US Pat. No. 9,140,603

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION ELEMENT, AND PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS AND IMAGE SENSING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus having a pixel area where pixels are arrayed comprising:
a photoelectric conversion portion included in a pixel of the arrayed pixels;
a member for light path to the photoelectric conversion portion, which is provided on the photoelectric conversion portion;
an insulator film; and
a wiring;
wherein within one plane in parallel with a light receiving surface of the photoelectric conversion portion, and within another
plane in parallel with the light receiving surface and closer to the light receiving surface than the one plane, the wiring
is arranged in the pixel area, and the insulator film surrounds the member,

wherein a width of the member within the another plane is less than a width of the member within the one plane,
wherein the member includes
a first portion, and
a second portion, the second portion being different from the first portion in a refractive index, the second portion being
arranged in continuous with the first portion and surrounding the first portion, and

wherein a width of the first portion within the another plane is more than a width of the first portion within the one plane,
and a thickness of the second portion within the another plane is not more than a half of a thickness of the second portion
within the one plane.

US Pat. No. 9,134,438

RADIATION DETECTING ELEMENT USING OXIDE CRYSTAL AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING OXIDE CRYSTAL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiation detecting element comprising:
a semiconductor layer including a tin oxide crystal; and
a detecting unit configured to detect, as an electrical signal, charges generated in the semiconductor layer when the semiconductor
layer is irradiated with radiation,

wherein a resistivity of the semiconductor layer is 107 ?·cm or more.

US Pat. No. 9,135,230

DIGITAL DOCUMENT EDITING METHOD, DIGITAL DOCUMENT EDITING PROGRAM AND DIGITAL DOCUMENT EDITING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

18. An information processing method comprising:
a display control step of controlling a display unit to display in a first display area a plurality of images;
an image designation step of designating one of the plurality of images displayed in the first display area;
a recognition step of executing image recognition on the plurality of images; and
a search step of searching for images that are similar to the designated image on the basis of a result of the image recognition,
wherein the display control step also controls the display unit to display similar images found in the search step in a second
display area of the display unit, which is different from the first display area, while the display unit displays the plurality
of images including the designated image in the first display area.

US Pat. No. 9,135,519

PATTERN MATCHING METHOD AND PATTERN MATCHING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A pattern matching method of detecting an image of a detection target from a search image obtained by imaging the detection
target by performing pattern matching between the search edge image and a model edge image concerning the detection target,
comprising:
obtaining a reference image of the detection target;
generating the model edge image on a basis of the reference image;
generating the edge extraction domain that is specified as a portion where the model edge image can exist by overlying a plurality
of the model edge images obtained with at least one of (i) a rotation process of rotating the model edge image within a predetermined
range around a rotation center of the model edge image, (ii) an enlargement/reduction process of enlarging/reducing the model
edge image within a predetermined range around the rotation center, and (iii) a translation process of translating the model
edge image within a predetermined range; and

performing pattern matching between the model edge image and the search edge image generated by performing edge extraction
process for the edge extraction domain in the search image;

a first step of rotating the model edge image on the search edge image by a given angle or enlarging/reducing the model edge
image on the search edge image by a given enlargement/reduction ratio, and calculating a similarity between the model edge
image and the search edge image based on edge directions of the model edge image and the search edge image;

a second step of moving a center of the model edge image on the search image by a given pixel, and calculating a similarity
between the model edge image and the search edge image based on the edge directions of the model edge image and the search
edge image;

repeating the first and second steps; and
outputting a position and rotation angle or enlargement/reduction ratio in the search edge image of the model edge image having
a highest similarity as pattern matching results.

US Pat. No. 9,132,679

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus having a plurality of paper feeding units, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a first detection unit configured to detect out-of-paper in at least one of the plurality of paper feeding units;
a second detection unit configured to detect a failure in at least one of the plurality of paper feeding units;
a selection unit configured to select one of the plurality of paper feeding units that is to be used as a paper feeding source
of paper; and

a control unit configured to control the selection unit to permit selecting the paper feeding unit in which the out-of-paper
is detected by the first detection unit and to control the selection unit not to permit selecting the paper feeding unit in
which the failure is detected by the second detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,132,980

PRINTING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
an execution unit configured to execute an adjustment job for printing an image on a plurality of sheets for adjusting a tint
of the printed image;

a control unit configured to control to continuously discharge, to a first discharge unit, sheets except for a last sheet
among the plurality of sheets on which the image is printed by executing the adjustment job by the execution unit, and to
discharge the last sheet to a second discharge unit different from the first discharge unit; and

a determination unit configured to determine whether the printing apparatus includes the first discharge unit,
wherein if the determination unit determines that the printing apparatus does not include the first discharge unit, the control
unit discharges the plurality of sheets to the second discharge unit, and notifies a user that a top one of the sheets discharged
to the second discharge unit is the last sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,134,619

EXPOSURE APPARATUS AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD USING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An exposure apparatus that irradiates a pattern formed on an original plate with light emitted from an illumination system
to thereby expose an image of the pattern on a substrate via a projection optical system, the exposure apparatus comprising:
a light shielding plate that is arranged on a plane conjugate to an object plane of the projection optical system in the illumination
system, includes a circular-arc overlapping a circular borderline, which defines a region whereupon the image on the substrate
is formed, on an inner side of an outer periphery of the substrate at an edge, and shields against light to prevent the light
from entering an outer peripheral region outside the circular borderline on the substrate;

a first driving unit that rotationally drives the light shielding plate about an axis parallel to an optical axis of the illumination
system;

a second driving unit that linearly drives the light shielding plate within a plane perpendicular to the optical axis;
a detecting unit that detects a light-shielding position at which light is shielded by the light shielding plate; and
a control unit that stores a light-shielding position at a reference time point and light-shielding positions before and after
a replacement of the light shielding plate when the light shielding plate is replaced after the reference time point, and
calculates a variation amount of the light-shielding position based on a light-shielding position detected by the detecting
unit at a time point after the light shielding plate is replaced, the light-shielding position at the reference time point,
and the difference between the light-shielding positions before and after the replacement of light shielding plate.

US Pat. No. 9,131,185

DATA COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A data communication apparatus comprising:
a processor connected to a memory, the processor being configured to perform:
a scanning function of scanning an original image;
a setting function of setting an address of a file server on a network as a transmission destination for transmitting a file
corresponding to the original image scanned by said scanning function;

an obtaining function of obtaining authentication information to be used for authentication of the file server, the authentication
information being inputted at the time of a login to the data communication apparatus or being inputted at the time of the
setting of the transmission destination;

a transmission function of transmitting the file to the file server designated by the transmission destination in a case that
the authentication of the file server is successful on a basis of the authentication information;

a registration function of registering the transmission destination set by said setting function and the authentication information
obtained by said obtaining function; and

a control function of prohibiting registration of the authentication information if the authentication information is inputted
at the time of the login to the data communication apparatus, and permitting registration of the authentication information
if the authentication information is inputted at the time of the setting of the destination.

US Pat. No. 9,128,648

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that switches to a second power state which is lower than a first power state, the image forming
apparatus comprising:
a plurality of execution units configured to execute predetermined functional processing;
a selection unit configured to select priority on power saving or priority on convenience as a condition for switching to
the second power state which is lower than the first power state;

a reception unit configured to receive a plurality of recovery triggers for switching to the first power state from the second
power state;

a storage unit configured to store a number of times of detection of each recovery trigger received by the reception unit;
a determination unit configured to determine, if the selection unit selects priority on convenience, whether the number of
times of detection of each recovery trigger requiring a large power amount consumed by execution units associated with each
recovery trigger, which is stored in the storage unit, falls below a predetermined threshold;

a notification unit configured to notify a user of a recovery trigger as the recovery trigger that needs to be disabled, if
the determination unit determines that the number of times of detection of the recovery trigger falls below a corresponding
predetermined threshold; and

a disabling unit configured to, if the user accepts disabling a recovery trigger of which the user has been notified by the
notification unit, disable the recovery trigger determined to fall below a corresponding predetermined threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,128,651

PRINTING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING PRINTING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus which prints an image on a print medium by a plurality of recording elements, comprising:
a conveying unit configured to convey the print medium in a conveyance direction;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a width, in a direction which crosses the conveyance direction, of the print medium
conveyed by the conveying unit, wherein the width is detected by a sensor arrange in the conveyance direction between the
most upstream element and the most downstream element of the plurality of recording elements; and

a printing unit configured to determine whether the width has been detected by the sensor, and in response to determining
that the width has been detected by the sensor, configured to print, on the print medium, an image of a size in accordance
with the acquired width of the print medium using the recording elements so that a first part of the recording elements is
used for printing on an area which has been conveyed downstream from the sensor in the conveyance direction when the detection
is performed.

US Pat. No. 9,122,192

DETECTION DEVICE, DEVELOPING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A detection device configured to detect a charge amount of toner on a developer carrier, comprising:
an assembly including a quartz oscillator and having a first surface and a second surface that are provided in the quartz
oscillator, the first surface having a recess and a projection formed in a direction in which the quartz oscillator vibrates;

a capacitor connected to the assembly;
a first measurement unit configured to measure a potential difference between two ends of the capacitor; and
a second measurement unit configured to measure a frequency of the quartz oscillator,
wherein in a case where an alternating-current power is applied to the assembly, the direction in which the quartz oscillator
vibrates is parallel to the first surface.

US Pat. No. 9,124,803

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, REPRODUCTION APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image pickup unit that picks up an object to generate moving image data;
a detection unit that detects at least one of a shooting direction of the image pickup unit and an attitude of the image pickup
apparatus;

a storage unit that temporarily stores moving image data generated by the image pickup unit;
an instruction unit that instructs operation to photograph a still image; and
a recording unit that reads out the moving image data traced back by a predetermined time period from a timing when still
image photographing is instructed by the instruction unit, from the storage unit, and records the read-out moving image data
in a recording medium,

wherein, in the moving image data traced back by the predetermined time period, the recording unit does not record, in the
recording medium, at least a portion of the moving image data in the predetermined time period, based on at least one of the
shooting direction and the attitude of the image pickup apparatus detected by the detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,124,835

METHOD FOR DRIVING PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for driving a photoelectric conversion device which includes a plurality of pixels arranged in a matrix,
each of the pixels including
a photoelectric conversion unit,
a holding unit configured to hold electric charges,
a floating diffusion,
a first transfer unit configured to transfer electric charges generated in the photoelectric conversion unit to the holding
unit,

a second transfer unit configured to transfer electric charges accumulated in the holding unit to the floating diffusion,
a third transfer unit configured to reset the photoelectric conversion unit, and
a resetting unit configured to reset the floating diffusion, the method comprising:
outputting, after the first transfer units of the first, second and third rows are conducted to transfer electric charges
to the holding units, and the electric charges transferred to the holding units of the first and second rows are conducted
through the second transfer units of the first and second rows successively, and transferred to the floating diffusion, signals
based on the electric charges transferred to the floating diffusion;

outputting, after accumulating electric charges in the photoelectric conversion units of the pixels in the first row is performed
without performing an operation of accumulating electric charges in the photoelectric conversion units of the pixels in the
first and the third rows, signals from the pixels in the first and third rows in a second frame following the first frame;
and

resetting, in the first frame, the photoelectric conversion units of the pixels in the second and third rows using the third
transfer units included in the pixels in the third row.

US Pat. No. 9,121,733

POSITION DETECTING APPARATUS, AND LENS APPARATUS, IMAGE READING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A position detecting apparatus, comprising:
a scale having a first pattern arranged in a predetermined direction at a first period and a second pattern arranged in the
predetermined direction at a second period larger than the first period;

a detection element array having a plurality of detecting elements, each of detecting elements being arranged in the predetermined
direction and detecting energy intensities based on the first pattern and the second pattern;

a generator configured to generate, based on detection signal output from the detection element array, a plurality of first
signals having phases different from each other obtained based on the first pattern and a plurality of second signals having
phases different from each other obtained based on the second pattern; and

a deriving unit configured to derive a position of the detection element array relative to the scale based on the plurality
of first signals and the plurality of second signals,

wherein the scale is relatively movable in the predetermined direction relative to the detection element array,
wherein the deriving unit derives a reference position as a position of the detection element array relative to the scale
based on the plurality of first signals and the plurality of second signals, then performs a first process in which a displacement
amount of the detection element array, which relatively moved, relative to the reference position is derived based on the
plurality of first signals to derive a position of the detection element array relative to the scale and then performs a second
process in which a position of the detection element array relative to the scale is derived based on the position derived
by the first process.

US Pat. No. 9,122,516

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM FOR MANAGEMENT OF A JOB CONSISTING OF MULTIPLE TASKS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing system comprising:
a processor and a memory, the processor and the memory cooperating to function as:
a job management unit configured to manage a job consisting of multiple tasks that is generated in accordance with a user
request; and

multiple back-end units configured to acquire tasks from the job management unit if a processing standby status exists and
carry out specific task processing,

wherein the job management unit further comprises:
a processing sequence information storage unit configured to store processing sequence information that indicates processing
sequence in which respective tasks included in the job are processed;

a task information storage unit configured to store task information which includes processing times corresponding to processing
contents of the respective tasks and notification time intervals that are time intervals at which each back-end unit notifies
the job management unit that a task processing is in progress; and

a job information storage unit configured to store job information including information including a task that is foremost
in processing sequence among multiple tasks included in the job, a status of the task, and a final notification time at which
a notification is received from the back-end unit in the process of executing the task that task processing is in progress;

wherein the back-end units periodically notify the job management unit that task processing is in progress, and
wherein the job management unit which receives a task request from the back-end unit:
discriminates whether a status of a task, which matches the task for which the task request was issued and which is currently
foremost in processing sequence, indicates that task processing is in progress based on job information stored in the job
information storage unit;

discriminates whether a prescribed time has elapsed from the final notification time in the case where the status of the task,
which matches the task for which the task request was issued and which is currently foremost in processing sequence, indicates
that task processing is in progress;

issues a command to suspend task processing to the back-end unit that has not completed the task processing and issues a command
to alternatively execute the task processing in the process of execution to the back-end unit that issued the task request
in the case where the prescribed time has elapsed from the final notification time.

US Pat. No. 9,122,347

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect touch points on a touch panel touched by a user;
a determination unit configured to determine, in a case where the detection unit detects a plurality of touch points and a
number of touch points detected by the detection unit increases, whether each of a plurality of touch points that is not a
most recent touch point among the plurality of touch points detected by the detection unit is valid for a multi-touch operation;
and

a recognition unit configured to recognize information regarding the most recent touch point and each touch point determined
to be valid by the determination unit as input information.

US Pat. No. 9,124,731

COPYING APPARATUS, COPYING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND CONTROL PROGRAM THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an obtainment unit configured to obtain data to be printed on a printing medium;
a selection unit configured to select either one of a first function which is provided only by the image forming apparatus
or a second function which is provided using an external device different from the image forming apparatus;

a creation unit configured to create image data to which a print setting has been reflected from the data to be printed when
the first function has been selected;

a transmission unit configured to transmit the data to be printed to the external device when the second function has been
selected;

a reception unit configured to receive image data to which a print setting has been reflected and which is interpretable by
the image forming apparatus from the external device as a response to the data to be printed transmitted by the transmission
unit, the image data to which the print setting has been reflected and which is interpretable by the image forming apparatus
having been created from the data to be printed; and

a print unit configured to print the received image data to which the print setting has been reflected and which is interpretable
by the image forming apparatus on a print medium,

wherein the image data to which the print setting has been reflected and which is interpretable by the image forming apparatus
is created based on the data to be printed transmitted to the external device by the transmission unit, and is received from
the external device by the reception unit.

US Pat. No. 9,118,726

NETWORK DEVICE, AND CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A network device able to communicate with an external device via a LAN cable, comprising:
a displaying unit configured to display a selection screen through which a user selects a category of the LAN cable from among
a plurality of categories of LAN cables;

a storage unit configured to store category information representing the category selected by the user through the selection
screen;

a first decision unit configured to compare a maximum communication speed corresponding to the category information stored
in said storage unit with each of at least one communication speed settable for the network device and decide an upper limit
communication speed in communication between the network device and the external device; and

a second decision unit configured to perform auto-negotiation with the external device based on the upper limit communication
speed decided by said first decision unit and decide a communication speed to be set to be used for communication between
the network device and the external device.

US Pat. No. 9,114,615

DISCHARGING ELEMENT SUBSTRATE, PRINTHEAD, AND PRINTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A discharging element substrate comprising:
a discharging element configured to discharge liquid;
a MOS transistor including a drain terminal, a gate terminal, a source terminal and a back gate terminal, the drain terminal
being electrically connected to a first node to which a first voltage is supplied, the gate terminal being electrically connected
to a second node to which a second voltage is supplied, and the source terminal and the back gate terminal being electrically
connected to the discharging element;

a switch unit arranged in a current path between the discharging element and a ground node; and
a unit configured to make a potential difference between the source terminal and the gate terminal lower than the second voltage
in a case where the second voltage is not supplied to the second node.

US Pat. No. 9,117,008

DISPLAY APPARATUS AND DISPLAY METHOD FOR DISPLAYING THE RADIOGRAPHING RANGE OF A HUMAN BODY TO BE EXAMINED

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain information associated with a human body to be examined;
a forming unit configured to form, based on information on an area radiographed by a radiographing apparatus with respect
to the human body to be examined included in the information obtained by the obtaining unit, a graphic showing the area radiographed
by the radiographing apparatus on a body diagram of the human body to be examined; and

a display control unit configured to control a monitor to display the graphic formed by the forming unit based on a reference
point indicating a part of the human body to be examined included in the information obtained by the obtaining unit,

wherein the information obtained by the obtaining unit includes information on a posture of the human body at the time that
the human body was radiographed, and wherein the posture is reflected by the body diagram.

US Pat. No. 9,113,070

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for processing image signals that are obtained from an image pickup element, the image processing
apparatus comprising:
a correlation operation unit configured to operate a correlation of the image signals of two images that are obtained from
the image pickup element and to operate an image shift amount between images that are picked up by photoelectric conversion
units, on the basis of the correlation;

a saturation detection unit configured to detect whether or not an image signal, of the two images, reaches a saturation level,
and to produce a saturation detection result; and

a controller configured to control the correlation operation unit, wherein the controller controls whether or not the correlation
of the image signals from a plurality of photoelectric conversion units, including the photoelectric conversion units, is
used for the operation of the image shift amount that is performed by the correlation operation unit, and the control by the
controller is made in accordance with a result of the saturation detection result that is produced by the saturation detection
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,108,410

PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a printhead configured to print an image by discharging ink to a printing medium;
a preliminary discharge unit configured to cause said printhead to perform preliminary discharge;
a detecting unit configured to detect a size of a printing medium on which an image is to be printed; and
a scaling process unit configured to, when a size of a printing medium indicated by size setting information and a detected
size of the printing medium that has been detected by said detecting unit do not match each other, scale the image to be formed
on the printing medium in accordance with the detected size,

wherein said preliminary discharge unit is configured to cause said printhead to perform preliminary discharge in accordance
with a scaling result of said scaling process unit.

US Pat. No. 9,104,097

RADIOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiographic apparatus comprising:
a first housing;
an X-ray detection sensor to detect an X-ray;
a buffer material which is placed between said first housing and said X-ray detection sensor;
a support member having a first surface to support said X-ray detection sensor, said support member being placed on an opposite
side of said buffer material with respect to said X-ray detection sensor, wherein at least one convex portion is formed on
a second surface on an opposite side to said first surface; and

a second housing which includes a concave portion engaging with said convex portion, wherein said concave portion has a depth
that is greater than or equal to a height of said convex portion, and said second housing is configured to support a region
other than said convex portion formed on said second surface of said support member, by a region of said second housing other
than said concave portion.

US Pat. No. 9,105,242

IMAGE DISPLAY SYSTEM, IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CALIBRATION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image display apparatus having a display panel, and a backlight adapted to be changed over among a plurality of levels
of luminance, said apparatus comprising:
a setting unit that sets a target value for a predetermined display characteristic of said image display apparatus;
a decision unit that decides, based on a continuous range of contrast ratios determined by said target value, a discrete number
of levels of change-over of the luminance of said backlight; and

a calibration unit that carries out color measurement by causing said backlight to emit light at each level of luminance decided
by said decision unit and causing said image display apparatus to display a predetermined color chart thereon at each level
of luminance of said backlight, and carries out calibration at each level of luminance of said backlight based on a color
value measured by the color measurement, the color measurement and the calibration being repeatedly carried out the number
of times corresponding to the number of levels of the luminance of said backlight decided by said decision unit.

US Pat. No. 9,102,169

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for controlling an apparatus having an inkjet head for duplex printing, the method comprising:
arranging maintenance images among page images prior to printing based on a predetermined condition;
causing the apparatus to print a plurality of image patterns in sequence on a first side of a continuous sheet, wherein the
plurality of image patterns includes the page images and the maintenance images that have been arranged among the page images
prior to printing based on the predetermined condition;

causing the apparatus to determine, based on a first side print schedule for printing on the first side of the continuous
sheet, a second side print schedule for printing on a second side of the continuous sheet, wherein the second side print schedule
is used for printing the plurality of image patterns including the page images and the maintenance images that have been arranged
among the page images prior to printing based on the predetermined condition; and

causing the apparatus to print a plurality of image patterns in sequence on the second side of the continuous sheet based
on the determined second side print schedule after printing the plurality of image patterns on the first side of the continuous
sheet,

wherein, a second side maintenance image located between one of the page images and a next one of the page images does not
overlap with a page image printed on the first side of the continuous sheet, and

wherein, a first side maintenance image located between one of the page images and a next one of the page images does not
overlap with a page image printed on the second side of the continuous sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,100,841

SYSTEM HAVING ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH MULTIPLE INTERFACES AND HOST APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, ELECTRONIC DEVICE, AND SETUP METHOD, CONTROL METHOD AND PROGRAM THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A system provided with a peripheral device capable of wirelessly communicating via a relay device, and a host device, the
peripheral device comprising:
a wireless interface capable of wirelessly communicating via the relay device; andthe host device comprising:
at least one processor;
a memory comprising instructions executed by the processor to implement:
a first confirmation unit configured to confirm a first quality of communication between the peripheral device and the relay
device by using the wireless interface;

a second confirmation unit configured to confirm a second quality of network communication between the host device and the
peripheral device via the relay device by using the wireless interface; and

a display unit configured to control (i) displaying first information concerning the first quality of communication and, according
to the second quality of communication, second information concerning the second quality of communication in a case that the
first quality of communication is above a predetermined value, and (ii) displaying the first information and an indication
that a communication condition between the peripheral device and the relay device should be improved without displaying the
second information in a case that the first quality of communication is below the predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 9,098,011

DEVELOPMENT DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A development device comprising:
a developer bearing member that is disposed opposite an image bearing member bearing an electrostatic latent image, and conveys
a developer having toner and a carrier to a development region;

a first bias applying portion that applies a first DC voltage to the developer bearing member;
an electrode member that is disposed on an upstream side of the development region in a developer conveying direction;
a second bias applying portion that applies a second DC voltage to the electrode member; and
a controller that controls the first bias applying portion and the second bias applying portion such that a first electric
field intensity formed between the electrode member and the developer bearing member by a potential difference between the
second DC voltage and the first DC voltage is larger than a second electric field intensity formed between the image bearing
member and the developer bearing member by a potential difference between a potential at an image portion of the image bearing
member and the first DC voltage,

wherein the first electric field intensity between the electrode member and the developer bearing member is smaller than a
discharge starting voltage between the electrode member and the developer bearing member.

US Pat. No. 9,099,918

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS AND RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power supply apparatus, comprising: a power conversion unit configured to convert a first voltage into a second voltage;
and a smoothing unit configured to smooth the second voltage output from the power conversion unit, the smoothing unit including
a coil arranged on a first board, a first capacitor arranged on a second board, and a cable; and a control unit configured
to control the power conversion unit for regulating the second voltage output from the smoothing unit based on a voltage of
the first capacitor; wherein the cable connects the first board and the second board comprises a plurality of power supply
wires connecting one end of the first capacitor to the coil and a plurality of ground wires connecting the other end of the
first capacitor to a ground of the power conversion unit, and one of power supply wire is arranged between every two consecutively
arranged ground wires, the control unit is arranged on the first board and detects the voltage of the first capacitor arranged
on the second board by a first detection line and a second detection line, the first detection line being arranged in the
cable and connected to a power supply line of the second board and the control unit, and the second detection line being arranged
in the cable and connected to a ground for the smoothing unit of the second board and the control unit, and the power supply
apparatus further comprising a second capacitor is arranged to connected to connect a ground for the smoothing unit of the
first board to the second detection line.

US Pat. No. 9,099,675

LIGHT EMITTING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, DISPLAY APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A light emitting apparatus comprising:
a substrate;
organic EL elements, the organic EL elements formed on the substrate and each having a first electrode, a light emitting layer,
and a second electrode; and

transistors, the transistors formed on the substrate and each connected to the first electrode of each organic EL element,
wherein

a first optical length L1 between an emission point of the light emitting layer and a reflection surface of the first electrode, satisfies formula A,
and

wherein the first electrode comprises a first layer and a second layer covering the first layer;
the first layer containing Al and connected to one of the transistors:
the second layer containing Mo and/or W:
L1>0,(?/8)×(?1?2?1/?)
where ? denotes a wavelength of a highest peak in an emission spectrum of each organic EL element, and ?1 denotes a phase shift at the reflection surface of the first electrode at the wavelength ?.

US Pat. No. 9,098,273

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING POWER STATE THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic apparatus which communicates with a plurality of external apparatuses, comprising:
a first acquisition unit configured to acquire, before information for performing printing, first instruction information
transmitted from any of the plurality of external apparatuses, which instructs to change a power state of the electronic apparatus
to a normal energized state, at least one of the first instruction information being transmitted from a first external apparatus;

a printing information acquisition unit configured to acquire, after the first instruction information, information for performing
printing transmitted from one or more of the external apparatuses;

a second acquisition unit configured to acquire, after the first information and the information for printing, second instruction
information transmitted from any of the plurality of external apparatuses, which instructs to change the power state to a
power saving state from the normal energized state, at least one of the second instruction information being transmitted from
a second external apparatus that is other than the first external apparatus;

a counting unit configured to count the first instruction information acquired by the first acquisition unit and count the
second instruction information acquired by the second acquisition unit;

a power state change unit configured to change the power state of the electronic apparatus from the normal energized state
to the power saving state based on a counting value of the counting unit;

a registration unit configured to register on a list information relating to an external apparatus with which communication
is performed; and

a deletion unit configured to delete from the list information relating to the external apparatus, which is a transmission
source of the second instruction information, when the second acquisition unit acquires the second instruction information,

wherein the power state change unit changes the power state from the normal energized state to the power saving state when
the acquisition state of the first instruction information and the second instruction information is a predetermined state,
and the information relating to the external apparatus is not registered on the list.

US Pat. No. 9,097,880

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A zoom lens consisting of, in order from an object side to an image side:
a first lens unit having negative refractive power;
a second lens unit having positive refractive power; and
a third lens unit having negative refractive power,
wherein the first lens unit and the second lens unit move during zooming to make a distance between the first lens unit and
the second lens unit smaller at a telephoto end than at a wide-angle end,

wherein the third lens unit consists of, in order from the object side to the image side, a first lens subunit having positive
refractive power and a second lens subunit having negative refractive power, and

wherein the first lens subunit is fixed during focusing, and
wherein the second lens subunit moves toward the image side during focusing from an infinite-distance object to a near-distance
object.

US Pat. No. 9,097,643

IMAGING CONTROL APPARATUS, RADIOGRAPHIC IMAGING SYSTEM, AND IMAGING CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging control apparatus for executing initialization operation for repetitively reading an electrical signal from
a sensor, the imaging control apparatus comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect an instruction for starting an imaging mode;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire an imaging mode related to the instruction and a sensor state when the instruction
is generated; and

a control unit configured to, based on the acquired imaging mode and sensor state, perform control so that the reading repetition
interval in the initialization operation at the time of transition from a predetermined imaging mode to the still image capturing
mode is shorter than the interval in the initialization operation at the time of transition from a non-imaging state to the
still image capturing mode.

US Pat. No. 9,100,520

DETERMINING WHETHER A SCANNED PAGE IS BLANK OR CONTAINS IMAGE DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a display unit configured to display preview images of a plurality of image data;
a determining unit configured to determine whether each of the plurality of image data is a blank page;
a display control unit configured to display a preview image of image data determined not to be a blank page on the display
unit in a first display mode, and to display a preview image of image data determined to be a blank page on the display unit
in a second display mode; and

a change unit configured to: (i) when an instruction for changing a display mode of a selected preview image from the first
display mode to the second display mode is executed on the display unit, change the display mode on the display unit from
the first display mode to the second display mode and change a determination result of image data corresponding to the preview
image to a blank page; and (ii) when an instruction for changing a display mode of a selected preview image from the second
display mode to the first display mode is executed on the display unit, change the display mode on the display unit from the
second display mode to the first display mode and change a determination result of image data corresponding to the preview
image to a non-blank page.

US Pat. No. 9,094,600

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image capturing device for capturing a subject image that has passed through an image capturing optical system having a
focal point optical system;

a memory; and
a control unit, including a processor, in communication with the memory, the control unit configured to control:
a brightness signal processing unit for generating a brightness signal obtained by performing signal intensity correction
processing using a signal intensity amplification factor on an output signal of each color component which is output from
the image capturing device;

a focal evaluation value calculation processing unit for calculating a focal evaluation value by extracting a particular frequency
component from the brightness signal;

a signal intensity detection unit for calculating a signal intensity evaluation value of each color component in an area on
the image capturing device where a brightness signal is generated, the area corresponding to a focus detection area;

wherein, when a signal intensity of the output signal is greater than or equal to a predetermined value, the control unit
changes the signal intensity amplification factor of each color component in accordance with the signal intensity evaluation
value of the color component, and

when the signal intensity of the output signal is less than the predetermined value, the control unit sets at least a signal
intensity amplification factor of a color component, of which signal intensity evaluation value of the color component is
the least, at a value different from the signal intensity amplification factor of the color component.

US Pat. No. 9,094,897

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a selection unit configured to select a base station to which the communication apparatus is to be connected in order to receive
a communication parameter; and

a reception unit configured to receive a communication parameter from the connected base station or an external apparatus
that communicates with the connected base station,

wherein, in a case where a base station, to which the communication apparatus has connected when the communication apparatus
has failed to receive the communication parameter, activates communication parameter configuration processing as a providing
apparatus for providing a communication parameter, the selection unit selects the base station,

wherein the selection unit selects the base station that activates communication parameter configuration processing as a providing
apparatus for providing a communication parameter in preference to a base station for which a communication parameter different
from a communication parameter set at a time of initialization is set.

US Pat. No. 9,092,840

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF THE SAME AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for generating an image of an arbitrary viewpoint using a plurality of input images, wherein
the arbitrary viewpoint is virtual viewpoint and different from each viewpoint corresponding to each of the plurality of input
images, comprising:
obtaining unit configured to obtain image information of a projection position at which a point along a first straight line
passing through the arbitrary viewpoint and a pixel position on the image of the arbitrary viewpoint is projected onto each
of the plurality of input images;

first defining unit configured to define parallax information of the plurality of input images at the pixel position, using
the image information obtained for the point along the first straight line by the obtaining unit; and

generating unit configured to generate the image of the arbitrary viewpoint, by defining the image information of the pixel
position from the plurality of input images using the parallax information for the pixel position,

wherein the first defining unit calculates a matching evaluation value for image information corresponding to the point along
the first line obtained by the obtaining unit, and

wherein the first defining unit calculates the parallax information based on the matching evaluation value and a distance
between the point corresponding to the matching evaluation value and the arbitrary viewpoint.

US Pat. No. 9,091,869

TERAHERTZ-WAVE ELEMENT, TERAHERTZ-WAVE DETECTING DEVICE, AND TERAHERTZ TIME-DOMAIN SPECTROSCOPY SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A terahertz-wave element comprising:
a waveguide that includes an electro-optic crystal and allows light to propagate therethrough; and
a coupling member that causes a terahertz wave to enter the waveguide,
wherein a propagation state of the light propagating through the waveguide changes as the terahertz wave enters the waveguide
via the coupling member,

wherein the terahertz-wave element is of a Cerenkov phase-matching type, and
wherein the coupling member includes a circular conical surface which collects a terahertz wave linearly.

US Pat. No. 9,086,644

CHARGING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A charging device that charges a member to be charged, the charging device comprising:
a discharge electrode;
a housing that surrounds the discharge electrode and has an opening that faces the member to be charged;
a plate-shaped grid provided at the opening so as to face the discharge electrode;
a shutter that opens and closes the opening and contactable to a surface of the grid that faces the member to be charged;
a cleaning member that cleans the grid by contacting a surface of the grid that faces the discharge electrode; and
a moving mechanism that moves the shutter in a longitudinal direction of the grid,
wherein the grid includes a base member, a first protective layer provided on a surface of the base member that faces the
discharge electrode, the first protective layer protecting the base member, and

a second protective layer provided on a surface of the base member that faces the shutter, the second protective layer protecting
the base member and being thicker than the first protective layer.

US Pat. No. 9,086,659

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a movable photosensitive member;
an exposure unit configured to form a latent image on the photosensitive member at a predetermined exposure timing to correspond
to a position of the latent image in a direction perpendicular to a moving direction of the photosensitive member;

a developing unit configured to form toner image from the latent image on the photosensitive member;
a movable endless intermediate transfer belt configured to have transferred to the endless intermediate belt the toner image
from the photosensitive member;

a steering roller configured to stretch the intermediate transfer belt and configured to incline so as to move the intermediate
transfer belt in a width direction;

a sensor configured to detect a position of the intermediate transfer belt in the width direction;
a controller configured to incline the steering roller based on a detection result of the sensor so as to maintain the position
of the intermediate belt in the width direction within a predetermined range;

a transfer device configured to transfer the toner image on the intermediate transfer belt to a recording material at a transfer
portion;

an output portion configured to output an estimated moving amount of the intermediate transfer belt, the estimated moving
amount being a predicted value of moving amount of the intermediate transfer belt in the width direction which is determined
based on a plurality of historical data of the sensor;

a moving device configured to move in the width direction a position of a recording material conveyed to the transfer portion;
and

an adjusting portion configured to adjust at least one of the position of a recording material in the width direction and
the predetermined exposure timing so that a position of the toner image transferred onto a recording material with respect
to the width direction is not at an incorrect position when the intermediate transfer belt moves in width direction within
the predetermined range, based on information from the output portion.

US Pat. No. 9,086,662

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT CONTROLS PRINT START TEMPERATURE OF FIXING SECTION, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

4. A method of controlling an image forming apparatus including an image forming unit that forms an image by transferring
a color material to a recording medium and fixing the color material onto the recording medium using a fixing section, the
method comprising:
a reception step of receiving a print job;
a warm-up step of raising a temperature of the fixing section in a case where the reception step receives the print job;
a generation step of generating a plurality of pages of images to be formed on recording mediums;
a determining step of determining, in a case where the generation step generates predetermined pages of images, whether or
not all of the predetermined pages of images are for text images; and

a controlling step of:
controlling, in a case where the determining step determines that all of the predetermined pages of images are for the text
images, the image forming unit so that printing starts when the temperature of the fixing section reaches a first temperature
that enables formation of text images representing only text; and

controlling, in a case where the determination step determines that all of the predetermined pages of images are not for the
text images, the image forming unit so that printing starts when the temperature of the fixing section reaches a second temperature,
which is higher than the first temperature, that enables formation of graphic images, including images other than the text
images.

US Pat. No. 9,085,172

RECORDING METHOD AND RECORDING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for recording images on a sheet having a first and a second side, using at least one inkjet recording head having
nozzles, comprising:
a first supply step of supplying a first humidified gas to the first side of the sheet, with a first supply port;
a humidifying step of supplying a second humidified gas to a space where the nozzles are exposed, with a second supply port
located at a position closer to the recording head than the first supply port;

a first recording step of recording in the space where atmosphere humidity is increased, using the inkjet recording head,
on the first side of the sheet having a moisture content increased in the first supply step;

a heating step of heating the sheet on which an image has been recorded on the first side for drying;
a second supply step of supplying the first humidified gas to the second side of the sheet having been heated in the heating
step, with the first supply port; and

a second recording step of recording in the space in which the second humidified gas is supplied, using the inkjet recording
head, on the second side of the sheet having the moisture content increased in the second supply step,

wherein an amount of humidification in the first supply step is different from that in the second supply step.

US Pat. No. 9,088,679

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD AND PROGRAM FOR THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a reading unit configured to read an original;
a conveying unit configured to convey an original placed on a tray to a reading position of the reading unit and to discharge
the original conveyed to the reading position, wherein a plurality of originals placed on the tray are successively, one by
one, conveyed and discharged by the conveying unit; and

a control unit configured to control the reading unit such that:
(i) the reading unit reads the conveyed originals from a first original to an Nth original of the plurality of originals placed
on the tray, where N is a predetermined number, and

(ii) the reading unit does not read the conveyed originals from the (N+1)th original to the last original of the plurality
of originals placed on the tray.

US Pat. No. 9,080,102

POROUS SCINTILLATOR CRYSTAL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A porous scintillator crystal comprising a porous structure, wherein the porous structure is a phase-separated structure
in which a plurality of independent voids are formed and at least one void in the porous structure extends in a direction
perpendicular to a plane of the porous scintillator crystal, and
wherein the phase-separated structure includes a single crystalline phase that forms a matrix continuously surrounding outer
peripheries of the plurality of independent voids.

US Pat. No. 9,084,364

PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD AND PRINTED WIRING BOARD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printed circuit board, comprising:
a printed wiring board comprising:
a first main power supply pattern to be applied with a first DC voltage;
a second main power supply pattern to be applied with a second DC voltage different from the first DC voltage;
a first power supply pattern which is formed on a surface layer and is electrically connected to the first main power supply
pattern; and

a second power supply pattern which is formed on the surface layer and is electrically connected to the second main power
supply pattern;

a semiconductor package mounted on the surface layer of the printed wiring board, the semiconductor package comprising:
a main body part comprising a semiconductor element which drives with the first DC voltage and the second DC voltage; and
multiple terminal groups which are electrically connected to the semiconductor element and are arranged with spaces in a circumferential
direction of the main body part so as to protrude externally from the main body part,

each of the multiple terminal groups comprising:
a first power supply terminal and a second power supply terminal to be supplied with the first DC voltage via the first power
supply pattern; and

a third power supply terminal and a fourth power supply terminal to be supplied with the second DC voltage via the second
power supply pattern, the third power supply terminal and the fourth power supply terminal being disposed to sandwich the
first power supply terminal and the second power supply terminal,

the first power supply terminal, the second power supply terminal, the third power supply terminal, and the fourth power supply
terminal being disposed in order of the third power supply terminal, the first power supply terminal, the second power supply
terminal, and the fourth power supply terminal in the each of the multiple terminal groups,

wherein, when a region of the surface layer opposed to the main body part is defined as a first region and a region of the
surface layer other than the first region is defined as a second region:

the first power supply pattern extending from the first main power supply pattern is led from the second region to the first
region and is wired to connect the first power supply terminals and the second power supply terminals of the multiple terminal
groups;

the second power supply pattern extending from the second main power supply pattern is led from the second region to the first
region and is wired in a single stroke manner so as to connect the third power supply terminals and the fourth power supply
terminals of the multiple terminal groups in this order;

the third power supply terminal and the fourth power supply terminal in the same terminal group are connected to each other
in the second region;

the third power supply terminal of one of two different terminal groups among the multiple terminal groups and the fourth
power supply terminal of another one of the two different terminal groups are connected to each other in the first region;
and

the second power supply pattern is disposed on an outer perimeter side of the semiconductor package with respect to the first
power supply pattern when viewed from a center of the semiconductor package.

US Pat. No. 9,083,777

IMAGE COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND SIGNAL PROCESSING UNIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A signal processing unit configured to process a digital signal having a voice bandwidth, comprising:
a modem processing unit configured to process an image signal;
a voice processing unit configured to process a voice signal;
a first interface conversion unit that is connected to said modem processing unit through a first synchronous serial interface,
and is configured to make a system bus and said first synchronous serial interface to said modem processing unit compatible
with each other; and

a second interface conversion unit that is connected to said voice processing unit through a second synchronous serial interface,
and is configured to make a system bus and said second synchronous serial interface to said voice processing unit compatible
with each other;

wherein:
said first synchronous serial interface performs a data transfer by adopting said modem processing unit that is connected
to one end thereof as a master and adopting said first interface conversion unit that is connected to another end thereof
as a slave; and

said second synchronous serial interface adopts both of said voice processing unit and said second interface conversion unit
that are connected to one end and another end thereof as a slave, and performs a data transfer between the two slaves at a
transfer timing that is identical to a transfer timing of the master.

US Pat. No. 9,082,051

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM AND APPARATUS GENERATING IMAGE PATTERN IN WHICH ARE EMBEDDED AUTHENTICATED USER INFORMATION AND APPLICATION INFORMATION, CONTROLLING METHOD THEREFOR AND MEDIUM STORING A PROGRAM INSTRUCTING A COMPUTER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing system comprising:
an image forming apparatus; and
a mobile terminal,
wherein the image forming apparatus includes:
an authentication unit configured to authenticate a user;
a first generating unit configured to generate a first image pattern in which user information authenticated by the authentication
unit and application information relating to a predetermined application which is permitted to be used in the image forming
apparatus by the authenticated user are embedded;

a second generating unit configured to generate a second image pattern in which address information for communication with
the image forming apparatus is embedded; and

a display control unit configured to display, on a display of the image forming apparatus, the generated first and second
image patterns, and

wherein the mobile terminal includes:
a read out unit configured to read out an image pattern displayed on the display of the image forming apparatus;
a deriving unit configured to analyze the first image pattern read out by the read out unit, to derive the user information
and the application information; and

a control unit configured to display, on a display of the mobile terminal, an operation image for using the predetermined
application to which the application information derived by the deriving unit relates during a period of reading out of the
first image pattern by the read out unit,

wherein the operation image is displayed on the display of the mobile terminal as a virtual operation screen usable by the
authenticated user to operate the predetermined application which is provided in the image forming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,081,345

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a forming unit configured to form an image on a recording material;
a receiving unit configured to receive information regarding a kind of the recording material;
a conveying unit configured to convey the recording material; and a control unit configured to, when the forming unit successively
forms images on a plurality of recording materials, control a sheet interval, serving as a distance between a trailing edge
of a preceding recording material and a leading edge of a succeeding recording material conveyed through the conveying unit,
based on the received information regarding the kind of the recording material,

wherein the control unit is configured to compare a basis weight of a first recording material obtained from the information
regarding the kind of the recording material with a first threshold value, set the sheet interval to a first distance when
the basis weight is greater than the first threshold value, compare a value related to a printing ratio of an image formed
on a second recording material, which is a last recording material that precedes the first recording material, with a second
threshold value when the basis weight is equal to or smaller than the first threshold value, set the sheet interval to a second
distance shorter than the first distance when the printing ratio of the image formed on the second recording material is greater
than the second threshold value, and set the sheet interval to a third distance shorter than the second distance when the
value related to a printing ratio of the image formed on the second recording material is equal to or smaller than the second
threshold value.

US Pat. No. 9,077,822

IMAGE READING APPARATUS HAVING FLOW-READING MODE IN WHICH SHEET BEING CONVEYED IS READ

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image reading apparatus comprising:
a conveyance unit configured to convey a sheet;
a reading unit configured to read, in a reading position, the sheet being conveyed by the conveyance unit, based on a set
reading mode, the reading mode including a first reading mode and a second reading mode different from the first reading mode;

a foreign material detection unit configured to detect a position of a foreign material in the reading position, based on
image data output from the reading unit while the sheet is not conveyed to the reading position;

a moving unit configured to move the reading unit, to change the reading position;
a number determination unit configured to determine a number of performing a detection process of causing the moving unit
to change the reading position and of causing the foreign material detection unit to detect the position of the foreign material,
before the reading unit starts reading the sheet, based on the set reading mode;

a counting unit configured to count a number of times the foreign material detection unit has completed the detection process;
and

a position determination unit configured to determine the reading position for reading the sheet based on a foreign material
detection result of the foreign material detection unit by causing the detection process to be performed less than or equal
to the number determined by the number determination unit before the reading unit starts reading the sheet,

wherein the number of performing the detection process based on the first reading mode is set to be different from the number
of performing the detection process based on the second reading mode,

wherein when a reading position candidate is found in which no foreign material image is detected by the foreign material
detection unit, the position determination unit determines the reading position candidate as the reading position for reading
the sheet, and terminates a position determination process, and

wherein when the number counted by the counting unit reaches an upper limit number without finding a reading position candidate
in which no foreign material image is detected, the position determination unit terminates the position determination process
and determines, as the reading position for reading the sheet, a reading position candidate with fewest foreign material images
from among a plurality of reading position candidates for which the foreign material detection unit has completed the detection
process.

US Pat. No. 9,067,337

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND STAPLER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus to which a stapler to perform stapling processing on a recording material is connectable, comprising:
a power source configured to supply electric current to the image forming apparatus and the stapler with the stapler being
connected to the image forming apparatus; and

a control unit configured to prohibit start of the stapling processing in a first time period when a current value of electric
current supplied from the power source to the image forming apparatus reaches a maximum current value and in a second time
period immediately before the first time period,

wherein, in a case where the stapling processing starts before the second time period, the control unit sets the second time
period so that a sum of the current value of the electric current supplied from the power source to the image forming apparatus
and a current value of electric current supplied from the power source to the stapler is equal to or less than a limit current
value in a time period when a time period of performing the stapling processing and the first time period partially overlap.

US Pat. No. 9,069,497

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS HAVING RELAY VIRTUAL PRINTER AND FUNCTIONAL RELAY VIRTUAL PRINTER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus communicable via a network with an image forming device and a print server that generates
print data based on a print request received from a user device via the network, wherein the print server is provided by a
first vendor that releases a unique specification for executing data communication between the print server and the image
forming device, comprising:
a relay virtual printer unit that corresponds to the image forming device and instructs the corresponding image forming device
to print out print data generated by the print server; and

a functional relay virtual printer unit that has a function for realizing a specified print service not provided by the print
server and for responding to a print request from the user device,

wherein the relay virtual printer unit comprises:
a receiving unit configured to acquire, in response to the print server receiving a printing instruction input by a user via
the user device, print data from the print server according to a first specification, which is the unique specification of
the first vendor that also is for data communication between the print server and the information processing apparatus; and

a transmission unit configured to transmit the print data acquired by the receiving unit from the relay virtual printer unit
to the image forming device according to a second specification which is for executing data communication between the information
processing apparatus and the image forming device, wherein the second specification is released by a second vendor that provides
the information processing apparatus and is other than the first vendor, and

wherein the functional relay virtual printer unit comprises:
a print data acquisition unit that acquires print data from the print server which has generated the print data in response
to a print request from the user device; and

a print instruction unit that executes a process for realizing the specified print service not provided by the print server,
and instructs the image forming device to print the print data via the transmission unit of the relay virtual printer unit

wherein the functional relay virtual printer unit has a temporarily stored printing function that stores the print data acquired
from the print server when a print request is made by the user device and instructs the image forming device to print the
stored print data upon reception of a print instruction from the image forming device,

wherein the print server generates a print job in response to a print request by the user device and notifies the print job
to the functional relay virtual printer unit,

wherein the functional relay virtual printer unit acquires the print data in response to the print job from the print server
and transmits the acquired print data to the relay virtual printer unit corresponding to each of image forming devices upon
reception of a print instruction from the image forming devices which execute a process for realizing the specified print
service not provided by the print server, and

wherein each of the relay virtual printer units, which has received the print data from the functional relay virtual printer
unit, instructs the corresponding image forming device to print the print data.

US Pat. No. 9,069,512

DISPLAYING SCREEN INFORMATION OF A PRINTING DEVICE ON A CLIENT DEVICE IN ACCORDANCE WITH A TYPE OF CLIENT DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus, comprising:
a storing unit configured to store a plurality of pieces of screen information, each corresponding to a type of an external
device that is capable of accessing the apparatus;

a transmitting unit configured to transmit the screen information to the external device;
a receiving unit configured to receive an instruction request that is based on the screen information displayed in the external
device; and

an executing unit configured to execute processing in response to the instruction request received by the receiving unit,
wherein the screen information includes a common section that is common among the plurality of pieces of screen information
regardless of the type of the external device and a difference section that differs among the plurality of pieces of screen
information depending on the type of the external device

wherein the screen information stored in the storing unit includes first screen information for displaying a reload object
and second screen information for not displaying the reload object, the reload object allowing data on a display screen of
the external device to return to an initial setting.

US Pat. No. 9,063,497

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A POWER SUPPLY COMMON TO PRIMARY TRANSFER AND SECONDARY TRANSFER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member configured to bear a toner image;
a movable endless conductive intermediate transfer belt configured to allow the toner image to be primarily transferred from
the image bearing member onto the intermediate transfer belt;

a primary transfer member configured to primarily transfer the toner image from the image bearing member onto the intermediate
transfer belt, wherein the primary transfer member contacts with inner periphery of the intermediate transfer belt and faces
to the image bearing member through the intermediate transfer belt;

a secondary transfer member in contact with the intermediate transfer belt, wherein the secondary transfer member forms a
secondary transfer section together with the intermediate transfer belt;

a secondary transfer counter member disposed to face the secondary transfer member with the intermediate transfer belt between
the secondary transfer counter member and the secondary transfer member; and

a voltage maintenance element having a ground side being electrically grounded and an anti-ground side that is in opposite
side of the ground side, and connected to the primary transfer member and the secondary transfer counter member at the anti-ground
side, configured to maintain the primary transfer member and the secondary transfer counter member at a predetermined potential
or higher with a current flowing from the secondary transfer member through the intermediate transfer belt.

US Pat. No. 9,063,507

DEVELOPMENT DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A development device comprising:
a developer storage chamber configured to store a developer;
a developer carrying member configured to carry the developer to develop an electrostatic latent image;
a light transmission member for transmitting detection light for detecting a remaining amount of a developer in the developer
storage chamber;

a shaft member that is provided to the developer storage chamber and configured to rotate;
a conveyance unit that is provided to the shaft member and configured to convey the developer; and
a cleaning unit that is attached to the shaft member and configured to clean the light transmission member,
wherein the shaft member includes an opening at a position on an upstream side of the conveyance unit and on a downstream
side of the cleaning unit in a rotational direction of the shaft member.

US Pat. No. 9,060,080

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR GENERATING IMAGE DATA BASED ON A READ DOCUMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus including a generation unit configured to generate image data based on a document read via
a scanner unit and a first transmission unit configured to transmit the generated image data to a
designated destination, the apparatus comprising: a transmission server; an instruction unit configured to instruct, according
to reception of an uploading request to upload the generated image data to an external server communicable with the apparatus,
the first transmission unit to transmit the image data to the transmission server;

a second transmission unit configured to acquire the generated image data, according to an instruction from the instruction
unit, from the transmission server, and transmit the acquired image data to the external server; and

a management unit configure to store transmission history when the first transmission unit transmits the image data to the
transmission server as a first history, and to replace the first history with a second history that is the transmission history
of the image data by the second transmission unit to store the second history when the second transmission unit transmits
the image data to the external server,

wherein the management unit stores a reception number issued when the first transmission unit transmits the image data to
the transmission server in association with the first history, and replaces, when the second history and the reception number
are acquired, the first history corresponding to the acquired reception number with the acquired second history to store the
second history.

US Pat. No. 9,058,019

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a fixing unit that fixes an unfixed image to a recording material while nipping and conveying the recording material bearing
the unfixed image, wherein the fixing unit includes a rotatable member which the recording material contacts; and

a blower unit that sends air to a non-paper-passage portion of the rotatable member when a small-sized recording material
passes through the fixing unit, wherein the blower unit includes a fan and a duct for guiding the air from the fan to the
non-paper-passage portion of the rotatable member,

wherein the image forming apparatus can be switched between a blowing mode for blowing air to a non-paper-passage portion
of the rotatable member through the duct and an exhausting mode in which the fan is rotated reversely and the air in the fixing
unit is exhausted to an outside of the image forming apparatus through the duct, and

wherein the image forming apparatus switches from the exhausting mode to the blowing mode during continuous printing of a
plurality of recording materials.

US Pat. No. 9,052,572

CONVERSION ADAPTOR APPARATUS AND INTERCHANGEABLE LENS SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A conversion adaptor apparatus that connects a camera body and an interchangeable lens, the conversion adaptor apparatus
comprising:
a camera body side installation portion provided such that a camera body can be attached;
a lens side installation portion provided such that an interchangeable lens can be attached;
a first communication contact group that is provided on the camera body side installation portion at a first radial distance
from a central axis of the conversion adaptor apparatus and connects to a communication contact group of the camera body;

a second communication contact group that is provided on the lens side installation portion at a second radial distance from
the central axis of the conversion adaptor apparatus and connects to a communication contact group of the interchangeable
lens, wherein the first and second radial distances are different from each other; and

a conductive member that electrically connects the first communication contact group and the second communication contact
group,

wherein a number of contacts included in the first communication contact group is larger than a number of contacts included
in the second communication contact group by providing contacts, which do not correspond to the second communication contact
group and are located at one end of the first communication contact group, and the first radial distance is shorter than the
second radial distance.

US Pat. No. 9,055,205

IMAGING CONTROL SYSTEM, CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus for controlling an imaging apparatus capable of changing an imaging direction of an imaging unit in
panning and tilting directions, the control apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a captured image captured by the imaging unit; and
a display control unit configured to control to display, on the captured image, if an imaging direction of the imaging unit
does not correspond to a panning rotational axis for rotating the imaging unit in the panning direction, a first panning direction
guide for indicating that the imaging direction changes along a circle around a rotation center by panning the imaging unit,
and to control to display, on the captured image, if the imaging direction of the imaging unit corresponds to the panning
rotational axis, a second panning direction guide for indicating that the imaging unit rotates around an imaging center which
is an intersection of an optical axis of the imaging unit and a plane containing the captured image by panning the imaging
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,050,791

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electric wiring member to be electrically connected to a member including a plurality of elements and a plurality of
electric connection units, the electric wiring member comprising:
a plurality of wirings sandwiched between films; and
a plurality of lead lines conducted to the plurality of wirings, extending to the outside from between the films, and electrically
connected to the plurality of electric connection units,

wherein the plurality of wirings is configured to include a power line for supplying power to the elements and a signal line
for supplying a signal to the elements, and configured to satisfy relationships of A>B and B of the signal line between the films, B is a largest width of the lead line connected to the signal line, and D is a largest
width of the lead line connected to the power line.

US Pat. No. 9,053,407

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for printing an image on a unit area of a printing medium by performing a plurality of relative
scans, which include a first relative scan and a second relative scan, of a printing head with respect to the printing medium
that is conveyed in a conveying direction to differentiate a position on the printing medium to which printing is to be performed
and processing multi-valued image data for the image to be printed on the unit area, said apparatus comprising:
a first division unit configured to divide the multi-valued image data into at least a first multi-valued data for the first
relative scan, a second multi-valued data for the second relative scan, and a third multi-valued data for both of the first
and second relative scans;

a first quantization unit configured to perform quantization processing for each of the multi-valued data divided by said
first division unit to generate first, second and third quantized data, respectively;

a combination unit configured to combine the first and third quantized data generated by said first quantization unit to generate
a first combined quantized data for the first relative scan and to combine the second and third quantized data generated by
the first quantization unit to generate a second combined quantized data for the second relative scan;

a second quantization unit configured to perform quantization processing for the multi-valued image data to generate quantized
data;

a second division unit configured to divide the quantized data generated by said second quantization unit into respective
quantized data for each of the plurality of relative scans; and

a selecting unit configured to select one of a first process, which processes the multi-valued image data by the first division
unit, the first quantization unit and the combination unit, and a second process, which processes the multi-valued image data
by the second quantization unit and the second division unit, in accordance with a position of the unit area on the printing
medium in the conveying direction.

US Pat. No. 9,053,409

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND PROGRAM PRODUCT DETERMINING PERIODIC DRAWING PATTERN AND THINNING AN IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for interpreting data to generate intermediate data, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a unit configured to determine whether or not there is a periodic drawing pattern in data;
a unit configured to determine whether or not there is a reduction command in data;
a unit configured to obtain, in a case where it is determined that there is a periodic drawing pattern in data and that there
is a reduction command in data, a ratio between the number of pitches of the period of the drawing pattern and a reduction
ratio included in the reduction command;

a unit configured to determine whether or not the ratio and a value in a table loaded by the image forming apparatus coincide
with each other; and

a unit configured to reduce, in a case where it is determined that the ratio coincides with a value in the table, an image
by dividing the image into cells and performing thinning processing in units of cells.

US Pat. No. 9,046,467

X-RAY IMAGING APPARATUS AND X-RAY IMAGING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An X-ray imaging apparatus comprising:
a shielding unit which blocks an X-ray which is a part of an X-ray beam; and
a detecting unit which has a plurality of pixels and detects an intensity of an X-ray which is a part of the X-ray beam and
which is transmitted through said shielding unit,

wherein said shielding unit blocks a part of the X-ray of which an incident position at said shielding unit is changed by
an object,

wherein said shielding unit has an X-ray transmitting region and a plurality of X-ray shielding regions arranged so as to
form a dividing line between said X-ray transmitting region and said X-ray shielding regions such that the dividing line crosses
the X-ray beam and is configured to be arranged so as to monotonically increase or decrease the intensity of the X-ray which
is detected by at least a part of said pixels as an incident position of the X-ray beam at said shielding unit is changed
to a first direction, and

wherein said plurality of X-ray shielding regions are arranged in a period which is equal to or greater than a pixel arrangement
period at a position of said detecting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,044,944

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD AND METHOD OF MAKING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head comprising:
a substrate including an energy generating element that generates energy used to discharge liquid; and
a discharge port member having a discharge port surface with a discharge port line including discharge ports through which
the liquid is discharged, the discharge ports being arrayed in a first direction,

wherein the discharge port surface includes
a groove portion disposed between the discharge port line and a first end of the discharge port member extending in a second
direction intersecting the first direction, the groove portion extending along the discharge port line, and

an inclined surface disposed between an end of the discharge port line and a second end of the discharge port member extending
in the first direction, the inclined surface being inclined toward the second end.

US Pat. No. 9,049,380

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR GENERATING AN IMAGE HAVING AN EXPANDED DYNAMIC RANGE AND METHOD THEREOF, AND IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capture apparatus, which generates an image, a dynamic range of which is expanded, by composing two images having
different exposure amounts, comprising:
an imaging unit configured to output a first image and a second image which follows the first image by imaging operations
that sequentially apply two different exposure amounts;

a composing unit configured to generate a composed image, a dynamic range of which is expanded, by composing the first image
and the second image;

a generation unit configured to generate tone compression characteristics based on the first image and an image generated
by reducing a resolution of the first image;

a tone compression unit configured to compress tones of the composed image using the tone compression characteristics generated
by said generation unit; and

a holding unit configured to hold the first image in a memory,
wherein said generation unit generates the resolution-reduced image parallel to a holding operation of the first image in
the memory.

US Pat. No. 9,046,860

COUPLING PART, PHOTOSENSITIVE DRUM, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic image forming apparatus comprising:
i) a main assembly including:
i-i) a motor,
i-ii) a main assembly gear for transmitting a driving force from the motor, and
i-iii) a twisted hole formed in the main assembly gear at a central portion thereof and having a substantially triangular
cross-section; and

ii) a process cartridge detachably mountable to the main assembly, said process cartridge including:
ii-i) a casing,
ii-ii) an electrophotographic photosensitive drum rotatable about an axis thereof, the drum comprising:
ii-ii-i) a cylinder having a photosensitive layer formed thereon and provided in the casing,
ii-ii-ii) a shaft provided at one axial end of the cylinder and rotatably supported by the casing, and
ii-ii-iii) a projection provided on a side of the shaft opposite from the cylinder and exposed on the outside of the casing,
the projection having a base and a free end, at least a portion of a cross-section of the projection at the base being offset
from a corresponding portion of a cross-section of the projection at the free end, as seen in a direction of the axis, and

ii-iii) process means actable on said drum.

US Pat. No. 10,237,973

MULTILAYER WIRING SUBSTRATE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A multilayer wiring substrate that includes a through hole into which a conductive pin is insertable, the through hole penetrating through a plurality of layers each including a conductive portion, the multilayer wiring substrate comprising:a ring-shaped land on a rear layer out of the plurality of layers, the land including a conductive material surrounding around the through hole, and being soldered to the conductive pin that is inserted into the through hole;
a first ring-shaped conductive portion on a layer other than the rear layer out of the plurality of layers, the first ring-shaped conductive portion surrounding around the through hole; and
a second ring-shaped conductive portion on the rear layer, the second ring-shaped conductive portion surrounding around the land,
wherein a conductive layer is not formed on a side surface of the through hole, and
wherein the following relationship is established
D1 where D1 is an inner diameter of the first ring-shaped conductive portion and D2 is an inner diameter of the second ring-shaped conductive portion.

US Pat. No. 10,212,334

FOCUSING ADJUSTMENT APPARATUS AND FOCUSING ADJUSTMENT METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging optical system attachable to and detachable from an imaging apparatus and including a focus lens, the imaging optical system comprising:a memory configured to store information on aberrations of the imaging optical system, wherein the information is to be used for automatic focusing adjustment and is to be transmitted to the imaging apparatus according to a request from the imaging apparatus,
wherein the information corresponds to each zoom position and each focus position of the imaging optical system and is related to an image-forming position of the imaging optical system for each spatial frequency.

US Pat. No. 10,133,084

DIFFRACTIVE OPTICAL ELEMENT, OPTICAL SYSTEM, AND OPTICAL APPARATUS WHICH REDUCE GENERATION OF UNNECESSARY LIGHT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A diffractive optical element comprising:a first diffraction grating including a first grating surface and a first grating wall surface;
a second diffraction grating including a second grating surface and a second grating wall surface; and
a thin film consisting of a single film provided between the first grating wall surface and the second grating wall surface, the thin film being in direct physical contact with both of the first grating wall surface and the second grating wall surface,
wherein an extinction coefficient of the thin film with respect to a wavelength ? in a use wavelength band is not greater than 0.0005, and
wherein the following expressions are satisfied:
n1>n2>n3,
0.005 0.5?W/WC?2.0,
where n1, n2, and n3 are refractive indices of materials of the thin film, the first diffraction grating, and the second diffraction grating, respectively, with respect to the wavelength ?, and W is a width of the thin film between the first grating wall surface and the second grating wall surface, and
where ? and WC are defined as follows:

US Pat. No. 10,073,064

DEVICE HAVING ELEMENT ELECTRODE CONNECTED TO PENETRATING WIRE, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a device in which an electrode of an element, which is provided on or over a substrate, is electrically connected to a wire that reaches a second face side of the substrate from a first face side of the substrate, the method comprising the steps of:preparing a first substrate having a hole part, which reaches a second face side of the first substrate from a first face side thereof, and the element provided on or over the first substrate through an insulating layer;
preparing a second substrate on which an electroconductive seed layer is formed;
forming a wall part projecting from the insulating layer on the first substrate so that an opening is formed and is linked to the hole part;
laminating the seed layer with the first substrate on a side thereof on which the wall part is formed, through a bonding layer to provide a laminated substrate;
removing the bonding layer, which is positioned in an inside of the wall part of the laminated substrate, to expose the seed layer through the opening; and
filling the inside of the wall part and the hole part with a conductor, by using the seed layer through electrolytic plating.

US Pat. No. 10,052,870

LIQUID SUPPLY SUBSTRATE, METHOD OF PRODUCING THE SAME, AND LIQUID EJECTING HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid supply substrate configured to supply a liquid to a chamber in a liquid ejecting head in which the liquid in the chamber is ejected through an ejection port by thermal energy transferred from an electrothermal conversion element to the liquid, the liquid supply substrate comprising:a first substrate having a first surface connected to an ejection port plate including the chamber and the ejection port, the first substrate including a plurality of supply ports through which the liquid is supplied to the chamber;
a second substrate coupled to a second surface of the first substrate opposite the first surface, the second substrate including a common liquid supply chamber from which the liquid is supplied to the plurality of supply ports; and
an intermediate layer disposed between the first substrate and the second substrate, the intermediate layer including a first region and a second region, wherein the second region has lower thermal conductivity than the first region.

US Pat. No. 10,021,505

CONTROL APPARATUS, MEASUREMENT SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

15. A control apparatus comprising:a hardware processor; and
a memory which stores instructions to be executed by the hardware processor, wherein, in accordance with the instructions executed by the hardware processor, the control apparatus functions as:
obtaining a result of sound collection performed by a sound collection apparatus, for collecting a sound outputted from a sound output apparatus which is set at a position near an ear of a user;
detecting a distance between the sound output apparatus and a head of the user;
detecting a direction of the sound collection apparatus from the head of the user;
determining a head-related transfer function as a parameter related to a propagation characteristic of a sound affected by the head of the user, based on the sound outputted from the sound output apparatus at the position near the ear of the user and the result of the sound collection obtained in the obtaining;
compensating, based on the detected distance between the sound output apparatus and the head of the user at a time of the sound collection, the parameter related to the propagation characteristic of the sound affected by the head of the user determined based on the result of the sound collection in the determining, so that a compensated parameter obtained by the compensating corresponds to a predetermined distance; and
outputting the compensated parameter associated with the detected direction of the sound collection apparatus from the head of the user at the time of the sound collection to a storage unit configured to store the compensated parameter as a parameter to be applied to an audio signal for generating a reproduction audio signal.

US Pat. No. 10,018,951

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH CONTROLLABLE VELOCITY RATIO BETWEEN IMAGE AND DEVELOPER BEARING MEMBERS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image bearing member on which an electrostatic image is formed;
a developer bearing member that develops the electrostatic image, which has been formed on the image bearing member, with a developer; and
a control portion that controls the image bearing member and the developer bearing member so as to enable execution of a first image forming operation by which a recorded image is formed by rotating the image bearing member and the developer bearing member at a first peripheral velocity ratio and a second image forming operation by which a recorded image is formed by rotating the image bearing member and the developer bearing member at a second peripheral velocity ratio which is greater than the first peripheral velocity ratio, where the peripheral velocity ratio is defined as a ratio of a peripheral velocity of the developer bearing member to a peripheral velocity of the image bearing member, wherein
the control portion:
has a conversion portion that converts image data, which are used for forming the recorded image, by using either a first conversion condition which has been set so as to obtain a first gradation characteristic in the recorded image when the first image forming operation is executed or a second conversion condition which has been set so as to obtain a second gradation characteristic, which is different from the first gradation characteristic, in the recorded image when the second image forming operation is executed, and
enables the first image forming operation or the second image forming operation to be performed on the basis of image data converted by the conversion portion.

US Pat. No. 10,015,386

FOCUS CONTROL APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, INTERCHANGEABLE LENS, FOCUS CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING FOCUS CONTROL PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus to which an interchangeable lens is detachably attachable, the image capturing apparatus being configured to capture an object image formed by the interchangeable lens, the image capturing apparatus comprising:a focus detector configured to detect a focus state of the interchangeable lens; and
a controller configured to perform focus control of the interchangeable lens by using information obtained through the detection of the focus state and a correction value corresponding to the interchangeable lens, the interchangeable lens being one of a first interchangeable lens and a second interchangeable lens, each attachable to the image capturing apparatus, the first interchangeable lens holding correction value calculation data that is used to calculate the correction value and is unique to the first interchangeable lens, the second interchangeable lens not holding the correction value calculation data;
a first memory storing values for calculating the correction value corresponding to the second interchangeable lens; and
a correction value calculator calculating the correction value when the first interchangeable lens is attached to the image capturing apparatus,
wherein the controller is configured to:
perform, when the second interchangeable lens is attached to the image capturing apparatus, the focus control by using the correction value calculated based on the values read from the first memory, and
perform, when the first interchangeable lens is attached to the image capturing apparatus, the focus control by using the correction value calculated by the correction value calculator based on the correction value calculation data acquired from the first interchangeable lens, and
wherein the values stored in the first memory are values for correcting a change of an in-focus position caused by an aberration of the second interchangeable lens depending on a designed value, and the correction value calculation data that is held by the first interchangeable lens and that is unique to the first interchangeable lens is data for correcting a change of an in-focus position caused by an aberration of the first interchangeable lens depending on an individual difference due to a manufacturing error of the first interchangeable lens.

US Pat. No. 9,983,834

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF WRITING CONTIGUOUS BLOCKS FOR SECURE EREASE DATA AND WRITING DISTRIBUTIVE BLOCKS FOR NON-SECURE ERASE DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a semiconductor storage including a plurality of flash memories;
a determination unit configured to determine whether write data is written utilizing a write command having an indicator, wherein the indicator indicates that the write data is to be securely erased to prevent the write data from remaining in the semiconductor storage; and
a writing unit configured to write the write data to the semiconductor storage with an interleave for writing distributively into the plurality of flash memories in a case where it is determined that the indicator is disabled, and to write the write data to a contiguous storage area in any of the plurality of flash memories in a case where it is determined that the indicator is enabled.

US Pat. No. 9,948,798

METHOD OF MANAGING A FACSIMILE TRANSMISSION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for performing a facsimile transmission in an information processing apparatus, the method comprising:generating a fax job based on a fax document if a fax option is selected by a user, wherein the fax job is stored in a spooler of the information processing apparatus;
transmitting the fax job to a fax device, wherein the fax device is an external device of the information processing apparatus; and
causing a display device to display a user-interface for designating a fax destination number,
wherein it is determined whether a fax destination number for the fax job has been obtained by the information processing apparatus communicating with a fax device,
wherein a notification regarding a fax process is displayed on the display device if it is determined that a fax destination number for the fax job has not been obtained, whereby the notification and an object different from the notification are concurrently displayed on the display device,
wherein, after a predetermined period of time, the notification is caused to disappear from the display device and display of the object is maintained on the display device,
wherein the user-interface for designating the fax destination number is displayed on the display device after the fax job is transmitted from the spooler to a rendering filter if a user responds to the notification while the notification is being displayed on the display device,
wherein a job identifier for the fax job and a fax destination number input using the user-interface for designating the fax destination number are transmitted to the fax device, and
wherein a processing based on the fax job is performed without displaying the notification if a fax destination number for the fax job has been obtained.

US Pat. No. 9,948,809

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, MEMORY MANAGEMENT METHOD FOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM, USING DISCRETELY ARRANGED BLOCKS IN PRIORITIZING INFORMATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that performs image processing using information stored in a semiconductor memory, the image forming apparatus comprising:an obtaining unit configured to obtain from the semiconductor memory block size information indicating a block size of a block in the semiconductor memory; and
a management unit configured to manage information which is related to the image processing apparatus to be updated along with execution of the image processing; and
a storing unit configured to store, by arranging discretely in blocks in the semiconductor memory, at least a part of information which is related to the image processing apparatus in view of frequency of updating the information which is related to the image processing apparatus, priority of the information which is related to the image processing apparatus and the block size indicated by the block size information obtained by the obtaining unit so as to reduce a number of times of updating the blocks with the information related to the image processing apparatus in a predetermined time period.

US Pat. No. 9,912,830

DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A data processing apparatus capable of communicating with an external device including a display unit via a network, the
data processing apparatus comprising:
an operation unit;
a storage unit configured to store a file in such a manner that the file is associated with a user;
a first reception unit configured to receive a request, transmitted by the external device based on an instruction of a first
user having administrator authority, for transmitting information of a file stored in the storage unit via the network;

a second reception unit configured to receive, based on an instruction of the first user, a request for displaying information
of a file stored in the storage unit from the operation unit;

a transmitting unit configured to transmit, based on the first reception unit receiving the request, information of a file
associated with the first user and information of a file associated with a second user to the external device; and

a control unit configured to perform control, based on the second reception unit receiving the request, to display the information
of the file associated with the first user without displaying the information of the file associated with the second user
on a display unit in the data processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,862,189

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a liquid ejection head including a substrate having formed thereon an energy generating element,
wiring for supplying power to the energy generating element, and a supply port for supplying liquid, the substrate having
laminated thereon a flow path forming member on which a flow path for guiding the liquid supplied from the supply port to
the energy generating element is formed, the method comprising:
a step for forming a resin layer by applying a resin for forming an area to be the flow path on the substrate on which concavo-convex
portions are present at an uneven density;

an opening pattern forming step for forming an opening pattern to be a concave portion on the resin layer; and
a smoothing step for smoothing a surface of the resin layer by bringing a smoothing member into contact with the resin layer
on which the opening pattern is formed at a predetermined pressure.

US Pat. No. 9,848,225

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus communicable with a first device on a first network and with a second device on a second
network different from the first network, the information processing apparatus comprising:
a processor:
a memory that stores instructions executable by the processor, wherein the instructions, when executed by the processor, causes
the processor to function as:

a search unit configured to search for the first device on the first network;
a first reception unit configured to, if the first device has been discovered by the search unit, receive data from the first
device;

a transmission unit configured to, if the data received by the first reception unit is to be transferred from the second device,
upload the data onto the second device;

a confirmation unit configured to confirm whether or not the second device has data that has been transmitted from the first
device to the second device and that is to be transferred to the information processing apparatus; and

a second reception unit configured to receive the data from the second device if the second device has the data,
wherein
the transmission unit determines whether or not the data received by the first reception unit is to be transferred from the
second device in accordance with a predetermined setting.

US Pat. No. 9,839,054

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR SETTING COMMUNICATION PARAMETERS OF THE COMMUNICATION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
at least one processor; and
at least one memory storing code to be executed by the at least one processor, wherein the at least one processor executes
the code to function as:

a search unit to search a partner apparatus to communicate with a wireless communication being compliant with an IEEE 802.11
standard;

a transmission unit to transmit a first value stored in the communication apparatus to the partner apparatus searched by the
search unit;

a reception unit to receive a second value stored in the partner apparatus from the partner apparatus;
a determination unit to compare the first value with the second value, determine (i) that the communication apparatus operates
as an apparatus for providing a wireless parameter of the wireless communication being compliant with an IEEE 802.11 standard
to the partner apparatus if the first value is greater than the second value, and determine (ii) that the communication apparatus
operates an apparatus for receiving the wireless parameter of the wireless communication being compliant with an IEEE 802.11
standard from the partner apparatus if the first value is less than the second value; and

a setting unit configured to set the communication apparatus to operate as the apparatus for providing the wireless parameter
of the wireless communication in accordance with a user's instruction,

wherein in a case that the communication apparatus is set to operate as the apparatus for providing the wireless parameter
of the wireless communication by the setting unit, the communication apparatus does not compare the first value with the second
value,

wherein the search unit, the transmission unit and the reception unit communicate through a predetermined frequency channel,
and

wherein the communication apparatus communicates with the partner apparatus based on the wireless parameter through a frequency
channel that is selected by the communication apparatus operates as the apparatus for providing the wireless parameter to
the partner apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,818,957

ORGANIC LIGHT EMITTING ELEMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An organic light emitting element comprising:
an anode;
a cathode; and
an emission layer placed between the anode and the cathode,wherein the organic light emitting element further comprises:
a first organic compound layer placed between the cathode and the emission layer, and
a second organic compound layer placed between the emission layer and the first organic compound layer, and brought into contact
with the first organic compound layer;
wherein the first organic compound layer comprises a first organic compound;wherein the second organic compound layer comprises a second organic compound;wherein the first organic compound comprises an organic compound represented by the following general formula [1]; andwherein the second organic compound comprises an organic compound different from the first organic compound,

in the formula [1], R1 to R6 each represent a hydrogen atom or a substituent selected from a fluorine atom, an alkyl group, an alkoxy group, an aryl group
and a heteroaryl group; when any one of R1 to R6 represents an alkyl group or an alkoxy group, the alkyl group or the alkoxy group may further have a fluorine atom; and when
any one of R1 to R6 represents an aryl group or a heteroaryl group, the aryl group or the heteroaryl group may further have a fluorine atom, an
alkyl group, an alkoxy group, or an amino group.

US Pat. No. 9,809,408

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH LATERAL DISPLACEMENT CORRECTION FUNCTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet processing apparatus comprising:
a conveying unit configured to convey a sheet along a conveying path;
a detection unit provided in the conveying path and configured to detect a position of the sheet in a width direction orthogonal
to a conveying direction;

a correction unit configured to correct the position of the sheet in the width direction based on a result of detection by
said detection unit;

a stacking unit on which the sheet discharged via the conveying path is stacked;
an alignment unit disposed above said stacking unit and including a pair of alignment members which are movable in the width
direction, said alignment unit being configured to bring said pair of alignment members into abutment with opposite edges
of the sheet having been discharged to thereby align the sheet;

an acquisition unit configured to acquire a type of a sheet; and
a control unit configured to, in a case where the sheet type is a type that is not subjected to correction by said correction
unit, control said alignment unit such that a distance between said pair of alignment members in a standby position is set
larger than that in a case where the sheet type is a type that is subjected to correction by said correction unit.

US Pat. No. 9,808,153

WAVEFRONT CORRECTION METHOD FOR ADAPTIVE OPTICS SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for a controller to control an adaptive optics scanning laser ophthalmoscope, the method comprising:
receiving from the ophthalmoscope a first set of wavefront data comprising a plurality of wavefront elements;
wherein each particular wavefront element is associated with a particular area of a received beam of light received from a
fundus being imaged by the ophthalmoscope;

each particular wavefront element includes:
wavefront shape measurement data, wherein the wavefront shape measurement data is representative of a shape of a wavefront
of the received beam of light in a particular area of the received beam of light;

status measurement data, wherein the status measurement data is a confidence indicator of ability of the wavefront shape measurement
data to represent the shape of the wavefront of the received beam of light in the particular area of the received beam of
light with a particular level of accuracy;

calculating a second set of control data based on the wavefront shape measurement data in the wavefront data and a third set
of local gain;

wherein the third set of local gain includes a plurality of local gain elements;
wherein each element among the plurality of local gain elements is adjusted based on one or more of the status measurement
data,

transmitting the second set of control data to the ophthalmoscope, which the ophthalmoscope uses to adjust a shape of an illumination
wavefront of an illumination beam used to illuminate the fundus.

US Pat. No. 9,813,612

IMAGING APPARATUS, INFORMATION MANAGING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHODS THEREOF, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR SUPERIMPOSING IMAGE DATA ON A DISPLAY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an image capturing unit;
an acquiring unit configured to acquire, from an external apparatus, other image data obtained by other imaging apparatuses,
and other image data information containing information about the other image data; and

a display control unit configured to arrange, in a first region of a display unit that displays an imaging confirmation screen
to confirm image data obtained by the image capturing unit, the image data and the other image data in an order of an imaging
date and an imaging time, and display, in a second region of the display unit, image data information indicating information
about the image data and other image information indicating information about the image data of all other imaging apparatuses
belonging to a same group as the imaging apparatus,

wherein the image data information comprises information indicating an identification of a photographer who is a user of the
imaging apparatus, and the other image data information comprises information indicating an identification of other photographers
who are users of the other imaging apparatuses.

US Pat. No. 9,785,086

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer container comprising:
a chamber including an opening and configured to contain developer:
a sealing member configured to seal the opening; and
an unsealing member to which one end of the sealing member is fixed and which has an unsealing fulcrum for assisting unsealing,
wherein the chamber includes a first fixing portion and a second fixing portion that are fixed to the sealing member configured
to seal the opening,

wherein the second fixing portion is arranged closer to a rotation center of the unsealing member than the first fixing portion,
wherein the sealing member is folded back before the sealing member is peeled, and
wherein a rotation center of the unsealing member is located at a position opposing a leading end of the unsealing fulcrum
of the unsealing member with respect to a virtual plane including the first fixing portion, the second fixing portion, and
the opening, when the sealing member is peeled from the first fixing portion of the chamber and the unsealing fulcrum contacts
the sealing member.

US Pat. No. 9,747,533

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that generates print data using a printing head having an ejection port array in which a
plurality of ejection ports for ejecting inks is arrayed in a predetermined direction, the print data using the printing head
in each of K (K?3) times of relative scanning to a unit area on a printing medium in a crossing direction intersecting with
the predetermined direction, and the print data determining ejection or non-ejection of ink to each of pixel-equivalent pixel
regions in the unit area, the image processing apparatus comprising:
a first acquiring unit configured to acquire image data in which information indicating the number of times of ejection of
ink from zero to N (2?N?K) times for each of the plurality of pixel regions is determined for each pixel;

a storage unit configured to store a first mask pattern in which information indicating the number of times of permission
of ejection of ink from 0 to M (2?M?K) times for each of the plurality of pixel regions is determined for each pixel;

a specifying unit configured to specify the first ejection port in which ejection failure of ink exists, of the plurality
of ejection ports;

a first selecting unit configured to select the information indicating the number of times of permission in the K pixels,
of the information determined by the first mask pattern stored in the storage unit, the K pixels corresponding to K different
ejection ports including at least the first ejection port specified by the specifying unit and capable of ejecting the inks
to a same position to each other in the K times of scanning, and the K pixels being positioned in a same position to each
other in the crossing direction;

a second acquiring unit configured to acquire the information indicating the number of times of permission in a pixel corresponding
to the first ejection port specified by the specifying unit, among the information selected by the first selecting unit;

a third acquiring unit configured to acquire the information indicating the number of times of permission in a pixel corresponding
to the second ejection port not specified by the specifying unit, among the information selected by the first selecting unit;

a second selecting unit configured to select the first information having a smallest number of times of permission indicated
by the information, from the information acquired by the third acquiring unit;

a first generating unit configured to generate a second mask pattern by replacing the first information selected by the second
selecting unit using the information acquired by the second acquiring unit when the number of times of permission indicated
by the information acquired by the second acquiring unit is larger than the number of times of permission indicated by the
first information selected by the second selecting unit; and

a second generating unit configured to generate the print data based on the image data acquired by the first acquiring unit,
and the second mask pattern generated by the first generating unit.

US Pat. No. 9,773,319

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a memory storing instructions; and
one or more processors which execute instructions and cause the image processing apparatus to function as:
a first determination unit configured to determine whether a target pixel in an input image is a pixel of an edge portion;
a second determination unit configured to determine whether the target pixel is included in a mosaic image in accordance with
pitches between rows and pitches between columns; and

a performing unit configured to enhance reproducibility of an edge to the target pixel in a case where the target pixel is
determined to be the pixel of the edge portion and the target pixel is not included in the mosaic image, and not enhance reproducibility
of an edge to a target pixel in a case where the target pixel is determined to be a pixel of the edge portion and the target
pixel is included in the mosaic image.

US Pat. No. 9,773,198

PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS, PRINT CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus which communicates with a terminal apparatus, the printing apparatus comprising:
at least one processor;
a memory configured to store information for specifying first paper attributes selectable on the terminal apparatus, wherein
the printing apparatus transmitting the information to the terminal apparatus results in the terminal apparatus displaying
the first paper attributes, based on the information, and displaying, in the displayed first paper attributes, a first paper
attribute that corresponds to second paper attributes selectable on the printing apparatus; and

a printing unit,
wherein the at least one processor acquires a second paper attribute selected on the printing apparatus as a paper attribute
of print paper set in the printing apparatus,

wherein the at least one processor receives a first paper attribute for printing of an image and which is selected by a user
on the terminal apparatus from the displayed first paper attributes,

wherein, in a case where the displayed first paper attribute corresponding to second paper attributes is received and any
of the second paper attributes corresponding to the displayed first paper attribute is acquired, the at least one processor
causes the printing unit to print the image, and

wherein, in a case where the displayed first paper attribute corresponding to second paper attributes is received and a second
paper attribute different from the second paper attributes is acquired, the at least one processor causes the printing unit
not to print the image.

US Pat. No. 9,703,316

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF CORRECTING TIME-OF-DAY MANAGEMENT FUNCTION, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
at least one memory; and
at least one processor connected to the at least one memory and configured to execute:
a control task configured to shift the information processing apparatus into a power-saving mode and set a number of input
CPU clocks to be provided to the information processing apparatus in the power saving mode per prescribed time period;

an obtaining task configured to, in a case where the information processing apparatus shifts into the power-saving mode, obtain
a first time of day from an external apparatus on a network;

a counting task configured to, in response to the obtaining task obtaining the first time of day, count the number of input
CPU clocks provided to the information processing apparatus and determine whether the set number of input CPU clocks has been
provided; and

a correction task configured to, in response to the counting task determining that the set number of input CPU clocks has
been provided, obtain a second time of day from the external apparatus, measure the actual time period based on a difference
between the first time of day and the second time of day, and correct the set number of input CPU clocks per prescribed time
period based on the difference between the prescribed time period and the actual time period.

US Pat. No. 9,701,053

FIXING MEMBER MANUFACTURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A manufacturing apparatus for manufacturing a fixing member, comprising:
a metal mold capable of holding a base material of the fixing member in an inside thereof; and
an injecting member including a group of openings configured to inject a liquid rubber containing a needle-shaped filler into
the metal mold in which the base material is held,

wherein the injecting member is configured so that a ratio of a total perimeter of the group of openings to a sum of a perimeter
of an inner surface of the metal mold and an outer surface of the base material is from 1.3 to 3.3.

US Pat. No. 9,692,948

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:
a body incorporating a lens unit;
a display unit; and
a hinge unit configured to be pivotably connected to the body about a first rotary shaft and to be pivotably connected to
the display unit about a second rotary shaft parallel to the first rotary shaft,

wherein the display unit is rotatable relative to the body via the hinge unit between a first use position, in which a display
surface of the display unit faces a direction opposite to an object during a normal shooting of the object, a second use position,
in which the display surface faces the object during self-shooting of the object, and a housing position, in which the display
unit is stored in a predetermined position such that the display surface faces upward relative to an upper surface of the
body, and

wherein, in a case where the display unit is stored in the predetermined position, the lens unit and the display unit do not
overlap when viewed from a side of the body, and the lens unit and at least a part of the display unit overlap when viewed
from an optical axis direction.

US Pat. No. 9,661,721

LIGHT SOURCE APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING LIGHT SOURCE APPARATUS, AND DISPLAY APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light source apparatus, comprising:
a light source board on which one or more emission units are located;
an optical sheet configured to reflect a part of light from the emission unit; and
a detection unit configured to detect light reflected by the optical sheet and to output a detection value, wherein
the detection unit is located in a position where a ratio of change amount in a detection value when one emission unit is
turned ON in a case where the optical sheet is deformed with respect to a detection value when the one emission unit is turned
ON in a case where the optical sheet is not deformed is approximately 3% or less, and

the light from the emission unit has a directivity of which intensity distribution is substantially a Lambertian distribution.
US Pat. No. 9,657,153

METHOD FOR PRODUCING A RESIN COMPOSITION HAVING A POROUS STRUCTURE WITH INDEPENDENT POROSITIES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for producing a resin composition having a porous structure in which 80% to 94% of a total porosity is comprised
of independent porosities, the independent porosities having walls having no opening between adjacent porosities, the method
comprising:
molding a resin solution having a viscosity of 10,000 cP to 1,000,000 cP; and
removing a solvent of the resin solution by a phase separation method to perform porosification,
wherein the porous structure has a mean porosity size of 0.01 ?m to 0.9 ?m, and
wherein not less than 80% of the total porosity has a porosity size within ±30% of the mean porosity size.

US Pat. No. 9,651,796

IMAGE SHAKE CORRECTING APPARATUS AND ITS CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image shake correcting apparatus that corrects image shake using a first image shake correcting unit and a second image
shake correcting unit, the image shake correcting apparatus comprising:
a signal separating unit configured to separate a shake signal detected by a shake detecting unit into a low frequency signal
and a high frequency signal; and

a control unit configured to perform a switching operation between a first control which corrects image shake by controlling
the first image shake correcting unit using a shake correction signal calculated from the low frequency signal without the
high frequency signal and corrects image shake by controlling the second image shake correcting unit using a shake correction
signal calculated from the high frequency signal without the low frequency signal and a second control which corrects image
shake by controlling the first image shake correcting unit using the shake correction signal calculated from the high frequency
signal without the low frequency signal and corrects image shake by controlling the second image shake correcting unit using
the shake correction signal calculated from the low frequency signal without the high frequency signal,

wherein the control unit performs the first control if the size of the correctable range of the first image shake correcting
unit is larger than the size of the correctable range of the second image shake correcting unit but performs the second control
if the size of the correctable range of the second image shake correcting unit is larger than the size of the correctable
range of the first image shake correcting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,654,697

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS AND DRIVING METHOD OF SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state imaging apparatus comprising:
a pixel unit configured to perform imaging of a plurality of frames by photoelectric conversion;
an exposure amount calculating unit configured to calculate, as one unit, exposure amounts of a plurality of frames imaged
in a period during which a light source luminance is changing; and

a control unit configured to, based on the exposure amounts of the plurality of frames, set a plurality of amplifying gains
including at least two gains different from each other to control exposure amounts of a plurality of other frames to be imaged
after imaging the plurality of frames used in a calculation of the exposure amounts.

US Pat. No. 9,646,564

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT CONTROLS DISPLAY OF DISPLAY SECTIONS OF CONTENTS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that divides a plurality of contents into a plurality of successive display sections,
and displays the contents on a display section-by-display section basis, comprising:
a processor connected to a memory, the processor and memory being configured to:
select and arrange the contents such that a plurality of whole individual contents selected as objects to be displayed are
redundant between adjacent ones of the display sections at a predetermined ratio of redundant contents to displayed contents;

calculate a number of contents which can be displayed per one column in the display area, according to a size of a display
area where the contents are to be displayed, and a display size of the contents;

determine whether there occurs a column having a smaller number of contents than said number of contents; and
when displaying contents belonging to a selected one of the plurality of display sections, in the display area, in a case
where it is determined that there occurs a column having a smaller number of contents than said number of contents, cause
the contents of the column having a smaller number of contents not to be displayed, and the other contents in other columns
to be displayed in the display area.

US Pat. No. 9,665,050

DETERMINATION APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING TYPE OF RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A determination apparatus comprising:
a transmission control unit including two terminals having a different polar character and configured to output a drive signal
from the two terminals;

a transmission unit including two terminals having a different polar character and configured to transmit an ultrasonic wave
by input the drive signal to the two terminals;

a reception unit including two terminals having a different polar character and configured to receive the ultrasonic wave
transmitted from the transmission unit and to output a reception signal from the two terminals in accordance with the received
ultrasonic wave;

a reception control unit including two terminals having a different polar character and the two terminals being input the
reception signal output from the reception unit, and

a control unit configured to:
judge, based on the reception signal output from the reception control unit, whether or not a predetermined state occurs in
which the two terminals of the transmission control unit are connected to the two terminals of the transmission unit so that
each of the polar characters matches and the two terminals of the reception control unit are connected to the two terminals
of the reception unit so that each of the polar characters mismatches, or the two terminals of the transmission control unit
connected to the two terminals of the transmission unit so that each of the polar characters mismatches and the two terminals
of the reception control unit are connected to the two terminals of the reception unit so that each of the polar characters
matches; and

reverse a waveform of the reception signal in a case that the control unit judges that the predetermined state has occurred;
and

determine a type of a recording medium based on an amplitude of the reception signal of which the waveform is reversed by
the control unit, the reception signal being acquired during the recording medium conveyed between the transmission unit and
the reception unit.

US Pat. No. 9,609,220

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

23. An image pickup method comprising:
an image pickup step of picking up an image of a subject to generate image data;
an analyzing step of analyzing a background region of the image data;
a determining step of determining whether the image data has a panning effect on the basis of a result of the analyzing; and
a control step of controlling photographing conditions for panning a shot in accordance with the determining in the determination
step,

wherein the analyzing step analyzes at least one of:
(1) a contrast in the background region,
(2) a difference in brightness between a subject region of the image data and the background region,
(3) a difference in color between the subject region and the background region, and
(4) a difference in color difference between the subject region and the background region.

US Pat. No. 9,607,417

PARALLEL RENDERING OF REGION-BASED GRAPHICS REPRESENTATIONS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of rendering an image using a plurality of threads, each thread from the plurality of threads being assigned to
concurrently render a portion of the image, the method comprising the steps of:
receiving edge data corresponding to the image to be rendered, the edge data comprising a plurality of edges identified by
edge indices, each edge having associated edge scan line crossing coordinates;

arranging the edge scan line crossing coordinates associated with the edges into a plurality of partitions indexed by the
edge indices to form an indexing data structure that is randomly accessible by means of a coordinate of a portion of the image;

wherein each partition in the indexing data structure comprises a list of said edge scan line crossing coordinates associated
with an edge that is identified by the edge index indexing the partition; and

rendering the portions of the image concurrently, each portion being rendered by a corresponding assigned thread by identifying
and by randomly accessing a partition in the indexing data structure using a coordinate of said portion in the image, at least
one edge in the indexing data structure associated with said portion of the image.

US Pat. No. 9,595,415

X-RAY GENERATOR AND X-RAY IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An X-ray generator comprising:
an anode including an electron passage formation member having an annular inner wall surface so as to define an electron passage
hole;

an integrated target including a target layer and an insulating substrate supporting the target layer; and
an electron source facing the target layer so as to irradiate the target layer with electrons passing through the electron
passage hole,

wherein the target layer is provided at a central region of the insulating substrate such that the integrated target includes
a peripheral region and a periphery of the substrate is uncovered by the target layer,

wherein the electron passage formation member accommodates a secondary X-ray generating region at the annular inner wall surface
that generates secondary X-rays by irradiation with electrons reflected from the target layer, and

wherein an angle ? formed by the secondary X-ray generating region and the target layer shows a relation 10° the electron passage formation member generates secondary X-rays in response to irradiation electron reflected from the target
layer and at least a part of the secondary X-rays is transmitted outside of the X-ray generator through the peripheral region.

US Pat. No. 9,596,374

IMAGE READING APPARATUS, IMAGE READING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image reading apparatus comprising:
a front surface reading sensor configured to read a front surface of a document;
a rear surface reading sensor configured to read a rear surface of the document;
a storage control unit configured to store, in a same memory, image data of the front surface of the document read by the
front surface reading sensor and image data of the rear surface of the document read by the rear surface reading sensor; and

an encoding unit configured to perform encode processing on each basic unit in a pair image data of the front and rear surfaces
generated by the image data of the front surface and the image data of the rear surface, wherein a file format of a file generated
by the encoding unit is a predetermined file format having a possibility that mutual interference occurs around a boundary
of a plurality of pixels adjacent to each other at the time of the encode processing,

wherein the storage control unit stores image data of an end position of the image data of the front surface in the main scanning
direction and a space in a first basic unit on the memory and stores image data of a start position of the image data of the
rear surface in the main scanning direction in a second basic unit, different from the first basic unit, on the memory, for
generating the file of the predetermined file format.

US Pat. No. 9,590,004

SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE AND IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state imaging device comprising a plurality of pixels, wherein
at least one of the plurality of pixels has a pupil dividing portion and a plurality of photoelectric conversion regions,
and wherein:

a scatterer is provided within the pupil dividing portion and adjacent to a region between two adjacent ones of the plurality
of photoelectric conversion regions,

a refractive index of the scatterer is smaller than that of the pupil dividing portion peripheral to the scatterer,
the pupil dividing portion has a micro lens, and
the plurality of photoelectric conversion regions receive respective lights through the micro lens.

US Pat. No. 9,582,868

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT APPROPRIATELY PERFORMS TONE CORRECTION IN LOW-ILLUMINANCE ENVIRONMENT, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a histogram detecting unit configured detect a luminance histogram from an input image;
a determination unit configured to determine control points for use in generation of a tone curve based on such a luminance
that a percentage from a low-luminance side in the luminance histogram detected by said histogram detecting unit is equal
to a first value, and such a luminance that a percentage from a high-luminance side in the luminance histogram detected by
said histogram detecting unit is equal to a second value;

a tone curve generating unit configured to generate a tone curve based on the control points calculated by said determination
unit;

an image processing unit configured to perform image processing based on the tone curve generated by said tone curve generating
unit;

a judgment unit configured to judge whether illuminance of a shooting environment is low; and
a point light source detecting unit configured to detect a component originating from a point light source from the luminance
histogram,

wherein, when said judgment unit judges that illuminance of the shooting environment is low in determining the control points
for use in generation of the tone curve, said determination unit makes the second value greater than in a case when said judgment
unit does not judge that illuminance of the shooting environment is low,

wherein, when said point light source detecting unit detects a component originating from a point light source, said determination
unit changes a luminance, which is a starting point in determining a percentage from the high-luminance side, to a lower luminance
side than in a case when said point light source detecting unit detects no component originating from a point light source,
and

wherein said histogram detecting unit, said determination unit, said tone curve generating unit, said image processing unit,
said judgment unit, and said point light source detecting unit are implemented by at least one processor executing at least
one program recorded on a memory.

US Pat. No. 9,581,943

HEAT FIXING APPARATUS AND GREASE COMPOSITION FOR THE HEAT FIXING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A heat fixing apparatus comprising:
a heating rotary member;
a pressurizing rotary member configured to be brought into pressure contact with the heating rotary member;
a heating-side sliding portion configured to slide due to rotation of the heating rotary member;
a pressurizing-side sliding portion configured to slide due to rotation of the pressurizing rotary member; and
a grease composition supplied at, at least one of the heating-side sliding portion and the pressurizing-side sliding portion
to mediate sliding thereat,

the heat fixing apparatus being configured to fix toner onto the recording material by heating and pressurizing the toner
on a recording material in a nip portion formed by the heating rotary member and the pressurizing rotary member,

wherein the grease composition comprises:
a base oil; and
polytetrafluoroethylene particles, and
wherein the base oil is a perfluoropolyether oil having a kinetic viscosity at 40° C. from 100 to 200 mm2/s and an evaporation loss of 1.2 mass % or less in a case where 10 g of a sample of the perfluoropolyether oil is placed
in a petri dish having an inner diameter of 41 mm and allowed to stand still at 250° C. for 200 hours.

US Pat. No. 9,563,391

TRANSMITTING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE TRANSMITTING APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A transmitting apparatus comprising:
an executing unit configured to execute a transmission job for transmitting image data;
an outputting unit configured to output a report indicating a result of the transmission job for transmitting the image data
executed by the execution unit;

a first accepting unit configured to accept, as a common setting for a plurality of transmission jobs, a first instruction
regarding output of the report with the outputting unit;

a second accepting unit configured to accept, as an individual setting for a specific transmission job, a second instruction
regarding output of the report with the outputting unit; and

a control unit configured to perform control so as to output the report using the outputting unit if the second instruction
indicates that the report is to be output by the outputting unit, even if the first instruction does not indicate that the
report is to be output by the outputting unit,

wherein the executing unit, the first accepting unit, the second accepting unit and the control unit are implemented by a
processor and a memory.

US Pat. No. 9,563,416

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus having a normal operation mode, and a safe mode for operation restricting a function
of a bundle more than in the normal operation mode, the apparatus comprising:
an installation unit configured to install a host bundle, and to inactivate, as a temporary install, a fragment bundle added
to the host bundle in order to extend a function of the host bundle, and to store the fragment bundle in a first memory area;
and

a holding unit configured to hold a list defining whether the temporarily installed fragment bundle is activated or inactivated
when the information processing apparatus starts in the safe mode,

wherein the installation unit, when the information processing apparatus starts in the safe mode, moves a fragment bundle
defined to be activated in the list, out of temporarily installed fragment bundles, to a second memory area to activate that
fragment bundle.

US Pat. No. 9,535,370

DEVELOPING DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing device used for an electrophotographic image forming apparatus, comprising:
a developer bearing member configured to bear and convey developer used for developing an electrostatic image formed on an
electrophotographic photosensitive member;

a development chamber including the developer bearing member;
a developer storage chamber configured to store developer to be supplied to the development chamber;
a partition configured to separate the development chamber and the developer storage chamber and having an opening that allows
communication between the developer storage chamber and the development chamber;

a rotating shaft configured to be rotatable and provided inside the developer storage chamber;
a conveyance member having an end portion on the inner side in a rotation radial direction of the rotating shaft attached
to the rotating shaft, and according to rotation of the rotating shaft, configured to bear and convey the developer on a bearing
surface, which is a surface on a downstream side in the rotation direction of the rotating shaft, and supply the developer
to the development chamber via the opening;

a receiving member having an end portion on the inner side in the rotation radial direction of the rotating shaft attached
to the rotating shaft, and having flexibility configured to receive the developer falling from the bearing surface of the
conveyance member on a downstream side of the conveyance member in the rotation direction of the rotating shaft according
to the rotation of the rotating shaft; and

a plurality of protruding portions configured to protrude toward the inside of the developer storage chamber from the partition,
wherein, within one turn of rotation of the rotating shaft, the receiving member moves while simultaneously contacting an
inner wall surface of the developer storage chamber on an upstream side of the opening in the rotation direction of the rotating
shaft and the protruding portion according to the rotation of the rotating shaft, and

wherein the plurality of protruding portions are positioned lower than the opening.

US Pat. No. 9,529,305

DEVELOPER CONTAINER, DEVELOPMENT DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

19. A developer container comprising:
a frame member configured to store developer and having a first side and a second side that is a backside of the first side
of the frame member; and

a conductive member including resin, wherein the conductive member is configured to detect a developer amount by using capacitance,
wherein a conductive resin first portion of the conductive member is provided along the first side of the frame member to
be in contact with the developer and a conductive resin second portion of the conductive member is provided along the second
side of the frame member,

wherein a conductive resin joint portion of the conductive member is provided to connect the first portion and the second
portion to each other through the frame member, and

wherein the resin in the first portion, the second portion and the joint portion is the same resin.

US Pat. No. 9,530,084

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF ASCERTAINING PRINTING REDUCTION EFFECT, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a printer;
a storage storing image data transmitted from an information processing apparatus;
an operation panel configured to receive a print start instruction from a user;
at least one processor; and
a memory,
wherein the at least one processor is connected to the memory and configured to:
control the printer to print the image data, in response to the print start instruction, in accordance with a print condition;
change the print condition to not print the image data;
delete the image data from the storage in accordance with a deletion instruction received by the operation panel;
record a deletion log in response to the deletion of the image data, the deletion log including a print flag indicative of
whether the image data has been printed by the printer or not and a number of recording sheets required to print the image
data; and

calculate the number of recording sheets saved by changing the print condition to not print the image data.

US Pat. No. 9,517,637

IMAGING OPTICAL ELEMENT AND OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical scanning apparatus, comprising:
a light source comprising a plurality of light-emitting parts;
a deflection unit configured to deflect a plurality of light fluxes emitted from the light source; and
an imaging optical system configured to condense the plurality of light fluxes deflected by the deflection unit onto a scanned
surface, wherein:

the imaging optical system comprises an imaging optical element;
the imaging optical element comprises an optical surface whose shape within a sub-scanning section has a non-circular shape;
assuming that a coordinate along a main scanning direction is Y and a coordinate along a sub-scanning direction is Z and that,
within the sub-scanning section, a curvature radius on an optical axis of the optical surface is r, an eccentricity is k,
a coefficient of variation in the curvature radius of the optical surface is Di, and an aspherical surface coefficient is GmnYm, when a shape S of the optical surface within the sub-scanning section is defined by an expression:


the expression comprises a term in which n is an odd number equal to or larger than 3;
the aspherical surface coefficient of at least one of the terms in which n is an odd number equal to or larger than 3 is changed
asymmetrically along the main scanning direction; and

when wavefront aberration amounts in positions Zmax and Zmin of end portions of the light flux along the sub-scanning direction
are set as W(Zmax) [?] and W(Zmin) [?], respectively, in an arbitrary position in the optical surface along the main scanning
direction,

is satisfied.

US Pat. No. 9,513,106

WAVELENGTH TUNABLE LIGHT SOURCE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A wavelength tunable light source comprising:
a pair of reflectors, at least one of which is a movable reflector;
an active layer provided between the pair of reflectors; and
a beam on part of which the movable reflector is formed and which is supported by a support member,
wherein the beam includes a blade part projecting between the support member and the movable reflector in a direction intersecting
with a stretching direction in which the beam stretches from the support member to the movable reflector, and

a distance from the support member to a center of gravity of the beam in the stretching direction is less than half of a distance
from the support member to the movable reflector in the stretching direction.

US Pat. No. 9,507,288

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT DETECTS ELECTROSTATIC LATENT IMAGE FOR CORRECTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member configured to be rotated;
an irradiating unit configured to irradiate the photosensitive member that is charged with light corresponding to image data,
thereby forming an electrostatic latent image on the photosensitive member; and

a process unit configured to form a nip portion with the photosensitive member,
wherein in a correction mode in which a shift of an image is corrected based on a detection result obtained by detecting,
at the nip portion, an electrostatic latent image for correction formed on the photosensitive member by the irradiating unit,
a width of the electrostatic latent image for correction is equal to or more than a width of the nip portion in a rotation
direction of the photosensitive member.

US Pat. No. 9,507,295

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a plurality of image bearing members configured to bear toner images:
an intermediate transfer belt configured to perform secondary transfer onto a transfer medium of a toner image subjected to
primary transfer from the plurality of image bearing members, the intermediate transfer belt having been formed endless and
rotatably;

a current supply member configured to contact the intermediate transfer belt;
a detecting member configured to detect a test pattern formed on the intermediate transfer belt;
a contact member configured to contact an inner peripheral face of the intermediate transfer belt;
a voltage maintaining element configured to be connected to the contact member; and
an opposing member configured to oppose the detecting member across the intermediate transfer belt;
a bearing configured to support a shaft of an opposing roller serving as the opposing member, the opposing roller being rotated
by the intermediate transfer belt, the bearing being electrically insulated; and

a supporting plate configured to support the detecting member,
wherein the supporting plate is supported by the bearing,
wherein the contact member to which the voltage maintaining element is connected maintains a predetermined potential by current
flowing from the current supply member to the intermediate transfer belt; and

wherein the opposing member contacts the inner peripheral face of the intermediate transfer belt at a different position from
that of the contact member, and is in an electrically insulated state.

US Pat. No. 9,509,870

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM ENABLING LAYOUT VARATIONS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus having one or more processors executing instructions in one or more memories, wherein the instructions causing
the one or more processors to function comprise:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire at least one image group including at least one image;
a creating unit configured to create a plurality of layout candidates, by selecting at least one image from an image group
acquired by the acquisition unit, and arranging the at least one selected image;

an evaluation unit configured to evaluate the layout candidates created by the creating unit;
a deciding unit configured to decide a presentation order of layout candidates by selecting the layout candidates from the
plurality of layout candidates, based on evaluation results from the evaluation unit and a predetermined rule different from
evaluation, the predetermined rule being a rule for selecting a layout candidate based on evaluation results from the evaluation
unit; and

a presenting unit configured to present the selected layout candidates in the presentation order decided by the deciding unit;
wherein the deciding unit decides the presentation order so that the presentation order is different from an evaluation order
based on evaluation results from the evaluation unit, based on evaluation results of the evaluation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,507,310

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING CIRCUIT BOARD WITH SILK-PRINTED MARK FOR HOLDING CLAW

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus configured to form an image on a recording medium, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a process unit to which a high voltage is applied, and the process unit being configured to perform an image forming process;
a circuit board configured to generate the high voltage to be applied to the process unit;
a holding claw configured to hold the circuit board;
a power feed member configured to apply the high voltage to the process unit, the power feed member having an elastic member
electrically connected to an output portion of the circuit board from which the high voltage is output in a state in which
the circuit board is held by the holding claw; and

a silk-printed mark put on the circuit board, the silk-printed mark indicating a portion of the circuit board to be pressed
by an operator in order to cause the circuit board to be held by the holding claw, wherein

the output portion of the circuit board comprises a plurality of output portions,
the silk-printed mark comprises a plurality of silk-printed marks,
the plurality of silk-printed marks comprise outline numerals on solid marks, and
the outline numerals indicate an order in which the operator is to press the circuit board.

US Pat. No. 9,509,880

DEVICE CAPABLE OF READING PLURAL DOCUMENTS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE DEVICE, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a reading unit configured to scan at least one document placed on a document plate and to generate an image of the at least
one document; and

a printing unit configured to print the image generated by the reading unit,
wherein the printing unit is configured not to print a first image generated by the reading unit scanning a first document
according to copy inhibition information included in the scanned first document, the copy inhibition information indicating
that copying is inhibited,

wherein the printing unit is configured to print a second image generated by the reading unit scanning a second document according
to copy permission information included in the scanned second document, the copy permission information indicating that copying
is permitted, and

wherein, in a case where a user instructs starting a copy operation under a condition where the first document and the second
document are both placed on the document plate, the printing unit is configured not to print a third image generated by the
reading unit scanning both the first document and the second document according to the copy inhibition information included
in the scanned first document.

US Pat. No. 9,508,153

DISTANCE MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, DISTANCE MEASUREMENT METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A distance measurement apparatus that calculates distance information based at least on a first image and a second image,
the distance measurement apparatus comprising:
a first calculation unit configured to calculate, for each pixel to which distance calculation is performed, distance information
corresponding to the pixel on the basis of a local area of a number of local areas in the first image, including the pixel,
and a local area of a number of local areas in the second image, corresponding to the local area in the first image;

a second calculation unit configured to calculate a non-similarity value between the local area in the first image and the
local area in the second image;

a determination unit configured to determine whether the non-similarity value is equal to or greater than a threshold; and
a third calculation unit configured to calculate a ratio of the number of local areas for which the non-similarity value is
determined to be equal to or greater than the threshold in a predetermined area to the number of local areas in the predetermined
area.

US Pat. No. 9,501,032

PROCESS CARTRIDGE HAVING PROJECTED PORTIONS AND RECESSED PORTIONS PROVIDED ON SURFACE OF CHARGING MEMBER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge detachably mountable to an image forming apparatus, said process cartridge comprising:
an image bearing member for forming a latent image;
a charging member, press-contacted to said image bearing member at a predetermined urging force, for electrically charging
said image bearing member by being supplied with a charging bias;

developing means for developing the latent image by supplying a polymerized toner to said image bearing member; and
a cleaning blade for removing the polymerized toner deposited on said image bearing member in contact with said image bearing
member,

wherein said charging member comprises:
an electroconductive support;
one or more elastic layer formed around said electroconductive support; and
projected portions and recessed portions provided on a surface of said charging member,
wherein said projected portions are elastically deformable in contact with said image forming member, leaving electrically
dischargeable gaps between said recessed portions of said charging member and said image bearing member, and

wherein, when a potential difference between said charging member and said image bearing member is V in volts, an urging force
for urging said charging member to said image bearing member is P in Newtons, a height of said projected portions before elastic
deformation is L in meters, the sum of areas of contact portions where said projected portions contact said image bearing
member is S in square meters, and Young's modulus when said elastic layer is deformed is E in megapascals, these parameters
satisfy the following relationship:

(V?312)/6.2×10?6>L(1?P/ES)>7.7×10?6.

US Pat. No. 9,494,887

TONER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A toner comprising:
toner particles each including a surface layer that contains an organic silicon polymer,
wherein the organic silicon polymer is obtained by polymerizing a polymerizable monomer that contains a compound represented
by formula (1):

(In formula (1), R1 represents (i) CH2?CH— or (ii) CH2?CH-L- (in formula (ii), L represents a methylene group, an ethylene group, or a phenylene group) and R2, R3, and R4 each independently represent a halogen atom, a hydroxy group, or an alkoxy group),
an average thickness Dav. of the surface layers measured by observation of cross sections of the toner particles with a transmission
electron microscope is 5.0 nm or more and 150.0 nm or less, and

in mapping measurement performed through time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectroscopy using a focused ion beam as a probe,
a ratio (ASi/AC) is 20.00 or more, where ASi is ISi/I, AC is IC/I, ISi represents an intensity of silicon ions released from the toner particles upon irradiation of toner particle surfaces with
primary ions, IC represents an intensity of carbon ions released from the toner particles upon irradiation of the toner particle surfaces with
the primary ions, and I represents a primary ion dose of irradiation,

wherein a silicon concentration at surfaces of the toner particles determined by electron spectroscopy for chemical analysis
conducted on the surfaces of the toner particles is 2.5 atomic % or more, and

wherein among the toner particles, regarding the toner particles whose equivalent circle diameters are within ±10% range of
a weight-average particle diameter of the toner,

an existing ratio of a portion(s) where the surface layer thickness is 5.0 nm or less is 20.0% or less, wherein, the existing
ratio is determined by the following process

(i) observing 10 toner particles whose equivalent circle diameters are within ±10% range of a weight-average particle diameter
of the toner with a transmission electron microscope,

(ii) on each of the cross sections, drawing 16 straight lines extending across the cross section so that
all the straight lines intersect at a midpoint of a long axis L, which is a maximum diameter of the cross section, and
all the intersectional angles are even, i.e. all the intersectional angles are 11.25°,
(iii) on the resultant 32 line segments extending from the midpoint to the outer periphery of the cross section, measuring
lengths by which the respective line segments overlap with the surface layer, and counting the number of line segment(s) of
which the length(s) is/are 5.0 nm or less,

(iv) dividing the resultant number of line segments by 32 and then multiplying the result by 100 to obtain a percentage value,
(v) deriving arithmetic average value by using the respective percentage values of the respective 10 toner particles to obtain
the existing ratio.

US Pat. No. 9,497,802

HEATER AND IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A heater usable with an image heating apparatus including an electric energy supplying portion provided with a first terminal
and a second terminal, and an endless belt for heating an image on a sheet, wherein said heater is contactable to the belt
to heat the belt, said heater comprising:
a substrate;
a plurality of electrode portions including a plurality of first electrode portions electrically connectable with the first
terminal and a plurality of second electrode portions electrically connectable with the second terminal, said first electrode
portions and said second electrode portions are arranged in a longitudinal direction of said substrate with spaces between
adjacent electrode portions;

a plurality of heat generating portions, provided between adjacent electrode portions, respectively, for generating heat by
electric power supply between adjacent electrode portions;

a first electroconductive line portion electrically connected with said plurality of first electrode portions, said first
electroconductive line portion extending in the longitudinal direction with a gap between itself and said plurality of heat
generating portions, in one end portion side with respect to a widthwise direction of said substrate beyond said plurality
of heat generating portions;

a second electroconductive line portion electrically connected with said second electrode portions electrically connected
with said heat generating portions in a first heat generating region arranged in the longitudinal direction, said second electroconductive
line portion extending in the longitudinal direction in the other end portion side with respect to the widthwise direction
beyond said plurality of heat generating portions; and

a third electroconductive line portion electrically connected with one of said second electrode portions electrically connected
with said heat generating portions in a second heat generating region arranged in the longitudinal direction, said third electroconductive
line portion extending adjacent to said second electroconductive line portion in the longitudinal direction in the other end
portion side with respect to the widthwise direction beyond said plurality of heat generating portions,

wherein a gap between said second electroconductive line portion and said third electroconductive line portion in the widthwise
direction is smaller than the gap between said first electroconductive line portion and said second electrode portions in
the widthwise direction.

US Pat. No. 9,497,352

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus having a plurality of lines, comprising:
a setting unit configured to set, for a line based on a user instruction, whether to permit transmission of data using the
line;

a selecting unit configured to select, automatically, a line from among lines which are set to permit transmission of data;
a transmission unit configured to transmit data by the line selected by the selecting unit; and
a changing unit configured to automatically change, for a line, a setting not to permit transmission of data using the line
to a setting to permit transmission of data using the line,

wherein when a predetermined line enters a disabled state and settings not to permit transmission of data are set for all
lines other than the predetermined line, the changing unit automatically changes, for one line of the lines other than the
predetermined line, the setting not to permit transmission of data using the one line to the setting to permit transmission
of data using the one line.

US Pat. No. 9,493,004

LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge apparatus comprising:
a head having a discharge port surface on which a discharge port is provided for discharging a liquid;
a suction port arranged apart from the discharge port surface and configured to be movable along the discharge port surface;
a negative pressure generating unit configured to communicate with the suction port and generate a negative pressure; and
an elevating unit for changing a distance between the suction port and the discharge port surface,
wherein, upon the movement of the suction port, the liquid on the discharge port surface is moved to a collection position
at which the discharge port is not provided by suction from the suction port with the negative pressure generated by the negative
pressure generating unit, and then the liquid is collected by the suction from the suction port, and

wherein a distance between the suction port and the discharge port surface is set by the elevating unit to be less in an operation
of collecting a liquid that has been moved to the collection position than in an operation of moving the liquid to the collection
position.

US Pat. No. 9,497,399

IMAGING APPARATUS INCLUDING READOUT CIRCUITS AND OUTPUT LINES, AND DRIVING METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a first group comprising first pixel circuits and 2n first readout circuits, said first pixel circuits being arranged in 2n
first columns, each of the first pixel circuits being configured to generate a pixel signal by photoelectric conversion, and
each of said 2n first readout circuits being provided correspondingly to a different column among the 2n first columns and
configured to read out a signal corresponding to the pixel signals from the first pixel circuits in a corresponding first
column;

a second group arranged adjacent to the first group and comprising second pixel circuits and 2n second readout circuits, said
second pixel circuits being arranged in 2n second columns, each of the second pixel circuits being configured to generate
a pixel signal by photoelectric conversion, and each of said 2n second readout circuits being provided correspondingly to
a different second column among the 2n second columns and configured to read out a signal corresponding to the pixel signals
from the second pixel circuits in a corresponding second column;

2n first output lines wherein output terminals of the first readout circuits and the second readout circuits of every 2n columns
are commonly connected to one of the 2n first output lines;

first adding units, each of the first adding units being configured to add the pixel signals from the pixel circuits arranged
in different 2i first columns adjacent to each other among the 2n first columns; and

second adding units, each of said second adding units being configured to add the pixel signals from the second pixel circuits
arranged in different 2j second columns adjacent to each other among the 2n second columns, wherein

n, i and j are positive integers, with i and j both being smaller than n,
each of the output terminals of the first readout circuits is connected to a different one of the 2n first output lines,
each of the output terminals of the second readout circuits is connected to a different one of the 2n first output lines,
in the 2n first readout circuits, one first readout circuit per the first readout circuits of the 2i first columns performs
the read out,

in the 2n second readout circuits, one second readout circuit per the second readout circuits of the 2j second columns performs
the readout,

each of odd-numbered first output lines among the 2n first output lines receives output from a different one of the first
readout circuits, and

each of even-numbered first output lines among the 2n first output lines receives output from a different one of the second
readout circuits.

US Pat. No. 9,491,359

AUTOMATIC-TRACKING CAMERA APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An automatic-tracking apparatus comprising:
an image pickup unit adapted to acquire an image;
an actuator adapted to change a position of said image pickup unit;
a position detecting unit adapted to detect the position of said image pickup unit;
a position instruction value generation unit adapted to generate a position instruction value, for instructing a target position
of said image pickup unit, realizing after a lapse of a predetermined time period from when said image pickup unit has acquired
the image, on the basis of the image acquired by said image pickup unit and the position of said image pickup unit detected
by said position detecting unit;

a speed prediction unit adapted to predict a speed of a tracking target object realizing after a lapse of a predetermined
time period from when said image pickup unit has acquired the image, using previously stored position information and speed
information of the tracking target object, the position information and speed information obtained from multiple acquired
images; and

a control unit adapted to control said actuator so that said image pickup unit reaches the position indicated by the position
instruction value realizing after a lapse of a predetermined time period from when said image pickup unit has acquired the
image, and the speed of said image pickup unit realizing after a lapse of a predetermined time period from when said image
pickup unit has acquired the image corresponds to the speed predicted by said speed prediction unit,

wherein said control unit is adapted to control said actuator so that said image pickup unit is displaced at a constant acceleration
during the period from the start timing of image acquisition by said image pickup unit to the next start timing of image acquisition.

US Pat. No. 9,483,004

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR REDUCING FLUCTUATION OF TONER DENSITY IN A DEVELOPING UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a storage unit configured to store developer including a toner and a carrier;
an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet using the toner stored in the storage unit;
a replenishment unit configured to replenish the storage unit with toner;
a detection unit arranged in the storage unit and configured to detect a toner density of the developer in the storage unit;
a stoppage unit configured to stop, based on the toner density detected by the detection unit, an image forming operation
of the image forming unit forming the image on the sheet;

a first calculation unit configured to control the detection unit to detect the toner density in a duration from when the
stoppage unit stops the image forming operation to when the image forming unit resumes the image forming operation, and configured
to calculate a difference between the toner density and a target toner density;

a second calculation unit configured to accumulate the difference calculated by the first calculation unit to calculate a
cumulative value of the difference;

a determination unit configured to determine a value for determining whether or not replenishment of the toner is required,
based on the difference calculated and the cumulative value calculated; and

a controller configured to control a timing at which the replenishment unit replenishes the storage unit with the toner in
the duration based on the value determined by the determination unit.

US Pat. No. 9,479,663

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a wireless communication unit which embodies a processor configured to execute wireless communication, the wireless communication
unit being operable in a power saving mode in which a state of the wireless communication unit is transitioned to an Awake
state and to a Doze state in synchronization with a beacon of an access point;

a setting unit configured to set, based on a user instruction, whether the power saving mode is to be used;
a display unit configured to display a screen; and
a controlling unit configured to, in a case where the setting unit sets that the power saving mode is to be used, perform
control to temporarily disable the power saving mode in a condition that the display unit displays a predetermined screen.

US Pat. No. 9,477,879

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR OBTAINING A RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN PIECES OF CONTENTS FROM USE HISTORY INFORMATION ABOUT THE CONTENTS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

9. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a recognition unit configured to recognize a plurality of movable contents, wherein each of the plurality of contents is a
partial area of an image;

an acquisition unit configured to acquire movement history information about positions of the plurality contents recognized
by the recognition unit;

a storage unit configured to store time at which the positions of the pieces of contents are acquired by the acquisition unit
and the positions in association with each other; and

a determination unit configured to refer to the storage unit and determine relationship between the contents based on the
image from which the contents are generated and based on whether two contents have changed their positions a predetermined
number of times or more.

US Pat. No. 9,471,017

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR AUTOMATICALLY RELEASING PRESSURE APPLIED TO A FIXING NIP PORTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a main body of the image forming apparatus;
a fixing unit configured to fix an unfixed image on a recording material to the recording material while conveying the recording
material with the recording material nipped in a fixing nip portion, the fixing unit being removably mounted on the main body
and including a cam for switching pressure applied to the fixing nip portion and a first engagement portion for transmitting
a driving force to the cam; and

a second engagement portion provided in the main body so as to engage with the first engagement portion in a state where the
fixing unit is mounted on the main body,

wherein the image forming apparatus can switch the fixing nip portion between a pressurized state and a pressure released
state by rotating the cam via the first engagement portion and the second engagement portion,

wherein a difference between a phase of the cam in the pressurized state and a phase of the cam in the pressure released state
is 180°,

wherein the first engagement portion has two inlets which the second engagement portion enters, and a difference between respective
phases of the two inlets is 180°, and

wherein the first engagement portion and the second engagement portion engage with each other when the fixing unit is mounted
on the main body regardless of whether the fixing nip portion is in the pressurized state or the pressure released state.

US Pat. No. 9,470,880

POSITION DETECTING APPARATUS, AND LENS APPARATUS AND OPTICAL OPERATING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE POSITION DETECTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A position detecting apparatus which detects a position of a movable member with respect to a fixed member, comprising:
a scale having a plurality of pattern arrays formed of cycles that differ from one another in a moving direction of the movable
member;

a sensor configured to detect a plurality of phase signals based on the scale depending on the position of the movable member
with respect to the fixed member;

a signal processor configured to generate a plurality of displacement signals based on the plurality of phase signals detected
by the sensor and sequentially output the generated plurality of displacement signals by switching the plurality of displacement
signals at a predetermined cycle;

a speed detector configured to detect a moving speed of the movable member based on at least one of the plurality of displacement
signals;

an absolute position calculator configured to derive the position of the movable member based on at least two displacement
signals among the plurality of displacement signals; and

a relative position calculator configured to derive a displacement amount with respect to a predetermined position based on
a selected displacement signal among the plurality of displacement signals, wherein:

the position calculated by the absolute position calculator is set as the position of the movable member when the moving speed
of the movable member is lower than a first reference speed; and

the position of the movable member is calculated based on the position of the movable member obtained by the absolute position
calculator in advance and the displacement amount with respect to the position calculated by the relative position calculator
when the moving speed of the movable member is equal to or higher than the first reference speed.

US Pat. No. 9,463,600

METHOD OF PRODUCING COMPOSITE OPTICAL ELEMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of producing a composite optical element in which a transparent thermoplastic resin material is integrated with
one surface of a transparent glass substrate by heating, the method comprising:
a molding step of molding a composite optical element by integrating the transparent thermoplastic resin material with the
one surface of the transparent glass substrate in a heated state;

a cooling step of cooling the composite optical element prepared in the molding step to a first cooling temperature lower
than a glass transition temperature of the transparent thermoplastic resin material;

after the cooling step, a heating step of heating an interface layer of the transparent thermoplastic resin material, the
interface layer contacting the transparent glass substrate, to a temperature equal to or higher than the glass transition
temperature of the transparent thermoplastic resin material, by causing infrared light having a wavelength region in which
an infrared absorptivity of the transparent thermoplastic resin material is higher than an infrared absorptivity of the transparent
glass substrate to enter from a surface on the transparent glass substrate to the transparent thermoplastic resin material;
and

a stress removal step of cooling the composite optical element to a second cooling temperature lower than the first cooling
temperature,

wherein in the heating step, only a portion of the interface layer that is in contact with the transparent glass substrate
is heated, and

wherein the portion of the interface layer has a thickness of 10 ?m to 450 ?m.

US Pat. No. 9,465,322

CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member;
a charging member for electrically charging the image bearing member, the charging member being in contact with the image
bearing member; and

a developing member for supplying developer, the developing member being in contact with the image bearing member,
wherein the developer remaining on the image bearing member after transfer is collected by the developing member, and
wherein a Martens hardness HMR of a surface of the charging member and a Martens hardness HMD of a surface of the developer
satisfy the following relationship:

HMD>HMR.

US Pat. No. 9,465,324

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member configured to bear a latent image;
a developing unit configured to supply a toner to the latent image to develop the latent image;
a transfer belt being a movable endless belt, and configured to transfer a toner image to a transfer material;
a metallic roller having conductivity and coming into contact with an inner peripheral surface of the transfer belt; and
a rotating member arranged on an outside of end portions of a contact area of the metallic roller and on an inside of end
portions of the transfer belt in terms of a width direction orthogonal to a direction of movement of the transfer belt, the
rotating member being configured to rotate in contact with the inner peripheral surface of the transfer belt,

wherein the end portions of the contact area are located on an inside of end portions of a developing area, in terms of the
width direction,

wherein the developing area is only an area in which the developing unit is capable of developing the toner onto the latent
image on the image bearing member, and

wherein the rotating member is a non-conductive resin.

US Pat. No. 9,456,124

DETECTION DEVICE, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS WITH THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A detection device comprising:
a first holding member holding a light receiving element, the light receiving element being configured to detect an object
image;

a second holding member holding an optical system, the optical system being configured to form the object image on the light
receiving element;

a first fixing member fixing the first and second holding members, with the first and second holding members separated from
each other; and

a second fixing member fixing the first and second holding members, with the first and second holding members separated from
each other,

wherein, in a direction parallel to a second direction orthogonal to a first direction in which an optical axis of the optical
system extends, at least one of a first surface of the first holding member opposite to the second holding member and a second
surface of the second holding member opposite to the first holding member has a plane inclined with respect to the first direction,

wherein the first and second fixing members are provided on the inclined plane and disposed between the first and second surfaces,
wherein the first surface has the inclined plane, and
wherein the second surface has a plane parallel to the first direction.

US Pat. No. 9,456,151

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD WHERE CORRECTION DATA ARE USED AND UPDATED FOR IMAGE DATA CORRECTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus, comprising:
an image pickup element that includes a pixel array of a plurality of pixels arranged in a first direction and a second direction
to generate an image signal read out line by line, the pixel array including a first area and a second area, the first area
including a plurality of third areas;

a read-out unit that reads out, frame by frame, the image signal from the first area and the second area in the image pickup
element, wherein with each frame, the read-out unit reads out the image signal by a line unit, the lines are in the first
direction;

a generation unit that generates a correction data for the image signal output from the second area based on the image signal
output from the first area; and

a storing unit that includes a memory, and stores the correction data generated by the generation unit,
wherein the read-out unit reads out in a frame, the image signals from a predetermined area among the second area in the second
direction, and reads out the image signal from a third area selected for the frame sequentially among the plurality of third
areas, wherein the plurality of third areas are arranged in the first area in the second direction, and the image signal from
the first area, for generating the correction data, is stored in a memory by sequentially reading out the image signal from
the plurality of third areas.

US Pat. No. 9,443,174

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a display list of a page including objects, to each of which a different level number
is assigned, the level number corresponding to an order from a background level;

a classifying unit configured to classify the objects included in the display list to a plurality of groups on a basis of
the level numbers assigned to the objects and a threshold number, in a case where a maximum level number of the level numbers
is more than the threshold number, so that a number of objects classified to each of the groups is equal to or less than the
threshold number;

a rendering unit configured to perform rendering of the page by generating raster images sequentially, each of which is generated
on a scan line basis from one or more objects classified to each different one of the groups, in a case where the maximum
level number is more than the threshold number; and

a print unit configured to print an image on a sheet on a basis of the rendered page,
wherein, in the classification, the classifying unit classifies, to a same single group of the groups, one or more objects
to which level numbers between N times the threshold number and N+1 times the threshold number are assigned, wherein N is
an integer.

US Pat. No. 9,442,409

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member;
a charging member configured to discharge in contact with the photosensitive member to charge a surface of the photosensitive
member;

a power source configured to apply a voltage to the charging member;
a toner image forming unit configured to form a toner image on the surface of the photosensitive member charged by the charging
member;

a unit including at least the photosensitive member and the charging member and attachable to and detachable from a main body
of the image forming apparatus, the charging member being attachable to and detachable from the unit;

a current detection unit configured to detect a current flowing between the charging member and the photosensitive member;
an operation unit configured to be operated by an operator to give an instruction to the image forming apparatus, the operation
unit including a display unit configured to display information to the operator; and

a control unit configured to perform an operation in a mode for applying to the charging member a predetermined test voltage
having an absolute value greater than a discharge starting voltage at which the discharge is started between the charging
member, the photosensitive member and causing the current detection unit to detect a current when the test voltage has been
applied and not forming an image on a recording material based on the instruction from the operation unit,

wherein if an absolute value of the current detected by the current detection unit is smaller than a predetermined value when
the predetermined test voltage has been applied to the charging member in the mode, the error indication is given on the display
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,444,980

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:
a body having a first surface and a second surface adjacent to the first surface, the second surface being provided with an
opening;

a display unit having a display surface and configured to be pivotable with respect to the body between first and second use
positions, in which an image is displayed on the display surface, and a storage position, in which the display unit contacts
the first surface; and

a lid configured to be pivotable with respect to the body between a close position in which the opening is closed and an open
position in which the opening is opened,

wherein the display unit overhangs the second surface by pivoting from the storage position to the first use position, and
the lid in the open position does not interfere with the display unit in the first use position.

US Pat. No. 9,442,417

DEVELOPING DEVICE, DEVELOPER REGULATING PROCESS, AND IMAGE FORMING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing device comprising:
a developer bearing member configured to bear a developer;
a developer regulating member configured to have a regulation portion comprised of an elastic member that is brought into
contact with the developer bearing member, and a supporting portion that supports the regulation portion, wherein a longitudinal
direction of the regulation portion is along a longitudinal direction of the developer bearing member, wherein the regulation
portion has a base portion and a tip portion, wherein the base portion is an end portion on a side of a portion connected
with the supporting portion in a transverse direction, and the base portion is opposite to the tip portion, wherein the tip
portion is disposed on an upstream side in a moving direction of the developer bearing member, and wherein the developer regulating
member regulates a developer borne by the developer bearing member; and

a sealing member configured to be brought into contact with a surface of the regulation portion, wherein the surface is on
an opposite side of the regulation portion to the developer bearing member, wherein the regulation portion has a first region
and a second region, wherein the second region is adjacent to the first region on a side of an end portion in the longitudinal
direction of the regulation portion, and the second region is disposed outside a region corresponding to an image forming
region on an image bearing member on which an electrostatic image to be developed by the developing device is formed, in a
longitudinal direction of the developer bearing member, wherein a thickness of an escaped portion is smaller than a thickness
of a contact portion so that at least a part of a region from the tip portion to the contact portion that is brought into
contact with the developer bearing member escapes on a side opposite to the developer bearing member in the first region of
the regulation portion, wherein a thickness of the region from the tip portion to the contact portion that is brought into
contact with the developer bearing member is nearly the same in the second region of the regulation portion, and wherein the
sealing member is brought into contact with only the second region of the regulation portion rather than the first region.

US Pat. No. 9,442,187

OBJECT INFORMATION OBTAINING APPARATUS, DISPLAY METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An object information obtaining apparatus comprising:
a plurality of conversion elements configured to transmit elastic waves to an object, receive reflected waves reflected at
respective positions inside the object, and convert the reflected waves into a plurality of receiving signals;

a fixed signal processing unit configured to perform addition processing with a predetermined weight by using the plurality
of receiving signals to obtain first distribution information;

an adaptive signal processing unit configured to perform adaptive signal processing with a weight adaptively changing according
to the receiving signals by using the plurality of receiving signals to obtain second distribution information; and

a display control unit to which the first distribution information and the second distribution information are input, and
configured to output image information to be displayed on a display unit,

wherein the display control unit receives information about a specified area, in the image of the first distribution information,
input by the user in a state where the image of the first distribution information is displayed, and outputs image information
for displaying on the display unit an image of the second distribution information or a combined image for the first and second
distribution information, corresponding to the specified area.

US Pat. No. 9,445,023

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE AND IMAGE-PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion device comprising:
a first photoelectric conversion element including a first semiconductor region of a first conductivity type;
a first floating diffusion region of the first conductivity type;
a first transfer gate configured to transfer an electric carrier of the first photoelectric conversion element to the first
floating diffusion region;

a second photoelectric conversion element including a second semiconductor region of the first conductivity type;
a second floating diffusion region of the first conductivity type;
a second transfer gate configured to transfer an electric carrier of the second photoelectric conversion element to the second
floating diffusion region;

a third semiconductor region of a second conductivity type in which the first semiconductor region and the second semiconductor
region are provided; and

a contact part provided on the third semiconductor region and being in contact with a part of the third semiconductor region,
wherein the first semiconductor region, the second semiconductor region, and the part of the third semiconductor region form
a continuous active region.

US Pat. No. 9,440,463

PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A print control apparatus comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive a job of printing for a roll-shaped print medium or a job of printing for a cut print
medium;

a first feeding unit configured to feed the roll-shaped print medium if a job of printing for a roll-shaped print medium is
received by said reception unit;

a second feeding unit configured to feed the cut print medium if a job of printing for a cut print medium is received by said
reception unit;

a print control unit configured to cause a print unit to print an image on the roll-shaped print medium, a cut roll-shaped
print medium or the cut print medium based on the job received by said reception unit; and

a drive control unit configured to control a predetermined drive, based on a drive parameter,
wherein after said print control unit causes the print unit to print an image on a first surface of the roll-shaped print
medium, said print control unit causes the print unit to print an image on a second surface of the cut roll-shaped print medium,
the cut roll-shaped print medium being obtained by cutting the roll-shaped print medium, and the second surface of the cut
roll-shaped print medium being opposite to the first surface of the cut roll-shaped print medium on which the image has been
printed, and

said drive control unit controls the predetermined drive based on a first drive parameter upon printing on the first surface
of the roll-shaped print medium fed from said first feeding unit, controls the predetermined drive based on a second drive
parameter different from the first drive parameter upon printing on the second surface of the cut roll-shaped print medium,
and controls the predetermined drive, based on a third drive parameter different from the first drive parameter and the second
drive parameter upon printing on the cut print medium fed from said second feeding unit.

US Pat. No. 9,438,832

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a setting unit configured to set a first region that includes a target pixel on which pixel correction is to be performed,
and that extends in a first direction, and further configured to set a plurality of regions obtained by shifting the first
region by a predetermined amount in directions perpendicular to the first direction;

a detection unit configured to detect correlation values in each of a plurality of positions in the first region and the plurality
of regions by scanning the first region and the plurality of regions using a region of a plurality of pixels including the
target pixel as a template;

a selection unit configured to select pixel values in the first region and the plurality of regions based on the correlation
values;

a first obtaining unit configured to obtain a first correction value using a plurality of the selected pixel values;
a second obtaining unit configured to obtain a weight for the first correction value based on a magnitude of a first correlation
value, which is obtained using the correlation values for pixel values that are used for obtaining the first correction value,
and a magnitude of the correlation value for the pixel value selected in the first region;

a third obtaining unit configured to obtain a second correction value based on the first correction value and the pixel value
selected in the first region, using the weight; and

a correction unit configured to correct the value of the target pixel using the second correction value.

US Pat. No. 9,437,651

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING IMAGING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of manufacturing an imaging device including a pixel circuit unit and a peripheral circuit unit, the method comprising:
forming a first insulator film that covers a first semiconductor region positioned in the pixel circuit unit, a second semiconductor
region positioned in the peripheral circuit unit, and a third semiconductor region positioned in the peripheral circuit unit;

removing one portion of the first insulator film, the one portion of the first insulator film being positioned on the second
semiconductor region, and another portion of the first insulator film, the another portion of the first insulator film being
positioned on the third semiconductor region, while remaining a first portion of the first insulator film, the first portion
being positioned on the first semiconductor region;

forming a second insulator film that covers the first semiconductor region, the second semiconductor region, and the third
semiconductor region;

removing one portion of the second insulator film, the one portion of the second insulator film being positioned on the first
portion, and another portion of the second insulator film, the another portion of the second insulator film being positioned
on the second semiconductor region, while remaining a second portion of the second insulator film, the second portion being
positioned on the third semiconductor region;

forming a metal film that covers the first portion, the second semiconductor region, and the second portion;
causing the metal film and the second semiconductor region to react with each other to form a metal compound layer; and
forming a third insulator film that covers the first portion, the metal compound layer, and the second portion, and forming
a conductor member that penetrates the third insulator film and comes in contact with the metal compound layer.

US Pat. No. 9,436,130

DEVELOPING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing device comprising:
a developing container for accommodating a developer;
a feeding member, including a blade helically extending on a rotation shaft, for feeding the developer in said developing
container along the rotation shaft by rotation thereof in a downstream developer feeding direction; and

a discharge opening for permitting discharge of excessive developer, with supply of the developer from said developing container,
said discharge opening being provided in a side surface of said developing container opposing said feeding member and being
configured to open independently of an amount of the developer in said developing container,

wherein in an overlapping region with said discharge opening, said blade is rotatable such that said blade moves the developer
in the downstream developer feeding direction at a side opposing said discharge opening,

wherein in the overlapping region with said discharge opening, a winding direction of said blade is such as to ascend toward
the downstream developer feeding direction, and

wherein when a first lower intersection position, with respect to a gravitational direction, between a downstream edge of
said discharge opening and a first cross-section perpendicular to a rotational axis of said feeding member and crossing said
discharge opening is a first position, and

when a second lower intersection position, with respect to the gravitational direction, between the downstream edge of said
discharge opening and a second cross-section which is perpendicular to the rotational axis of said feeding member and crossing
said discharge opening and which is provided downstream of the first cross-section with respect to the developer feeding direction
of said feeding member is a second position,

said discharge opening is configured so that the second position is higher than the first position.

US Pat. No. 9,436,140

FIXING DEVICE CONTROLLING FREQUENCY OF AC CURRENT CAUSED TO FLOW THROUGH HELICAL COIL CAUSING ELECTROCONDUCTIVE LAYER OF ROTATABLE MEMBER TO GENERATE HEAT THROUGH ELECTROMAGNETIC INDUCTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device for fixing a toner image on a recording material, comprising:
a rotatable member including an electroconductive layer;
a helical coil provided at a hollow portion of said rotatable member, a helical axis of said helical coil extending along
a generatrix direction of said rotatable member;

a magnetic core provided inside a helically shaped portion formed by said helical coil; and
a controller configured to control a frequency of an AC current caused to flow through said helical coil,
wherein the AC current is caused to flow through said helical coil to cause the electroconductive layer to generate heat through
electromagnetic induction heating to thereby heat and fix the toner image on the recording material by heat of said rotatable
member, and

wherein said controller controls the frequency in a predetermined period so that, when the frequency is denoted by f and a
resistance of the electroconductive layer with respect to a circumferential direction is denoted by R, f/R is substantially
constant.

US Pat. No. 9,432,607

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state imaging apparatus, comprising:
a plurality of pixels constituting a pixel array including a plurality of pixel columns; and
a plurality of amplifier units arranged respectively corresponding to the plurality of pixel columns of the pixel array, and
configured to amplify a signal from corresponding one of the plurality of pixel columns,

the plurality of amplifier units comprising:
an amplifier having a first input terminal, a second input terminal, and an output terminal;
an input capacitor having one terminal to which an output signal from corresponding one of the plurality of pixels is input,
and another terminal connected to the second input terminal of the amplifier;

a feedback switch connected between the second input terminal and the output terminal of the amplifier; and
a feedback capacitor connected in parallel with the feedback switch and between the second input terminal and the output terminal
of the amplifier,

wherein a driving current of the amplifier during a first period is smaller than a driving current of the amplifier during
a second period in which the amplifier amplifies the output signal from the corresponding one of the plurality of pixels,
and

wherein the feedback switch is set to a connection state during the first period.

US Pat. No. 9,430,089

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus configured to recognize a touch operation, the information processing apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a plurality of touch positions touched on a display screen;
a specifying unit configured to, in a case where at least one of the plurality of touch positions obtained by the obtaining
unit is included in a predetermined range that is a part of the display screen, specify one or more objects displayed at each
of the at least one touch position included in the predetermined range;

a determination unit configured to determine, with respect to each of the one or more objects specified by the specifying
unit, whether the object is associated with any of other objects displayed at each of other touch positions among the plurality
of touch positions obtained by the obtaining unit; and

a decision unit configured to decide, among the plurality of touch positions obtained by the obtaining unit, a touch position
included in the predetermined range, for which the determination unit does not determine that the object displayed at the
position corresponding to the touch position is associated with any of the other objects displayed on the display screen,
as an invalid input for the touch operation, and decide, among the plurality of touch positions obtained by the obtaining
unit, a touch position included in the predetermined range, for which the determination unit determines that the object displayed
at the position corresponding to the touch position is associated with any of the other objects displayed on the display screen,
as a valid input for the touch operation.

US Pat. No. 9,429,900

CARTRIDGE SUPPORTING MEMBER HAVING DIFFERENT MOVING DIRECTION GUIDE PORTIONS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording material, said image forming apparatus comprising:
a cartridge supporting member movable between an inside position in which said cartridge supporting member is inside a main
assembly of said image forming apparatus in a state of carrying a first cartridge and a second cartridge, each of which includes
a developing roller, and a drawn position in which said cartridge supporting member is outside said main assembly of said
apparatus and in which said first cartridge and said second cartridge are mountable and demountable relative to said cartridge
supporting member, wherein said cartridge supporting member includes a first mounting portion to which said first cartridge
is mountable, and a second mounting portion to which said second cartridge is mountable, said second mounting portion being
disposed upstream of said first mounting portion with respect to a drawing direction in which said cartridge supporting member
is moved from the inside position to the drawn position;

a belt member configured to contact a plurality of photosensitive drums when said cartridge supporting member is positioned
at the inside position;

a first guide portion, provided on said cartridge supporting member, for guiding mounting and dismounting of said first cartridge
relative to said first mounting portion; and

a second guide portion, provided on said cartridge supporting member, for guiding mounting and dismounting of said second
cartridge relative to said second mounting portion,

wherein said first cartridge is dismounted from said first mounting portion in a first moving direction within said cartridge
supporting member guided by said first guide portion, and said second cartridge is dismounted from said second mounting portion
in a second moving direction within said cartridge supporting member guided by said second guide portion, wherein said second
guide portion has a guiding portion that includes an inclined guiding portion which is inclined toward the drawing direction
more than a guiding portion of said first guide portion, and the second moving direction is different from the first moving
direction.

US Pat. No. 9,429,415

SURFACE EMITTING LASER HAVING A FACTOR OF EQUIVALENT REFRACTIVE INDEX CONSTRAINT BY SCALED CENTRAL WAVELENGTHS AND OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH SUCH SURFACE EMITTING LASER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A surface emitting laser comprising:
a lower reflector;
a first spacer layer;
an active layer;
a second spacer layer composed of a semiconductor material;
a central non-oxidized region within a peripheral oxidized region;
a third spacer layer composed of the semiconductor material;
a gap section formed of at least one of vacuum and gas; and
an upper reflector,
wherein the lower reflector, the first spacer layer, the active layer, the second spacer layer, the central non-oxidized region,
the third spacer layer, the gap section, and the upper reflector are disposed respectively,

wherein the surface emitting laser varies a wavelength of light to emit by changing a distance between an interface between
the third spacer layer and the gap section and an interface between the upper reflector and the gap section, and

wherein, expressions (1) and (3) are satisfied:
(ma/2+3/16)?0?neff×d?(ma/2+?)?0  (1)

(mb/2+3/16)?0?neff?×du?(mb/2+?)?0  (3),

in which neff denotes an equivalent refractive index of the layers interposed between a first interface between the lower reflector and
the first spacer layer and a second interface between the third spacer layer and the gap section,

d denotes a distance between the first interface and the second interface,
ma denotes an integer of 2 or larger, and
?0 denotes a central wavelength of a reflection wavelength band of the upper reflector or the lower reflector,

neff? denotes an equivalent refractive index of at least a layer disposed between the second interface and a third interface between
the second spacer layer and the central non-oxidized region,

du denotes a distance between the second interface and the third interface,
mb denotes an integer of 0 or larger, and
?0 denotes the central wavelength of the reflection wavelength band of the upper reflector or the lower reflector.

US Pat. No. 9,430,722

CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM TO NOTIFY USERS OF SHEET HOLDING UNITS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
at least one processor coupled to a memory;
a job holding unit configured to hold jobs, wherein each of the jobs is configured to perform printing an image on a sheet
which is conveyed from at least one sheet holding unit of a plurality of sheet holding units;

a selecting unit configured to select a job from among the jobs held by the job holding unit;
a receiving unit configured to receive, from a user, an execution instruction to execute the job selected by the selecting
unit;

a performing unit configured to perform the job for which the execution instruction is received by the receiving unit;
a displaying unit configured to display a screen for selecting at least one sheet holding unit of the plurality of sheet holding
units for which attribute information of a sheet, to be used in a first job selected by the selecting unit, is to be stored;
and

a notification unit configured to notify, on the screen in a distinguishable manner, a user of a first sheet holding unit
of the plurality of sheet holding units which is used in printing of a second job and a second sheet holding unit of the plurality
of sheet holding units which is not used in printing of the second job,

wherein at least the selecting unit, the receiving unit, and the notification unit are implemented by the at least one processor.

US Pat. No. 9,432,553

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a memory;
a processor coupled to the memory which executes the following:
receiving a login request from a wireless terminal apparatus; and
executing different login processing according to whether the wireless terminal apparatus from which the login request was
received has a display,

wherein, in a case where the wireless terminal apparatus does not have the display and in a case where there is a first user
having already logged in to the image processing apparatus, controlling an operation unit to change a display content of the
operation unit from a screen of the first user having already logged in to the image processing apparatus to a screen of a
second user who was permitted to login based on to the login request,

wherein in a case where the wireless terminal apparatus has the display, returning a result of login processing to the wireless
terminal apparatus, and controlling the operation unit not to change the display content of the operation unit from the screen
of the first user to the screen of the second user who was permitted to login in based on the login request even if there
is the first user having already logged in to the image processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,427,953

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a liquid ejection head, the liquid ejection head comprising:
a substrate having an ejection energy generating element for generating energy for ejecting a liquid formed therein; and
a nozzle layer having an ejection orifice and a liquid flow path formed therein, the ejection orifice being provided for ejecting
the liquid, the liquid flow path communicating to the ejection orifice and being provided for placing the liquid above the
ejection energy generating element,

the method comprising:
(1) forming a metal layer consisting of a first metal on the substrate having the ejection energy generating element formed
therein;

(2) forming a liquid flow path pattern consisting of a second metal that is dissolvable in a solution that does not dissolve
the first metal, the liquid flow path pattern being formed on at least a part of a surface of the metal layer;

(3) forming a material layer to be formed as the nozzle layer of multiple layers and covering the liquid flow path pattern
with one of the multiple layers, the one of the multiple layers that covers the liquid flow path pattern consisting of a third
metal that is not dissolvable in the solution;

(4) forming the ejection orifice in the material layer; and
(5) dissolving the liquid flow path pattern in the solution to remove the liquid flow path pattern, to thereby form the liquid
flow path,

wherein the first metal and the second metal are metals of different kinds,
wherein a standard electrode potential E1 of the first metal and a standard electrode potential E2 of the second metal have a relationship of “E1>E2”,

wherein the second metal and the third metal are metals of different kinds, and
wherein a standard electrode potential E3 of the third metal is such that “E2

US Pat. No. 9,432,567

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND IMAGING METHOD THAT PERFORM FOCUS ACTION FOLLOWING ZOOM ACTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus, comprising:
at least one processor or circuitry configured to perform:
a follow-up action where a focus action, in which a focus lens is moved in an optical axis direction so as to correct a change
in optical image-formed position on an imaging element caused by a zoom operation, is followed to a zoom action that is performed
responding to the zoom operation; and

an auto-focus adjustment by moving the focus lens in the optical axis direction according to a focus detection result,
wherein in a case where an instruction for the auto-focus adjustment is given while the follow-up action is being performed,
said at least one processor or circuitry controls to operate in a mode in which the auto-focus adjustment is not executed
until a defocusing amount obtained from the focus detection result becomes smaller than a predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 9,422,414

ORGANIC-INORGANIC COMPOSITE MATERIAL, OPTICAL ELEMENT, AND MULTILAYER DIFFRACTIVE OPTICAL ELEMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical element comprising:
a transparent substrate; and
an organic-inorganic composite material placed on the transparent substrate,
wherein the organic-inorganic composite material contains a cured material of an organic-inorganic composition containing
a resin component, fine particles of a transparent conductive substance, and a polymerization initiator; refractive properties
of the Abbe number ?d and anomalous dispersion ?g, F of the organic-inorganic composite material are within a range surrounded
by (?d, ?g, F)=(16, 0.50), (16, 0.40), (23, 0.50), (23, 0.47); the content of the fine particles of the transparent conductive
substance in the organic-inorganic composite material is from 7.7% to 20.0% by volume; and the resin component contains a
compound represented by the following formula:

wherein R1 and R2 represent a hydrogen atom or a polymerizable functional group including any one selected from a group consisting of an acrylic
group, a methacrylic group, an allyl group, a vinyl group, and an epoxy group, and wherein one or both of R1 and R2 represent the polymerizable functional group.

US Pat. No. 9,423,766

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus in which a cartridge that supports a photosensitive member is mounted to an image forming position,
and which forms a latent image on the photosensitive member by exposure to form an image, the apparatus comprising:
an exposure member that (i) includes a light emitting element arranged in an array and (ii) exposes the photosensitive member
of the cartridge located in the image forming position when the exposure member is in an exposure position;

an operation member that moves to a first position and a second position with respect to a main body of the apparatus;
a first moving member that is pressed and moved by the operation member when the operation member is moved from the first
position to the second position, and switches the cartridge from a state where the cartridge is positioned in the image forming
position to a state where the positioning is released; and

a second moving member that is pressed and moved by the operation member when the operation member is moved from the first
position to the second position, and moves the exposure member from the exposure position to a retracted position where the
exposure member is more retracted from the photosensitive member than the exposure position,

wherein, while the operation member is moved from the first position to the second position to switch the cartridge from the
state where the cartridge is positioned to the state where the positioning is released, a first force acts from the first
moving member to the operation member in a direction in which the moving of the operation member from the first position to
the second position is suppressed, and

wherein, while the operation member is moved from the first position to the second position to move the exposure member from
the exposure position to the retracted position, a second force acts from the second moving member to the operation member
in a direction in which the moving of the operation member from the first position to the second position is suppressed, and
wherein, while the operation member is moved from the first position to the second position, timing of a peak of the first
force is different from timing of a peak of the second force.

US Pat. No. 9,423,299

EXPOSURE APPARATUS, EXPOSURE METHOD, AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An exposure apparatus that includes a light source for emitting pulse light and exposes a substrate to the pulse light
via an original, the apparatus comprising:
a detector configured to detect a light quantity of the pulse light; and
a controller configured to control the light source and the detector,
wherein the controller is configured to execute a first calibration process for obtaining a relation between a control input
to the light source and a light quantity of a pulse light from the light source, based on light quantities of a plurality
of pulse lights detected by the detector by causing the light source to emit the plurality of the pulse lights with a plurality
of the control input, in parallel with execution of a second calibration process which is different from the first calibration
process and executed using the plurality of pulse lights.

US Pat. No. 9,421,773

PROCESS FOR PRODUCING LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A process for producing a liquid ejection head comprising an ejection orifice forming member in which an ejection orifice
for ejecting a liquid has been formed, and a substrate having an ejection-energy-generating element for generating energy
for ejecting a liquid from the ejection orifice on the side of a first surface thereof, the process comprising the steps of:
(1) providing a film having a support, a first layer and a second layer in this order,
(2) arranging the film on the substrate in such a manner that the second layer faces the first surface followed by detaching
the support from the film,

(3) forming the ejection orifice in the second layer, and
(4) removing at least a part of the first layer from the second layer,
wherein the part of the first layer is on a region of the second layer other than a region thereof where the ejection orifice
is formed.

US Pat. No. 9,426,396

IMAGE SENSOR, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, AND CELLULAR PHONE FOR REDUCED POWER CONSUMPTION WHEN PERFORMING THINNING READOUT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image sensor comprising:
a plurality of pixels including a first pixel group and a second pixel group;
a first readout unit connected to the first pixel group;
a second readout unit connected to the second pixel group; and
a control unit configured to control to supply power to the first and second readout units in a first readout mode, and control
to supply power to the first readout unit and not to supply power to the second readout unit in a second readout mode,

wherein the plurality of pixels and the first readout unit are arranged on a first chip, and the second readout unit is arranged
on a second chip.

US Pat. No. 9,426,398

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR AND CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image sensor comprising:
a pixel array including a light-receiving pixel having a first photoelectric converter, a second photoelectric converter and
one microlens provided in common for both the first photoelectric converter and the second photoelectric converter, and a
light-shielded pixel having a third photoelectric converter and a fourth photoelectric converter; and

a processor configured to process a signal from the pixel array,
wherein in a period, the processor holds (a) a first signal corresponding to charges of the first photoelectric converter,
(b) a second signal corresponding to a sum of charges of the first photoelectric converter and charges of the second photoelectric
converter, and (c) a third signal corresponding to a sum of charges of the third photoelectric converter and charges of the
fourth photoelectric converter, and

wherein the processor outputs (a) a signal associated with the first signal held in the period, (b) a signal associated with
the second signal held in the period, and (c) a signal associated with the third signal held in the period, and the processor
does not output (d) a signal corresponding to charges of the third photoelectric converter and a signal corresponding to charges
of the fourth photoelectric converter.

US Pat. No. 9,424,629

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus capable of generating a restored image from an original image, the image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image pickup element configured to photoelectrically convert an object image formed via an image pickup optical system
to obtain the original image;

a storage unit configured to store a first optical transfer function which is different depending on an image pickup condition
and on a position in the original image, and an image restoration filter whose distribution of two-dimensional filter values
is constant with respect to a position in the original image and different depending on an aperture value or a function designed
to generate a second optical transfer function;

a data obtaining unit configured to obtain the first optical transfer function when the aperture value is less than a predetermined
value, and obtain the image restoration filter or the second optical transfer function generated based on the function designed
to generate the second optical transfer function when the aperture value is not less than the predetermined value;

a filter generating unit configured to generate an image restoration filter based on the first optical transfer function or
the second optical transfer function when the data obtaining unit obtains the first optical transfer function or the second
optical transfer function; and

an image processing unit configured to generate the restored image from the original image by using the image restoration
filter stored in the storage unit or the image restoration filter generated by the filter generating unit.

US Pat. No. 9,416,276

METHOD FOR PRODUCING CONTRAST AGENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for producing a contrast agent containing a conjugate of a compound expressed by general formula (I) and a compound
expressed by general formula (II), the method comprising:
a reaction step of allowing the compound expressed by general formula (I) to react with the compound expressed by general
formula (II) to form the conjugate, and

a purification step of purifying the conjugate using an organic solvent, wherein general formula (I) is:

wherein R101 to R112 each represent a species selected from the group consisting of hydrogen and linear and branched alkyl groups having a carbon
number in the range of 1 to 18, L11 to L17 each represent a group selected from the group consisting of CH and CR15, R15 represents an alkyl group selected from the group consisting of linear and branched alkyl groups having a carbon number in
the range of 1 to 18, R11 to R14 each represent a species selected from the group consisting of hydrogen and linear and branched alkyl groups having a carbon
number in the range of 1 to 18, A11 and B11 each represent an alkylene group selected from the group consisting of linear and branched alkylene groups having a carbon
number in the range of 1 to 18, and Ra represents an atom selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, sodium and potassium, and

wherein general formula (II) is:

wherein D11 represents an alkylene group selected from the group consisting of linear and branched alkylene groups having a carbon number
in the range of 1 to 18, E11 represents a species selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, linear and branched alkoxy groups having a carbon number
in the range of 1 to 18, and linear and branched alkyl groups having a carbon number in the range of 1 to 18, m represents
an integer in the range of 1 to 20, and n represents an integer in the range of 1 to 2,500.

US Pat. No. 9,416,293

RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording medium comprising:
a base material; and
an ink-receiving layer comprising
an inorganic particle including a structure represented by General Formula (1), and
a binder being a polyvinyl alcohol or a polyvinyl alcohol derivative,

wherein the structure represented by General Formula (1) is bonded to a surface of the inorganic particle at a position marked
with *, and

wherein, in General Formula (1),
X represents any one of an alkoxy group having 1 to 8 carbon atoms, an aryloxy group, an acetoxy group, a halogen atom, a
hydrogen atom, a hydrocarbon group having 1 to 8 carbon atoms, and —O—*,

Y represents a structure including two or more hydroxyl groups, at least one of the two or more hydroxyl groups being a primary
hydroxyl group, and

n is 1, 2, or 3.

US Pat. No. 9,417,607

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an image bearing member;
a developing device configured to develop with toner an electrostatic latent image formed on the image bearing member;
a first temperature detecting unit configured to detect temperature;
a second temperature detecting unit configured to detect temperature;
a cooling unit configured to cool the inside of the image forming apparatus by blowing; and
a controller which controls an operation of the cooling unit based on temperature information obtained from a detection result
of the first temperature detecting unit and a detection result of the second temperature detecting unit,

wherein the controller changes the flowing amount of the cooling unit from a first flowing amount to a second flowing amount
when the temperature information reaches a first temperature level before starting an image forming job to form an image on
a recording medium, and

wherein the controller maintains a condition of the cooling unit just before starting the image forming job until the temperature
information reaches a second temperature level which is higher than the first temperature level, and in a status in which
the cooling unit is being driven at the first flowing amount, when the temperature information reaches the second temperature
level, the controller changes the flowing amount of the cooling unit to the second flowing amount from the first flowing amount.

US Pat. No. 9,413,916

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording material, wherein the image forming apparatus comprises:
a cooling unit configured to cool a portion to be cooled; and
a control unit configured to control a rotation speed of the cooling unit,
wherein the control unit determines the rotation speed of the cooling unit at the time when an image forming operation starts,
based on a period during which the cooling unit rotates before the image forming operation starts or based on a period during
which the cooling unit is stopped before the image forming operation starts, and in stages, increases the rotation speed of
the cooling unit in a period of the image forming operation.

US Pat. No. 9,413,952

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, DISTANCE MEASURING APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a search unit configured to search a plurality of corresponding points in a second image that correspond to a plurality of
points in a first image respectively;

a calculating unit configured to generate groups, each including a part of the plurality of corresponding points based on
a distance between each of the plurality of points in the first image and the respective corresponding points in the second
image, and to calculate a coordinate transformation coefficient corresponding to each generated group, wherein the calculating
unit:

generates a first group including a first part of the plurality of corresponding points in the first image and a second group
including a second part of the plurality of corresponding points in the first image and not included in the first group, and

calculates a first coordinate transformation coefficient corresponding to the first group and a second coordinate transformation
coefficient corresponding to the second group; and

a synthesizing unit configured to generate a synthesis image, using at least one generated coordinate transformation coefficient
and the second image.

US Pat. No. 9,413,953

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image capturing device configured to capture images of an object; and
a processor implementing the functions of a determination unit, a first composition unit and a second composition unit, wherein,
the determination unit is configured to divide light receiving portions of the image capturing device into a plurality of
areas and determine an exposure condition for each of the plurality of areas;

the first composition unit is configured to couple each of the plurality of areas using a plurality of images obtained by
continuously shooting of the image capturing device while changing a shooting angle and generate a plurality of first panoramic
images; and

the second composition unit is configured to compose the plurality of first panoramic images and generate a single second
panoramic image that has an extended dynamic range.

US Pat. No. 9,411,162

MIXED REALITY PRESENTING SYSTEM, VIRTUAL REALITY PRESENTING SYSTEM, DISPLAY APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A mixed reality presenting system comprising a display apparatus, a control apparatus configured to control the display
apparatus, and an information processing apparatus configured to connect the display apparatus via the control apparatus and
generate a combined image to be displayed on the display apparatus, the display apparatus including:
an imaging unit configured to capture a real space image;
a first output unit configured to output the captured real space image to the information processing apparatus; and
a display unit configured to acquire a combined image of the captured real space image and virtual space data from the information
processing apparatus, and to display the acquired combined image,

the information processing apparatus including:
a first display control unit configured to control display on the display unit; and
a second output unit configured to acquire the real space image captured by the imaging unit from the display apparatus, to
combine the real space image with the virtual space data, and to output the combined image to the display apparatus,

the control apparatus including a second display control unit configured to control display on the display unit,
wherein, when a first time period has elapsed since the first display control unit had performed control to start display
on the display unit, the first display control unit displays a confirmation image on the display unit,

wherein, when a second time period has elapsed with no operation performed by a user since the confirmation image had been
displayed, the first display control unit outputs a termination control signal to terminate display to the control apparatus,
and

wherein, the second display control unit controls to terminate display on the display unit when the termination control signal
is received or a third time period has elapsed since the first display control unit had performed control to start display
on the display unit.

US Pat. No. 9,411,826

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method comprising:
extracting one or more URLs from among a plurality of URLs of thumbnail images of actual images corresponding to each other
on a trilaterally one-to-one basis, wherein the extracted one or more URLs corresponds to an actual image having a predetermined
image file format, a URL corresponding to an actual image having another file format is not extracted, and the thumbnail images
and the actual images have been stored in a server system;

requesting the one or more thumbnail images from the server system using the one or more URLs extracted by the extracting;
causing a display device to display the one or more thumbnail images which are acquired from the server system in response
to the requesting of the one or more thumbnail images;

requesting, in a case where a thumbnail image among the one or more thumbnail images displayed by the display device is selected
by a user, an actual image of the selected thumbnail image from the server system;

receiving a URL corresponding to the selected thumbnail image from the server system, in response to the requesting of the
actual image;

acquiring an actual image which is stored in the server system, based on the received URL;
determining, according to whether or not the acquired actual image which has been acquired by the acquiring has the predetermined
image file format, whether or not to execute a predetermined process on the acquired actual image; and

controlling execution of the predetermined process on the acquired actual image based on the determination by the determining,
so that the predetermined process is not executed on the acquired actual image, in a case where the acquired actual image
does not have the predetermined image file format, and so that the predetermined process is executed on the acquired actual
image, in a case where the acquired actual image has the predetermined image file format.

US Pat. No. 9,407,777

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus to which a removable storage medium for storing image data is mountable, the image processing
apparatus comprising:
a scanner configured to read an image of an original to generate image data;
a first transmission unit configured to transmit the image data generated by said scanner to an external apparatus by an E-mail;
a second transmission unit configured to transmit the image data generated by said scanner to the removable storage medium
mounted to the image processing apparatus;

a mount determination unit configured to determine whether or not the removable storage medium has been mounted; and
a display control unit configured to:
change display information displayed by a display device for displaying information concerning transmission based on whether
said mount determination unit determines whether or not the removable storage medium has been mounted; and

control the display device to display, according to said mount determination unit determining that the removable storage medium
has been mounted, a list of the information concerning said first transmission unit and the information concerning said second
transmission unit so that the information concerning said second transmission unit is ranked higher than the information concerning
said first transmission unit.

US Pat. No. 9,403,970

STYRENE BASED RESIN COMPOSITION, FORMED PARTICLE THEREOF, AND OPTICAL ELEMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A formed article produced by forming a styrene based resin composition comprising a styrene based resin and silica particles,
wherein the number average particle diameter of primary particles of the silica particles is 0.5 nm or more and 40 nm or less,
the content of the silica particles is 40 percent by volume or more and 75 percent by volume or less relative to a total of
the styrene based resin and the silica particles, and

wherein the silica particles have amino group or hexadecyl group on surfaces.

US Pat. No. 9,398,846

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a memory; and
a processor that is in communication with the memory, the processor configured to implement:
an image acquiring unit configured to acquire a tomography image of an eye;
an image conversion unit configured to convert the tomography image of an eye by applying filters;
a luminance information generation unit configured to generate a profile having template information that represents a relationship
between depth directional position and luminance in the tomography image of an eye and to obtain a reference profile having
template information that represents a relationship between depth directional position and information regarding luminance
in the tomography image of an eye;

an identifying unit configured to identify a layer boundary in the tomography image of an eye based on the profile and the
reference profile; and

a storage unit configured to store a plurality of types of template information that are differentiated according to the structure
of each retinal layer or the presence of a blood vessel.

US Pat. No. 9,400,436

DETECTION DEVICE, EXPOSURE APPARATUS, AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD USING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

8. An exposure apparatus that exposes a substrate, the exposure apparatus comprising:
a detection device that detects a mark provided on the back side of the substrate serving as an object or a mark provided
on the back side of a photosensitizer which is applied on the substrate and serves as an object;

a substrate holding unit configured to hold the substrate; and
a control unit that controls the operation of at least the detection device and the substrate holding unit,
wherein the detection device comprises:
a first detection unit configured to detect the mark from a front side of the object by using a first light that transmits
through the object and is reflected by the mark;

a second detection unit configured to detect a surface position of the object by using a second light that is reflected by
a part of the front side of the object, the part on which a mark is not provided; and

a processing unit,
wherein the processing unit is configured to acquire a first focus position based on an image of the mark detected by the
first detection unit and to acquire a second focus position based on the surface position detected by the second detection
unit and to determine a thickness of the object based on a difference between the first focus position and the second focus
position.

US Pat. No. 9,389,523

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS AND PROCESS CARTRIDGE EACH INCLUDING THE ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
a support; and
a photosensitive layer formed on the support,
wherein the photosensitive layer comprises a charge generating layer and a surface layer, wherein,
the charge generating layer contains at least one charge generating substance selected from the group consisting of hydroxygallium
phthalocyanine, oxytitanium phthalocyanine, and chlorogallium phthalocyanine,

the surface layer contains a hole transporting substance represented by the following formula (1)?:

in the formula (1)?,
R1 to R6, R3? to R6?, and R3? to R6? each independently represents a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group,

R7 represents a group derived from a pyrene,

R7? represents a group derived from a fluorene or an anthracene, and

R7? represents a group derived from a fluorene, a pyrene, an anthracene, a phenanthrene, or a fluoranthene,

a ratio of a number of sp3 carbon atoms is 15% or more and 35% or less based on a total number of carbon atoms in the hole transporting substance, and

a thickness of the photosensitive layer is 5 ?m or more and 10 ?m or less.

US Pat. No. 9,388,012

SHEET STORING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS EQUIPPED THEREWITH

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

2. A sheet storing apparatus comprising:
a plurality of sheet stacking units that are lapped over one another in a sheet thickness direction, wherein each of the plurality
of sheet stacking units includes:

a stacking portion on which a sheet conveyed by a conveyance unit is stacked, and
a contact member including a contact portion configured to contact an edge of the sheet stacked on the stacking portion and
an engaged portion that is movable integrally with the contact portion, wherein the contact member is configured to move the
sheet stacked on the stacking portion in a direction perpendicular to a direction in which the conveyance unit conveys the
sheet and discharges the sheet through a discharge port to outside of the sheet storing apparatus, and wherein the contact
member is moved from a standby position to a moved position to discharge the sheet,

wherein, in a state where the contact member is located in the standby position, the contact portion of the contact member
is located upstream of the edge of the sheet conveyed by the conveyance unit in a direction in which the contact member is
moved from the standby position to the moved position;

wherein the sheet storing apparatus further comprises:
an engaging portion;
a first moving unit configured to move the engaging portion in the sheet thickness direction to a position corresponding to
any one of the plurality of engaged portions included in the plurality of sheet stacking units; and

a second moving unit configured to engage the engaging portion which is moved by the first moving unit with the corresponding
engaged portion to move the corresponding contact portion.

US Pat. No. 9,392,242

IMAGING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM, FOR UNDERWATER FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus configured to perform white balance correction on an image captured underwater with flash emission,
the imaging apparatus comprising: a memory device configured to load instruction into at least one processor, and the at least
one processor, wherein the at least one processor is configured to:
specify an object region irradiated with flash by the flash emission;
calculate a first white balance coefficient based on a light amount of flash and external light for the specified object region;
calculate an object distance from the imaging apparatus;
calculate a correction value to be used to correct the first white balance coefficient based on the calculated object distance;
and

calculate a second white balance coefficient by correcting the first white balance coefficient with the correction value,
wherein the correction value is calculated so that a correction amount of the first white balance coefficient increases as
the distance of the region excluding a main object from the imaging apparatus becomes smaller than the calculated distance
of the main object from the imaging apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,392,278

IMAGE ENCODING OR DECODING APPARATUS, SYSTEM, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR ENCODING OR DECODING A PLURALITY OF IMAGES IN PARALLEL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

5. An image encoding apparatus configured to encode a plurality of images that is temporally continuous, the image encoding
apparatus comprising:
a first encoding unit configured to encode an N-th image of the plurality of images;
a second encoding unit configured to encode an (N+1)th image, which is continuous to the N-th image, with reference to the
N-th image;

a recording unit configured to record a number of tiles processed by the first encoding unit; and
a control unit configured to control processing start timing for the first encoding unit and the second encoding unit,
wherein the control unit is configured to instruct the second encoding unit to start encoding an initial processing target
block of the (N+1)th image after the number of tiles recorded by the recording unit reaches a number of tiles that include
a motion vector presence range.