US Pat. No. 10,281,264

THREE-DIMENSIONAL MEASUREMENT APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A three-dimensional measurement apparatus, comprising:a projector configured to project a pattern onto a measurement target object from one or more projection directions;
an image capturing device configured to obtain one or more captured images by capturing an image of the measurement target object from one or more view points;
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 three-dimensional measurement apparatus to:
obtain, from the one or more captured images, a position of the pattern projected onto the measurement target object;
calculate three-dimensional coordinates of a surface of the measurement target object based on the position of the pattern obtained from the one or more captured images and a position of a pattern estimated based on a parameter set that represents internal scattering of the measurement target object; and
adjust each parameter included in the parameter set such that a difference between the position obtained from the one or more captured images and the position obtained based on the parameter set falls within a predetermined threshold range with respect to either one or both of: two or more view points, and two or more projection directions.

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. 10,279,479

ROBOT CALIBRATING APPARATUS AND ROBOT CALIBRATING METHOD, AND ROBOT APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING ROBOT APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A controlling apparatus for a robot system including a robot body and a camera which is positioned relative to the robot body, the robot body including a plurality of joints and supporting a hand, the controlling apparatus comprising a processing apparatus including a processor configured to execute:a process of acquiring a plurality of measurement values of a reference object for calibration of the robot system, by the camera taking images of a plurality of markers included in the reference object for calibration of the robot system while controlling the robot body to move through a plurality of positions and orientations based on a plurality of command values for calibration of the robot system;
a process of acquiring a first calibration value representing a relationship between a camera coordinate system and a hand tip coordinate system, and a second calibration value representing a relationship between a coordinate system of a base end part of the robot body and a coordinate system of the reference object for calibration of the robot system from the plurality of command values for calibration of the robot system and the plurality of measurement values of the reference object for calibration of the robot system; and
a process of acquiring a calibrating function that represents a relationship between a command value for the robot body and a prediction value of an actual position and orientation of the robot body, based on a difference between a plurality of positions and orientations of the robot body based on the plurality of command values for calibration of the robot system and the prediction value of the actual position and orientation of the robot body calculated using the plurality of measurement values, the first calibration value and the second calibration value.

US Pat. No. 10,284,871

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR ENCODING A SEQUENCE OF IMAGES AND METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DECODING A SEQUENCE OF IMAGES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. method of deriving motion information predictor candidates for at least one motion information predictor for encoding an image portion of an image by motion prediction with respect to at least one reference image portion, a motion information predictor candidate being capable of including a motion vector associated with a first index and a motion vector associated with a second index, the method comprises for at least one image portion to be encoded:providing for processing, one or more temporal motion information predictor candidates, and one or more spatial motion information predictor candidates;
performing first processing on the one or more temporal motion information predictor candidates but not on the one or more spatial motion information predictor candidates;
performing second processing on the one or more spatial motion information predictor candidates but not on any temporal motion information predictor candidates for said image portion;
obtaining, based on motion information predictor candidates resulting from the first processing and the second processing, a set of motion information predictor candidates for the at least one motion information predictor; and
generating one or more additional motion information predictor candidates by combining motion vectors from first and second motion information predictor candidates included in the set of motion information predictor candidates, the motion vector from the first motion information predictor candidate being associated with the first index and the motion vector from the second motion information predictor candidate being associated with the second index; and
including the generated one or more additional motion information predictor candidates in the set of motion information predictor candidates,
wherein the second processing comprises excluding a duplicate spatial motion information predictor candidate from the one or more spatial motion information predictor candidates, in the case where the one or more spatial motion information predictor candidates includes a duplicate spatial motion information predictor candidate, and
wherein the first processing comprises scaling the one or more temporal motion information predictor candidate based on a distance between the image of the image portion to be encoded and the image of the reference image portion.

US Pat. No. 10,282,828

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS TO CONVERT GRADATION VALUES OF AN INPUT IMAGE, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
memory storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the image processing apparatus to function as:
a processing unit configured to enhance a predetermined area of an input image,
a setting unit configured to set a gradation threshold based on whether the processing unit enhances the predetermined area of the input image, and
a conversion unit configured to convert a gradation value greater than the gradation threshold in the input image into a predetermined gradation value, and convert a gradation value equal to or less than the gradation threshold in the input image into a gradation value equal to or less than the predetermined gradation value,
wherein, in a case where the processing unit does not enhance the predetermined area of the input image, the setting unit sets the gradation threshold to a first value based on an output range, and
wherein, in a case where the processing unit enhances the predetermined area of the input image and a gradation value of a surrounding area of the predetermined area of the input image is greater than the first value, the setting unit sets the gradation threshold to a second value being more than the first value.

US Pat. No. 10,274,889

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS HAVING A BLOCKING MEMBER THAT PERMITS MOUNTING OF A HEATER UNIT AND PREVENTS MOUNTING OF THE HEATER UNIT BASED ON A STATE OF A CONNECTOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:a first rotatable member;
a second rotatable member cooperative with said first rotatable member to form a nip configured to heat a toner image on a recording material;
a first supporting plate provided with a first groove portion rotatably supporting said second rotatable member at a first end portion side with respect to a longitudinal direction of said second rotatable member;
a second supporting plate provided with a second groove portion rotatably supporting said second rotatable member at a second end portion side with respect to the longitudinal direction, the second end portion side being opposite to the first end side portion;
a heater unit including said second rotatable member, a heater configured to heat said second rotatable member, a connector mounted to said heater by movement relative to said heater in a first direction, a stopper portion configured to stop the relative movement of said connector relative to said heater in the first direction, said heater unit being mounted on said first supporting plate and said second supporting plate in a state that said heater unit is mounted to said heater, wherein said heater includes a heat generating element capable of generating heat by electrical power supply thereto, a first electrode portion provided on a substrate at the first end portion side and configured to supply the electrical power to said heat generating element, and a second electrode portion of a polarity different from that of said first electrode portion, wherein said connector includes a metal terminal cooperative with said first electrode portion to constitute an electrical connection point for the electrical power supply to said heat generating element, by sandwiching the substrate, wherein said stopper portion is configured to stop the relative movement between a connector in the first direction at a first position, at which the electrical connection point is constituted by said metal terminal and said first electrode portion, said first electrode portion extends over a predetermined distance from said electrical connection point constituted by said metal contact and said first electrode portion at the time when said connector is in the first position, in a second direction that is opposed to the first direction, and said metal contact becomes out of electrical contact with said first electrode portion in a state that said metal contact sandwiches the substrate at the second position, when said connector is moved from the first position in the second direction relative to said heater in a state of said metal terminal sandwiching the substrate; and
a blocking portion fixed on said first supporting plate, wherein said blocking portion permits said heater unit to be mounted to said first supporting plate and said second supporting plate in a state that said connector is in the first position relative to said heater, and said blocking portion prevents said heater unit from being mounted to said first supporting plate and said second supporting plate in a state that said connector is in the second position relative to said heater.

US Pat. No. 10,271,813

RADIOGRAPHY SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiography system for executing long-length imaging using a plurality of radiation imaging apparatuses, the radiography system comprising:a processor coupled to a storage medium storing a program that when executed causes the processor to function as,
an acquisition unit configured to acquire state information for each of the plurality of radiation imaging apparatuses; and
a state control unit configured to control a change of state of at least one of the plurality of radiation imaging apparatuses to a same state as that of another radiation imaging apparatus from among the plurality of radiation imaging apparatuses based on the state information acquired by the acquisition unit in the case that the at least one of the plurality of radiation imaging apparatuses is in a state where the power consumption is higher than that of the another radiation imaging apparatus having a different state,
wherein the state information includes information indicating whether or not each radiation imaging apparatus is in an imaging state, and
wherein the state control unit changes the state of each of the plurality of radiation imaging apparatuses into the imaging state based on the state information acquired by the acquisition unit in the case that at least one radiation imaging apparatus from among the plurality of radiation imaging apparatuses is in the imaging state.

US Pat. No. 10,273,097

SHEET SUPPORTING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet supporting apparatus comprising:a storage portion configured to store a sheet;
a width regulating portion supported movably in a width direction orthogonal to a sheet conveyance direction on the storage portion, and configured to regulate a position of an end portion in the width direction of the sheet stored in the storage portion;
a sheet supporting portion supported liftably between a standby position and a lifted position on the storage portion and configured to support the sheet, the sheet supporting portion comprising a supporting surface defining a non-interference region in which the width regulating portion can move in the width direction without interference with the sheet supporting portion;
a lifting portion arranged below the sheet supporting portion, and configured to lift the sheet supporting portion toward the lifted position by pressing the sheet supporting portion from below; and
a projected portion provided on the lifting portion, and configured to project upward toward the non-interference region,
wherein the projected portion is formed as a separate member from the lifting portion, and arranged on an upper surface of the lifting portion.

US Pat. No. 10,271,814

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A control apparatus comprising:a changing unit configured to change a sequence of a plurality of imaging examination information, based on a user operation, displayed based on an imaging sequence on an imaging control screen; and
a control unit configured to control an X-ray detector and an X-ray generation unit which are associated with imaging examination information as an imaging target based on the sequence changed by the changing unit, wherein in an imaging enabled state the control unit
controls the X-ray detector and the X-ray generation unit, that are associated with the imaging examination information as the imaging target which is set at a leading position in the sequence by the change of the sequence made by the changing unit, and
causes a display unit to display the X-ray detector by receiving signals indicating the X-ray detector from the X-ray detector.

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. 10,274,893

STRUCTURE OF IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A frame of an image forming apparatus, said frame comprising:a bottom plate provided at a bottom of said frame;
a first recessed portion provided on said bottom plate and extending from an inside to an outside of said bottom plate in a planar direction of said bottom plate;
a second recessed portion provided on said bottom plate so as to be recessed in the same direction as a recess direction of said first recessed portion and extending from the inside to the outside of said bottom plate in the planar direction of said bottom plate, said second recessed portion connecting with said first recessed portion in the inside in the planar direction;
a third recessed portion provided on said bottom plate so as to be recessed in the same direction as the recess directions of said first recessed portion and said second recessed portion and extending from the inside to the outside of said bottom plate in the planar direction of said bottom plate, said third recessed portion connecting with said first recessed portion and said second recessed portion in the inside in the planar direction; and
a reinforcing member configured to reinforce said bottom plate,
wherein said reinforcing member is fixed to a first region sandwiched between said first recessed portion and said second recessed portion, a second region sandwiched between said second recessed portion and said third recessed portion, and a third region sandwiched between said third recessed portion and said first recessed portion, so as to cover a connecting region where said first recessed portion, said second recessed portion, and said third recessed portion connect with each other, and
wherein an area of said reinforcing member is smaller than an area of said bottom plate.

US Pat. No. 10,275,150

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:an accepting unit configured to accept a predetermined operation from a user;
a switching unit configured to switch between a first screen on which a display item is displayed in a first layout, and a second screen which includes at least one display item displayed with a first size on the first screen and on which the display item is displayed with a second size different from the first size and the display item is displayed in a second layout; and
a display control unit configured to perform control such that, during the predetermined operation for switching from the first screen to the second screen by the switching unit, the first screen and the second screen are displayed while being superimposed without continuously changing the size of the display item in accordance with the predetermined operation, and upon completion of the predetermined operation, the second screen is displayed without the first screen and the second screen being superimposed.

US Pat. No. 10,274,895

SHIELD CASE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:an image-forming unit configured to form an image;
a circuit board on which an electronic component is mounted;
a storage medium configured to store information;
a signal wire configured to connect the circuit board and the storage medium for sending a signal;
an electro conductive box portion including,
a first accommodate portion configured to form a space to accommodate the circuit board;
a second accommodate portion that is provided to overlap with the first accommodate portion in a thickness direction of the circuit board, configured to form a space to accommodate the storage medium;
a partitioning portion configured to separate the space to accommodate the circuit board and the space to accommodate the storage medium, form the space to accommodate the circuit board together with the first accommodate portion and form the space to accommodate the storage medium together with the second accommodate portion;
a first vent hole portion provided in the first accommodate portion and disposed over the storage medium, the first vent hole being in communication with external air;
a second vent hole portion provided in the second accommodate portion for communicating with the external air at a portion under the storage medium; and
a third vent hole portion provided, over the partitioning portion, between the first vent hole portion and the second vent hole portion and upper to the storage medium, configured to communicate the space to accommodate the circuit board with the space to accommodate the storage medium, and insert the signal wire.

US Pat. No. 10,275,682

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising a processor that functions as:an input unit configured to input an image including a plurality of objects;
a setting unit configured to set a plurality of local areas in the image;
a position and orientation estimation unit configured to estimate, for each of the plurality of local areas, a position and an orientation of an object, a part of which is included in each of the plurality of local areas;
a detection unit configured to detect a position and an orientation of the object by integrating respective positions and orientations estimated for the plurality of local areas; and
an area determination unit configured to determine whether each of local areas in the object has been occluded by another object, by comparing the detected orientation of the object with each of the estimated orientations with respect to the local areas in the object,
wherein the area determination unit obtains a likelihood for each of the local areas corresponding to the object, based on the orientation of the object estimated for each of the local areas corresponding to the detected orientation of the object, and determines each area based on the obtained likelihoods.

US Pat. No. 10,275,694

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM HAVING BINDING UNIT CAPABLE OF PERFORMING BINDING, AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE BINDING UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for controlling a binding process, comprising:receiving print data including a binding command;
determining whether the binding command is in a first predetermined format where a bind type is to be specified or in a second predetermined format where a bind type is not to be specified wherein the binding type is specified by either staple binding or staple-less binding;
based on the binding command determined to be in the first predetermined format, binding, by one of binding methods which corresponds to the specified bind type, printed sheets which are based on the received print data; and
based on the binding command determined to be in the second predetermined format without a bind type, binding, by a staple binding, printed sheets based on the received print data
wherein the staple binding is to be performed regardless of a number of printed sheets on the basis of reception of the second print data in the second predetermined format and wherein the binding command in the second predetermined format causes staple binding in a finisher of a printer which does not support staple-less binding.

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. 10,275,191

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS INCLUDING NONVOLATILE STORAGE DEVICE, AND CONTROL METHOD FOR SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a volatile memory;
a hard disk drive including an auxiliary storage area defined therein to save data saved from the memory; and
a controller including the memory storing instructions and a processor which executes the instructions, the controller being configured to: reduce a frequency of access to the hard disc drive to save the data from the memory to the auxiliary storage area in a second power state more than a frequency of access to the hard disc drive to save the data from the memory to the auxiliary storage area in a first power state so that a duty ratio of the hard disc drive is 20% or less when the information processing apparatus shifts from the first power state to the second power state in which power consumption is lower than in the first power state.

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. 10,275,196

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT RECEIVES BIBLIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION INCLUDING IDENTIFICATION INFORMATION OF PRINT DATA TRANSMITTED TO OTHER IMAGE FORMING APPARATUSES AND OBTAINS USER INFORMATION ASSOCIATED WITH THE PRINT DATA, AND RELATED DISPLAY METHOD AND N

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that can communicate with a plurality of other image forming apparatuses and that includes a display unit configured to display a display screen for a user, a storage unit configured to store data, and an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet, the image forming apparatus comprising:(A) at least one memory that stores instructions; and
(B) at least one processor coupled to the at least one memory and configured to execute the instructions to function as:
(a) a reception unit configured to receive, from each of the plurality of other image forming apparatuses, bibliographic information including identification information of print data transmitted to each of the plurality of other image forming apparatuses;
(b) a first obtainment unit configured to obtain user information associated with the print data stored in the plurality of other image forming apparatuses, the user information being obtained based on the bibliographic information received by the reception unit;
(c) a second obtainment unit configured to obtain user information associated with print data stored in the storage unit;
(d) a first display unit configured to display, on the display unit, a first screen that includes an icon of a user associated with the print data stored in at least one of the plurality of other image forming apparatuses and an icon of a user associated with the print data stored in the storage unit;
(e) a second display unit configured to display, on the display unit, a second screen that includes identification information of print data associated with a user whose corresponding icon has been selected on the first screen; and
(f) an execution unit configured to cause the image forming unit to execute image formation based on the print data whose corresponding identification information has been selected on the second screen.

US Pat. No. 10,277,764

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power supply apparatus comprising:a transformer having a primary winding and a secondary winding;
a switching element connected on a primary side of the transformer to switch a current flowing in the primary winding of the transformer, wherein the power supply apparatus is operable in a first state of outputting a predetermined voltage from the secondary winding, and a second state of outputting a voltage lower than the predetermined voltage;
a detecting unit that has a first detecting circuit connected in series to the switching element, and a second detecting circuit and a third detecting circuit each of which are connected to the first detecting circuit in parallel with each other, detects a current flowing into the primary winding, and outputs a voltage corresponding to the current; and
a control unit that controls a switching operation of the switching element, in accordance with the voltage which is output by the detecting unit,
wherein an output voltage which the detecting unit outputs to the control unit includes a first output voltage at which the control unit stops the switching operation of the switching element at a time of the second state, a second output voltage at which the control unit stops the switching operation of the switching element at a time of the first state, a third output voltage at which the second detecting circuit is brought into a conducting state, and a fourth output voltage at which the third detecting circuit is brought into a conducting state, and satisfies a relationship of:
the first output voltage

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. 10,277,772

FILE GENERATION APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING FILE GENERATION APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control method of controlling a data transmission apparatus including a plurality of interfaces used to transmit as a transmission job data to outside by one of a plurality of communication protocols and a storage storing execution histories of a plurality of transmission jobs including one or more facsimile transmission jobs, the method comprising:displaying a first screen for receiving a specifying of a first destination and settings of a first condition, wherein the first screen is related to a facsimile transmission;
generating a first file including execution histories related to only the facsimile transmission stored in the storage according to the first condition;
setting a first name that includes both time information and a predetermined character as a filename of the first file;
transmitting, to the specified first destination, the first file in which the first name has been set;
displaying a second screen for receiving a specifying of a second destination and settings of a second condition, wherein the second screen is different from the first screen;
generating a second file including execution histories of transmission jobs in the storage according to the second condition, wherein the second file includes an execution history of a facsimile transmission job;
setting a second name that includes time information and does not include the predetermined character as a filename of the second file; and
transmitting, to the specified second destination, the second file in which the second name has been set,
wherein a specifying of a filename for each of the first file and the second file is not received via the displayed first screen and the displayed second screen.

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. 10,277,777

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus which uses a storage for storing print data associated with user information, the information processing apparatus comprising:a controller having a processor which executes instructions stored in a memory, the controller being configured to:
cause a screen having a plurality of objects to be displayed on a display, each of the objects being associated with unique individual user information;
perform, in a case where one of the objects is selected while the screen is displayed, a log in processing for a user whose user information is associated with the selected one of the objects;
perform, in a case where identification information is acquired from a reader, an authentication processing for a user whose user information is associated with the identification information acquired from the reader, wherein the reader reads identification information corresponding to user information from a mobile recording medium; and
perform, in a case where an authentication processing for the user whose user information is associated with the identification information acquired from the reader succeeds, a log in processing for a user whose authentication has succeeded;
wherein the authentication processing based on the identification information acquired from the reader is allowed to be performed in a state that the screen having the plurality of objects is displayed on the display, without selecting one of the objects.

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. 10,276,249

STORAGE CONTROL DEVICE, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A storage control device comprising:a nonvolatile storage that has a plurality of areas;
a setting unit configured to set a Multi Level Cell (MLC) mode or a Single Level Cell (SLC) mode for each of the plurality of areas; and
a control unit configured to perform data refreshing on a predetermined area;
wherein, in a predetermined period, number of times of data refreshing performed on an area for which the MLC mode is set is larger than number of times of data refreshing performed on an area for which the SLC mode is set.

US Pat. No. 10,277,794

CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus comprising:circuitry configured to:
acquire an image of a partial region which is a portion of an image captured by an imaging unit; and
restrict an operation of a driving unit for changing an imaging range of the imaging unit during a time in which the image of the partial region is acquired,
wherein, upon completion of acquisition of the image of the partial region, the circuitry ends the restriction of the operation of the driving unit.

US Pat. No. 10,277,795

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS FOR TAKING STATIC IMAGE, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:an age sensor configured to obtain a plurality of images;
at bast one memory configured to store instructions; and
at least one processor connected to the at least one memory and configured to execute the instructions to:
detect a plurality of objects from the plurality of images;
compute a distance between each of the plurality of objects and the image pickup apparatus as an object distance;
set a focus range according to the object distance of each object of the plurality of objects;
calculate a focus interval of in-focus positions for each set focus range; and
decide in-focus positions at which each of the plurality of objects is focused for focus bracket photography according to the object distance and calculated focus intervals,
wherein the in-focus positions are decided to be set at positions where the any one of the plurality of objects exist, and not to be set at positions where no object exists, and the focus interval of the in-focus positions for a first object of the plurality of objects is coarser than the focus interval of the in-focus positions for a second object of the plurality of objects, when an object distance of the first object is longer than an object distance of the second object.

US Pat. No. 10,272,673

PRINTING APPARATUS THAT CONTROLS A SEQUENCE OF A PRINT UNIT BASED ON A PREDICTED ELECTRICAL ENERGY AMOUNT NECESSARY TO EXECUTE THE SEQUENCE, AND RELATED CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus for printing an image on a print medium, the printing apparatus comprising:an electrical storage configured to be charged by power input from an external power supply;
a print unit configured to sequentially execute, by discharging the power charged in the electrical storage, a plurality of sequences in an operation sequence for printing on the print medium;
a charge unit configured to charge the power in the electrical storage from a period beginning when execution of one sequence, among the plurality of sequences, by the print unit ends, until a next sequence, among the plurality of sequences, starts;
a prediction unit configured to predict an electrical energy amount necessary to execute the next sequence; and
a control unit configured to control the print unit to execute the next sequence in a case in which an electrical storage amount of the electrical storage becomes greater than a threshold based on the electrical energy necessary to execute the next sequence, as has been predicted by the prediction unit, by charging of the electrical storage by the charge unit.

US Pat. No. 10,274,723

VARIABLE SHAPE MIRROR, OPHTHALMOLOGICAL APPARATUS, ADAPTIVE OPTICAL SYSTEM AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING VARIABLE SHAPE MIRROR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A variable shape mirror, comprising:a mirror base including a reflective surface; and
an actuator including a connecting portion to be connected to the mirror base, and a plurality of actuators including a first actuator and a second actuator,
each of the plurality of actuators being connected to the mirror base via the connecting portion,
the first actuator including a first electrode pair of a comb electrode structure, which includes a movable comb electrode and a fixed comb electrode, for displacing the connecting portion in a first direction perpendicular to the reflective surface,
the second actuator including a second electrode pair of a comb electrode structure, which includes a movable comb electrode and a fixed comb electrode, for displacing the connecting portion in a second direction opposite to the first direction, the second electrode pair being separately formed from the first electrode pair,
wherein each of the first actuator and the second actuator comprises:
a movable portion leading to the connecting portion;
the respective movable comb electrode, extending from the movable portion in a direction along the reflective surface of the mirror base;
the respective fixed comb electrode, engaged with the movable comb electrode with a gap therebetween;
a support portion for supporting the fixed comb electrode; and
an elastic member connected to the support portion and the movable portion,
wherein the movable portion of the first actuator and the movable portion of the second actuator are a same common movable portion,
wherein in the first electrode pair, the movable comb electrode is a first movable comb electrode formed on the common movable portion, and the fixed comb electrode is a first fixed comb electrode engaged with the first movable comb electrode, and
wherein in the second electrode pair, the movable comb electrode is a second movable comb electrode formed on the common movable portion, and the fixed comb electrode is a second fixed comb electrode engaged with the second movable comb electrode.

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. 10,277,799

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus, comprising:an image sensor configured to capture an object image that was formed by an imaging lens;
a memory configured to store an AF correction value that was set by a setting unit, and
at least one processor or circuit programmed to function as:
a first focus detection unit configured to perform focus detection based on a pair of image signals generated by the image sensor;
a second focus detection unit configured to image the object image on a focus detection element as a pair of images by a second imaging optical system, and perform focus detection based on a pair of image signals generated by the focus detection element;
the setting unit configured to set an AF correction value used in correction of a focus detection result by the second focus detection unit; and
a determining unit configured to determine accuracy of the AF correction value that has been stored in the memory, based on a focus detection result by the first focus detection unit, a focus detection result by the second focus detection unit and the AF correction value that has been stored in the memory.

US Pat. No. 10,277,544

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS WHICH COOPERATE WITH OTHER APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that is configured to transmit transmission target data to another information processing apparatus associated with a transmission destination, the information processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
memory storing executable instructions, which when executed by the one or more processors, cause the information processing apparatus to:
display, on a display screen, a display area in which thumbnail images are arranged together with an image captured by an imaging unit, wherein the image captured by the imaging unit is a live view image;
detect subjects corresponding to candidates for the transmission destination from subjects included in the captured image;
receive an operation for moving a thumbnail image of the thumbnail images from the display area to a position on the captured image on the display screen;
prioritize detection of an area including a subject designated as a transmission destination candidate based on moving speed information obtained during the operation for moving the thumbnail image;
identify image data represented by the thumbnail image which has been moved according to the operation as the transmission target data and identify the transmission destination to which the identified transmission target data is transmitted, based on the position on the captured image to which the thumbnail image has been moved and positions of the subjects corresponding to candidates for the transmission destinations on the captured image; and
transmit the transmission target data corresponding to the thumbnail image to the information processing apparatus associated with the identified transmission destination.

US Pat. No. 10,277,800

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS WITH FOCUS DETECTION TECHNIQUE, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:an image pickup device configured to comprise a plurality of pupil-dividing pixels arranged in rows and columns in a two-dimensional form;
a readout unit configured to read out a first image signal from one pixel of each of the pupil-dividing pixel, read out a second image signal from the other pixel, and read out a third image signal obtained by adding the first image signal and the second image signal by the image pickup device;
a switching unit configured to alternately switch, on a row-by-row basis, an order in which the first image signal and the second image signal are read out by the readout unit;
a subtraction unit configured to subtract each of the first image signal and the second image signal from the third image signal to obtain a first separated image signal and a second separated image signal, respectively, separated from the third image signal; and
a summation unit configured to add the first image signal read out by the readout unit and the first separated image signal obtained by the subtraction unit together in the column direction and add the second image signal read out by the readout unit and the second separated image signal obtained by the subtraction unit together in the column direction.

US Pat. No. 10,277,808

IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,277,809

IMAGING DEVICE AND IMAGING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging device comprising:an imaging element configured to capture a captured image formed by an imaging optical system; and
at least one processor and a memory holding a program which makes the at least one processor function as units comprising:
(1) a subject detecting unit configured to detect a subject image from the captured image captured by the imaging element;
(2) a motion vector detecting unit configured to acquire a motion vector of the subject image detected by the subject detecting unit, by comparing image signals in different frames acquired by the imaging element;
(3) a calculating unit configured to acquire a comparison result, by comparing a position of the subject image detected by the subject detecting unit with a target position;
(4) an acquisition unit configured to acquire, from the captured image, an image in a predetermined imaging range of the captured image, the predetermined imaging range corresponding to a region of the captured image that contains the subject image; and
(5) a control unit configured to control at least one of (a) a position of an optical element constituting the imaging optical system, (b) a position of the imaging element, and (c) a position of the predetermined imaging range of the captured image, the control being performed to move the subject image, on the basis of a total moving amount,
wherein the total moving amount is based on (a) a first moving amount that is based on the motion vector, (b) a second moving amount that is based on the comparison result, and (c) a third moving amount corresponding to a high-frequency component of the comparison result, and
wherein the second moving amount includes a frequency component of the comparison result lower than the high-frequency component of the comparison result included in the third moving amount.

US Pat. No. 10,277,810

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT DIVIDES AND PROCESSES AN IMAGE SIGNAL, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a first processing circuit which carries out image processing on a first image signal obtained from image signals forming a single image;
a second processing circuit which carries out the image processing on a second image signal obtained from the image signals forming the image; and
a control circuit which controls communication of image signals between the first processing circuit and the second processing circuit in accordance with progress of the image processing carried out by the first processing circuit and the second processing circuit,
wherein the first image signal and the second image signal are image signals obtained by dividing the image into regions such that the regions of the image do not overlap,
wherein the image processing includes first image processing and second image processing carried out in order,
wherein the control circuit controls the communication such that an image signal of a region of the image additionally required when the first processing circuit performs the second image processing is transferred from an image signal resulting from the second processing circuit carrying out the first image processing,
wherein the image signal of the region of the image additionally required is an image signal of a region within a predetermined range from a boundary along which the image has been divided into regions, not included in the image signal on which the first processing circuit carries out the image processing, and
wherein the control circuit determines, with respect to the image signal of the region of the image additionally required, whether a data amount of an image signal obtained for each region, among regions in frames necessary for carrying out the image processing, that passes the boundary is less than a data amount of an image signal obtained in a predetermined number of lines from the boundary.

US Pat. No. 10,272,688

INK TANK AND INK JET PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink tank comprising:a first chamber configured to contain ink, the first chamber having a supply port for supplying ink to a printing head that ejects ink and a first opening on a first side surface of the ink tank;
an injection port provided in the first chamber and configured to inject ink into an interior of the first chamber;
a tank cap configured to cover the injection port and to be opened to inject ink into the injection port;
a second chamber configured to contain air, the second chamber having an external air introduction port capable of introducing external air and a second opening on a second side surface of the ink tank, the second side surface being different from the first side surface;
a partition wall configured to separate the first chamber and the second chamber;
a communication path provided in the partition wall and configured to communicate the first chamber with the second chamber;
a first cover member configured to cover the first opening and not cover the second opening and configured as a sidewall of the first chamber; and
a second cover member configured to cover the second opening and not cover the first opening and configured as a sidewall of the second chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,277,815

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus to which a battery can be detachably attached, the communication apparatus comprising:a power switch configured to set the communication apparatus to an on state or an off state;
a microcomputer configured to control power supply to portions of the communication apparatus from the battery;
a non-volatile memory configured to store firmware; and
a first wireless communication processor that includes a memory different from the non-volatile memory and configured to hold the firmware, and the first wireless communication processor being configured to communicate with an external apparatus by executing the firmware held in the memory;
wherein the microcomputer is configured to provide transfer processing to transfer the firmware stored in the non-volatile memory to the first wireless communication processor for holding in the memory,
wherein the microcomputer supplies power to the first wireless communication processor even in a case where the communication apparatus is set to the off state, and
wherein, in a case where the battery is detached and the power supply is stopped, the memory deletes the firmware that the memory holds, and in a case where the battery is then attached and the power supply is started, the transfer processing receives the power supply from the battery by the microcomputer and transfers the firmware to the memory even in a case where the communication apparatus is set to the off state by the power switch.

US Pat. No. 10,274,744

BIREFRINGENT FILTER UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A birefringent filter unit that allows selection of a wavelength for light passing through an optical path, the birefringent filter unit comprising:a planar birefringent plate arranged such that light traveling on the optical path enters the birefringent plate at an approximate Brewster's angle;
a first reflecting member arranged substantially parallel to the birefringent plate to reflect the light having passed through the birefringent plate, such as to allow the light to enter the birefringent plate at the approximate Brewster's angle; and
a second reflecting member arranged opposite to the first reflecting member across the birefringent plate and substantially parallel to the birefringent plate to reflect the light having passed through the birefringent plate after being reflected by the first reflecting member, such as to allow the light to enter the birefringent plate at the approximate Brewster's angle.

US Pat. No. 10,277,818

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING INFRARED LIGHT REDUCTION SECTION, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus including an image pickup device that has an optical image formed thereon through a photographic optical system, and outputs an image signal corresponding to the optical image, comprising:an infrared light reduction unit configured to be inserted into an optical path between the photographic optical system and the image pickup device so as to reduce an amount of infrared light contained in the optical image reaching the image pickup device;
a detection unit configured to detect a luminance of an object according to the image signal to thereby obtain a luminance detection result;
an illuminating unit configured to illuminate the object with infrared light;
a correction unit configured to correct a threshold value for use in determining insertion or removal of said infrared light reduction unit into or from the optical path; and
a control unit configured to compare the luminance detection result and a corrected threshold value, and determine insertion of said infrared light reduction unit into the optical path according to the comparison result,
wherein the correction unit corrects the threshold value based on (1) a difference between (a) a luminance of the object detected depending on a first image signal obtained using the image pickup device without the infrared light illuminated on the object and (b) a luminance of the object detected depending on a second image signal obtained using the image pickup device with the infrared light illuminated on the object, and (2) a comparison result between a light emission intensity of the infrared light when the second image signal is obtained and a light emission intensity of current infrared light.

US Pat. No. 10,277,822

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS WITH IMAGE STABILIZING FUNCTION, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus that corrects for image blurring of a subject image formed on an image pickup device by moving an optical device, which is configured to correct for image blurring, in a direction different from a direction of an optical axis, comprising:at least one processor that executes computer instructions or a circuit that operates as:
a focusing control unit configured to provide focusing control by using AF evaluation values at respective positions of a focus lens, which moves in the direction of the optical axis, at predetermined intervals; and
a correction unit configured to, during the focusing control, correct position information about positions of the focus lens obtained when the AF evaluation values were obtained according: to positions of the optical device in direction perpendicular to the optical axis, which were detected by a position detecting unit, such that a relationship between the obtained AF evaluation and the obtained position information varies.

US Pat. No. 10,277,570

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:a hardware processor; and
a memory for storing instructions to be executed by the hardware processor,
wherein, when the instructions stored in the memory are executed by the hardware processor, the image pickup apparatus functions as:
a communication unit that performs communication with an external apparatus through a network;
a user authentication unit that performs user authentication in the communication with the external apparatus;
a holding unit that holds configuration information including an account configuration to be used for the user authentication unit;
an updating unit that updates the configuration information held in the holding unit based on a backup file including the account configuration for an administrative user, in response to a control command from the external apparatus; and
a mode control unit that performs control of transition of a state of the image pickup apparatus between a factory default state and an operational state,
wherein the factory default state is a state where controlling the image pickup apparatus by the external apparatus is not restricted based on a result of the user authentication,
wherein the operational state is a state where controlling the image pickup apparatus by the external apparatus is restricted based on the result of the user authentication,
wherein the operational state is a state which is changed from the factory default state by the mode control unit after the holding unit held the account configuration for the administrative user in accordance with operation by a user,
wherein, in a case where the image pickup apparatus is in the factory default state, the updating unit does not update, based on the backup file, the account configuration for the administrative user included in the configuration information held in the holding unit, in response to the control command from the external apparatus, and
wherein, in a case where the image pickup apparatus is in the operational state, the updating unit updates, based on the backup file, the account configuration for the administrative user included in the configuration information held in the holding unit, in response to the control command from the external apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,277,826

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:at least one processor for executing a program stored in at least one memory to perform functions of:
a first acquiring unit configured to acquire RAW image data;
a second acquiring unit configured to acquire first brightness information related to first brightness, which is display brightness of a display unit to be used for displaying an image based on the RAW image data;
a setting unit configured to set a development parameter to be used for development processing, based on the first brightness information acquired by the second acquiring unit; and
a developing unit configured to perform the development processing using the development parameter set by the setting unit, on the RAW image data acquired by the first acquiring unit.

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. 10,275,014

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS HAVING ELECTRIC-POWER SAVING MODE, CONTROL METHOD OF THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus having an image processor, configured to detect the image processor when a transition is to be made from an electric-power saving mode to a normal mode, and configured to initialize the detected image processor, the information processing apparatus comprising:a controller including at least one processor configured to implement instructions stored in at least one memory and execute a plurality of tasks, including:
an execution-state monitoring task that monitors an execution state of supplying electric power to the image processor;
a response-notification receiving task that receives a response notification from the image processor;
a determining task that, in a case where the execution-state monitoring task detects that the electric-power is supplied to the image processor, determine whether or not the response-notification receiving task has received the response notification from the image processor; and
a notification task that, in a case where the determining task determines that the response notification has not been received from the image processor, notify that the image processor is not detected.

US Pat. No. 10,277,579

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM THAT PROVIDES A RESOURCE TO AN APPLICATION OF A TERMINAL THROUGH A NETWORK

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing system that provides a resource to an application of a terminal through a network, comprising:the terminal;
a transmitter that transmits a beacon;
a server that provides the resource to the application of the terminal through the network in an area of the beacon transmitted from the transmitter; and
at least one processor executing computer executable instructions or at least one circuit which function as:
a first authentication unit configured to execute a first authentication process by obtaining identification information of the beacon for authenticating the transmitter, transmitting the obtained identification information of the beacon by the terminal to the server, when the terminal enters an area of the beacon transmitted from the transmitter and receives the beacon, and authenticating the transmitter using the identification information of the beacon;
an event reporting unit configured to report an event which indicates the terminal entered the area of the beacon transmitted from the transmitter authenticated in the first authentication process;
a reception unit configured to receive identification information of the terminal to be used in a second authentication process for authenticating the terminal and a request for issuance of an authorization token after the event is reported by the event reporting unit;
a second authentication unit configured to execute the second authentication process of authenticating the terminal by using the identification information of the terminal; and
an authorization unit configured to issue an authorization token after the authentication is successfully performed in the second authentication process,
wherein the authorization unit verifies whether or not the authorization token is valid when there is a call request for the resource from the terminal by using the authorization token, and
wherein the second authentication unit permits the application of the terminal to use the resource in accordance with content of an event based on the beacon after the authorization unit verifies that the authorization token is valid.

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. 10,277,853

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:an image sensor including two-dimensionally arranged pixels each haying a photoelectric conversion element, a signal storing unit in which image signals that are output from the pixels are stored, and a resizing unit which resizes the image signals;
a controller which controls an operation to read out the image signals from the image sensor;
a signal processor which performs signal processing on the image signals and output the image signals to a display unit; and
a setting unit which sets a simple reproduction mode in which the image signals are resized by the resizing unit and a simple reproduction on the display unit is performed,
wherein, in a case where the simple reproduction mode is set by the setting unit, the controller controls such that the image signals that are output from the pixels are stored in the signal storing unit, the image signals stored in the signal storing unit are resized by the resizing unit, the image signals that are resized by the resizing unit are transferred to the signal processor, and the image signals that are not resized by the resizing unit are transferred from the signal storing unit to the signal processor after the simple reproduction is started, and
in a case where the simple reproduction mode is not set by the setting unit, the controller controls such that the image signal that are output from the pixels are transferred to the signal processor without storing the image signals in the signal storing unit.

US Pat. No. 10,277,854

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus, comprising:a plurality of pixels arranged in a matrix, each pixel including a photoelectric conversion portion;
an AD converter that converts the analog signals output from the plurality of pixels into digital signals; and
a controller that sets one of a first mode and a second mode, wherein the AD converter converts the analog signals into the digital signals with a resolution of n bits in the first mode and the AD converter converts the analog signals into the digital signals with a resolution of m bits in the second mode, n being an integer larger than or equal to two, m being a positive integer smaller than n,
wherein each pixel includes:
a charge-to-voltage converter that converts signal charges generated by the photoelectric conversion portion into voltage signals,
a transfer portion that transfers the signal charges generated by the photoelectric conversion portion to the charge-to-voltage converter,
an amplification portion that amplifies a voltage corresponding to an amount of charges in the charge-to-voltage converter and outputs the amplified voltage to the column output line, and
a reset portion that resets the charge-to-voltage converter, and
wherein in the first mode, first signals and second signals are output from the plurality of pixels and a processing that the first signals are subtracted from the second signals is performed, the first signals being output from the plurality of pixels in a state where the charge-to-voltage converters have been reset, the second signals being output from the plurality of pixels in a state where the signal charges generated by the photoelectric conversion portions have been transferred to the charge-to-voltage converters, and
wherein in the second mode, only the second signals are output from the plurality of pixels and the processing that the first signals are subtracted from the second signals is not performed.

US Pat. No. 10,277,855

IMAGE SENSING DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF WITH SWITCHABLE ANALOG-TO-DIGITAL CONVERSION MODES BASED ON THE AMOUNT OF DARK CURRENT GENERATED IN PIXELS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image sensing device comprising:a plurality of pixels; and
an AD converter that compares a pixel signal output from the plurality of pixels with a slope voltage having a temporally variable potential so as to perform AD conversion on the pixel signal,
wherein switching is performed between a first mode and a second mode according to amount of dark current generated in the pixels in a same imaging sensitivity,
the first mode being a mode in which the pixel signal is AD converted by selecting one from among a plurality of slope voltages and comparing the pixel signal with the selected slope voltage, and
the second mode being a mode in which the pixel signal is AD converted by comparing the pixel signal with a predetermined slope voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,277,859

DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR GENERATING MULTI-MODAL IMAGES OF A SYNTHETIC SCENE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A system comprising:one or more non-transitory computer-readable media; and
one or more processors that are coupled to the one or more computer-readable media and that are configured to cause the system to
obtain an object model;
add the object model to a synthetic scene;
add a texture to the object model;
add a background plane to the synthetic scene;
add a support plane to the synthetic scene;
add a background image to one or both of the background plane and the support plane; and
generate a pair of images based on the synthetic scene, wherein a first image in the pair of images is a depth image of the synthetic scene, and wherein a second image in the pair of images is a color image of the synthetic scene.

US Pat. No. 10,278,118

COMMUNICATION DEVICE, COMMUNICATION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication device comprising:an execution unit configured to use information acquired by another communication device by said another communication device capturing an image, and execute communication parameter share processing of sharing a communication parameter required for establishing a wireless network with said another communication device;
a reception unit configured to receive information on an access point, on which the communication parameter share processing is to be executed, from said another communication device; and
a start unit configured to start communication parameter share processing of sharing the communication parameter with the access point on the basis of the information received by the reception unit after the communication parameter share processing is executed by the execution unit.

US Pat. No. 10,278,128

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING A COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more memories including instructions that, when executed by the processor(s), cause the apparatus to:
receive a start instruction of a communication that conforms to any one of IEEE802.11 series from another communication apparatus via a connection that conforms to Bluetooth low energy;
start the communication that conforms to any one of IEEE802.11 series with the another apparatus in a case where the start instruction is received; and
maintain the connection after the communication that conforms to any one of IEEE802.11 series with the another apparatus is started.

US Pat. No. 10,271,726

IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the imaging apparatus to:
split return light from an eye to be inspected, which is irradiated with measuring light, into first portion light and second portion light;
acquire a confocal image of the eye based on the first portion light and a nonconfocal image of the eye based on the second portion light;
generate a composite image by composing the confocal image and the nonconfocal image; and
display the composite image on a display.

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. 10,274,813

DISPLACEMENT DETECTING APPARATUS, LENS BARREL, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A displacement detecting apparatus comprising:a first electrode having a base electrode segment and a plurality of detecting electrode segments;
a second electrode having a plurality of periodically arranged electrode segments, and displaceable relative to the first electrode; and
a detector configured to detect a displacement of the second electrode relative to the first electrode based on a capacitance between the first electrode and the second electrode,
wherein an area of an overlapping region between the base electrode segment and the electrode segments in the second electrode is constant, and
wherein the base electrode segment of the first electrode has a length of an integral multiple of a pitch of the electrode segments in the second electrode in a direction in which the electrode segments in the second electrode are periodically arranged.

US Pat. No. 10,276,609

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A semiconductor device comprising a first photodiode and a second photodiode arranged in a semiconductor substrate, andwherein a detection unit which includes the first photodiode and the second photodiode is configured to generate a signal based on both a first carrier which is one of electrons and holes generated in the first photodiode, and a second carrier which is the other of electrons and holes generated in the second photodiode,
wherein the first photodiode and the second photodiode are arranged at different positions in a first direction along an upper surface of the semiconductor substrate, and
assuming that a semiconductor region in which the first carrier is a majority carrier and the second carrier is a minority carrier is of a first conductivity type, and a semiconductor region in which the second carrier is a majority carrier and the first carrier is a minority carrier is of a second conductivity type,
the first photodiode includes a first semiconductor region of the second conductivity type, and a second semiconductor region of the first conductivity type arranged between the upper surface and the first semiconductor region in a second direction perpendicular to the upper surface,
the second photodiode includes a third semiconductor region of the first conductivity type, and a fourth semiconductor region of the second conductivity type arranged between the upper surface and the third semiconductor region in the second direction,
a fifth semiconductor region of the first conductivity type is provided at a position farther apart from the upper surface than the first semiconductor region,
in the second direction, a peak of an impurity concentration of the third semiconductor region is positioned in a depth range equivalent to a depth range where the first semiconductor region, between the second semiconductor region and the fifth semiconductor region, exists and
the impurity concentration of the third semiconductor region is higher than an impurity concentration of the fifth semiconductor region.

US Pat. No. 10,277,891

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for generating a right eye display image and a left eye display image that are presented to a viewer according to orientation of the viewer, the apparatus comprising:one or more processors and one or more memories,
the one or more memories being coupled to the one or more processors and having stored thereon instructions executable by the one or more processors, wherein the execution of the instructions causes the image processing apparatus to function as:
a first acquisition unit configured to acquire orientation information about orientation of the viewer;
an extraction unit configured to extract an overlapping region in which relative positions from points intersecting with optical axes of lenses disposed in front of respective eyes of the viewer are equal, for the right eye display image and the left eye display image to be presented to the viewer;
a derivation unit configured to derive a ray direction to be displayed at each pixel position for the right eye display image and the left eye display image based on the orientation information acquired by the first acquisition unit; and
a generation unit configured to generate the right eye display image and the left eye display image from a predetermined reference image in which color for each ray direction is stored, based on the ray direction for each pixel position derived by the derivation unit,
wherein the derivation unit performs calculations to derive the ray direction to be displayed at each pixel position according to the overlapping region, wherein the number of the calculations is less than a sum of the number of the pixels of the right eye display image and the number of the pixels of the left eye display image.

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. 10,277,894

PALETTE PREDICTOR INITIALIZER WHEN ENCODING OR DECODING SELF-CONTAINED CODING STRUCTURES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of decoding at least one image from a bitstream, the image being split into hierarchical coding structures including at least one slice, the method comprising:decoding encoded data of the slice, using a palette coding mode, the palette coding mode using, for each of processed pixel blocks of the slice, an associated palette that comprises a set of entries associating respective entry indexes with corresponding pixel values, wherein the palette associated with each processed pixel block is predicted from a palette predictor using prediction information from the bitstream;
obtaining, from the bitstream, information about a number of color components and a palette predictor initializer associated with a coding structure hierarchically above the slice, entries of the palette predictor initializer being obtainable using said information about the number of color components; and
initializing the palette predictor for the slice using the obtained palette predictor initializer, wherein:
the palette predictor initializer is obtained using information indicating whether the palette coding mode is activated or not, and information indicative of a size of the palette predictor initializer, said information being included in a Sequence Parameter Set, SPS; and
each palette predictor subsequent to the initialized palette is built from a current palette associated with a block currently being decoded and the palette predictor used for predicting the current palette.

US Pat. No. 10,277,899

IMAGE TRANSMISSION SYSTEM AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image transmission system, comprising an image transmitting unit, and an image receiving unit connected to the image transmitting unit via a transmission bus,wherein the image transmitting unit has
a compression unit configured to compress a pixel block configured by a plurality of pixels in image data to be compressed in accordance with a provided compression parameter, and
a first transmitting unit configured to transmit compressed data obtained by the compression unit to the image receiving unit,
wherein the image receiving unit has
a receiving unit configured to receive the compressed data from the image transmitting unit,
a decompression unit configured to decompress the received compressed data,
a determination unit configured to determine a compression parameter based on a result of decompression of a first pixel block by the decompression unit, and
a second transmitting unit configured to transmit the determined compression parameter to the image transmitting unit,
wherein the compression unit compresses an untransmitted second pixel block in the image data to be compressed in accordance with the compression parameter transmitted by the second transmitting unit, and
wherein the decompression unit decompresses compressed data of the second pixel block from the image transmitting unit in accordance with the compression parameter determined by the determination unit.

US Pat. No. 10,274,826

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. 10,275,852

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. 10,277,652

TRANSMISSION APPARATUS, TRANSMISSION METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A transmission apparatus configured to transmit a media segment which is obtained by segmenting media data, the transmission apparatus comprising:one or more hardware processors; and
a memory for storing instructions to be executed by the one or more hardware processors, wherein when the instructions stored in the memory are executed by the one or more hardware processors, the one or more hardware processors perform:
acquiring a current version of a list including information about one or more media segments that are transmittable to a receiving apparatus;
receiving an acquisition request of the list from the receiving apparatus;
determining whether the current version of the list includes media segment information about one or more media segments that have not yet been transmitted to the receiving apparatus;
deciding, based on determining that the current version of the list includes the media segment information, the current version of the list as the version of the list to be transmitted to the receiving apparatus as a response to the acquisition request;
deciding, based on determining that the current version of the list does not include the media segment information, a new version of the list generated by updating the current version of the list in response to a completion of a transmission preparation for a new media segment after the receiving of the acquisition request, as the version of the list to be transmitted to the receiving apparatus as the response to the acquisition request, wherein the new version of the list includes information about the new media segment; and
transmitting the version of the list decided to be transmitted to the receiving apparatus as the response to the acquisition request.

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. 10,274,850

IMPRINT APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus which includes a plurality of stations in which a pattern of an imprint material is formed in an imprint region on a substrate using a mold, the imprint apparatus comprising:a holder provided in each of the plurality of stations and configured to hold the substrate and to adjust a temperature of the substrate; and
a controller configured to output a target value used to adjust the temperature to the holder in a station in which a pattern is formed in a substrate among the plurality of stations on the basis of a size of the imprint region and a temperature of the substrate.
US Pat. No. 10,274,851

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner containing toner particles and metal titanate particles, at least some of the metal titanate particles being present on a surface of a toner particle, whereinthe value of storage elastic modulus G? at 40° C. in viscoelasticity measurements of the toner is 1.0×107 to 1.0×1010 Pa, and
the particle size distribution index A represented by a ratio of D90 to D10 (D90/D10) is 2.00 to 5.00, and D50 is 10 to 90 nm in a number-based particle size distribution of metal titanate particle particles on the surface of the toner particle
where D10 denotes the particle diameter at which the cumulative value from the small particle diameter side reaches 10% by number,
D50 denotes the particle diameter at which the cumulative value from the small particle diameter side reaches 50% by number, and
D90 denotes the particle diameter at which the cumulative value from the small particle diameter side reaches 90% by number.

US Pat. No. 10,274,857

IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image reading apparatus comprising:a cover member openable with respect to a main body of the image reading apparatus;
a first guide portion provided on the main body of the image reading apparatus;
a second guide portion provided on the cover member, a sheet conveyance path for conveying a sheet being formed by the first guide portion and the second guide portion in a case where the cover member is positioned in a closed position;
an image reading portion configured to read an image of the sheet conveyed through the sheet conveyance path; and
a manipulator portion configured to be manipulated to adjust a position of the image reading portion, wherein the manipulator portion is provided outside of a sheet conveying area of the sheet conveyance path in a width direction orthogonal to a sheet conveyance direction,
wherein the manipulator portion is covered by the cover member in a case where the cover member is positioned at the closed position, and
the manipulator portion is exposed in a case where the cover member is positioned at an open position.

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. 10,274,863

DEVELOPING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,274,611

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. 10,274,612

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND PHOTON COUNTING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus, comprising:a pixel array in which a plurality of pixels are arrayed; and
a processor configured to generate a radiation image based on radio-photons which have entered the pixel array, wherein the processor performs
a first process of obtaining a value of a signal from each of the plurality of pixels as a pixel value,
a second process of selecting at least one of the plurality of pixels as a reference pixel, and
a third process of specifying a detection area of a radio-photon in the pixel array by sequentially referring to pixel values of pixels around the reference pixel as a starting point.

US Pat. No. 10,274,613

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising:a radiation detection panel configured to detect radiation; and
a housing of a cuboid shape configured to accommodate the radiation detection panel, the housing having a front surface that the radiation enters, a rectangular back surface arranged on a side opposite to a side of the front surface with the radiation detection panel being sandwiched between the front surface and the back surface, and four side surfaces configured to connect the front surface and the back surface, the housing further providing a grip portion which is concave toward the radiation detection panel, formed in a peripheral region on the back surface, wherein
the grip portion has at least one of a depth not less than one-half a distance between the front surface and the back surface, and a depth not less than a distance between the back surface and a center of gravity of the radiation imaging apparatus.

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. 10,274,873

BELT UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a belt rotatably disposed, and configured to carry toner;
a first roller configured to support the belt;
a second roller configured to support the belt;
a first cleaning member facing the first roller with the belt interposed therebetween, and configured to clean an outer peripheral surface of the belt;
a second cleaning member facing the second roller with the belt interposed therebetween, and configured to clean the outer peripheral surface of the belt;
a cleaning container configured to rotatably support the first cleaning member and the second cleaning member;
projecting members projecting from an inner peripheral surface of the belt on end portions of the belt to restrict a position in a width direction of the belt;
a first abutment portion disposed in the cleaning container and configured to abut against the outer peripheral surface of the belt at one end portion of the belt, the first abutment portion being arranged at a position corresponding to the first cleaning member in a circumferential direction of the belt and arranged on an outer side relative to the first cleaning member in the width direction of the belt; and
a second abutment portion disposed in the cleaning container and configured to abut against the outer peripheral surface of the belt at the one end portion of the belt, the second abutment portion being arranged at a position corresponding to the second cleaning member in the circumferential direction of the belt and arranged on an outer side relative to the second cleaning member in the width direction of the belt,
wherein the second roller is shorter than the first roller in the width direction od the belt, and the projecting member at the one end portion of the belt is configured to abut against an end portion of the first roller when the belt is moved in the width direction,
wherein an outer end of the first abutment portion is located on an inner side relative to the end portions of the first roller, and an inner end of the second abutment portion is located on an outer side of the second roller in the width direction of the belt.

US Pat. No. 10,272,568

ROBOT APPARATUS, ROBOT CONTROLLING METHOD, PROGRAM, RECORDING MEDIUM, AND ASSEMBLY MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A robot apparatus comprising:a robot comprising a plurality of motors configured to drive respective joints, a sensor configured to obtain force acting on a hand tip, and a sensor configured to obtain a position of the hand tip; and
a controlling unit configured to:
output a respective torque instruction value to each of the motors such that the force acting on the hand tip becomes a force target value,
control driving of each of the motors based on the respective torque instruction value, and
in a case where a stop order for stopping the robot is received in a stopping process, set the force target value to a decreased force target value, set as a position target value the position of the hand tip at the time when the stop order is received, and output the respective torque instruction value to each of the motors such that the force acting on the hand tip becomes the decreased force target value and the position of the hand tip becomes the position target value.

US Pat. No. 10,274,875

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FOR CALCULATING A DEGREE OF DETERIORATION OF A FIXING PORTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a stacking portion where a recording material is stacked;
a rotation member for feeding the recording material;
an image forming unit for forming an image on the recording material fed by the rotation member;
a storing unit for storing information concerning the recording material stacked on the stacking portion in association with the stacking portion, wherein the information concerning the recording material includes kind information of the recording material;
an inputting unit for inputting kind information of the recording material; and
an obtaining unit for obtaining a degree of deterioration of the rotating member depending on the kind information of the recording material,
wherein when the kind information of the recording material inputted by the inputting unit is different from the kind information of the recording material stored in the storing unit, the image forming unit forms the image on the recording material in an image forming condition determined on the basis of the kind information of the recording material inputted by the inputting unit, and the obtaining unit obtains the degree of deterioration of the rotation member on the basis of the information concerning the recording material stored in the storing unit.

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. 10,274,879

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming portion configured to form a toner image on a recording material;
an endless belt and a roller which are configured to form a nip therebetween for fixing, on the recording material, the toner image formed by said image forming portion;
a pad configured to urge said endless belt from an inside of said endless belt toward said roller;
a motor configured to drive said roller;
an acquiring portion configured to acquire a starting torque when rotation of said roller is started and a steady-state torque after the rotation of said roller is started; and
a discriminating portion configured to discriminate a lifetime of said endless belt depending on a difference between the starting torque and the steady-state torque which are acquired by said acquiring portion.

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. 10,274,881

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING PAPER DUST COLLECTING AND OPTICAL DETECTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a paper dust collecting unit configured to collect, by application of a voltage, paper dust attached to a sheet;
an optical detection unit provided on a downstream side of the paper dust collecting unit in a sheet conveyance direction, the optical detection unit being configured to irradiate the sheet with light and receive light via the sheet;
a guide member configured to come into contact with the sheet for guiding the sheet, at least one of light directed toward the sheet from the optical detection unit and light directed toward the optical detection unit from the sheet passing through the guide member; and
a control unit configured to switch a polarity of the voltage to be applied to the paper dust collecting unit and cause the sheet charged through the paper dust collecting unit to be conveyed to the guide member.

US Pat. No. 10,274,882

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF CONTROLLING DENSITY OF OUTPUT IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet;
an image bearing member on which a measurement image is formed;
an emission unit configured to emit light to the image bearing member;
a light receiving unit configured to receive reflected light from the image bearing member and to generate an output value corresponding to the received reflected light from the image bearing member;
a controller configured to:
execute a light amount adjustment task to:
control the emission unit to emit light to the image bearing member when no image is formed on the image bearing member;
control the light receiving unit to receive reflected light from the image bearing member when no image is formed and generating a first output value corresponding to the received reflected light; and
adjust a light emission amount of the emission unit based on the generated first output value; and
execute an image-formation-condition determination task to:
control the image forming unit to form the measurement image;
control the emission unit to emit light to the image bearing member when the measurement image is formed on the image bearing member;
control the light receiving unit to receive the reflected light from the measurement image and generate a second output value corresponding to the received reflected light from the measurement image;
convert the second output value corresponding to the received reflected light from the measurement image to an image density value; and
determine an image formation condition for the image forming unit based on the image density value; and
a detection unit configured to detect temperature of the image forming apparatus,
wherein the controller is further configured to select
a conversion condition for converting the output value corresponding to the received reflected light to the image density value, from among a plurality of conversion conditions, based on a reference temperature detected by the detection unit when the controller executes the light amount adjustment task and a current temperature detected by the detection unit when the controller executes the image-formation-condition determination task.

US Pat. No. 10,271,805

ACCOMMODATION APPARATUS OF RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS, ACCOMMODATION SYSTEM AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An accommodation apparatus that accommodates a radiation imaging apparatus in a cassette type, the accommodation apparatus comprising:an accommodation unit including a bottom surface, a first wall surface adjacent to the bottom surface, and a second wall surface adjacent to the bottom surface and provided at a position facing the first wall surface, wherein
the length in a horizontal direction of the first wall surface adjacent to the bottom surface and the length in the horizontal direction of the second wall surface adjacent to the bottom surface are different so as to be capable of changing the direction of the radiation imaging apparatus as the radiation imaging apparatus is pulled out from the accommodation unit.

US Pat. No. 10,275,652

INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM THAT DETERMINE WHETHER A TARGET PERSON IS AN IMPORTANT PERSON BASED ON IMPORTANCE DEGREES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing method, executed by at least one processor in an information processing apparatus, the method comprising:identifying a first image group that is contained in a second image group, the second image group containing a plurality of image groups including the first image group;
counting, based on the identifying, a number of images in which a target person appears among a plurality of images in the first image group;
counting a number of image groups in which the target person appears among the plurality of image groups contained in the second image group;
determining, whether the target person is an important person, based on at least one of a first importance degree that is calculated using the number of images in which the target person appears in the first image group and a second importance degree that is calculated using the number of image groups in which the target person appears in the second image group; and
generating layout data by arranging an image based on the determination result of the important person,
wherein, in a case in which the first importance degree exceeds a first threshold, the target person is determined to be the important person, and in a case in which the second importance degree exceeds a second threshold, even if the first importance degree does not exceed the first threshold, the target person is determined to be the important person.

US Pat. No. 10,274,884

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND SYSTEM THAT DETERMINE TYPE OF RECORDING MATERIAL BASED ON DETECTING RESULTS OBTAINED FROM MULTIPLE IMAGE FORMING APPARATUSES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus connectable to at least another image forming apparatus, the image forming apparatus comprising:a detecting sensor configured to detect a characteristic of a recording material; and
a processor configured to:
obtain detection results from the detecting sensors of both the image forming apparatus and the at least another image forming apparatus connected therewith;
in a case where a total number of the detection results obtained from the detecting sensors is less than a predetermined threshold, cause the detecting sensor in the image forming apparatus to further execute a detection operation; and
in a case where the total number of detection results reaches the predetermined threshold, determine a type of the recording material used for image formation in the image forming apparatus based on the detection results from the detecting sensors.

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. 10,266,714

AQUEOUS INK, INK CARTRIDGE AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An aqueous ink used in an ink jet recording method that uses thermal energy to eject an ink from a recording head, the aqueous ink comprising:a copper phthalocyanine pigment; and
a urethane resin,
wherein the urethane resin has a unit derived from a polyisocyanate, a unit derived from a polyether polyol having no acid group, a unit derived from a polyol having an acid group and a unit derived from a polyamine,
wherein, in the urethane resin, a proportion of a urethane bond relative to a total amount of the urethane bond and a urea bond derived from the polyamine is 90.0% by mole or more to 99.0% by mole or less, and
wherein the urethane resin has a weight-average molecular weight of 20,000 or less and an acid value of 50 mg KOH/g or more to 110 mg KOH/g or less.

US Pat. No. 10,265,947

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus for a printing apparatus that prints an image by applying ink to a print medium using a print head configured to eject the ink, the control apparatus comprising:an acquisition unit configured to acquire information on an inclination of a print surface of the print medium placed on a support surface of a tray that supports the print medium, the tray being conveyed in the printing apparatus while holding the print medium on the support surface, the print medium having a portion where a thickness of the print medium varies according to a position on the portion, a print surface of the portion being inclined to the support surface; and
a control unit configured to control, based on the information acquired by the acquisition unit, printing according to a print condition corresponding to a magnitude of the inclination.

US Pat. No. 10,268,257

MEMORY CONTROL DEVICE THAT CONTROL SEMICONDUCTOR MEMORY, MEMORY CONTROL METHOD, INFORMATION DEVICE EQUIPPED WITH MEMORY CONTROL DEVICE, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING MEMORY CONTROL PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus having plural writable semiconductor memories including at least a volatile memory and a nonvolatile memory, the information processing apparatus comprising:a mapping unit configured to map the plural writable semiconductor memories;
a writing unit configured to store firmware in a memory among the plural writable semiconductor memories;
a detection unit configured to detect whether each of the plural writable semiconductor memories is a nonvolatile memory or a volatile memory; and
a setting unit configured to perform a setting to the detected nonvolatile memory and to perform another setting different from the setting for the detected nonvolatile memory to the detected volatile memory, the setting and the another setting being performed as part of an initialization sequence performed in response to a supply of power to the information processing apparatus,
wherein in a case where the information processing apparatus is to shift to a power saving state from an operation state different than the power saving state:
the another setting set to the detected volatile memory as part of the initialization sequence performed in response to the supply of power to the information processing apparatus causes the detected volatile memory to, in a case where the detected volatile memory stores data, be shifted to the power saving state, and causes the detected volatile memory to, in a case where the detected volatile memory does not store data, be powered off, and
the setting set to the detected nonvolatile memory as part of the initialization sequence performed in response to the supply of power to the information processing apparatus causes the detected nonvolatile memory to be powered off regardless of whether the detected volatile memory stores data, and
wherein as another part of the initialization sequence performed in response to the supply of power to the information processing apparatus:
the mapping unit is configured to map the plural writable semiconductor memories such that first information corresponding to the detected nonvolatile memory is made part of a firmware storing list based on a storing flag of the detected nonvolatile memory, and second information corresponding to the detected volatile memory is made part of a list different from the firmware storing list of which the first information corresponding to the detected nonvolatile memory is made part of, and
the writing unit is configured to store the firmware in the detected nonvolatile memory based on the first information made part of the firmware storing list and not store the firmware in the detected volatile memory based on the second information,
wherein the mapping unit, the writing unit, the detection unit, and the setting unit are implemented by at least one processor.

US Pat. No. 10,265,956

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:a substrate;
a piezoelectric element provided on the substrate;
an ejection port forming member having an ejection port for ejecting liquid, the ejection port forming member being provided on the substrate carrying the piezoelectric element such that a pressure chamber is formed between the ejection port forming member and the substrate to contain the piezoelectric element therein and be held in communication with the ejection port;
a first thin film arranged between the substrate and the piezoelectric element such that a space is formed between the substrate and the first thin film; and
a second thin film arranged on the piezoelectric element such that the piezoelectric element is sandwiched between the first thin film and the second thin film,
wherein the piezoelectric element has a lateral surface, and the first thin film is not in contact with the lateral surface,
the second thin film is in contact with the lateral surface of the piezoelectric element, and
wherein the first thin film has a first rigidity and the second thin film has a second rigidity, the first rigidity being higher than the second rigidity.

US Pat. No. 10,271,368

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS HAVING PARALLEL WIRELESS CONNECTION, COMMUNICATION METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus establishing, in parallel, a first wireless connection for connecting to a first target apparatus via an external apparatus and second wireless connection for directly connecting to a second target apparatus without the external apparatus, the communication apparatus comprising:a processor executing instructions to use a first communication protocol needing an anti-conflict measure or a second communication protocol not needing the anti-conflict measure, wherein in a case where overlap of setting information used in the communication by the first communication protocol occurs, the anti-conflict measure resolves the overlap of the setting information, and wherein in a case where the communication apparatus and the second target apparatus communicate by using the second communication protocol, the second target apparatus sends inquiry information to the communication apparatus based on reception of predetermined information by the second target apparatus;
a first controller configured to, in a case where the first communication protocol is used, after the first wireless connection has been disconnected during the first wireless connection and the second wireless connection being maintained in parallel,
send information for stopping the communication to the second target apparatus, and
then perform reconnection processing with the first target apparatus and notify the second target apparatus of information related to reconnection; and
a second controller configured to, in a case where the second communication protocol is used, after the first wireless connection has been disconnected during the first wireless connection and the second wireless connection being maintained in parallel, perform reconnection processing with the first target apparatus without notifying the second target apparatus of information related to reconnection.

US Pat. No. 10,264,960

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, OPERATION METHOD THEREOF, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a deciding unit configured to decide, based on an analysis result of one of a confocal image of an eye and a non-confocal image of the eye, whether or not to analyze perform at least one of generation and analysis of the other; and
a display control unit configured to display at least one of a generation result of the other and an analysis result of the other on a display unit, in a case where it is decided to perform at least one of generation and analysis of the other.

US Pat. No. 10,269,849

IMAGING DEVICE INCLUDING PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION FILM FOR CONTINUOUSLY COVERING ELECTRODES HAVING A DISTANCE BETWEEN A COUNTER ELECTRODE AND A PIXEL ELECTRODE OR AN INTERMEDIATE ELECTRODE IS SMALLER THAN A DISTANCE BETWEEN THE COUNTER ELECTRODE AND AN IN

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging device comprising:a substrate which is provided with pixel circuits;
pixel electrodes which is arranged above the substrate and connected to the pixel circuits;
a counter electrode which faces the pixel electrodes; and
a photoelectric conversion film which is continuously arranged between the pixel electrodes and the counter electrode;
an intermediate electrode which is arranged between the photoelectric conversion film and the substrate so that the intermediate electrode is arranged between the pixel electrodes; and
an insulating member which is arranged between the substrate and the pixel electrode,
wherein a first distance between the counter electrode and the pixel electrodes is smaller than a distance between the counter electrode and the insulating member,
wherein a second distance between the counter electrode and the intermediate electrode is smaller than the distance between the counter electrode and the insulating member,
wherein a difference between the first distance and the second distance is smaller than a thickness of the intermediate electrode, and
wherein electric carriers in the photoelectric conversion film are discharged through the intermediate electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,264,979

OBJECT INFORMATION OBTAINING SYSTEM, SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An object information obtaining system, comprising:a holding member configured to hold an object;
a probe configured to output a plurality of detection signals in time-domain by detecting acoustic waves at a plurality of positions, the acoustic waves having occurred inside the object and having propagated through the holding member; and
a signal processor configured to:
obtain a first frequency signal as a first set of complex numbers corresponding to wave numbers of the acoustic waves on the basis of the plurality of detection signals in time-domain,
obtain a second frequency signal as a second set of complex numbers by performing, on the first frequency signal as the first complex numbers, correction of phase modulation of the acoustic waves caused by refraction of the acoustic waves due to the holding member, and
obtain object information inside the object by performing a reconstruction on basis of the second frequency signal,
wherein the signal processor is configured to perform the correction of the phase modulation by changing a phase corresponding to the first frequency signal as the first set,
wherein the signal processor is configured to obtain a first complex number representing the correction of the phase modulation based on first and second phase values corresponding to first and second wave numbers, respectively,
wherein the first phase value is equal to sum of the second phase value and a phase difference,
wherein the phase difference is a product of a thickness of the holding member, an absolute value of the first wave number, and a difference between a cosine of an incidence angle and a cosine of a refraction angle scaled by a ratio between sound velocities inside the object and inside the holding member,
wherein the incidence and refraction angles are related according to Snell's law,
wherein the first complex number is equal to a product of a measured wave number corresponding to the second wave number and a second complex number having the phase difference as a phase factor,
wherein the measured wave number is equal to a product of an amplitude and a third complex number having the second phase value as a phase factor,
wherein the phase difference has a sign according to whether a component of the first wave number is non-negative or negative, and
wherein the signal processor is configured to multiply the first frequency signal as the first set by the first complex number to obtain the second frequency signal as the second set.

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. 10,269,103

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing system comprising:an imaging device which acquires a plurality of layer image data items by capturing images with focus positions set at different depths in a specimen; and
an image processing apparatus comprising one or more processors and/or one or more circuits, the one or more processors and/or one or more circuits being used to provide units comprising:
(1) a selection unit for selecting at least one pair of two layer image data items having focus positions shifted oppositely, by equal distances, in a positive direction and a negative direction relative to a reference depth in the specimen from among the plurality of layer image data items acquired with the focus positions set at different depths in the specimen; and
(2) a phase contrast correction unit for performing, for each of the at least one pair of the two layer image data items selected by the selection unit, a correction process which reduces a difference in phase contrast component between the two layer image data items,
wherein the correction process is a process in which lightness signals of the two layer image data items are replaced with a value calculated from the lightness signals of the two layer image data items.

US Pat. No. 10,269,638

SEMICONDUCTOR APPARATUS, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND EQUIPMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A semiconductor apparatus comprising a semiconductor substrate having an upper surface on which a semiconductor element is disposed, a lower surface opposite to the upper surface, and a side surface connecting the upper surface and the lower surface,wherein the side surface has a plurality of concavities that each extend along the edge of the upper surface and that are arranged in a direction intersecting with the upper surface and the lower surface, and a plurality of ridges that are each located at the boundary between adjacent two of the plurality of concavities, and
wherein the plurality of concavities and the plurality of ridges are covered with an insulating film containing carbon and fluorine.

US Pat. No. 10,270,922

MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND MANAGEMENT METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A management system configured to manage an image processing apparatus, the management system comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more memories storing instructions related to stock management of toner bottles for the image processing apparatus,
the instructions, when executed by the one or more processors, causing the management system to:
receive notification types information for the image processing apparatus identifying a plurality of types of notifications supported by the image processing apparatus for indicating toner level decrease or toner bottle replacement;
set a type of notification to be used in the stock management for the image processing apparatus, wherein the type of notification is selected from among the identified plurality of types of notifications;
receive a notification generated by the image processing apparatus, the notification indicating toner level decrease or toner bottle replacement;
determine whether the type of the received notification matches the set type of notification;
in a case where it is determined that the type of the received notification matches the set type of notification, even if the received notification indicates toner level decrease,
provide, to a user, an indication of toner bottle replacement in connection with reporting on the received notification, and
decrement a value corresponding to a remaining stock quantity of toner bottles based on the received notification; and
in a case where it is determined that the type of the received notification does not match the set type of notification, even if the received notification indicates toner bottle replacement,
provide, to the user, a different indication from toner bottle replacement in connection with reporting on the received notification, and
not decrement the value corresponding to the remaining stock quantity of toner bottles based on the received notification.

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:
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0.3

US Pat. No. 10,270,924

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus including a display, the information processing apparatus comprising:a display;
a brightness adjusting key for adjusting a brightness of the display;
a predetermined key different from the brightness adjusting key;
a memory;
at least one processor coupled to the memory which executes the following:
transmitting, to an external apparatus connected with the information processing apparatus via a network, screen information corresponding to an operation screen for operating the information processing apparatus;
receiving, from the external apparatus on which a screen based on the screen information is displayed, an instruction based on an operation on the screen;
accepting a setting that the operation screen corresponding to the screen information transmitted to the external apparatus is not displayed on the display of the information processing apparatus while the information processing apparatus is connected with the external apparatus for remote control;
performing a control for disabling a touch operation on the display and an operation for the predetermined key and for enabling an operation for the brightness adjusting key in a case where the setting is accepted;
determining whether or not the information processing apparatus is operating in a specific operation mode in which a restricted screen is displayable, the restricted screen being a screen that is not to be displayed to an end user of the information processing apparatus; and
completing, if it is determined that the information processing apparatus is operating in the specific operation mode when an event indicating that the connection for the remote control between the information processing apparatus and the external apparatus is to be terminated occurs, the specific operation mode in response to terminating the connection for the remote control so that the restricted screen is not displayed on the display of the information processing apparatus.

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. 10,270,929

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a memory storing instructions;
one or more processors which execute the instructions and cause an image processing apparatus to function as:
a detection unit configured to detect a movement of an object placed on a document board,
a first imaging unit configured to capture a first image of the object placed on the document board;
a first image generation unit configured to generate a first corrected image by correcting the first image according to detecting that the object is stationary by the detection unit;
a second imaging unit configured to capture a second image with higher resolution than the first image of the object placed on the document board according to detecting that the object is stationary by the detection unit;
a second image generation unit configured to generate a second corrected image with higher resolution than the first corrected image by correcting the second image; and
a display unit configured to display the first corrected image until the second corrected image is generated after having detected that the object is stationary by the detecting unit and to display the second corrected image instead of the first corrected image according to the second corrected image being generated.

US Pat. No. 10,268,112

ILLUMINATION OPTICAL SYSTEM AND IMAGE PROJECTION APPARATUS WITH THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An illumination optical system which illuminates an image display element, the illumination optical system comprising:a first lens array configured to divide light emitted from a light source;
a second lens array configured to receive light from the first lens array; and
a condenser optical system configured to guide light from the second lens array to the image display element,
wherein a conjugate point of the image display element is located between a surface having a refractive power of the first lens array and an incident surface of the second lens array, and
wherein the following expression is satisfied:
0.010<(A(in air)?F2)/A(in air)<0.300,
where A(in air) is an air conversion length from an incident surface of the first lens array to an emitting surface of the second lens array in an optical axis direction, and F2 is a focal length of the second lens array.

US Pat. No. 10,265,036

RADIOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiographic apparatus comprising:an X-ray generating unit that includes
a target array including a plurality of targets that are arrayed in a line and a forward shielding member, the forward shielding member including a plurality of partitions each having a height configured to separate adjacent ones of the targets, and
an electron emitting source that emits electron beams to electron incident surfaces of the plurality of targets, respectively, and forms a focal spot on each one of the plurality of targets; and
an X-ray detecting unit that includes
a detecting portion facing the target array and including a plurality of detecting devices, and
a shielding portion provided on an outer side of the detecting portion along an array direction in which the targets are arrayed in a line,
wherein the target array of the X-ray generating unit is distant from the detecting portion via a gap having a source-to-image distance and forms a pair of penumbra areas and a main exposed area between the pair of penumbra areas on the X-ray detecting unit,
wherein a size of the pair of penumbra areas being formed depends on a focal spot diameter, the height of the partitions and the source-to-image distance between the targets and the detecting portion, and
wherein the shielding portion includes a part that is positioned on the outer side of the penumbra areas along the array direction.

US Pat. No. 10,270,685

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. 10,270,951

IMAGE SENSING UNIT AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image sensing unit that has:an image sensor including a plurality of pixels, corresponding to a plurality of microlenses, respectively, wherein each of the pixels has a plurality of sub-pixels aligned in a predetermined direction, and that performs phase difference focus detection by performing correlation operation on pupil-divided signals divided in an alignment direction of the sub-pixels, comprising:
an optical low-pass filter arranged on a subject side of the image sensor,
wherein the optical low-pass filter is configured by a single birefringence plate, and separates a light beam in the alignment direction in which the plurality of sub-pixels are aligned, and
wherein letting a necessary light beam separation width according to a birefringence effect of the optical low-pass filter be ?, and a pixel pitch of the image sensor be p,
?/p<1 holds.

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. 10,271,211

COMMUNICATION CONTROL APPARATUS, SYSTEM, AND METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A first communication apparatus comprising:a computing unit configured to generate first information used in a communication parameter setting processing relating to a communication parameter for wireless communication by performing calculation according to a predetermined algorithm for a PIN held by the first communication apparatus;
a reception unit configured to receive second information, which is used in the communication parameter setting processing, from a second communication apparatus via wireless communication compliant with IEEE802.11 standard;
an authentication unit configured to perform authentication in the communication parameter setting processing, wherein the authentication is successful in a case where the first information and the second information match, and the authentication is failed in a case where the first information and the second information do not match;
a transmitting unit configured to transmit, in a case where the authentication performed by the authentication unit is successful, the communication parameter, which is used for performing wireless communication of encryption type compliant with IEEE802.11 standard, to the second communication apparatus via wireless communication compliant with IEEE802.11 standard, and not to transmit, in a case where the authentication performed by the authentication unit is failed, the communication parameter to the second communication apparatus via wireless communication compliant with IEEE802.11 ; and
an end unit configured to end the communication parameter setting processing as an error in a case where transmission of the communication parameter by the transmitting unit is not completed when a predetermined time has elapsed since the communication parameter setting processing was started, or in a case where the authentication performed by the authentication unit is failed,
wherein the first communication apparatus performs wireless communication of the encryption type compliant with IEEE802.11 standard with the second communication apparatus based on the communication parameter after trans on o the communication parameter by the transmitting unit.

US Pat. No. 10,267,623

DISTANCE INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, DISTANCE INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A distance information processing apparatus, comprising:a distance calculator configured to calculate object distances, which are distances to an object in a depth direction, for a plurality of pixel positions on the basis of on a first image signal and a second image signal, so as to calculate a distance image signal constituted by a plurality of object distances;
a first confidence calculator configured to calculate a first confidence representing certainty of an object distance value in the distance image signal;
a range calculator configured to calculate a distance range, which is a range of an object distance, on the basis of the distance image signal and the first confidence; and
a second confidence calculator configured to calculate a second confidence representing certainty of a position on a plane orthogonal to the depth direction of the object distance on the basis of the distance range and the object distance,
wherein the second confidence calculator calculates magnitude of the change of the object distance in the in-plane direction of the distance image signal, and sets a region where the magnitude of the change of the object distance has a value equal to or more than a threshold which is set based on the width of the distance range, as a region the second confidence of which is low, and sets a region where the magnitude of the change of the object distance has a value less than the threshold, as a region the second confidence of which is high.

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. 10,268,145

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS HAVING A PLATE-LIKE HEATER AND A HEAT CONDUCTION PLATE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device comprising:a cylindrical film having an inner surface;
a plate-like heater extending in a longitudinal direction of the film, the heater including a substrate and a heat generating resistor formed on the substrate, the heater having (i) a first surface that contacts the inner surface of the film, and (ii) a second surface opposite to the first surface, wherein an image formed on a recording material is heated by heat from the heater through the film;
a heat conduction plate extending in the longitudinal direction of the film and contacting the second surface of the plate-like heater, thermal conductivity of the heat conduction plate being higher than a thermal conductivity of the heater; and
a supporting member supporting the heater through the heat conduction plate,
wherein the heat conduction plate includes a bent portion formed by bending a longitudinal end portion thereof, so as to protrude toward the supporting member, the bent portion having a ridge line extending in a direction crossing the longitudinal direction, and
wherein the supporting member is provided with a hole into which the bent portion is inserted.

US Pat. No. 10,268,147

ADDITION-CURABLE LIQUID SILICONE RUBBER MIXTURE, ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC MEMBER AND PRODUCTION METHOD THEREFOR, AND FIXING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic member comprising:a substrate; and
an elastic layer on the substrate,
the elastic layer containing a cured product of an addition-curable liquid silicone rubber mixture including:
an addition-curable liquid silicone rubber, and
graphite particles, and
the graphite particles having a DBP oil absorption number of 40 cm3/100 g or more and lower than 80 cm3/100 g.

US Pat. No. 10,268,149

FIXING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A ROLLER THAT TOGETHER WITH A NIP PORTION FORMING MEMBER SANDWICHES A HEATING AND ROTATING MEMBER TO FORM NIP PORTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

7. A fixing apparatus comprising:a heating and rotating member having a cylindrical shape and having an inner surface;
a nip portion forming member that includes a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface, and that is provided in a hollow portion of the heating and rotating member so that the first surface faces the inner surface of the heating and rotating member; and
a roller that, together with the nip portion forming member, sandwiches the heating and rotating member to form a nip portion,
wherein (i) the nip portion is a contact area between the roller and an external surface of the heating and rotating member, (ii) a recording material is conveyed at the nip portion, (iii) a recording material, on which an image is formed, is heated while being conveyed at the nip portion, and the image is fixed on the recording material, (iv) a plurality of grooves is provided on the first surface of the nip portion forming member, so that a size of an area in which the first surface of the nip portion forming member is in contact with the heating and rotating member in an upstream area of the nip portion is less than a size of the area in which the first surface of the nip portion forming member is in contact with the heating and rotating member in a downstream area of the nip portion with respect to a center of the nip portion in a rotational direction of the heating and rotating member, and (v) each groove of the plurality of grooves extends in a direction crossing the rotational direction of the heating and rotating member.

US Pat. No. 10,270,969

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS CONFIGURED TO SHARPEN IMAGE HAVING COMPLEX BLUR, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus configured to perform image processing on an input image produced by image capturing through an optical system, the apparatus comprising:a processor configured to execute a plurality of tasks, including:
a first distribution producing task configured to produce a first distribution by using data obtained by approximating a point spread function that corresponds to a condition relating to the image capturing;
a second distribution producing task configured to produce a second distribution by mirroring a part of the first distribution, the second distribution including the part of the first distribution;
a filter producing task configured to produce, by using the second distribution, a first filter to be used for a sharpening process; and
a processing task configured to perform the sharpening process on the input image by using the first filter to produce a sharpened image.

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. 10,268,156

CARTRIDGE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge attachable to and detachable from an apparatus main body of an image forming apparatus that forms an image on a recording material, the cartridge comprising:a photosensitive body; and
a frame body which supports the photosensitive body and which includes a first restricted portion that is restricted by a first restricting portion provided in the apparatus main body and a second restricted portion that (i) is provided on a side opposite to the first restricted portion across an optical path of light for exposing the photosensitive body and (ii) is restricted by a second restricting portion provided in the apparatus main body,
wherein the first restricted portion and the second restricted portion are restricted by the first restricting portion and the second restricting portion such that a movement of the frame body in a movement direction of the cartridge along an axial direction of the photosensitive body when the cartridge is being attached to or detached from the apparatus main body is allowed and a posture of the cartridge during attaching and detaching is restricted.

US Pat. No. 10,270,978

ZOOM CONTROL DEVICE WITH SCENE COMPOSITION SELECTION, AND IMAGING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF ZOOM CONTROL DEVICE, AND RECORDING MEDIUM THEREWITH

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A zoom control device comprising:at least one processor or one circuitry which functions as:
a subject detection unit configured to detect a subject image from an image;
a scene composition selection unit configured to automatically select a specific scene composition among a plurality of scene compositions;
a setting unit configured to set a reference size of the subject image used to control a zoom magnification based on the specific scene composition selected by the scene composition selection unit;
a control unit configured to control the zoom magnification based on the reference size set by the setting unit and a size of the subject image sequentially detected by the subject detection unit; and
a determination unit configured to determine a photographing state, wherein:
the setting unit automatically changes a selection candidate for the scene composition selected by the scene composition selection unit when the photographing state is switched between a first operation state and a second operation state different from the first operation state,
the scene composition selection unit selects a specific scene composition belonging to a first scene composition group when the determination unit determines that the photographing state is the first operation state, and the scene composition selection unit selects a specific scene composition belonging to a second scene composition group when the determination unit determines that the photographing state is the second operation state,
at least one scene composition differs between the scene compositions belonging to the first scene composition group and the scene compositions belonging to the second scene composition group,
when the determination unit determines that the photographing state is the first operation state, the scene composition selection unit selects the specific scene composition in which all subjects detected by the subject detection unit are fitted at an angle of view among the scene compositions belonging to the first composition group, and
the first operation state is a photographing preparation state of a still image.

US Pat. No. 10,268,930

IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IDENTIFYING CONTENT WITHIN IMAGE DATA USING MARKOV RANDOM FIELDS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing system for identifying content within image data, the image processing system comprising a processor arranged to:arrange semantic concepts in a Markov random field (MRF), the semantic concept being from image data of a captured image;
calculate state upper bound values of pairs of variables in the image data that are associated with an edge of the Markov random field, each of the variables representing a possible state of the semantic concept captured in the image,
wherein the processor is further arranged to calculate the state upper bound values by assigning maximum state values of all of the states of a first variable of the pair of variables to the states of a second variable of the pair of variables, and identifying the first and second variables from the pair of variables based on a number of states within each of the first and second variables, and
determine a single state solution for identifying content in the image data based on the calculation of the state upper bound values; and
identify content in the captured image according to the determined single state solution, each of the states in the single state solution being for the semantic concept of the captured image.

US Pat. No. 10,268,936

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS INCLUDING NEAR-FIELD WIRELESS COMMUNICATION TAG, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus including a near-field wireless communication tag, comprising:at least one memory configured to store instructions; and
at least one processor connected to the at least one memory and configured to execute the instructions to:
display a selection screen including an address book transmission function, in which an external apparatus writes address book data into the near-field wireless communication tag, and a pairing function, in which the external apparatus reads connecting information held by the near-field wireless communication tag, as a function associated with use of the near-field wireless communication tag by an authenticated user;
receive an instruction from the authenticated user, the instruction specifying a selection of one of the address book transmission function, in which the external apparatus writes address book data into the near-field wireless communication tag, or the pairing function, in which the external apparatus reads connecting information held by the near-field wireless communication tag, as the function associated with use of the near-field wireless communication tag by the authenticated user;
select, based on the received instruction from the authenticated user, one of the address book transmission function, in which the external apparatus writes address book data into the near-field wireless communication tag, or the pairing function, in which the external apparatus reads connecting information held by the near-field wireless communication tag, as the function associated with use of the near-field wireless communication tag by the authenticated user;
in a case where the address book transmission function is selected, set the near-field wireless communication tag to an address book transmission function setting mode configured to cause a first interrupt signal to be generated when address book data is written into the near-field wireless communication tag by the external apparatus, the first interrupt signal causing the information processing apparatus to notify the authenticated user of successful completion of the address book transmission function; and
in a case where the pairing function is selected, set the near-field wireless communication tag to a pairing function setting mode configured to cause a second interrupt signal to be generated when connecting information held by the near-field wireless communication tag is read by the external apparatus, the second interrupt signal causing the information processing apparatus to notify the authenticated user of successful completion of the pairing function.

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. 10,268,427

PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS FOR PERFORMING WIRELESS COMMUNICATION, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A print control apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more memories storing instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the print control apparatus to function as:
a receiving unit;
a display control unit configured to display a screen including a selectable item to be selected for starting a wireless connection setting process for establishing a wireless connection;
a control unit configured to perform a first processing for the wireless connection setting process in a case where a user selects the selectable item on the displayed screen, wherein the first processing comprises enabling the receiving unit to receive a command from an external apparatus, the command comprising a connection parameter for wirelessly connecting to an access point;
a setting unit configured to perform a second processing for the wireless connection setting process, after the control unit performs the first processing, wherein the second processing comprises setting, based on the command received from the external apparatus, a connection parameter for wirelessly connecting to the access point; and
an execution unit configured to execute registration adjustment in a case where the control unit performs the first processing, wherein the registration adjustment comprises printing a plurality of patterns, reading the plurality of patterns and determining a correction value based on the read plurality of patterns,
wherein, in a case where it is determined that the print control apparatus is activated for a first time, communication interfaces of the print control apparatus, including the receiving unit, are set to a predetermined state in which the communication interfaces do not perform processing to receive data from external apparatuses,
wherein, in a case where the user selects the selectable item on the displayed screen,the control unit changes the state of the receiving unit from the predetermined state to a receiving state in which the receiving unit is enabled to perform processing to receive data from external apparatuses, the receiving unit being an interface that is different from a wireless interface used for the wireless connection, and
wherein the registration adjustment and the second processing are executed at least in part concurrently, and the connection parameter for wirelessly connecting to the access point is received from the external apparatus via the receiving unit when the receiving unit is in the receiving state.

US Pat. No. 10,268,436

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:a first transmission unit configured to transmit, to another communication apparatus via a wireless communication, a display image to be displayed on a first display unit, which is associated with the communication apparatus;
a display control unit configured to control to display a confirmation image on the first display unit on a basis of an instruction to transmit the display image by the first transmission unit, wherein the confirmation image is an image that allows a user to confirm said another communication apparatus to be a transmission destination of the display image;
a second transmission unit configured to transmit the confirmation image to said another communication apparatus via the wireless communication to display on a second display unit, which is associated with said another communication apparatus, to display the confirmation image;
a selection unit configured to select, by a user operation, whether to transmit the display image to said another communication apparatus, after transmission of the confirmation image and before transmission of the display image; and
a control unit configured to control said first transmission unit to transmit the display image to said another communication apparatus in a case where said selection unit selects to transmit the display image.

US Pat. No. 10,271,001

STACKED-TYPE SOLID STATE IMAGE SENSOR WITH A REFERENCE SIGNAL GENERATOR HAVING OUTPUT SIGNAL LEVEL CHANGES WITH TIME AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE IMAGE SENSOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A stacked-type solid-state image sensor comprising:a first semiconductor layer in which a plurality of pixels arranged in a matrix are implemented;
a second semiconductor layer in which a digital signal processing unit that processes a digital signal is implemented, and
an A/D converter configured to convert an analog signal output from the plurality of pixels into a digital signal,
wherein the A/D converter includes a reference signal generator which outputs a first reference signal whose signal level changes with time and a second reference signal whose signal level changes with time, a rate of change of the signal level of the second reference signal being larger than that of the first reference signal, and a signal selector which selects the first reference signal or the second reference signal in accordance with a magnitude of the pixel signal; and
wherein the reference signal generator is implemented in the second semiconductor layer.

US Pat. No. 10,270,754

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

6. A method of controlling an information processing apparatus, the method comprising:causing a display of the information processing apparatus to display a local login graphical user interface that is used for inputting user credentials to login to the information processing apparatus in order to use a function of the information processing apparatus using a local user interface;
causing a display of a terminal device that is connected to the information processing apparatus via a network to display a remote login graphical user interface used for inputting user credentials to login to the information processing apparatus in order to use the function of the information processing apparatus using a remote user interface;
performing a control of an authentication, in which it is determined whether user credentials input via the local login graphical user interface or the remote login graphical user interface correspond to user credentials stored in an authentication database;
determining whether or not a user role corresponding to user credentials input via the local login graphical user interface satisfies a user role defined by a first login role policy to be referred to when a user locally logs into the information processing apparatus and performing a local login process in a case where it is determined that the user role corresponding to the input user credentials input via the local login graphical user interface satisfies the first login role policy, in a case where the user credentials are input via the local login graphical user interface; and
determining whether or not a user role corresponding to user credentials input via the remote login user interface satisfies a user role defined by a second login role policy to be referred to when a user remotely logs into the information processing apparatus and performing a remote login process in a case where it is determined that the user role corresponding to the input user credentials input via the remote login graphical user interface satisfies the second login role policy, in a case where the user credentials are input via the remote login graphical user interface,
wherein, in the local login process and the remote login process, a different login role policy is used in each of the local login graphical user interface and the remote login graphical user interface.

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. 10,271,029

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING AN IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus, which is configured to perform tone correction for preventing saturation of a pixel signal value of a photographed image, the image pickup apparatus comprising:at least one processor or circuit configured to function as following unit,
a first correction unit configured to perform first tone correction that combines exposure control and gain control on the pixel signal value of the image, wherein the exposure control involves setting of exposure in photographing of the image to exposure lower than appropriate exposure, and the gain control involves a process of increasing luminance of a low luminance portion of the image acquired by the photographing;
a second correction unit configured to perform second tone correction for reducing a pixel signal value in a region in which the pixel signal value of the image is higher than a predetermined value; and
a determination unit configured to determine a first correction amount to be used for the first tone correction and a second correction amount to be used for the second tone correction in accordance with a photographing condition.

US Pat. No. 10,264,143

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:one or more processors;
memory;
an Internet Printing Protocol FaxOut Service (IPP-FAX) processing application configured to process an IPP-FAX service request received from an external apparatus on a network; and
a first application configured to process page description language (PDL) data,
wherein the memory stores instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the image forming apparatus to perform operations including:
receiving the IPP-FAX service request from the external apparatus, wherein the IPP-FAX service request includes fax transmission data that is in a PDL format,
analyzing the IPP-FAX service request for the IPP-FAX processing application to acquire information to convert the PDL format fax transmission data into image data,
causing the first application to convert the PDL format fax transmission data into image data using the information acquired by the IPP-FAX processing application and to store the image data, and
performing fax transmission of the stored image data based on the received IPP-FAX service request.

US Pat. No. 10,264,148

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus serving as a wireless access point, comprising:a display device configured to display information; and
at least one controller configured to:
cause the display device to display a list screen, wherein, in the list screen, a client of which a connection to the wireless access point is established is listed and a client is able to be designated to cancel an established connection to the wireless access point; and
in a case where the number of clients of which a connection to the wireless access point is established is a predetermined number, cause the display device to display a notification screen to a user according to receiving from another client a request for establishing a connection to the wireless access point, and in a case where the number of clients of which a connection to the wireless access point is established is not the predetermined number, establish a connection with the another client to the wireless access point according to receiving the request, without causing the display device to display a notification screen to a user, wherein the notification screen includes an selective object for transition to the list screen.

US Pat. No. 10,264,153

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

7. An information processing system comprising:an information processing apparatus; and
an image forming apparatus,
the information processing apparatus comprising:
a first memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions in the first memory to:
transmit, to the image forming apparatus, type information indicating type of setting item which is to be received from the image forming apparatus by the information processing apparatus; and
the image forming apparatus comprising:
a second memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions in the second memory to:
receive, from the information processing apparatus, the type information; and
transmit, in a case where a setting item stored by a storage is updated and a type of the setting item which is updated is the type indicated by the type information, update information of the setting item to the information processing apparatus,
wherein the update information of the setting item is not transmitted in a case where the setting item stored by the image forming apparatus is updated and the type of the setting item which is updated is not the type indicated by the type information.

US Pat. No. 10,264,156

PRINTING APPARATUS AND DETERMINATION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a print unit including a circuit and being configured to print on a printing medium;
one or more processors which execute steps comprising
(1) acquiring first reflected light amounts respectively from a plurality of patches corresponding to predetermined gradations on a printing medium under a first light source;
(2) acquiring second reflected light amounts respectively from the plurality of patches corresponding to the predetermined gradations on the printing medium under a second light source whose wavelength band is different from the first light source;
(3) acquiring a ratio of the first reflected light amounts and the second reflected light amounts;
(4) determining, by comparing the ratio with a reference value, a type of the printing medium on which the plurality of patches are printed; and
(5) causing the print unit to print an image on the printing medium based on a result of the determination.

US Pat. No. 10,264,171

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS, LENS UNIT, DRIVER DEVICE, ELECTRONIC DEVICE, AND CAPTURING SYSTEM INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic device comprising:a communication unit configured to communicate with an image capture apparatus;
an operation unit; and
a control unit configured to, in accordance with an operation made to the operation unit, generate a zoom control command to change an angle of view of a lens unit attached to the image capture apparatus, and transmit the zoom control command to the image capture apparatus through the communication unit,
wherein:
the zoom control command is a command to control an operation of a driver device configured to mechanically drive, from outside the lens unit, a zoom mechanism provided in the lens unit;
the operation unit includes a display device; and
the control unit determines whether the driver device is attached or not based on information obtained from the image capture apparatus through the communication unit, and if it is determined that the driver device is attached, displays a graphical user interface (GUI) for the operation of the driver device.

US Pat. No. 10,264,173

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus, comprising:an image sensor having focus detection pixels configured to detect a phase difference of a subject image; and
at least one processor or circuit configured to perform the operations of the following units:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a defocus amount of the subject image based on signals of the focus detection pixels;
a focus control unit configured to adjust focus of an imaging optical system based on the defocus amount that was acquired; and
a determination unit configured to perform determination whether or not the imaging optical system is in an in-focus state by comparing the defocus amount to a predetermined threshold value, wherein the determination unit performs the determination by comparing the defocus amount of the imaging optical system, which exists at the time of performing the comparison, to the predetermined threshold value,
wherein the determination unit determines that the imaging optical system is in the in-focus state when a state where the defocus amount is within the predetermined threshold value has continued for more than a predetermined number of times, and
wherein the determination unit sets a larger value for the predetermined threshold value in a case where the imaging optical system focuses on a moving subject than in a case where the imaging optical system focuses on a still subject.

US Pat. No. 10,264,434

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:a first communication unit configured to perform communication conforming to Transport Discovery Service specifications based on Bluetooth low energy;
a second communication unit configured to perform communication based on a non-Bluetooth low energy communication method;
a control unit configured to, in a case where the communication based on the non-Bluetooth low energy communication method by the second communication unit is unavailable, instruct the first communication unit not to transmit an advertising packet conforming to the Transport Discovery Service specifications, based on that it is set that the communication based on the non-Bluetooth low energy communication method is not permitted, and instruct the first communication unit to transmit an advertising packet conforming to the Transport Discovery Service specifications with Transport State Bits set “OFF”, based on that it is set that the communication based on the non-Bluetooth low energy communication method is permitted;
an establishing unit configured to establish a Bluetooth low energy connection for performing communication based on Bluetooth low energy with first another communication apparatus that has received the advertising packet conforming to the Transport Discovery Service specifications that has been transmitted by the first communication unit in accordance with instructions by the control unit; and
a receiving unit configured to receive, from the first another communication apparatus, a request for initiating the communication based on the non-Bluetooth low energy communication method via the Bluetooth low energy connection that has been established by the establishing unit;
wherein the first communication unit, the second communication unit, the control unit, the establishing unit, and the receiving unit are implemented by at least one processor.

US Pat. No. 10,262,386

METHOD, APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR RENDERING REGIONS OF AN IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of rendering an image, the method comprising:receiving a plurality of regions of the image, each region being associated with a fill compositing stack comprising a plurality of levels to be composited to determine colour data of said region, each level being defined by a compositing operation and a colour operand, fill compositing stacks corresponding to the plurality of regions being stored in a compositing stack store;
determining at least two equivalent fill compositing stacks in the compositing stack store, the at least two equivalent fill compositing stacks in the compositing stack store being defined by equivalent sets of compositing operations applied to different colour operands;
selecting regions from the plurality of regions associated with the determined at least two equivalent fill compositing stacks;
combining pixels of the selected regions into a data structure; and
rendering pixels of the selected regions concurrently using the data structure to render the image.

US Pat. No. 10,264,180

IMAGE CORRECTION APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE CORRECTION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

11. A method for controlling an apparatus, the method comprising:acquiring picked-up image data that has been picked up by an image sensor through an image pickup optical system that includes a correcting lens that corrects an image blur by shifting a position of the correcting lens;
acquiring an operation amount of the correcting lens; and
in accordance with the operation amount of the correcting lens, selecting and executing either of a first correction process in which a correction amount stored in a memory in advance is read with respect to the acquired picked-up image data, and magnification chromatic aberration is corrected with respect to the picked-up image data, or a second correction process in which a correction amount is calculated using the picked-up image data, and magnification chromatic aberration is corrected with respect to the picked-up image data,
wherein the selecting selects either of the first correction process or the second correction process depending on whether the operation amount of the correcting lens is greater than a predetermined amount.

US Pat. No. 10,264,181

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:an evaluation unit configured to evaluate validity of an imaging parameter acquired from image data outputted from an image capturing element that captures a subject image and generate an evaluation value of the imaging parameter;
a generation unit configured to generate shake correction data by using shake data outputted from a shake detection unit;
a control unit configured to control an image blur correction unit by using the shake correction data;
a changing unit configured to cause, about a frame image at a time of photographing a moving image, an image blur correction performance of the image blur correction unit in a case of the evaluation value of the imaging parameter being close to a target value of the imaging parameter to be greater than the image blur correction performance of the image blur correction unit in a case of the evaluation value of the imaging parameter being far from the target value of the imaging parameter; and
a recording unit configured to record the frame image whose image blur correction performance exceeds a predetermined threshold value in association with metadata,
wherein the imaging parameter is any one of an exposure parameter used for exposure control, a focus state parameter used for focus lens control, and a white balance parameter, and
wherein each unit is implemented by one or more processors, circuitry or a combination thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,264,185

CIRCUIT BOARD, ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic apparatus, comprising:a first circuit board on which a circuit is mounted;
a second circuit board arranged close to the circuit on the first circuit board;
a ground terminal which is in contact with a ground pattern on the first circuit board, and is arranged at a location between the circuit of the first circuit board and the second circuit board so as to extend over the circuit of the first circuit board;
a conductive frame member; and
a fixing member for fixing the ground terminal to the conductive frame member and the ground pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,264,187

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS, DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more memories storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the display control apparatus to perform operations comprising:
reading positional information related to data;
determining a type of satellites used for calculating the positional information related to the data;
when quasi-zenith satellites are included in satellites used for determining the positional information, displaying information indicating that the positional information is obtained by using the quasi-zenith satellites; and
when the quasi-zenith satellites are not included in the satellites used for determining the positional information, not displaying the information indicating that the positional information is obtained by using the quasi-zenith satellites.

US Pat. No. 10,263,172

PIEZOELECTRIC BODY, VIBRATION WAVE MOTOR AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A piezoelectric body, comprising:a piezoelectric element on which a plurality of first electrodes are disposed; and
a flexible printed circuit substrate including a plurality of wiring layers extending over a base, a part of the wiring layers being covered with a coverlay, and at a part of the wiring layers that is not covered with the coverlay, a plurality of second electrodes being disposed, wherein
the piezoelectric element and the flexible printed circuit substrate are bonded so that a part of the first electrodes and a part of the second electrodes are electrically connected and the piezoelectric element and a part of the coverlay overlap,
the coverlay has an end made up of a first outline part and a second outline part that intersect with the wiring layers, the first outline part coming in contact with one electrode of the second electrodes, and the second outline part coming in contact with another electrode of the second electrodes,
a length from an outer-shape line of the piezoelectric element that intersects with the flexible printed circuit substrate to the first outline part is shorter than a length from the outer-shape line to the second outline part, and
the one of the second electrodes is located closer to the outer-shape line than the other electrode of the second electrodes.

US Pat. No. 10,260,867

MEASUREMENT APPARATUS AND METHOD THAT MEASURE SHAPE OF SURFACE WHILE CANCELING CYCLICAL ERRORS TO ZERO BY SUMMING OF CYCLIC ERRORS HAVING DIFFERENT PHASES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A measurement apparatus for measuring a shape of a test surface, the measurement apparatus comprising:an optical system including a reference surface, and configured to irradiate a measurement point on the test surface and the reference surface with light, and cause test light reflected by the measurement point and reference light reflected by the reference surface to interfere with each other;
a detector configured to detect an optical path length difference between the test light and the reference light using interfering light of the test light and the reference light; and
a processor configured to determine a position of the measurement point,
wherein a detection result from the detector includes an error, which cyclically changes in accordance with a change of the optical path length difference,
wherein the detector obtains n detection results by detecting the optical path length difference in each of n states where the distances between the optical system and the measurement point obtained from the n states are different from each other by 1/n of a cycle of the error, where n is an integer greater than one, and
wherein the processor determines, based on the n detection results, the position of the measurement point by performing a calculation to reduce a total of the cyclic errors of the n detection results to zero based on the following expressions:
CE1+CE2=0;
M1=L0+CE1;
M2=(L0+T/2)+CE2;
M1+M2=(2L0+T/2)+(CE1+CE2); and
L0={(M1+M2)?T/2}/2,
where L0 represents the distance in a first state, CE1 represents a cyclic error in the first state, CE2 represents a cyclic error in a second state where the distance is different from the first state, phases of the cyclic errors CE1 and CE2 being different by ?, T represents a specific cycle, M1 represents the detection result in the first state, and M2 presents the detection result in the second state.

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. 10,262,415

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,261,396

ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic device capable of being connected to a camera module that has an imaging portion, the electronic device comprising:a second connection terminal portion that is electrically connected to a first connection terminal portion with a concave shape that is included in the camera module,
wherein the second connection terminal portion has a convex shape that is fit to the first connection terminal portion, includes a power source terminal group in a first surface, and includes a ground terminal group and a communication terminal group that is used for communication with the camera module in a second surface on a side opposite to the first surface from among connection surfaces for connection with the first connection terminal portion, and
wherein a position of the ground terminal group is closer to a position of the power source terminal group than to a position of the communication terminal group.

US Pat. No. 10,262,444

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR CREATING A COMPOSITE IMAGE BY USING A PLURALITY OF INPUT IMAGES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing method for creating a composite image by using a plurality of input images, comprising:creating an ID map in which each pixel on a coordinate system of the composite image is assigned an ID value among ID values each of which identifies a corresponding one of the plurality of input images;
creating the composite image based on the ID map;
causing the composite image and the ID map to be superimposed and displayed on a display device;
obtaining user input that is a drag operation performed on the ID map that is superimposed and displayed together with the composite image;
changing the ID map in accordance with the user input; and
updating the composite image in accordance with the change in the ID map.

US Pat. No. 10,263,983

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING TRANSMISSION FUNCTION, AND CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus having a transmission function to perform transmission of image data, comprising:a display;
a memory configured to store at least one transmission setting including a first transmission destination and an image processing setting; and
one or more processors configured to execute a set of instructions to:
authenticate a user;
obtain a second transmission destination, different from the first transmission destination, registered for the authenticated user;
in a case where a usable transmission destination is restricted to the second transmission destination registered for the authenticated user, change the first transmission destination included in the at least one transmission setting to the second transmission destination;
display, on the display, the second transmission destination and the image processing setting included in the at least one transmission setting stored in the memory, when the one transmission setting is selected; and
transmit, according to a user instruction, the image data to the second transmission destination displayed on the display based on the image processing setting displayed on the display.

US Pat. No. 10,263,477

POWER TRANSMITTING APPARATUS, POWER RECEIVING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHODS THEREFOR, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power transmitting apparatus supporting a plurality of wireless power transmission methods, comprising:a communicator for communicating with a power receiving apparatus;
at least one power transmission coil to be used for wireless power transmission to the power receiving apparatus;
a controller for:
(i) determining, based on information received from the power receiving apparatus, whether the power receiving apparatus supports a first wireless power transmission method in which a first value is defined as an upper limit value of a power transmission amount, the first value being higher than a second value that is defined as an upper limit value of a power transmission amount for a second wireless power transmission method;
(ii) deciding, based on a result of the determining, a wireless power transmission method to be used for wireless power transmission to the power receiving apparatus among a plurality of wireless power transmission methods including at least the first wireless power transmission method and the second wireless power transmission method, wherein the controller decides to transmit power to the power receiving apparatus according to the first wireless power transmission method if the controller determines that the power receiving apparatus supports both of the first and second wireless power transmission methods; and
(iii) performing negotiation, by using a communication protocol according to the decided wireless power transmission method, with the power receiving apparatus to determine parameters for the wireless power transmission according to the decided wireless power transmission method; and
a power transmitter for, by using the at least one power transmission coil, performing the wireless power transmission to the power receiving apparatus according to the wireless power transmission method decided by said controller, wherein the wireless power transmission according to the first wireless power transmission method and the wireless power transmission according to the second wireless power transmission method are performed by a same power transmission coil.

US Pat. No. 10,259,121

ROBOT APPARATUS, AND MEASURING METHOD OF ROTATION DRIVING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A robot apparatus which drives a joint by a controlling apparatus, wherein:the joint comprises:
a rotation driving source,
a transmission configured to change driving of the rotation driving source,
a first angle sensor configured to detect a rotation angle of a rotation shaft of the rotation driving source, and
a second angle sensor configured to detect a rotation angle of an output shaft of the transmission; and
the controlling apparatus is configured to obtain output values of the first and second angle sensors by driving the rotation driving source and driving the joint via the transmission in an orientation of the robot apparatus by which a gravity moment acting on the joint is smaller than driving resistance of the joint, and to calculate an angular difference between a predetermined angle and the rotation angle of the output shaft of the transmission based on the obtained output values of the first and second angle sensors.

US Pat. No. 10,261,429

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC MEMBER, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC MEMBER, AND FIXING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic member comprising a substrate, an elastic layer, and a surface layer in this order, whereinthe surface layer contains a fluororesin, and
the elastic layer has a communication hole of which pores are communicated with each other, and an ionic conductive agent is adhered to an inner wall of the communication hole.

US Pat. No. 10,262,199

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a recognition unit configured to recognize, based on a first image captured by an image capture unit from a first viewpoint, a posture of an object in the first image;
a setting unit configured to set a second viewpoint for displaying a space virtually including the object and a third viewpoint to see the posture of the object, based on the posture of the object recognized by the recognition unit;
a generation unit configured to generate, at the time at which the first image was captured by the image capture unit, a second image of the space in which the posture of the recognized object is located as a visualization of a model of the object being viewed from a virtual camera at the second viewpoint, and a third image of the posture of the object as a visualization of the model of the object being viewed from another virtual camera at the third viewpoint; and
a display control unit configured to display the second image of the space and the third image of the recognized posture of the object generated by the generation unit on a display unit.

US Pat. No. 10,261,435

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT CONTROLS ROTATION OF A FEEDING BELT AND AN IRRADIATING STATE OF AN ULTRAVIOLET IRRADIATING PORTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:(A) an image forming portion configured to form an image on a sheet with a developer containing toner and an ultraviolet curable agent;
(B) a feeding belt configured to feed the sheet on which the image is formed by the image forming portion;
(C) an ultraviolet irradiating portion configured to irradiate, with ultraviolet radiation, the image on the sheet that is being fed by the feeding belt; and
(D) a controller configured (a) to control the feeding belt, in order to start rotation of the feeding belt and to stop the rotation of the feeding belt, and (b) to control the ultraviolet irradiating portion, in order to switch the ultraviolet irradiating portion between an irradiating state and a non-irradiating state, wherein the controller stops the rotation of the feeding belt when the ultraviolet irradiating portion is in the non-irradiating state.

US Pat. No. 10,264,253

DERIVING REFERENCE MODE VALUES AND ENCODING AND DECODING INFORMATION REPRESENTING PREDICTION MODES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of deriving reference intra prediction mode values for encoding or decoding a mode value representing an intra prediction mode for a current unit to be encoded or decoded, the method comprising:deriving first, second and third reference intra prediction mode values to encode or decode the mode value for the current unit from respective intra prediction modes of at least two neighbouring units of the current unit, wherein the number of the reference intra prediction mode values, to encode or decode the mode value for the current unit, is three,
wherein deriving the first, second and third reference intra prediction mode values comprises checking whether the respective intra prediction modes of said at least two neighbouring units are the same or different and,
if the respective intra prediction modes are different, setting the first reference intra prediction mode value to a mode value corresponding to one of said respective intra prediction modes, setting the second reference intra prediction mode value to a mode value corresponding to another of said respective intra prediction modes, and
if neither of said first and second reference intra prediction mode values corresponds to the planar prediction mode, setting the third reference intra prediction mode value to a mode value corresponding to the planar prediction mode,
and wherein the first, second or third reference intra prediction mode value is usable for the encoding or decoding of the mode value to be encoded or decoded.

US Pat. No. 10,261,436

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS TO CORRECT EXPOSURE AMOUNT TO FORM IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus forming an image on basis of image data, the apparatus comprising:a photosensitive member;
an exposing unit configured to expose the photosensitive member to light to form an electrostatic latent image;
a developing unit configured to develop the electrostatic latent image by using a developing agent to form an image;
a region identifying unit configured to, on basis of the image data, identify a first region being a region having a series of pixels with a pixel value equal to or higher than a predetermined value and a second region being a region having a series of pixels with a pixel value lower than the predetermined value;
a pixel identifying unit configured to identify a pixel to be corrected from the pixels within the first region on basis of identification information describing a relationship between an edge pixel positioned at an edge of the first region and the pixel to be corrected; and
a correcting unit configured to correct an exposure amount applied by the exposing unit for the pixel to be corrected from an exposure amount described in the image data,
wherein, in a case where another first region exists which faces the edge pixel across the second region on a line in a predetermined direction passing through the edge pixel of the first region, the correcting unit determines, in accordance with a first number of pixels being a number of pixels on the line within the second region between the first region and the other first region, whether to correct the exposure amount for the pixel to be corrected.

US Pat. No. 10,261,441

DEVELOPER SUPPLY CONTAINER AND DEVELOPER SUPPLYING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer supply container detachably mountable to a developer supplying apparatus, the developer supply container comprising:a developer accommodating chamber capable of accommodating developer;
a discharge opening, provided on the developer accommodating chamber, for permitting discharge of the developer therein;
a storage portion provided in the developer accommodating chamber and capable of storing a predetermined amount of the developer to be supplied through the discharge opening;
a pump portion having a changeable inside volume with reciprocation and actable at least on the storage portion;
an air hole portion providing fluid communication between the pump portion and the storage portion; and
a suppressing portion capable of suppressing air directed toward the developer accommodating chamber from the pump portions while permitting supply of air from the pump portion to the air hole portion at least in a discharging operation.

US Pat. No. 10,261,442

DEVELOPING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing apparatus comprising:a developer bearing member configured to bear developer containing toner and carrier to develop an electrostatic latent image formed on an image bearing member;
a first chamber configured to supply developer to the developer bearing member;
a second chamber configured to communicate with the first chamber in such a manner that developer circulates between the first and second chambers;
a partition wall configured to separate the first and second chambers;
a first communicating portion configured to permit developer to communicate from the first chamber toward the second chamber;
a second communicating portion configured to permit developer to communicate from the second chamber toward the first chamber;
a first conveyance screw provided in the first chamber and configured to convey developer in the first chamber in a first direction from the second communicating portion toward the first communicating portion;
a second conveyance screw provided in the second chamber and configured to convey developer in the second chamber in a second direction from the first communicating portion toward the second communicating portion; and
a replenishing portion provided upstream of a downstream end of the first communicating portion in the second direction and configured to replenish developer to the second chamber,
wherein in a state that the developing apparatus is at a position to develop an electrostatic latent image formed on the image bearing member, an opening portion, through which an airflow from the second chamber toward the first chamber passes, is provided to the partition wall at a positon downstream of the first communicating portion and upstream of the second communicating portion in the second direction and above the top of the second conveyance screw in a vertical direction, a length of the opening portion being equal to or longer than a length of a plurality of pitches of blades of the second conveyance screw, and
wherein a length, in the vertical direction, of the opening portion at a first position is longer than a length, in the vertical direction, of the opening portion at a second position, the first position being downstream of the second position and upstream of the second communicating portion in the second direction, the second position being downstream of the first communicating portion and upstream of the second communicating portion in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,261,443

DEVELOPER CONTAINER, DEVELOPING APPARATUS, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developer container, comprising:a developer containing portion in which developer to be carried by a developer carrying member is stored;
a rotation shaft disposed in the developer containing portion;
a first sheet member installed on the rotation shaft in the developer containing portion and transporting the developer inside the developer containing portion to the developer carrying member located above the developer containing portion by rotating around the rotation shaft in a posture taken in use, the first sheet member elastically deforming to bend upon contacting an inner wall surface of the developer containing portion, and then being restored from the bent state upon releasing contact with the inner wall surface; and
a second sheet member that is installed on the rotation shaft in the developer containing portion and rotates with the first sheet member, wherein
one end of the first sheet member and one end of the second sheet member are fixed to the same position of the rotation shaft so that the second sheet member rotates with the first sheet member, and the other end of the first sheet member and the other end of the second sheet member are free ends,
the other end of the second sheet member does not contact the inner wall surface of the developer containing portion when the rotation shaft rotates, and
when the rotation shaft rotates in a state in which at least a part of the developer elevated by the first sheet member is positioned above the rotation shaft, the second sheet member rotates on the downstream side of the first sheet member in the rotating direction of the rotation shaft, so as to control falling of developer on the first sheet member.

US Pat. No. 10,261,444

DEVELOPING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing apparatus, comprising:a rotatable developer carrying member configured to carry a developer including toner and carrier to convey the developer to a developing area opposed to an image bearing member;
a developing container including:
a first chamber configured to supply the developer to the developer carrying member, the first chamber being disposed below a rotation axis of the developer carrying member in a state in which the developing apparatus is in a developing position for developing an electrostatic latent image formed on the image bearing member;
a second chamber disposed opposite to the developer carrying member in the state in which the developing apparatus is in the developing position and configured to collect the developer, that has passed the developing area, from the developer carrying member;
a first communication portion configured to permit the developer in the first chamber to communicate from the first chamber to the second chamber;
a second communication portion configured to permit the developer in the second chamber to communicate from the second chamber to the first chamber,
the developing container being configured to circulate the developer to be supplied to the developer carrying member between the first chamber and the second chamber;
a first conveyance screw disposed in the first chamber and configured to convey the developer in the first chamber in a first conveyance direction from the second communication portion toward the first communication portion;
a second conveyance screw disposed in the second chamber and configured to convey the developer in the second chamber, the second conveyance screw including a rotary shaft, a first vane portion formed in a spiral manner around an outer circumference of the rotary shaft and configured to convey the developer in the second chamber in a second conveyance direction from the first communication portion toward the second communication portion, and a second vane portion provided downstream of the first vane portion in the second conveyance direction and formed in a spiral manner around the outer circumference of the rotary shaft and configured to convey the developer in the second chamber in the first conveyance direction and to deliver the developer in the second chamber to the second communication portion;
a magnet fixedly disposed inside the developer carrying member and including a first magnetic pole and a second magnetic pole disposed downstream of a local maximum peak position of a magnetic flux density of the first magnetic pole in a rotation direction of the developer carrying member and adjacent to the first magnetic pole, the second magnetic pole having the same polarity as the first magnetic pole, the magnet being configured to generate a magnetic field for removing the developer, that has passed the developing area, from a surface of the developer carrying member;
a partition wall provided between the first chamber and the second chamber and provided with a guiding portion disposed opposite to the developer carrying member to guide the developer that has passed the developing area to be collected from the developer carrying member into the second chamber, a position in which the guiding portion is closest to the developer carrying member is downstream of the local maximum peak position of the magnetic flux density of the first magnetic pole and upstream of a local maximum peak position of a magnetic flux density of the second magnetic pole in the rotation direction of the developer carrying member; and
a developer replenishing portion configured to replenish the developer; and
a bearing member which is formed separately from the developing container and attached to the developing container, the bearing member configured to rotatably bear the rotary shaft, the bearing member including a bearing portion, a developer discharge portion, and a wall portion,
the bearing portion being disposed upstream of the second vane portion in the first conveyance direction and configured to rotatably bear the rotary shaft,
the developer discharge portion being disposed upstream of the second vane portion in the first conveyance direction and configured to discharge a part of the developer as the developer is replenished by the developer replenishing portion,
the wall portion being disposed opposite to the second vane portion in the first conveyance direction, with a predetermined clearance in between the second vane portion and the wall portion and formed so as to extend along an outer periphery of the second vane portion,
wherein the developer discharge portion is disposed in a predetermined area of the second chamber in which the developer of the second chamber is deliverable to the second communication portion, and
wherein the developer discharge portion is provided in a bottom portion in the predetermined area of the second chamber in the state in which the developing apparatus is in the developing position.

US Pat. No. 10,264,522

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that communicates with a communication apparatus, comprising:a receiving unit configured to receive from a user an instruction for performing a setting relating to connection of the communication apparatus, wherein the information processing apparatus and the communication apparatus are connected via a first access point in the communication apparatus after the instruction is received;
a connection unit configured to connect the information processing apparatus and the communication apparatus via a second access point in the communication apparatus by communication between the information processing apparatus and the communication apparatus via the first access point in a case where the information processing apparatus and the external access point are not connected when the instruction is received, and to connect the communication apparatus and the external access point to which the information processing apparatus is connected when the instruction is received by communication between the information processing apparatus and the communication apparatus via the first access point in a case where the information processing apparatus and the external access point are connected when the instruction is received; and
a communication unit configured to communicate with the communication apparatus by connection between the information processing apparatus and the communication apparatus without the external access point or by connection between the information processing apparatus and the communication apparatus via the external access point.

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. 10,261,451

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image bearing member configured to bear a toner image;
an intermediate transfer belt onto which a toner image is primarily transferred from the image bearing member, the intermediate transfer belt having a conductivity and being endless;
a secondary transfer member configured to secondarily transfer the toner image from the intermediate transfer belt to a transfer member, the secondary transfer member contacting an outer peripheral surface of the intermediate transfer belt;
a transfer power supply configured to apply a voltage to the secondary transfer member;
an opposing member supporting an inner peripheral surface of the intermediate transfer belt, the opposing member provided to oppose the secondary transfer member through the intermediate transfer belt;
a contact member corresponding to and opposed to the image bearing member through the intermediate transfer belt, the contact member contacting the inner peripheral surface of the intermediate transfer belt; and
a current restriction circuit electrically connected to the contact member and the opposing member, the current restriction circuit restricting an amount of current flowing from the opposing member to the contact member, in a case where a voltage is applied from the transfer power supply to the secondary transfer member, to a predetermined amount of current, independently of variation of resistance value of the intermediate transfer belt.

US Pat. No. 10,261,453

PRINTING SYSTEM AND PRINTING METHOD FOR PRINT JOB

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing system comprising:(A) a print unit configured to execute printing for a print job at a first printing speed and a second printing speed that is faster than the first printing speed;
(B) a storage unit that stores a number of sheets for which the printing can be executed at the second printing speed;
(C) a display unit that displays a screen in which a user can designate the second printing speed for the print job, and that displays, in the screen in which the user can designate the second printing speed for the print job, a remaining number of sheets for which the printing can be executed at the second printing speed, based on the number of sheets stored in the storage unit;
(D) a control unit that controls the print unit to execute, based on the designation by the user via the screen displayed by the display unit, the printing for the print job at the second printing speed; and
(E) an update unit that updates the number of sheets stored in the storage unit by reducing the number of sheets stored in the storage unit by a number of sheets used for the printing at the second printing speed.

US Pat. No. 10,261,454

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH CREASER CONTROL, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, PRINTING SYSTEM, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing system comprising:an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet;
a creasing unit configured to crease the sheet conveyed from the image forming unit and comprising a creasing die which is selectively attachable, wherein the creasing unit creases the sheet by pressing the creasing die against the sheet;
a setting unit configured to set a plurality of creasing positions on the sheet to be creased by the creasing unit, the setting unit being configured to independently set, for each creasing position, whether to crease from a front surface on the sheet or crease from a back surface on the sheet; and
a control unit configured to:
(i) check a setting of the plurality of creasing positions to determine whether creasing from both surfaces for the sheet is to be performed,
(ii) obtain information of the creasing unit to determine whether the creasing unit is able to crease from both surfaces of one sheet, and
(iii) if it is determined that creasing to both surfaces is to be performed and it is determined that the creasing unit is not able to crease from both surfaces of one sheet, display a warning screen on a display unit to prompt a user to change the setting of the plurality of creasing positions.

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. 10,261,462

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a photosensitive member;
a charge device configured to charge the photosensitive member;
an exposure device configured to expose the photosensitive member that is charged and form an electrostatic image;
a developing device configured to supply toner to the electrostatic image to form a toner image;
a transfer member configured to cause the toner image to be transferred from the photosensitive member onto a recording material at a transfer unit;
a transfer power supply configured to apply a voltage to the transfer member;
a cleaning member disposed in contact with the photosensitive member, the cleaning member configured to remove toner adhering to the photosensitive member; and
a control unit configured to cause a supply operation to be executed at a non-imge forming time, the supply operation including forming a predetermined toner image on the photosensitive member and supplying toner of the predetermined toner image to a contact portion between the cleaning member and the photosensitive member,
wherein at least during a period in which toner of the predetermined toner image on the photosensitive member passes through the transfer unit during the supply operation, the control unit causes a pass-through voltage, which is a voltage having a same polarity as a normal charge polarity of the toner and having an absolute value that is less than an electric potential of a portion that is exposed by the exposure device of the photosensitive member, to be applied from the transfer power supply to the transfer member.

US Pat. No. 10,261,463

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a photosensitive cartridge including a photosensitive member;
a developing cartridge including a developing member; and
a main body having a mounting unit which is configured to mount the photosensitive cartridge and the developing cartridge by moving the developing cartridge and the photosensitive cartridge in an insertion direction;
wherein the photosensitive cartridge and the developing cartridge are detachably mountable to the mounting unit, respectively,
wherein the main body includes:
a moving member configured to move the developing cartridge between a contact position where the developing member contacts with the photosensitive member and a separate position where the developing member does not contact with the photosensitive member, and
an elastic member configured to press the moving member so that the developing cartridge moves toward the contact position from the separate position.

US Pat. No. 10,261,464

DEVELOPER SUPPLY CONTAINER AND DEVELOPER SUPPLYING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,262,233

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR USING LEARNING DATA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for generating a discrimination model which is used to decide whether or not a target is normal by using learning data, 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 information processing apparatus to:
input a plurality of learning data;
generate a plurality of discrimination models each for a set of learning data which are selected from the input plurality of learning data and decide whether or not a number of the input learning data is insufficient on the basis of a similarity between the discrimination models;
evaluate a degree of overlearning of a particular discrimination model among the discrimination models and, based on a result of the evaluation, decide whether or not a number of the input learning data is insufficient, when generating the particular discrimination model; and
notify a user of information for urging an additional input of new learning data when it is decided that the number of the input learning data is insufficient.

US Pat. No. 10,259,670

SHEET CONVEYANCE DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveyance device comprising:a driving rotation device configured to rotate by receiving rotational driving force from a driving unit;
a driven rotation device configured to be driven by the driving rotation device to rotate at a position facing the driving rotation device, wherein the driven rotation device conveys a sheet with the rotation from the driving rotation device; and
a supporting device including a first restriction surface and a second restriction surface in an outside area of the driven rotation device in a width direction intersecting a sheet conveyance direction, and configured to support the driven rotation device,
wherein the driven rotation device includes a driven rotation member contacting the driving rotation device, a cylindrical shaft made of metal and having a cylindrical shape and configured to rotatably support the driven rotation member, and a restriction member that is at least partially inserted in an inner circumference side of the cylindrical shaft, wherein the cylindrical shaft includes a protruding portion protruding from an end surface of the cylindrical shaft in the width direction, and
wherein a position of the cylindrical shaft is restricted in the width direction by the restriction member contacting the first restriction surface, and movement of the cylindrical shaft in a rotational direction is restricted by the protruding portion contacting the restriction member and the regulating member contacting the second restriction surface.