packet is determined to satisfy the shift condition,
wherein the received packet is determined to satisfy the response condition, at least in a case where the received packet is a GetRequest of a Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) in which a particular object ID is designated.

US Pat. No. 10,248,204

TACTILE STIMULUS CONTROL APPARATUS, TACTILE STIMULUS CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A tactile stimulus control apparatus comprising:one or more processors that, when executing instructions, causes the apparatus to:
control, in a case where a moving operation performed by a manipulator on an input surface provided corresponding to a display unit is detected while an image is displayed by the display unit, a scrolling speed based on the moving operation;
determine an intensity of a tactile stimulus to be provided to the manipulator based on a scrolling speed in a scroll-displaying according to the moving operation; and
control to generate the tactile stimulus to be provided to the manipulator to generate the tactile stimulus with the determined intensity,
wherein in a case where another moving operation on the input surface is detected during the scroll-displaying according to the moving operation, the intensity is determined based on a difference between an operation speed of the other moving operation and the scrolling speed of the scroll-displaying according to the moving operation.

US Pat. No. 10,251,039

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A print system including a communication terminal and a printer,the printer including:
an NFC tag in which a plurality of SSIDs is stored with an IP address of the printer;
a printing device;
a memory that stores one or more programs; and
one or more processors that, when they execute the one or more programs, cause the communication terminal to:
print an image based on print data received via Wi-Fi, using the printing device, and
the communication terminal including:
an NFC reader that obtains information from the NFC tag;
a memory that stores one or more programs; and
one or more processors that, when they execute the one or more programs, cause the communication terminal to:
display, in a case where the information obtained from the NFC tag of the printer includes a plurality of SSIDs, a selection screen for a user to select one SSID from the plurality of SSIDs;
in accordance with the selection of one SSID by the user on the selection screen, connect to an access point corresponding to the selected SSID via Wi-Fi; and
transmit print data to the printer based on the IP address obtained from the NFC tag via the connected access point.

US Pat. No. 10,250,785

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS CAPABLE OF EFFICIENT AND UNIFORM HEAT DISSIPATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic apparatus provided with a battery accommodation section that can accommodate a battery, comprising:a substrate that has an electric component, which forms a heat source, mounted thereon;
a heat dissipating member that is formed in the battery accommodation section so as to receive and hold the battery when the battery is accommodated in the accommodation section;
a first heat conductive member that has one end thermally connected to the electric component and another end thermally connected to said heat dissipating member; and
an insertion port member that forms part of the battery accommodation section and is connected to said heat dissipating member at a location closer to a battery insertion port through which the battery is inserted than a remaining portion of said heat dissipating member,
wherein said insertion port member is formed of a material lower in thermal conductivity than said heat dissipating member.

US Pat. No. 10,250,790

ELECTRIC APPARATUS, IMAGE PROJECTION APPARATUS AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image projection apparatus comprising:a first optical modulator configured to operate in response to receipt of a first clock signal whose polarity reverses periodically so as to modulate a first color light introduced thereto;
a second optical modulator configured to operate in response to receipt of a second clock signal whose polarity reverses periodically at a same period as that of the first clock signal so as to modulate a second color light introduced thereto;
an optical element through which exit lights from the first and second optical modulators pass;
a projection optical system configured to project an image light including the exit lights modulated by the first and second optical modulators onto a projection surface; and
a signal outputter configured to output the first and second clock signals respectively to the first and second optical modulators,
wherein:
the first and second optical modulators are arranged on mutually opposite sides across the optical element,
light exit surfaces of the first and second optical modulators respectively face first and second light entrance surfaces provided in the optical element at mutually opposite sides thereof, and
the signal outputter is configured to output the first and second clock signals such that, in each period of the first and second clock signals, a time period in which their polarities are mutually reversed is longer than a time period in which their polarities are mutually identical.

US Pat. No. 10,241,349

IMAGE STABILIZATION APPARATUS, LENS APPARATUS, AND IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image stabilization apparatus comprising:a first optical element including a first lens and being configured to move in a direction different from an optical axis;
a first driver including a first magnet magnetized in a first magnetized direction and a first coil and being configured to drive the first optical element by an electromagnetic action;
a second optical element including a second lens and being configured to move in a direction different from the optical axis; and
a second driver including a second magnet magnetized in a second magnetized direction and a second coil and being configured to drive the second optical element by an electromagnetic action,
wherein the first magnet is disposed outside a second area onto which the second magnet is projected in the second magnetized direction and the second magnet is disposed outside a first area onto which the first magnet is projected in the first magnetized direction, and
wherein a distance of closest approach between the first magnet and the second magnet is longer than (a) a distance of closest approach between the first magnet and the second optical element when the image stabilization apparatus is not operated or (b) a distance of closest approach between the first optical element and the second magnet in an optical axis direction when the image stabilization apparatus is not operated.

US Pat. No. 10,243,403

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power transmitting apparatus comprising:a power transmission unit configured to wirelessly transmit power to one or more power receiving apparatuses; and
a processor configured to function as:
a receiving unit configured to receive, from each of the one or more power receiving apparatuses, function information;
a determination unit configured to determine, based on the function information received from each of the one or more power receiving apparatuses, whether each of the one or more power receiving apparatuses has a function for internally lowering a voltage obtained through power reception; and
a control unit configured to control the power transmission unit to perform power transmission in a first manner in a case where the determination unit determines that at least one of the one or more power receiving apparatuses does not have the function for internally lowering the voltage obtained through power reception, and to control the power transmission unit to perform power transmission in a second manner that is different from the first manner in a case where the determination unit determines that all of the one or more power receiving apparatuses have the function for internally lowering the voltage obtained through power reception.

US Pat. No. 10,241,660

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:a memory; and
at least one processor, the memory storing a program of instructions executable by the at least one processor, and the at least one processor executes the program of instructions to implement:
changing a display magnification of an image displayed on a display unit based on an operation performed by a user;
receiving a switching instruction to switch an image displayed on the display unit to another image; and
performing control, when a first image is switched to a second image:
to display the second image at a display magnification according to whether a first display magnification based on a display magnification at which the first image is displayed before a switch to the second image is smaller than a fit magnification,
to display the second image at a second display magnification that is at least the fit magnification if the first display magnification is smaller than the fit magnification, and
to display the second image at the first display magnification if the first display magnification is larger than the fit magnification,
wherein the fit magnification is one of a magnification at which the length of the second image matches the length of the display area and a magnification at which the width of the second image matches the width of the display area.

US Pat. No. 10,241,410

METHOD FOR IMPARTING WATER REPELLENCY TO SURFACE OF MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for imparting water repellency to an ejection port surface of a liquid ejection head, the ejection port surface being a surface of the liquid ejection head on which an ejection port is formed, the method comprising:a step in which a material including a compound containing a fluorine atom is deposited on a surface of a photosensitive resin layer on a substrate, the surface of the photosensitive resin layer serving as an ejection port surface, in order to form a member including the photosensitive resin layer and a material layer including the material, the material layer being disposed on a front surface of the photosensitive resin layer;
a first exposure step in which a surface of the member is exposed to an amount of light with an exposure apparatus in order to form a latent image in the photosensitive resin layer and the material layer of the member;
a development step in which the member including the latent image is developed, thereby removing the photosensitive resin layer and the material layer within the latent image, the ejection port being formed at a portion where the member has been removed;
an initial curing step in which the member is initially cured after the development step, wherein, in the initial curing step, the member is heated at 120° C. or more and 160° C. or less for 2 minutes or more and 4 minutes or less;
a second exposure step in which the surface of the member is exposed to an amount of light with an exposure apparatus subsequent to the development step and the initial curing step, wherein exposure in the second exposure step is incident from the same side as the first exposure and imparts water repellency to the member and thereby increasing a contact angle of pure water on the surface of the member by 3° or more;
a supply port forming step in which a supply port is formed by etching the substrate after the second exposure step;
an ultraviolet light irradiation step in which the member is irradiated with ultraviolet light after the supply port forming step;
a member removal step in which a part of the member is removed after the ultraviolet light irradiation step; and
a final heat curing step in which the member is cured after the member removal step, and in which the member is heated at 170° C. or more and 220° C. or less for 30 minutes or more and 120 minutes or less.

US Pat. No. 10,242,438

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR IMAGE RECOGNITION OF THE ASSEMBLY OF AN OBJECT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information 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 apparatus to:
obtain an image of an assembled object that is constituted by a first object and a second object that have been assembled;
obtain a three-dimensional shape model of the assembled object that has at least one first area that corresponds to the first object and at least one second area that corresponds to the second object;
obtain a position and orientation of the assembled object based on the image;
obtain, from the three-dimensional shape model of the assembled object corresponding to the obtained position and orientation, a first evaluation value that is for evaluating a state of assembly in the at least one first area, and a second evaluation value that is for evaluating a state of assembly in the at least one second area; and
determine whether or not the assembly was successful based on the first evaluation value and the second evaluation value.

US Pat. No. 10,241,419

LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, PATTERN FORMING METHOD, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING PRODUCT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lithography apparatus that forms a pattern on a substrate, the lithography apparatus comprising:a moving unit configured to move with an original or the substrate mounted thereon;
a plurality of measurement units configured to obtain information about a position of the moving unit, measurement areas of the respective measurement units overlapping each other; and
a control unit configured to obtain an amount of positional deviation between the original or the substrate mounted on the moving unit and the moving unit based on a position of a mark formed on the original or the substrate and switch the measurement units used to obtain the information about the position of the moving unit, based on a switching position lying in an overlapping measurement area,
wherein, in a case where a first process and a second process that is performed after the first process are performed on one of a plurality of processing targets on the original or on the substrate, the control unit controls the moving unit with reflecting the obtained amount of the positional deviation after the first process is performed, changes the switching position based on the obtained amount of the positional deviation after the first process is performed and controls the measurement units so that the same one of the measurement units is used in performing the first and the second processes.

US Pat. No. 10,238,347

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus having a communication function capable of exchanging data with an external device using at least one of wired communication and wireless communication, comprising:a sensor unit including a sensor array configured to generate a signal corresponding to radiation;
a sound-production unit configured to make a notification by sound production; and
a notification unit configured to cause the sound-production unit to execute sound production in response to detection of an event,
wherein sound production by the sound-production unit is executed such that the sound production is not executed during a period of reading out a signal from the sensor array in a state in which communication with the external device is disabled.

US Pat. No. 10,241,424

IMPRINT APPARATUS, IMPRINT METHOD, AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus for performing an imprint process of forming a pattern on an imprint material for a shot region of a plurality of shot regions on a substrate by bringing the imprint material on the substrate and a mold into contact with each other, the apparatus comprising:a stage configured to hold the substrate;
a detector configured to detect a displacement in a relative position between the shot region and the mold in a direction parallel to a surface of the substrate when performing the imprint process for the shot region; and
a controller configured to control the imprint process,
wherein the controller is configured to:
obtain, when performing the imprint process for a first shot region of the plurality of shot regions, information relating to the displacement in the relative position between the first shot region on the substrate and the mold detected by the detector or a relative moving amount of the first shot region relative to the mold, which was used for aligning the first shot region and the mold with each other in the direction parallel to the surface of the substrate, after bringing the mold and the imprint material on the substrate into contact with each other;
adjust, when performing the imprint process for a second shot region of the plurality of shot regions, the relative position between the second shot region and the mold in the direction parallel to the surface of the substrate based on the obtained information relating to the displacement in the relative position between the first shot region on the substrate and the mold detected by the detector or the relative moving amount of the first shot region relative to the mold; and
bring the mold and the imprint material on the substrate into contact with each other to perform the imprint process for the second shot region.

US Pat. No. 10,240,913

THREE-DIMENSIONAL COORDINATE MEASURING APPARATUS AND THREE-DIMENSIONAL COORDINATE MEASURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A three-dimensional coordinate measuring 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 three-dimensional coordinate measuring apparatus to:
input a captured image of an object, in which internal scattering can occur, onto which a pattern that has bright section areas and dark section areas is projected;
estimate an internal scattering light component in a first area that corresponds to a bright section area of the projected pattern in the captured image, based on a luminance value of a second area that corresponds to a dark section area of the projected pattern; and
derive three-dimensional coordinates of the object based on data of the captured image and the estimated internal scattering light component,
wherein the pattern is constituted by a plurality of measuring lines that are a combination of bright sections and dark sections, and
wherein in deriving the three-dimensional coordinates of the object, the instructions, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the three-dimensional coordinate measuring apparatus to identify the measuring lines based on a location of the first area or the second area, and calculate three-dimensional coordinates of the object.

US Pat. No. 10,241,430

TONER, AND EXTERNAL ADDITIVE FOR TONER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A toner comprising:a toner particle containing a binder resin and a colorant; and
an external additive, wherein
the external additive is a core-shell type composite particle having:
a core containing a crystalline polyester resin; and
an organosilicon polymer-containing coating layer on the surface of the core,
a softening point of the toner particle is from 90° C. to 180° C., and
a softening point (Tm) of the crystalline polyester resin is from 50° C. to 105° C.

US Pat. No. 10,241,433

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT CONTROLS A FIXING CONDITION OF A FIXING PORTION BASED ON A SHAPE OF A SHEET TO BE USED IN IMAGE FORMATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a reading portion configured to read (a) a shape of a sheet to be used for image formation, and (b) an original sheet carrying an original image;
an image forming portion configured to form a toner image, corresponding to the original image read by said reading portion, on the sheet to be used for image formation;
a fixing portion configured to fix the toner image, formed by said image forming portion, to the sheet to be used for image formation; and
a controller configured to control a fixing condition of said fixing portion in accordance with the shape of the sheet to be used for image formation read by said reading portion.

US Pat. No. 10,243,995

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT OPERATES ACCORDING TO SECURITY POLICIES, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:a display configured to display a screen of a user interface; and
at least one processor and at least one memory coupled to the at least one processor and having stored thereon instructions, which when executed by the at least one processor, the at least one processor and the at least one memory cooperate to act as:
a managing unit configured to manage an operation setting of the image processing apparatus including a plurality of setting items;
a setting unit configured to set a security policy of the image processing apparatus including a plurality of setting items;
a storage unit configured to store correspondence information which defines a correspondence relationship between the plurality of setting items of the security policy and the plurality of the setting items of the operation setting;
an identifying unit configured to refer to the correspondence information stored in said storage unit and identify a setting item of the operation setting which corresponds to a setting item of the security policy set by said setting unit; and
a restraining unit configured to restrain execution of at least one function of the image processing apparatus, wherein
said storage unit stores that the security policy has not been checked in response to a change of a setting item of the plurality of setting items of the security policy received via the user interface and/or a change of a setting item of the plurality of the setting items of the operation setting, and
said restraining unit causes the user interface to display a message indicating that the security policy has not been checked and restrains execution of the at least one function of the image processing apparatus in a case where a user instructs execution of the at least one function of the image processing apparatus before the identifying unit identifies the setting item of the operation setting which corresponds to the setting item of the security policy set by said setting unit.

US Pat. No. 10,241,434

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND POSITION DETECTION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, which is configured to form an image on a sheet, comprising:a plurality of image forming units configured to form a plurality of images, each having a different color;
a sensor configured to measure reflected light from a color pattern formed on a transfer member, the color pattern being used for detection of a color misregistration amount;
a first comparator configured to compare a measurement value of the sensor with a first threshold value;
a second comparator configured to compare the measurement value of the sensor with a second threshold value being different from the first threshold value; and
a controller configured to control the plurality of image forming units to form, on the transfer member, a plurality of color patterns, each having a different color, control the sensor to measure reflected light from the plurality of color patterns, cause the first comparator to compare measurement values of reflected light from the plurality of color patterns with the first threshold value to acquire first data, cause the second comparator to compare the measurement values of reflected light from the plurality of color patterns with the second threshold value to acquire second data, detect the color misregistration amount related to relative position of a color pattern having a reference color among the plurality of color patterns and a color pattern having another color among plurality of color patterns based on the first data and the second data, and determine an image forming condition for adjusting an image forming position of an image having other color different from the reference color based on the color misregistration amount,
wherein the controller generates correction data based on the first data and the second data, and detects the color misregistration amounts based on the second data and the correction data,
wherein the first data corresponds to a binary digital signal,
wherein the second data corresponds to a binary digital signal,
wherein the controller determines third data corresponding to an exclusive OR of the first data and the second data, and generates the correction data based on the third data, and
wherein the third data corresponds to a binary digital signal.

US Pat. No. 10,239,717

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, AND SHEET-FEEDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a manual feed tray on which a sheet to be subjected to image formation is placed;
a sheet detector configured to detect whether the sheet is placed on the manual feed tray or not;
a fixed size setting unit configured to set a size of the sheet to be used with the manual feed tray in advance even if the sheet detector detects that the sheet is not placed on the manual feed tray;
a size detector configured to detect a size of a sheet placed on the manual feed tray, the size detector comprising a first sensor configured to detect a length of a sheet placed on the manual feed tray in a conveying direction and a second sensor configured to detect a length of a sheet placed on the manual feed tray in a direction intersecting with the conveying direction;
a sheet-feeding unit configured to feed the sheet placed on the manual feed tray; and
a controller,
wherein, in a case where the size of the sheet is set by the fixed size setting unit, when the sheet detector determines that the sheet is placed on the manual feed tray and a detected size that is determined in accordance with detection results of the first sensor and the second sensor of the size detector and a fixed size that is set by the fixed size setting unit are matched, the controller causes at least one of the sheet-feeding unit and the manual feed tray to start movement so that the sheet-feeding unit and the sheet on the manual feed tray are in contact with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,239,721

SHEET CONVEYANCE APPARATUS CONTROLLING DIRECTION FOR CONVEYING SHEET, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveyance apparatus, comprising:a guide member configured to guide a sheet in a first direction in a first state, and guide the sheet in a second direction in a second state;
a driving source configured to generate a driving force for changing a state of the guide member from the first state to the second state;
a transfer member configured to change the state of the guide member from the first state to the second state by being moved by the driving force generated by the driving source; and
a control unit configured to control the driving force of the driving source,
wherein the control unit is further configured to set the driving force of the driving source to a value smaller than a force necessary to move the transfer member and greater than zero when the guide member is in the first state, and subsequently cause the driving force of the driving source to increase to a value larger than the force necessary to move the transfer member when the guide member is in the first state.

US Pat. No. 10,239,723

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image reading unit configured to read an image on a document;
an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet based on image data obtained by reading the image on the document;
a binding unit configured to perform binding processing to a sheet bundle including a plurality of sheets received from the image forming unit;
a discharging unit, which is provided in a space between the image reading unit and the image forming unit, configured to discharge the sheet bundle, to which binding processing has been performed by the binding unit, on a stacking tray;
a shift unit configured to shift the sheet received from the image forming unit in a width direction orthogonal to a conveyance direction of the sheet; and
a control unit configured to control the shift unit to:
(1) discharge a first sheet bundle at a first discharge position on the stacking tray, the first sheet bundle being a sheet bundle to which the binding processing is designated to be performed and the binding processing has been performed by the binding unit, and
(2) discharge a second sheet bundle at a second discharge position on the stacking tray, the second discharge position being different from the first discharge position in the width direction, and the second sheet bundle being a sheet bundle to which the binding processing has not been performed even though the binding processing is designated because the number of the sheets for the sheet bundle exceeds a predetermined number,
wherein the second discharge position is shifted in the width direction from the binding unit toward the front side of the image forming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,242,295

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR GENERATING, UPDATING CLASSIFIER, DETECTING OBJECTS AND IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for generating a binary-class classifier for distinguishing an object with a background, comprising the following steps:generating a one-class object classifier using at least one object sample;
selecting background samples from background image regions obtained from a sequence of images, using the one-class object classifier;
clustering the selected background samples into at least one set of background samples;
generating at least one one-class background classifier by generating a one-class background classifier for each set of background samples; and
generating the binary-class classifier by assembling the one-class object classifier and the at least one one-class background classifier into the binary-class classifier.

US Pat. No. 10,239,003

POLYMER NANOFIBER ACCUMULATED BODY AND METHOD OF PRODUCING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A polymer nanofiber accumulated body, comprising polymer nanofibers each containing a polymer material, the polymer nanofibers being accumulated and three-dimensionally entangled so as to be in contact with each other to form the accumulated body, wherein:the polymer nanofibers each have a fiber diameter of 3 ?m or less;
the polymer nanofibers each contain 5 wt % to 30 wt % of a low-molecular weight organic compound having at least one ?,?-unsaturated ester structure, with respect to a total weight of the polymer nanofibers, and each of the polymer nanofibers has the low-molecular weight organic compound on a surface thereof;
the low-molecular weight organic compound has a molecular weight of 100 to 1,000;
the low-molecular weight organic compound is an alkyl ester of (meth)acrylic acid, the alkyl ester including an alkyl group having 4 to 20 carbon atoms; and
the polymer nanofibers are crosslinked with each other at a position where the polymer nanofibers are in contact with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,232,616

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:a substrate;
a piezoelectric element provided above the substrate;
an ejection orifice forming member provided above the substrate on a side on which the piezoelectric element is provided, the ejection orifice forming member having an ejection orifice configured to eject a liquid and defining a pressure chamber between the ejection orifice forming member and the substrate, the pressure chamber communicating with the ejection orifice and including the piezoelectric element therein;
a first thin film provided between the substrate and the piezoelectric element and defining a space between the first thin film and the substrate; and
a second thin film provided on the piezoelectric element at a side opposite to the first thin film side and differing from the first thin film in rigidity,
wherein a communicating port is formed in the substrate in a region facing the space, communicates with the space through an opening having a smaller area than an area of the region, and is closed at an end.

US Pat. No. 10,232,617

INK JET RECORDING METHOD, RECORDING HEAD, AND INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet recording method for recording an image by ejecting an ink from a recording head including a member defining an ejection orifice through which the ink is ejected, an ejection element configured to generate an energy used for ejecting the ink, and a first flow path communicating with a portion between the ejection orifice and the ejection element, the method comprising:ejecting an ink through the ejection orifice; and
moving the ink from the first flow path to the portion between the ejection orifice and the ejection element, separately from the ejecting of the ink,
wherein the ink is an aqueous ink comprising a coloring material and a compound containing a chain hydrocarbon having a carbon number of 8 or more to 18 or less substituted by a hydroxy group or an anionic group, and
wherein the moving of the ink is performed separately from an operation to fill the portion between the ejection orifice and the ejection element with the ink.

US Pat. No. 10,236,971

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE COMPRESSION AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus wirelessly communicable with another communication apparatus, comprising:one or more processors; and
at least one memory coupled to the one or more processors, the at least one memory having instructions stored thereon which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the communications apparatus to:
receive, by wireless communication, a compressed captured image transmitted from the other communication apparatus, wherein the compressed captured image is obtained by compressing a captured image;
decompress the compressed captured image to obtain a decompressed captured image;
generate, based on the decompressed captured image, a CG image to be superimposed and displayed on the captured image;
compress the CG image to generate a compressed CG image;
transmit the compressed CG image to the other communication apparatus by wireless communication;
derive, based on a transmission time point of the compressed captured image in the other communication apparatus and a generation duration measured between a processing start time point and a processing end time point of generating the generated CG image, a time duration from when the compressed captured image is transmitted by the other communication apparatus until when the CG image is generated; and
change a compression ratio of the CG image compression based on whether the derived time duration is longer than a predetermined threshold, wherein the compression ratio is set further based on a transmission time duration of a compressed CG image for a preceding captured image.

US Pat. No. 10,232,632

LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS AND LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection apparatus comprising:a liquid ejection head having a printing element substrate comprising an ejection port through which a liquid is ejected and an ejection energy generating element configured to generate ejection energy for ejecting the liquid, the liquid ejection head further having a liquid chamber member configured to hold the liquid to be supplied to the printing element substrate;
a flow path configured to communicate with the ejection port; and
a liquid delivery unit configured to feed the liquid to the flow path,
wherein an opening for supplying the liquid to the printing element substrate is defined by a surface of the liquid chamber member on a side on which the printing element substrate is provided, the opening extending along a longitudinal direction of the printing element substrate, wherein the liquid is delivered to the flow path by the liquid delivery unit at an angular frequency of ?, and wherein the opening is constructed such that a relation between the angular frequency ? of the liquid delivered from the liquid delivery unit, a coefficient of kinematic viscosity v of the liquid, and an equivalent diameter (a) of the opening satisfies ?(?/2v)×a>1.

US Pat. No. 10,235,963

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS COMMUNICABLE WITH EXTERNAL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:a communication unit configured to communicate with an external apparatus;
one or more processors; and
one or more memory devices storing executable instructions, which when executed by the one or more processors, cause the communication apparatus to:
receive, from the external apparatus, a request for a resized image of image data recorded in a storage medium;
in response to the request for a resized image, (a) generate a resized image by reading the image data from the storage medium,(b) transmit the resized image to the external apparatus, (c) generate metadata of the resized image, and (d) temporarily store the metadata of the resized image;
receive, from the external apparatus, a request for information of the resized image; and
in response to a request from the external apparatus for information of the resized image, transmit the stored metadata of the resized image to the external apparatus without generating metadata again and without transmitting, together with the metadata of the resized image transmitted to the external apparatus, the resized image data.

US Pat. No. 10,234,431

TRANSDUCER UNIT, ACOUSTIC PROBE INCLUDING THE TRANSDUCER UNIT, AND PHOTOACOUSTIC APPARATUS INCLUDING THE ACOUSTIC PROBE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A transducer unit comprising:a chip;
a capacitive transducer provided on the chip and configured to receive an acoustic wave generated when a subject is irradiated with light from a light source and output an electric signal;
a circuit substrate including a current/voltage conversion circuit configured to convert a current output from the capacitive transducer into a voltage; and
a flexible printed wiring that electrically connects the capacitive transducer to the current/voltage conversion circuit,
wherein the circuit substrate is provided on a surface side opposite to a surface where the capacitive transducer is provided among surfaces of the chip.

US Pat. No. 10,232,644

PRINTING APPARATUS AND PLATEN

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a print head configured to print by ejecting ink on a sheet;
a platen configured to support and suction the sheet by negative pressure generated by a negative pressure generation unit, the platen being disposed at a position opposed to the print head;
an ink receiving portion configured to receive the ink ejected from the print head, the ink receiving portion being provided at a position corresponding to an end portion of the sheet in a sheet width direction; and
a blowing-out hole configured to blow air from inside of the sheet toward an outside of the sheet in the sheet width direction, the blowing-out hole being provided at the ink receiving portion,
wherein the blowing-out hole has a slit shape that is longer than an ejection port array of the print head in a sheet conveyance direction.

US Pat. No. 10,237,255

DATA SYNCHRONIZING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AUTHORIZATION SERVER, AND STORAGE MEDIUM THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A data synchronizing system including a device that can update data, a server system that causes another device to synchronize with the updated data in response to the update of the data by the device, and an authorization server, the data synchronizing system comprising:at least a processor; and
at least a memory coupled to the at least processor and having stored thereon instructions that, when executed by the at least processor, cause the at least processor to act as:
an authentication unit configured to determine whether a user is an authorized user based on authentication information input by the user via an authentication screen displayed by the device;
an issuance unit configured to issue authority information indicating that authority of the user has been transferred to the server system in a case where the user determined by the authentication unit as the authorized user inputs an instruction permitting the authorization server to transfer the authority of the user to the server system via an authorization confirmation screen displayed by the device;
a transmission unit configured to transmit identification information about the device associated with the user to the server system based on the authority information transmitted when the server system requests the authorization server to provide identification information about a data synchronization target device,
wherein the server system is configured to cause said other device to synchronize with the updated data in response to confirmation of identification information about said other device included in the identification information about the device transmitted by the transmission unit;
a providing unit configured to provide the authorization confirmation screen, including a name of the server system that is an access source and further including a name of the data synchronization target device of the updated data and selection items for enabling the user to select the data synchronization target device from among a plurality of target devices, to the device based on the identification information about the device associated with the user; and
a storage unit,
wherein the issuance unit is configured to issue the authority information indicating that the authority of the user has been transferred to the server system and associate the authority information with identification information about the data synchronization target device selected by the user, if the user selects the data synchronization target device and inputs an instruction permitting the authorization server to transfer the authority of the user to the server system via the authorization confirmation screen provided by the providing unit,
wherein the storage unit stores the identification information corresponding to the device selected by the user via the authorization confirmation screen into a terminal management table and stores, as a snapshot, the identification information corresponding to the device selected by the user via the authorization confirmation screen into a synchronization terminal table, and
wherein the providing unit compares the identification information of the device that is a current data synchronization target with the snapshot to check whether there is a change in the device that is to be data synchronized or not, and does not provide the authorization confirmation screen if there is no change.

US Pat. No. 10,235,742

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR ADJUSTMENT OF INTENSITY OF EDGE SIGNAL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:at least one non-transitory memory device;
at least one processor,
a recovery processing unit configured to, for an image subject to processing, perform filter processing of correcting aberration of an imaging optical system used when generating the image and recovering image quality degradation; and
an edge emphasis unit configured to perform edge emphasis processing by detecting an edge signal having a predetermined frequency component from the image subject to processing, adjusting intensity of the detected edge signal, and adding the edge signal after adjustment to the image subject to processing,
wherein the edge emphasis unit is further configured to:
make a degree of emphasis of the edge signal smaller in a case where the filter processing is performed than in a case where the filter processing is not performed, by making a rain adjustment value, to be applied to the edge signal corresponding to a pixel whose luminance value is equal to or less than a predetermined value, have a smaller value in a case where the filter processing is performed than in a case where the filter processing is not performed, and
make the degree of emphasis of the edge signal equal for both the case where the filter processing is performed and the case where the filter processing is not performed, by making the gain adjustment value, to be applied to the edge signal corresponding to a pixel whose luminance value is larger than the predetermined value, have an equal value for both the case where the filter processing is performed and the case where the filter processing is not performed,
wherein the recovery processing unit and the edge emphasis unit are implemented by the at least one processor executing at least one program recorded on the at least one non-transitory memory device.

US Pat. No. 10,231,683

BREAST IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A breast imaging apparatus, comprising a gantry which includes a generation unit configured to generate an x-ray radiation and a detection unit configured to detect the x-ray radiation generated by the generation unit, the generation unit and the detection unit being capable of rotating facing each other,wherein the gantry is provided with a front cover configured to protect a subject from the generation unit and the detection unit which rotate during CT imaging, and the front cover has an opening in which the breast of the subject is inserted and a breast holding portion configured to hold the breast of the subject inserted in the opening, and
wherein the front cover is detached from the gantry during mammographic imaging in which the breast of the subject is compressed between a compression plate and the detection unit and imaged with the x-ray radiation.

US Pat. No. 10,237,357

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:at least one processor; and
a communication interface,
wherein the at least one processor functions as:
a receiving unit configured to receive a signal from an external apparatus via the communication interface;
a transmitting unit configured to transmit a signal to the external apparatus via the communication interface;
an executing unit configured to establish a connection with the external apparatus and execute a predetermined function using the established connection; and
a control unit configured to cause the communication apparatus to operate as a peripheral apparatus or a central apparatus,
wherein, in a case where an error relating to the predetermined function occurs,
(1) the control unit causes the communication apparatus to function as the peripheral apparatus, and the transmitting unit transmits a second advertise signal for notifying about the error that has occurred, via the communication interface, to a second external apparatus that operates as the central apparatus, and
(2) the control unit, after the second advertise signal is transmitted, causes the communication apparatus to operate as the central apparatus instead of the peripheral apparatus, and the transmitting unit transmits a connection request to a first external apparatus that functions as the peripheral apparatus, in response to receipt of a first advertise signal by the receiving unit from the first external apparatus, to establish a connection with the first external apparatus and transmits a notification indicating that the error occurred.

US Pat. No. 10,233,274

CURABLE COMPOSITION AND PATTERNING METHOD USING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A curable composition, comprising: a polymerizable compound; and a polymerization initiator, wherein the polymerization initiator initiates polymerization to cure the polymerizable compound, and the curable composition further contains at least a compound having the following general formula (1) and a compound having the following general formula (2):
wherein X1 denotes a hydroxy group, l1 denotes an integer in the range of 0 to 7, m1 denotes 2, and n1 denotes an integer in the range of 1 to 16, and X2 denotes a hydroxy group, l2 denotes an integer in the range of 0 to 7, m2 denotes 1, and n2 denotes an integer in the range of 1 to 16,
wherein the weight percentage of the compound having the general formula (1) is higher than the weight percentage of the compound having the general formula (2), and
wherein the total concentration of the compound having the general formula (1) and the compound having the general formula (2) is equal to or more than 1.35 wt % wherein the curable composition has a surface tension of at least 26.1 mN/m.

US Pat. No. 10,233,047

PRINTING SYSTEM IMPROVED IN SHEET DISCHARGE PROCESSING, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing system, comprising:a printing apparatus including a printer configured to print an image on a sheet based on a print job;
a plurality of sheet stackers configured to receive a sheet from the printing apparatus, each of the plurality of sheet stackers having a sensor that detects a full load of sheets; and
processing circuitry configured to:
determine a sheet stacker as a sheet discharge destination, to which the sheet subjected to printing by the printer is to be discharged, from among the plurality of sheet stackers based on a setting set on the print job;
in a case where the sensor detects a full load of sheets of the sheet stacker determined as the sheet discharge destination, search for another sheet stacker which is available for sheet discharge;
in a case where the another sheet stacker which is available for sheet discharge is found by the search, change the sheet discharge destination to the another sheet stacker; and
after changing the sheet discharge destination from the first sheet stacker to the another sheet stacker, in a case where there is no sheet stacker which is available for sheet discharge when the sensor detects a full load of sheets of the another sheet stacker, acquire a discharge order of printed sheets that have been discharged to the sheet stackers and, based on the acquired discharge order, display on a display a message prompting a user to remove sheets from a sheet stacker having the earliest-discharged sheet among the sheet stackers on which the sheets subjected to printing based on the print job are stacked,
wherein the print job has a setting of first discharge destination information representing that the sheet discharge destination is to be determined automatically, or a setting of second discharge destination information representing any one of the plurality of sheet stackers, and
wherein in a case where the setting of the first discharge destination information is set in the print job, the processing circuitry allows the printer to continue the printing on sheets by changing the sheet discharge destination to the another sheet stacker, and in a case where the setting of the second discharge destination information is set in the print job, the processing circuitry stops the print job to be executed without changing the sheet discharge destination to another sheet stacker and causes the display to display a message prompting the user to remove sheets from the sheet stacker represented by the second discharge destination information.

US Pat. No. 10,235,612

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR CONVERTING DRAWING DATA OF A TRANSPARENT OBJECT THAT DOES NOT OVERLAP ANOTHER DRAWING OBJECT INTO DRAWING DATA OF A DRAWING OBJECT THAT DOES N

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:(A) a memory that stores a printer driver; and
(B) a processor that is connected to the memory and that executes the printer driver to perform the steps of:
(a) determining, in a case in which a drawing object making up page data of a print job is a transparent object having an alpha channel as color information, whether the transparent object overlaps another drawing object;
(b) converting, in a case in which it is determined that the transparent object does not overlap the other drawing object, drawing data of the transparent object into drawing data of a drawing object not having an alpha channel as color information, wherein, in a case in which it is determined that the transparent object overlaps the other drawing object, the drawing data of the transparent object is not converted into the drawing data of the drawing object not having the alpha channel as color information; and
(c) creating, based on the converted drawing data of the transparent object that does not overlap the other drawing object, and based on the drawing data of the transparent object that has not been converted in the converting step, Page Description Language (PDL) data to be output to an image forming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,235,109

PRINTING SYSTEM TO REDUCE PRINT ERROR IN PERFORMING OUTPUT PROCESSING BASED ON DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing system comprising:one or more processors; and
memory storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the printing system to perform operations including:
causing history data about a print job to be stored into storage,
determining an evaluation value regarding a print setting error of a user based on the history data about the print job that is stored in the storage, and determining whether to cause the user to perform confirmation processing at a time of the printing according to whether the determined evaluation value exceeds a predetermined threshold value,
prompting, in response to it being determined that the determined evaluation value exceeds the predetermined threshold value, to the user a prompt to perform the confirmation processing at the time of the printing, and
conditioning the printing based on a response, received from the user to the prompting, indicating that the user has performed the confirmation processing at the time of printing.

US Pat. No. 10,234,600

OPTICAL MEMBER, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING OPTICAL MEMBER, AND OPTICAL DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing an optical member, comprising:a step of applying a dispersion liquid containing particles and a dispersion medium on a substrate;
a step of applying, on the substrate, a solution containing a component to form a binder after the step of applying the dispersion liquid, and causing the solution to permeate a portion between the particles; and
a step of drying the layer to prepare an antireflection film, wherein
the solution contains a silane-alkoxy condensate having an average particle diameter of 8 nm or more and 60 nm or less, and the solution contains a solvent having solubility of water of 10% by weight or less in an amount of 70% by mass or more.

US Pat. No. 10,237,168

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for controlling a printing apparatus comprising:performing wireless connection processing, wherein a wireless connection in a first communication mode and a wireless connection in a second communication mode different from the first communication mode are capable of being concurrently maintained in the wireless connection processing, and the first communication mode and the second communication mode are in accordance with a predetermined wireless communication standard; conveying a sheet;
printing an object based on data received via a wireless connection established by the wireless connection processing on the conveyed sheet by discharging ink supplied from an ink tank; and
managing information related to a remaining amount of the ink tank,
wherein if the wireless connection processing is performed for connecting, in the second communication mode, the printing apparatus to a communication partner apparatus which operates as a role for assigning a channel to be used for a wireless connection, a wireless connection in the first communication mode is disconnected.

US Pat. No. 10,233,343

AQUEOUS INK, INK CARTRIDGE, AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An aqueous ink for use in an ink jet recording method in which an ink is ejected from a recording head by action of thermal energy to record an image on a recording medium, the aqueous ink comprising:(a) zirconium oxide;
(b) a pigment;
(c) a resin dispersant for dispersing the pigment;
(d) a first urethane resin; and
(e) a second urethane resin,
wherein a content (ppm) of the zirconium oxide in terms of zirconium is 0.5 ppm or more to 20.0 ppm or less based on the total mass of the ink,
wherein the pigment comprises at least one pigment selected from the group consisting of phthalocyanine pigments, quinacridone pigments, diketopyrrolopyrrole pigments, dioxazine pigments, perinone pigments, perylene pigments, and anthraquinone pigments,
wherein each of the first urethane resin and the second urethane resin has a unit derived from a polyether polyol,
wherein a ratio of a weight-average molecular weight Mw1 of the first urethane resin to a weight-average molecular weight Mw2 of the second urethane resin is 0.20 times or more to 0.80 times or less, and
wherein the second urethane resin has a weight-average molecular weight Mw2 of 20,000 or more to 70,000 or less.

US Pat. No. 10,234,650

LENS BARREL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A lens barrel comprising:a first optical element;
a first drive mechanism that moves said first optical element in an optical axis direction of an image pickup optical system;
a second optical element that is located at an image surface side of said first optical element and is selectively inserted in an optical path of the image pickup optical system;
a holding member that holds said second optical element;
a second drive mechanism that moves said holding member in a direction different from an optical axis; and
a control unit that controls said first drive mechanism and said second drive mechanism,
wherein, in a case where said second drive mechanism removes said second optical element from the optical path in the state that said first optical element and said holding member are in an overlap state when viewing in a direction that intersects perpendicularly with the optical axis, the control unit controls said first drive mechanism to move said first optical element to an object side to a position where said first optical element and said holding member are not in the overlap state, and then controls said second drive mechanism to remove said second optical element from the optical path.

US Pat. No. 10,237,469

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

20. An information processing method comprising:acquiring defocus values at positions in a captured image, acquiring a position specified as an object in the captured image, and determining, based on a difference between a defocus value at each of the positions and a defocus value at the specified position, an estimated area of the object specified in the captured image; and
determining an object area from the captured image based on an evaluation value calculated from each of a plurality of evaluation areas set for the specified position,
wherein an evaluation area contained in the estimated area is used.

US Pat. No. 10,229,808

TRANSMISSION-TYPE TARGET FOR X-RAY GENERATING SOURCE, AND X-RAY GENERATOR AND RADIOGRAPHY SYSTEM INCLUDING TRANSMISSION-TYPE TARGET

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A transmission-type target comprising:a target layer configured to generate X-rays in response to irradiation of electrons; and
a transmissive substrate supporting the target layer and configured to allow the X-rays generated in the target layer to pass therethrough,
wherein the transmissive substrate includes polycrystalline diamond in which grain boundaries extend in a substrate thickness direction and a substrate plane direction, and the grain boundaries define an electrical potential of the target layer.

US Pat. No. 10,229,623

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONVERSION INFORMATION GENERATION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image display apparatus, comprising:a display panel configured to display an image;
a backlight configured to emit light onto the display panel; and
at least one processor that operates as:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire an expansion parameter to expand a reproducible color gamut, which is a range of colors that the image display apparatus can reproduce, from a reference color gamut to an expanded color gamut;
a determination unit configured to acquire a plurality of pixel values corresponding to a plurality of color components of input image data, and to determine whether or not each of the plurality of color components is a color within the expanded color gamut, based on each of the acquired plurality of pixel values and the expansion parameter; and
a conversion unit configured to generate output image data by performing, on input image data, color conversion processing to convert a color outside the expanded color gamut into a color within the expanded color gamut based on the determination result by the determination unit, wherein
the backlight increases an emission brightness of the backlight based on the expansion parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,229,625

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid crystal drive apparatus configured to drive a liquid crystal element, the apparatus comprising:a memory configured to store instructions; and
a processor configured to execute the instructions to function as:
an image acquirer configured to acquire an input image; and
a driver configured to control, depending on the input image, application of a first voltage or a second voltage lower than the first voltage to each of multiple pixels of the liquid crystal element in respective multiple sub-frame periods included in one frame period to cause that pixel to form a tone,
wherein, when the sub-frame period where the first voltage is applied to the pixel is referred to as an ON period, the sub-frame period where the second voltage is applied to the pixel is referred to as an OFF period, and the sub-frame period that corresponds to the ON period and the OFF period respectively for a first pixel and a second pixel of two mutually adjacent pixels in the multiple pixels is referred to as an ON/OFF adjacent period, the driver is configured to provide, when causing the first and second pixels to form tones adjacent to each other, a plurality of the ON/OFF adjacent periods each being 0.8 ms or less separately from each other in the one frame period.

US Pat. No. 10,230,931

PROJECTION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A projection apparatus comprising:a projection unit configured to project a plurality of color component images based on an input image onto a projection surface;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain, concerning the plurality of color component images projected onto the projection surface, position information concerning a projection position of each of remaining color component images with reference to a projection position of one color component image; and
an image processing unit configured to perform image processing for at least one of the plurality of color component images based on the position information obtained by the obtaining unit.
US Pat. No. 10,228,630

TONER AND METHOD OF PRODUCING TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising:an external additive A having a number-average particle diameter (D1) of primary particles of 70 to 500 nm, and providing a charge control agent present on the surface thereof; and
a toner particle containing a binder resin and a colorant, wherein
external additive A has a wall friction angle ? calculated from formula (1) of not more than 25.0°
?=?/5.0  (1)
where ? represents a shear stress obtained when a flat circular disk is rotated (?/36) rad at (?/10) rad/min while the flat circular disk is inserted at a perpendicular load of 5.0 kPa into a powder layer of external additive A formed by applying a perpendicular load of 15.0 kPa, and
has a solidity of 0.40 to 0.90, where solidity=area of external additive A/convex area of external additive A.

US Pat. No. 10,229,945

SOLID STATE IMAGE PICKUP ELEMENT AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SOLID STATE IMAGE PICKUP ELEMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid state image pickup element comprising a MOS type transistor, which amplifies a signal based on electric charges generated in a photoelectric conversion unit of a pixel,wherein the MOS type transistor includes:
a source region of a first conductivity type;
a drain region of the first conductivity type provided in a region apart from the source region; and
a channel region of the first conductivity type provided between the source region and the drain region,
wherein the channel region includes:
a first region provided in a region closer to the source region than the drain region; and
a second region provided in a region closer to the drain region than the source region, and
wherein a net impurity concentration of a first conductivity type impurity in the first region is higher than a net impurity concentration of the first conductivity type impurity in the second region.

US Pat. No. 10,230,716

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND ENCRYPTION COMMUNICATING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

19. A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium which stores instructions for causing one or more processors of an information processing apparatus for performing encryption communication with an external apparatus in accordance with an encryption communication protocol to perform the functions of the following units:a receiving unit configured to receive, from the external apparatus, information including type of hash algorithm available in the external apparatus that is used to sign parameter information in a handshake process, before receiving from the external apparatus the parameter information signed with the hash algorithm in the external apparatus, wherein the parameter information is to be used for encrypted communication protocol between the information processing apparatus and the external apparatus; and
a control unit configured to control the information processing apparatus to perform encryption communication with the external apparatus, in accordance with the encrypted communication protocol by using the parameter information signed with the hash in the external apparatus, in a case where the received information including the type of the hash algorithm in the external apparatus is identified as a predetermined type of hash algorithm,
wherein the control unit is configured to control the information processing apparatus not to perform the encryption communication with the external apparatus, in accordance with the encrypted communication protocol by using the parameter information signed with the hash in the external apparatus, in a case where the received information including the type of the hash algorithm in the external apparatus is not identified as the predetermined type of hash algorithm.

US Pat. No. 10,229,948

SEMICONDUCTOR APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A semiconductor apparatus, comprising:a first semiconductor layer provided with a first transistor and a photoelectric conversion element;
a second semiconductor layer provided with a second transistor;
a first conductor layer arranged between the first semiconductor layer and the second semiconductor layer;
a second conductor layer arranged between the first semiconductor layer and the second semiconductor layer, a distance between the second semiconductor layer and the second conductor layer being smaller than a distance between the second semiconductor layer and the first conductor layer;
a first insulator layer arranged between the first semiconductor layer and the first conductor layer in a direction where the first semiconductor layer and the second semiconductor layer are stacked each other;
a second insulator layer arranged between the second conductor layer and the second semiconductor layer;
a third insulator layer arranged between the first conductor layer and the second conductor layer; and
a conductive member which has a part arranged in a hole which penetrates through the first semiconductor layer, the first insulator layer, and the third insulator layer, and electrically connects the first conductor layer and the second conductor layer to each other,
wherein the part of the conductive member comprises a region mainly containing a first conductive material, and a conductive layer mainly containing a second conductive material other than the first conductive material,
wherein the first conductor layer is included in a first wiring pattern, the first wiring pattern including a first barrier metal layer which is arranged between the first conductor layer and the first insulator layer,
wherein the second conductor layer is included in a second wiring pattern, the second wiring pattern including a second barrier metal layer,
wherein the conductive layer is arranged between the region and the first insulator layer, and is in direct contact with the first insulator layer,
wherein the conductive layer is in direct contact with the first conductor layer and the second conductor layer, and
wherein the conductive layer is continuously extending from the first conductor layer to the second conductor layer.

US Pat. No. 10,230,993

IMAGE DECODING DEVICE AND METHOD OF CHROMINANCE CORRECTION WITH LINEAR-INTERPOLATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image decoding device configured to decode coded data, which is generated by coding pixel values of a block being decoded from pixels in the neighbor of the block being decoded, the device comprising:a decoding unit configured to decode the coded data and reproduce a prediction errors;
a determining unit configured to determine whether or not correction processing is performed on a chrominance signal of decoded pixels in the neighbor of the block being decoded, the decoded pixels being reference pixels for intra prediction for the block being decoded, the correction processing including linear-interpolation processing using at least two of first, second, and third values, wherein the first value is a value of a pixel located in left of a bottom left end of the block being decoded, the second value is a value of a pixel located above left of a top left end of the block being decoded, the third value is a value of a pixel located above a top right end of the block being decoded, the first, second, and third values are not adjacent to each other, and the first, second, and third values are in the neighbor of the block being decoded;
a correction unit configured to perform the correction processing on the chrominance signal based on a result of the determination by the determining unit;
a predicting unit configured to predict, using the intra prediction, a chrominance signal of the block being decoded from the chrominance signal corrected by the correction unit using the correction processing or the chrominance signal of the decoded pixel in the neighbor without the correction processing; and
a reproducing unit configured to reproduce pixel values of the block being decoded using a result of the prediction for the chrominance signal predicted by the predicting unit and the prediction errors reproduced by the decoding unit.