US Pat. No. 9,274,490

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power supply apparatus comprising:
a transformer that includes a primary winding, a secondary winding and an auxiliary winding;
a switching unit that includes first and second switching elements that are connected in series, and drives the primary winding;
a resonance capacitor that is connected to one end of the primary winding;
a control device that controls the first switching element and the second switching element to be alternately turned on and
off, for resonating the primary winding and the resonance capacitor to output a DC voltage to a load connected to the secondary
winding;

a detection unit that detects current flowing through the primary winding and outputs a voltage corresponding to the detected
current;

a correction unit that corrects the voltage output from the detection unit into a voltage proportional to a variation of an
input voltage input into the primary winding of the transformer; and

a nonlinear correction unit that corrects the corrected voltage corrected by the correction unit to be nonlinear independently
of variation in the input voltage,

wherein the control device detects that the power supply apparatus is in an overcurrent state, based on the corrected voltage
by the nonlinear correction unit.

US Pat. No. 9,268,240

EXPOSURE APPARATUS, EXPOSURE METHOD, AND DEVICE FABRICATION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An exposure apparatus which transfers a pattern of a mask to a substrate while scanning the mask and the substrate, comprising:
a stage configured to hold the substrate and move;
a measurement unit configured to measure, at a first measurement point and a second measurement point, a height of a measurement
target portion in a shot region of the substrate held by the stage; and

a control unit configured to control an exposure process of exposing the substrate in an exposure region,
wherein a period in which the stage is moved to expose one shot region of the substrate includes an acceleration period in
which the stage is accelerated and moved while the one shot region is brought close to the exposure region, and a constant
speed period, succeeding the acceleration period, in which the stage is moved at a constant speed, and

the control unit moves the stage in a direction of height of the substrate based on a correction result of correcting, by
a set correction value, a height of the measurement target portion that was measured by the measurement unit at the first
measurement point in the acceleration period, and when a height of the measurement target portion that was measured by the
measurement unit at the second measurement point in the constant speed period deviates from an allowable range, obtains a
new correction value instead of the set correction value.

US Pat. No. 9,268,253

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH LIGHT AMOUNT CONTROL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member;
a light source configured to emit a light beam for exposing the photosensitive member to light when supplied with a driving
current;

a deflection unit configured to deflect the light beam such that the light beam scans the photosensitive member;
an output unit configured to output data about temperature of the light source;
a control unit configured to switch, in one scanning cycle of the light beam, between an electrostatic latent image forming
mode in which the light source is configured to emit the light beam based on the image data, whereby an electrostatic latent
image is formed on the photosensitive member, and a light amount control mode in which a light amount of the light beam is
controlled in timing different from the electrostatic latent image forming mode;

a light receiving unit configured to receive the light beam emitted from the light source;
a setting unit configured to set a value of a current to be supplied to the light source such that a light amount received
by the light receiving unit coincides with a target light amount;

a first current supply unit configured to control a value of the driving current with reference to the value of the current
set by the setting unit, and supply the driving current to the light source based on the image data; and

a second current supply unit configured to supply a correction current to the light source in a state where the driving current
is supplied from the first current supply unit to the light source, the correction current gradually increasing with an advance
of time based on the data about the temperature of the light source output from the output unit and the value of the driving
current controlled by the first current supply unit, so that the light amount of the light beam emitted by supply of the driving
current is not attenuated with an advance of time.

US Pat. No. 9,264,642

IMAGING DEVICE, IMAGING SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR DRIVING IMAGING DEVICE FOR GENERATING AND CONVERTING SIGNALS BASED ON PHOTOELECTRIC AND NOISE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging device comprising an analog signal output unit and an analog-digital conversion unit,
the analog signal output unit including a pixel,
the pixel having a photoelectric conversion unit,
the analog signal output unit outputting
a first signal that is a noise signal in the analog signal output unit,
a second signal based on signal charge generated in the photoelectric conversion unit, and
a third signal based on signal charge obtained by adding other signal charge generated in the photoelectric conversion unit
to the signal charge,

the analog-digital conversion unit converting each of the first, second, and third signals into a digital signal,
the analog-digital conversion unit including a signal holding unit that holds the digital signal converted from the first
signal,

wherein the analog-digital conversion unit generates a first difference signal between the digital signal converted from the
second signal and the digital signal converted from the first signal, and a second difference signal between the digital signal
converted from the third signal and the digital signal converted from the first signal, and

wherein the digital signal converted from the first signal, held in the signal holding unit, is commonly used in both generating
the first difference signal and generating the second difference signal.

US Pat. No. 9,261,807

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT FORMS COLOR IMAGE BY SUPERIMPOSING PLURALITY OF IMAGES IN DIFFERENT COLORS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that is capable of forming an image at a plurality of image forming speeds, the image forming
apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit that has a first image forming part configured to form a first image in a first color and a second image
forming part configured to form a second image in a second color different from the first color, and configured to form an
image using the first image forming part and the second image forming part;

a housing unit configured to house a recording material;
an image bearing member configured to bear the image, and to convey the image;
a transfer unit configured to transfer the image borne by the bearing member to the recording material;
an obtaining unit that has a sensor which measures a measurement image including a first measurement image and a second measurement
image formed by the image forming unit on the image bearing member, and configured to obtain information related to a relative
position of the first measurement image and the second measurement image in a conveyance direction of the image bearing member
based on a measurement result of the measurement image by the sensor, the first measurement image and the second measurement
image being formed by the first image forming part and the second image forming part, respectively;

a generation unit configured to generate correlation data based on first information which is a result obtained by the obtaining
unit with respect to the measurement image in correspondence with a first image forming speed and on second information which
is a result obtained by the obtaining unit with respect to the measurement image in correspondence with a second image forming
speed, the correlation data indicating a relationship between a relative position of the first measurement image and the second
measurement image in the conveyance direction corresponding to the first image forming speed and a relative position of the
first measurement image and the second measurement image in the conveyance direction corresponding to the second image forming
speed;

a controller configured to, in a case where the image forming unit forms an image at the second image forming speed, correct
a relative position of the first image and the second image in the conveyance direction based on the first information obtained
in advance by the obtaining unit and on the correlation data generated by the generation unit; and

a prohibition unit configured to prohibit formation of the measurement image at the second image forming speed in a case where
the housing unit does not house a predetermined recording material corresponding to the second image forming speed.

US Pat. No. 9,261,855

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording material, to which apparatus a cartridge is detachably mountable,
said image forming apparatus comprising:
a main assembly;
an opening provided in said main assembly;
a main assembly door movable between a closing position for closing said opening and an open position for opening said opening;
a tray for carrying the cartridge, said tray is capable of taking (i) an image forming position in which the cartridge is
in a position capable of an image forming operation in said main assembly, when said main assembly door is in the closing
position, (ii) a mounting and demounting position for permitting mounting and demounting of the cartridge outside said main
assembly, when said main assembly door is in the open position, and (iii) a movable position which is between the mounting
and demounting position and the image forming position and in which said tray is movable to the image forming position in
interrelation with movement of said main assembly door from the open position to the closing position;

a supporting member movably supporting said tray and movable in interrelation with said main assembly door;
a drive transmission member capable of taking a connecting position for transmitting a driving force to the cartridge when
said main assembly door is in the closing position, and a first spacing position for spacing from the cartridge when said
main assembly door is in the open position;

an urging member capable of taking a contact position in which said urging member urges the cartridge to said main assembly
when said main assembly door is in the closing position, and a second spacing position for spacing from the cartridge when
said main assembly door is in the open position; and

an electric energy supply member capable of taking an electric energy supplying position for supplying electric energy to
an electric power supply contact portion of the cartridge when said main assembly door is in the closing position, and a third
spacing position for spacing from said electric power supply contact portion the cartridge when said main assembly door is
in the open position,

wherein in interrelation with the movement of said main assembly door from the open position to the closing position, (i)
movement of said tray from the movable position to the image forming position, (ii) movement of said drive transmission member
from the first spacing position to the connecting position, (iii) movement of said urging member from the second spacing position
to the contact position, and (iv) movement of said electric energy supply member from the third spacing position to the electric
energy supplying position, are carried out in the order named.

US Pat. No. 9,261,401

APPARATUS CONFIGURED TO GENERATE TERAHERTZ WAVE AND APPARATUS CONFIGURED TO DETECT TERAHERTZ WAVE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
an element configured to generate or detect a terahertz wave;
a semi-spherical lens configured to guide the terahertz wave outgoing from the element or entering the element; and
a holder configured to hold the semi-spherical lens and the element in a state in which a flat surface of the semi-spherical
lens and the element are in contact with each other or in a state in which the flat surface of the semi-spherical lens and
the element clamp a substance which allows the terahertz wave to pass therethrough and the flat surface of the semi-spherical
lens and the element are in contact with the substance, wherein

the holder includes:
a resiliently deformable portion; and
a position adjusting unit configured to adjust a relative position between the semi-spherical lens and the element in a direction
parallel to the flat surface of the semi-spherical lens by resiliently deforming the resiliently deformable portion.

US Pat. No. 9,263,491

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state imaging apparatus comprising a substrate on which a plurality of photoelectric conversion portions are arranged,
a light-shielding member arranged on one side of the substrate, and a wiring member arranged on other side of the substrate,
and including a plurality of pixels arrayed in a matrix and each corresponding to any one of a plurality of openings provided
in the light-shielding member,
wherein each of the plurality of pixels includes the photoelectric conversion portion and a lens arranged on the one side
of the substrate,

the light-shielding member is provided to locate the opening corresponding to each pixel between a surface of the lens which
is on a side opposite to the photoelectric conversion portion in each pixel and the photoelectric conversion portion,

the plurality of pixels include a first pixel of an mth row×an nth column, a second pixel of an (m+1)th row×an (n+1)th column,
and a third pixel of the mth row×the (n+1)th column, where m and n are natural numbers,

the plurality of openings include a first opening corresponding to the first pixel, a second opening corresponding to the
second pixel, and a third opening corresponding to the third pixel,

a distance between the first opening and the second opening is larger than that between the first opening and the third opening,
the lens in the first pixel and the lens in the second pixel are separated from each other through a dielectric member with
a refractive index different from that of the lens in the first pixel and that of the lens in the second pixel, and

the dielectric member contacts a portion between the first opening and the second opening of the light-shielding member.

US Pat. No. 9,264,574

IMAGE COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A facsimile apparatus comprising:
a first unit including a first storage unit;
a second unit including a second storage unit; and
a control unit configured to perform a facsimile communication with an external apparatus in a first mode in which the facsimile
communication is controlled by the first unit, and to perform a facsimile communication with the external apparatus in a second
mode in which the facsimile communication is controlled by the second unit,

wherein the second unit includes:
a generation unit configured to generate history information for each facsimile communication performed in the second mode;
an assignment unit configured to assign identification information unique to the second unit to the history information in
the second mode; and

a first storing unit configured to store the history information in the second storage unit in the second mode, and
wherein the first unit includes:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire the history information stored in the second storage unit if the second mode is
to be shifted to the first mode;

a change unit configured to change the assigned identification information of the acquired history information to identification
information which is sequential from identification information of history information stored in the first storage unit in
the first mode; and

a second storing unit configured to store the history information to which the changed identification information is assigned
in the first storage unit.

US Pat. No. 9,264,602

OPTICAL APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS MANUAL FOCUS SHOOTING, AND FOCUSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical apparatus comprising:
a focus lens configured to be movable in a direction of an optical axis;
a manual focus ring configured to be rotatable;
a drive unit configured to drive said focus lens in the direction of the optical axis;
a drive control unit configured to control operation of said focus lens via said drive unit in accordance with rotation of
said manual focus ring;

a position detecting unit configured to detect a position of said focus lens in the direction of the optical axis;
a storage unit configured to store the position of said focus lens detected by said position detecting unit when said focus
lens lies at a predetermined position; and

a focusing control unit configured to, according to a relationship between a signal indicative of a current position of said
focus lens, which is detected by said position detecting unit, and a signal indicative of the position of said focus lens,
which is stored in said storage unit, change an amount by which said focus lens is driven relative to rotation of said manual
focus ring, independently of said drive control unit.

US Pat. No. 9,261,769

IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising a plurality of pixels, arranged on a substrate,
each of the plurality of pixels including:
a photoelectric conversion portion;
a plurality of transistors for reading out a signal corresponding to a charge generated in the photoelectric conversion portion;
a color filter arranged above the photoelectric conversion portion; and
a plurality of microlenses arranged above the color filter,
wherein, in a planer view from an upper surface of the substrate, each of the plurality of microlenses has an area smaller
than an area of the photoelectric conversion portion.

US Pat. No. 9,254,661

LIQUID EJECTING HEAD MANUFACTURING METHOD AND LIQUID EJECTING HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a liquid ejecting head for ejecting a liquid, the method comprising the steps of:
preparing a member that includes a printing element substrate provided with ejection openings for ejecting liquid, a wiring
board provided with an electrical wiring, and an electrical connection for electrically connecting the printing element substrate
and the wiring board;

supplying a sealant to a region between the printing element substrate and the wiring board that includes the electrical connection;
fixing a first part of a film to a part of the member with a holding member holding the film; and
covering the electrical connection with the film.

US Pat. No. 9,257,262

LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, LITHOGRAPHY METHOD, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lithography apparatus for performing pattern formation on a substrate, the apparatus comprising:
a stage configured to hold the substrate and be movable;
an optical system configured to irradiate the substrate with an energy beam for the pattern formation; and
a controller configured to set an arrangement of first and second marks for overlay inspection, which is variable with respect
to a first substrate for condition setting, and control the stage and the optical system so that first processing for forming
the first mark on the first substrate is performed based on the set arrangement with the pattern formation being not performed
on the first substrate, and second processing for forming the second mark on the first substrate is performed based on the
set arrangement with the pattern formation being performed on the first substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,258,836

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, for communicating with a communication device using a first wireless communication
protocol and a second wireless communication protocol different from the first wireless communication protocol,
comprising:
a first wireless communication unit configured to use the first wireless communication protocol and configured to receive
information, relating to a start-up state of the communication device, from the communication device using the first wireless
communication protocol;

a second wireless communication unit configured to use the second wireless communication protocol; and
a control unit configured to control a sequence for establishing connection, using the second wireless communication unit
and the second wireless communication protocol, with the communication device,

wherein, in the sequence for establishing the connection using the second wireless communication unit and the second wireless
communication protocol, the control unit waits for a waiting period before transmitting a connection request, the waiting
period being different according to a content of the received information relating to the start-up state of the communication
device, and

wherein in a case where the second wireless communication unit is disabled when the information relating to the start-up state
of the communication device is received, the control unit performs control to enable the second wireless communication unit
without waiting for the waiting period.

US Pat. No. 9,254,976

DETECTION APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A detection apparatus comprising:
a rotating member which rotates in a rotation direction from a standby posture by being pushed by a conveyed sheet;
a sensor of which an output is changed as the rotating member rotates from the standby posture;
an elastic member which elastically applies a force to the rotating member in a direction opposite to the rotation direction;
a first abutting portion which abuts onto the rotating member applied by a force by the elastic member to maintain the rotating
member in the standby posture; and

a regulation unit which allows the rotating member to rotate in the rotation direction by being pushed by the conveyed sheet
and regulates the rotating member not to rotate in the rotation direction by a repulsion force when the rotating member rotated
in the opposite direction by an elastic force of the elastic member abuts onto the first abutting portion, wherein

the regulation unit includes a second abutting portion which abuts onto the rotating member rotated in the rotation direction
by a repulsion force when the rotating member rotated in the opposite direction by the elastic force of the elastic member
abuts onto the first abutting portion, and

the rotating member includes a second abutted portion which abuts onto the second abutting portion and the rotating member
takes a regulating posture in which the second abutted portion abuts onto the second abutting portion when the rotating member
rotates in the rotation direction and thus the rotation of the rotating member is regulated, and an allowing posture in which
the second abutted portion does not abut onto the second abutting portion when the rotating member rotates in the rotation
direction.

US Pat. No. 9,258,482

FACIAL EXPRESSION RECOGNITION APPARATUS, IMAGE SENSING APPARATUS, FACIAL EXPRESSION RECOGNITION METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
an image input unit configured to input an image;
a detection unit configured to detect a face of a person from the image input by said image input unit;
a first judgment unit configured to judge whether the face detected by said detection unit shows a smiling face; and
a second judgment unit configured to judge whether the face detected by said detection unit shows an eye closed face;
wherein even if faces detected by said detection unit each have the same eye closing degree,said second judgment unit judges that the detected face does not show the eye closed face in a case where said first judgment
unit judges that the detected face shows a first smiling face, andsaid second judgment unit judges that the detected face shows the eye closed face in a case where said first judgment unit
judges that the detected face shows a second smiling face.

US Pat. No. 9,256,186

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member for bearing a toner image;
a belt for transferring the toner image from said image bearing member onto a transfer material;
an electric power supplying device contacting said belt, to which a voltage is to be applied, wherein said electric power
supplying device includes an erected fiber portion formed with a plurality of electroconductive erected fibers contacted to
said belt;

a power source; and
a contact member connected to said electric power supplying device, for applying the voltage from said power source to said
electric power supplying device, wherein

said electric power supplying device includes a welded portion formed by heat aggregation of a part of said erected fiber
portion, and

said contact member includes a contact portion contacting and opposing said welded portion in a state in which a voltage is
applied from said power source to the contact portion.

US Pat. No. 9,254,649

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING LIQUID EJECTION HEAD, AND LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head, comprising:
a support member;
a plurality of printing element boards arranged linearly on the support member;
an electric wiring member fixed to the support member, and configured to transmit an electrical signal necessary to eject
a liquid to the plurality of printing element boards;

a plurality of conductive members arranged in an arranging direction of the plurality of printing element boards, and configured
to electrically connect the plurality of printing element boards to the electric wiring member; and

a thermosetting sealing member extending in the arranging direction and covering the conductive members, connecting points
of the printing element boards with the conductive members, and connecting point of the electric wiring member with the conductive
members, wherein

the sealing member is divided at at least one place in the arranging direction.

US Pat. No. 9,251,995

RADIATION GENERATING TUBE AND RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS USING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation generating tube comprising:
a cathode having an electron emitting source;
an anode having a target spaced from said electron emitting source, for generating radiation responsive to an irradiation
with an electron emitted from the electron source; and

a tubular shielding member having an electron passing hole which has an electron incident aperture at one end thereof and
has a target supporting surface supporting said target at the other end thereof,

wherein said target supporting surface is connected through a brazing filler to a periphery of a surface of said target at
a side on which the electron is incident, and

wherein said anode has an annular recess located between said target supporting surface and said electron passing hole in
said tubular shielding member.

US Pat. No. 9,248,650

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD WITH PLURALITY OF CHANNELS FOR SUPPLYING LIQUID TO SUPPORT PORT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head, comprising:
an element substrate including an ejection orifice row comprising a plurality of ejection orifices, and a supply port for
supplying a liquid to the ejection orifices; and

a support member comprising a first flow path for supplying a liquid from a liquid supply source to the supply port, wherein:
the first flow path includes a plurality of channels for supplying a liquid to the supply port, the plurality of channels
aligned in an arrangement direction in which the plurality of ejection orifices of the ejection orifice row are aligned, and

at least one of the plurality of channels has a shape in which a cross section that intersects with a flow direction of a
liquid increases from an upstream side to a downstream side with respect to a direction in which the liquid is supplied.

US Pat. No. 9,253,352

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS DELAYING TRANSITIONING INTO POWER SAVING MODE IF FACTORS EXIST LIMITING THE TRANSITIONING AND IF THE FACTORS ARE NOT RESOLVED WITHIN A THRESHOLD TIME CAUSING POWER OFF INSTEAD OF TRANSITIONING INTO THE POWE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that is in a first power state or a second power state consuming lower power than the
first power state, the information processing apparatus comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive an instruction to transfer the information processing apparatus to the second power
state;

a determination unit configured, in a case where the reception unit receives the instruction, to determine whether a factor
limiting the transfer of the information processing apparatus to the second power state exists;

a judgment unit configured to judge whether the factor, which is determined by the determination unit to exist, is to be solved
according to a time course; and

a control unit configured, in a case where the judgment unit judges that the factor is not to be solved according to a time
course, to control the information processing apparatus to shut down,

in a case where the judgment unit judges that the factor is to be solved according to a time course, to wait for a predetermined
time,

in a case where the factor is not resolved even if the control unit waits for the predetermined time, to control the information
processing apparatus to shut down, and

in a case where the factor is resolved while the control unit waits for the predetermined time, to control the information
processing apparatus to transfer to the second power state.

US Pat. No. 9,253,356

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a registration unit configured to register, for each of a plurality of categories of setting data, whether a restart operation
of the image processing apparatus is required after setting of setting data;

an acquisition unit configured to acquire setting data to be set to the image processing apparatus;
a setting determination unit configured to determine whether the acquired setting data includes setting data related to a
category registered as a category requiring a restart operation in the registration unit;

a setting unit configured to set the acquired setting data; and
a restart determining unit configured to determine whether the restart operation of the image processing apparatus is required
in a case where the setting determination unit determines that the acquired setting data includes the setting data related
to the category registered as the category requiring the restart operation, and determine whether the restart operation of
the image processing apparatus is not required in case where the setting determination unit determines that the acquired setting
data does not include the setting data related to the category registered as the category requiring the restart operation.

US Pat. No. 9,248,445

METHOD FOR MAKING PROBE SUPPORT AND APPARATUS USED FOR THE METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for making a probe support having a plurality of types of probes at different positions thereon, the method comprising
the steps of:
supplying liquids containing the probes to each of reservoirs for containing the liquids of a discharging device including
a substrate provided with the reservoirs, and to discharge nozzles connecting with the corresponding reservoirs, the number
of reservoirs and discharge nozzles being at least the number of probes,

aligning the discharge nozzles and the support relatively; and
discharging the liquids containing the probes from the discharge nozzles to each of different positions on the support, wherein
the direction of discharge of the liquids from the nozzles is perpendicular to a first plane defined by a nozzle orifice of
the nozzles, and the reservoirs are formed on the side opposite to the side provided with the nozzles so as to correspond
to the nozzles,

wherein
the liquid discharging device comprises:
a first substrate comprising a first face having a plurality of energy generators for generating energy for discharging a
liquid, and a second face having a plurality of inlet ports arranged on the opposite side of the first face, each inlet port
corresponding to one of a plurality of first penetrating holes of the first substrate;

a nozzle member provided on the first face side of the first substrate and having the plurality of liquid discharge nozzles;
and

a second substrate laminated on the second face side of the first substrate and having a plurality of second penetrating holes
which continue through the second substrate,

wherein each one of the plurality of second penetrating holes is in communication with an inlet port of a corresponding one
of the plurality of first penetrating holes, to form a plurality of individual flow paths that are independent from one another,
each flow path comprising a second penetrating hole, a first penetrating hole, a nozzle, and a channel that communicates with
the nozzle and the first penetrating hole,

wherein a position of the nozzle is not aligned with a position of the first penetrating hole, and
wherein each energy generator of the plurality of energy generators is positioned adjacent to a corresponding channel and
a corresponding nozzle, and in the supplying, the liquids are, and

in the supplying, the liquids are supplied to each of the reservoirs by a dispenser through the inlet ports.

US Pat. No. 9,250,552

POLYMERIZABLE MONOMER, POLYMERIC COMPOUND, CHARGE CONTROL AGENT CONTAINING THE POLYMERIC COMPOUND, AND DEVELOPER BEARING MEMBER AND TONER WHICH CONTAIN THE CHARGE CONTROL AGENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A polymerizable monomer, which is a compound selected from the group consisting of compounds represented by the following
general formulas (2) to (4):

wherein R1 represents a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group; R2 to R4 each represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, an alkoxy group, a hydroxyl group or a halogen atom; and R3 and R4 may combine with each other to form a ring.

US Pat. No. 9,253,395

AUTOMATIC FOCUS DETECTION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An automatic focus detection apparatus comprising:
a first detection unit configured to detect a region of a first detection target from an image;
a second detection unit configured to detect, from an image, a region of a second detection target in which the first detection
target is estimable;

a generation unit configured to generate a focusing signal, based on a signal corresponding to a focusing area set within
an image; and

a control unit configured to control movement of a focusing lens, based on the focusing signal,
wherein the control unit determines a first in-focus direction based on a signal corresponding to a region of the second detection
target detected in a first period,

wherein, in a case where a focusing area set in a second period that is after the first period, corresponds to the region
of the second detection target detected in the first period, the control unit controls the focusing lens to move in the first
in-focus direction, and

wherein the first detection target is a face of a person, and the second detection target is a torso of a person.

US Pat. No. 9,250,844

WIRELESS PRINTING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, PRINTING APPARATUS AND METHODS OF CONTROLLING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a wireless communication unit configured to perform wireless communication using NFC (Near Field Communication);
a detection unit configured to detect that wireless connection with a communication partner apparatus through said wireless
communication unit has established; and

a transfer unit configured to, in a case where said detection unit detects that the wireless connection with the communication
partner apparatus has established while thumbnails of a plurality of images are being displayed on a display unit of said
information processing apparatus and one of the thumbnails is being selected, transfer, to the communication partner apparatus,
print data for printing an image corresponding to the selected thumbnail, wherein each of the thumbnails presents contents
of corresponding image,

wherein the transfer unit starts transferring the print data without receiving transfer start instruction from a user after
detection by the detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,244,371

MAGNETIC TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A magnetic toner comprising
magnetic toner particles containing a binder resin, a release agent, and a magnetic body, and
inorganic fine particles present on the surface of the magnetic toner particles,
wherein;
the inorganic fine particles present on the surface of the magnetic toner particles comprise metal oxide fine particles,
the metal oxide fine particles containing silica fine particles, and optionally containing titania fine particles and alumina
fine particles, and a content of the silica fine particles being at least 85 mass % with respect to a total mass of the silica
fine particles, the titania fine particles and the alumina fine particles,

wherein;
when a coverage ratio A (%) is a coverage ratio of the magnetic toner particles' surface by the inorganic fine particles and
a coverage ratio B (%) is a coverage ratio of the magnetic toner particles' surface by the inorganic fine particles that are
fixed to the magnetic toner particles' surface,

the magnetic toner has;
i) a coverage ratio A of at least 45.0% and not more than 70.0%, and a coefficient of variation on the coverage ratio A of
not more than 10.0%, and

ii) a ratio [coverage ratio B/coverage ratio A] of the coverage ratio B to the coverage ratio A of at least 0.50 and not more
than 0.85,

wherein
the binder resin comprises a polyester resin,
the release agent comprises an ester compound, and
an endothermic peak is present from at least 60° C. to not more than 90° C. when the magnetic toner is measured with a differential
scanning calorimeter (DSC).

US Pat. No. 9,243,935

DISTANCE INFORMATION ESTIMATING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

15. A distance information estimating apparatus comprising:
an acquiring unit configured to acquire image data and resolution-converted image data, the resolution-converted image data
being obtained by converting the resolution of the image data;

a distance information estimating unit configured to estimate distance information of an image represented by the image data
and distance information of a resolution-converted image represented by the resolution-converted image data; and

a distance information combining unit configured to combine the distance information of the image and the distance information
of the resolution-converted image,

wherein the acquiring unit acquires two kinds or more of resolution-converted image data with two kinds or more of different
resolutions,

wherein the distance information estimating unit estimates the distance information of two kinds or more of the resolution-converted
images, and

wherein the distance information combining unit combines the distance information of the image and the distance information
of the resolution-converted image using the distance information of two kinds or more of the resolution-converted images.

US Pat. No. 9,239,543

DEVELOPER SUPPLY CONTAINER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developer supply container for use with an image forming apparatus, comprising:
a shell having an air passage and a discharge nozzle;
a developer storage pouch storing developer, said developer storage pouch being contained inside said shell;
a discharging nozzle for discharging the developer accommodated in said developer storage pouch to outside of said developer
supply container;

an air passage for allowing air to communicate between inside and outside of said shell; and
a seal attached to said shell for sealing said air passage to maintain a pressure inside said shell in a negative pressure
state which is lower than a pressure outside said shell,

wherein said developer storage pouch is deformed to discharge the developer by said seal being peeled off said shell to permit
air to enter said shell through said air passage.

US Pat. No. 9,238,369

METHOD FOR INJECTING LIQUID INTO LIQUID STORAGE CONTAINER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for injecting a liquid into a liquid holding member in a liquid storage container, in a liquid ejection system
having the liquid storage container containing therein the liquid holding member for holding a liquid and a liquid ejection
head which is in liquid communication with the liquid storage container via a filter, said method comprising:
a step of inserting a plurality of injection needles into the liquid holding member, at least one of the injection needles
being inserted above the filter; and

a step of injecting liquids from the plurality of injection needles into the liquid holding member;
wherein in the step of injecting the liquids from the plurality of injection needles into the liquid holding member, the liquids
are injected from the injection needles so that the liquid injection from the injection needle above the filter is started
later than the liquid injection from an injection needle which is at least adjacent to the injection needle above the filter
is started.

US Pat. No. 9,235,186

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic image forming apparatus comprising:
a rotatable member;
a web configured to remove a toner, deposited on the rotatable member, in a cleaning position;
a mechanism configured to feed an unused portion of the web to the cleaning position every predetermined number of times of
an image forming process;

a contact portion configured to contact a surface of the web;
a plurality of displacing portions formed in different positions with respect to a movement direction of the web and configured
to permit displacement of the contact portion;

a detecting portion configured to detect the displacement of the contact portion at each of the displacing portions;
a notifying portion configured to notify an exchange of the web depending on an output of the detecting portion;
a first counting portion configured to count the number of times of the image forming process executed after the contact portion
is displaced at each of the displacing portions;

a prohibiting portion configured to prohibit the image forming process when the number of times of the image forming process
counted by the first counting portion reaches a number of prohibition; and

a second counting portion configured to count the number of times of the image forming process executed after the contact
portion returns to a contact state with the surface of the web,

wherein the prohibiting portion prohibits the image forming process when the detecting portion detects the displacement of
the contact portion when the number of times of the image forming process counted by the second counting portion is less than
the predetermined number, and

wherein the notifying portion prompts the exchange of the web when the detecting portion detects the displacement of the contact
portion when the number of times is not less than the predetermined number.

US Pat. No. 9,233,512

MANUFACTURING METHOD OF BLAZED DIFFRACTION GRATING AND MOLD FOR MAKING A BLAZED DIFRACTION GRATING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A diffraction grating having a plurality of gratings, the diffraction grating comprising:
a first surface; and
a second surface shorter than the first surface in a cross section,
wherein the grating is a Blazed type,
wherein a protruded step is formed between two adjacent gratings,
wherein the protruded step has a surface adjacent to the second surface,
wherein the surface adjacent to the second surface of the protruded step is shorter than the second surface in the cross section,
wherein an extension of the surface adjacent to the second surface of the protruded step does not cross the first surface,
wherein the plurality of gratings generate a diffracted light by diffracting an incident light having a predetermined incident
angle to the plurality of gratings from a blazed direction of the diffraction grating, and

wherein the protruded step is shaped so that the incident light having the predetermined incident angle does not reach the
protruded step and does not generate the diffracted light.

US Pat. No. 9,230,155

EXTRACTION OF KEYFRAMES AT REGULAR INTERVALS BY FINDING NEARBY HIGH-QUALITY FRAMES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for extracting a frame to be output among a plurality of frames included in a moving image,
the image processing apparatus comprising:
a specification unit configured to specify, among the plurality of frames, a plurality of frame groups according to a predetermined
frame interval;

a comparison unit configured to analyze a plurality of first analysis areas in a first frame to obtain a first analysis result
for each first analysis area and a plurality of second analysis areas in a second frame to obtain a second analysis result
for each second analysis area, the first frame and second frame being in a frame group among the plurality of frame groups
specified by the specification unit, wherein each of the first analysis areas corresponds to a corresponding second analysis
area, and further configured to individually compare first analysis results and second analysis results of each corresponding
first analysis area and second analysis area; and

an extraction unit configured to extract a frame to be output from each of the plurality of frame groups based on a comparison
result for each of the plurality of frame groups by the comparison unit.

US Pat. No. 9,229,383

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHODS THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus of an electrophotographic type, comprising:
an image composition unit configured to compose an input image and a form image and generate a composite image;
a determination unit configured to determine whether the image composition processing by said image composition unit is designated;
a threshold determination unit configured to determine whether the maximum amount of applied toner of the form image is not
less than a predetermined threshold;

a setting unit configured to set the amount of applied toner of the form image as the amount of applied toner of the composite
image if said determination unit determines that the image composition processing by said image composition unit is designated,
and said threshold determination unit determines that the maximum amount of applied toner of the form image is not less than
the predetermined threshold; and

a control unit configured to control, based on a fixing temperature that is determined based on the amount of applied toner
set by said setting unit, the fixing temperature when performing fixing processing for a printing medium with a toner image
that is formed based on the composite image.

US Pat. No. 9,229,400

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 rotatable endless intermediate transfer member; and
a power supply configured to apply a voltage for transferring the toner image which is on the image bearing member onto a
transfer material via the intermediate transfer member,

wherein the intermediate transfer member is provided with electrical conductivity, and
wherein the power supply applies a transfer voltage that is in an opposite polarity to a regular toner charging polarity so
as to perform a primary transfer that transfers a toner image from the image bearing member to the intermediate transfer member
by flowing a current via the intermediate transfer member in circumferential direction of the intermediate transfer member,
and the power supply applies the transfer voltage that is in the opposite polarity so as to perform a secondary transfer that
transfers the toner image from the intermediate transfer member to the transfer material.

US Pat. No. 9,229,429

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING AN AIR-BLOWING PORTION CONFIGURED TO BLOW AIR GUIDED TO A RECORDING MATERIAL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a toner image forming portion configured to form a toner image on a recording material;
a fixing portion configured to fix the toner image formed by the toner image forming portion onto the recording material;
a first pair of rollers which is provided at-a downstream in a conveying direction of the recording material with respect
to the fixing portion, and which sandwiches and conveys the recording material;

a second pair of rollers which is provided downstream in the conveying direction with respect to the fixing portion, and which
sandwiches and conveys the recording material, the first pair of rollers and the second pair of rollers being positioned at
a different position in a width direction perpendicular to the conveying direction;

an air-blowing portion configured to blow air; and
a guide portion configured to guide the air blown by the air-blowing portion to the recording material conveyed by the first
and second pairs of rollers,

wherein the guide portion includes a first blowing port positioned between the first pair of rollers and the second pair of
rollers in the width direction.

US Pat. No. 9,230,202

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND PROGRAM PRODUCT PERFOMING COLOR CONVERTION DEPENDING ON INPUT IMAGE DATA MODIFICATION IN ACCORDANCE WITH DISPLAY DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

7. A non-transitory computer readable medium for storing a computer-readable program to be executed by a computed provided
in an image processing apparatus, the program comprising:
accepting a determination result of whether or not the color of input image data constituted by a CMYK color space is to be
modified in accordance with a display device;

converting, in a first color space converting step, image data constituted by the CMYK color space into image data constituted
by an RGB color space through an intermediary of a rendering program, if the determination result that the modification is
to be performed is accepted in the accepting step;

converting, in a second color space converting step, image data constituted by the RGB color space into image data constituted
by the CMYK color space; and

printing the image data constituted by the CMYK color space that has been converted in the second color space converting step;
wherein, if the determination result that the modification is not to be performed is accepted in the accepting step, printing
the input image data constituted by the CMYK color space, without performing the conversion in the first color space converting
step and the conversion in the second color space converting step.

US Pat. No. 9,225,931

MOVING IMAGE DATA RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording method comprising:
receiving from a user a recording instruction for instructing to record moving image data;
setting a recording length of time for a single recording instruction;
recording moving image data for the recording length of time set in the setting on a recording medium in accordance with the
recording instruction received from the user;

adding the moving image data recorded in accordance with the recording instruction to a predetermined moving image file which
has been recorded on the recording medium so that the predetermined moving image file has a plurality of pieces of moving
image data each of which is recorded in accordance with the single recording instruction; and

performing a control, in a case where the recording length of time for the single recording instruction of the moving image
data included in the predetermined moving image file is different from the recording length of time set in the setting, so
as not to add the moving image data recorded in accordance with the recording instruction to the predetermined moving image
file.

US Pat. No. 9,225,178

CHARGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A charging apparatus comprising:
a first communication terminal configured to connect with a second communication terminal of a battery device including two
or more battery cells, and configured to receive a signal for controlling charging of the battery device from the battery
device via the second communication terminal;

a detection unit configured to detect a voltage level of an input signal input in the charging apparatus from the battery
device via the first communication terminal and the second communication terminal;

a signal switching unit configured to connect between the first communication terminal and the detection unit, and configured
to change the voltage level of the input signal input in the charging apparatus from the battery device via the first communication
terminal and the second communication terminal; and

a charging control unit configured to use a first detected voltage level which is detected by the detection unit before the
signal switching unit changes the voltage level of the input signal and a second detected voltage level which is detected
by the detection unit after the signal switching unit changes the voltage level of the input signal to control charging of
the battery device.

US Pat. No. 9,223,274

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a power control unit configured to control power supply to an operation unit, an engine unit, and a controller unit; and
a receiving unit configured to receive a job,
wherein the power control unit supplies power to the controller unit and the engine unit so that printing based on the received
job is performed based on a sheet size designated in the received job while maintaining restriction on power supply to the
operation unit, in a case where the receiving unit receives the job while the printing apparatus is in a first power state
which restricts power supply to the operation unit, the engine unit, and the controller unit, and

wherein the operation unit displays a screen for setting a sheet size so that printing based on the received job is performed
based on the sheet size set via the displayed screen, in a case where the receiving unit receives the job while the printing
apparatus is in a second power state which does not restrict power supply to the operation unit, the engine unit, and the
controller unit.

US Pat. No. 9,217,849

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising in order from an object side to an image side where N represents an integer equal to 5 or 7:
a first lens unit having a positive refractive power;
a second lens unit having a negative refractive power;
an (N?2)-th lens unit having a positive refractive power;
an (N?1)-th lens unit having a negative refractive power; and
an N-th lens unit having a positive refractive power,
wherein distances between adjacent ones of the first, second, (N?2)-th, (N?1)-th and N-th lens units in a direction of an
optical axis are changed during zooming,

wherein the (N?1)-th lens unit includes an image stabilizing unit movable for image blur correction in a direction including
a directional component orthogonal to the optical axis, and

wherein the following conditions are satisfied:
0.01
2.0
where BldN represents a thickness of the N-th lens unit on the optical axis, TDw represents a distance on the optical axis
between a most object side lens surface and a most-image side lens surface at a wide-angle end, fw represents a focal length
of the entire zoom lens at the wide-angle end, and fN represents a focal length of the N-th lens unit.

US Pat. No. 9,213,258

DEVELOPING ASSEMBLY, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing assembly comprising:
a container that contains a developer;
a developer bearing member that bears the developer; and
a regulating portion that regulates a layer thickness of the developer borne on the developer bearing member,
wherein a surface of the developer bearing member on which the developer is borne is provided with a first dielectric portion
and a second dielectric portion, and

the regulating portion, the first dielectric portion, and the second dielectric portion each have a charge polarity opposite
to a charge polarity of the developer, and in a triboelectric series, one of the first dielectric portion and the second dielectric
portion is positioned between the developer and the other dielectric portion, and the other dielectric portion is positioned
between the one dielectric portion and the regulating portion.

US Pat. No. 9,213,266

DEVELOPMENT APPARATUS AND CARTRIDGE WITH SEALING MEMBER TO PREVENT LEAKAGE OF DEVELOPER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A frame for use with an image forming apparatus, the image forming apparatus comprising a developer carrying member, provided
in said frame, and a regulating member including (i) a base portion supported by the frame and (ii) a blade portion contacted
to the developer carrying member for regulating a layer thickness of the developer carried on the developer carrying member,
the frame comprising:
a developer accommodating portion formed by the frame; and
a sealing member provided said frame and contact to the regulating member to prevent leakage of the developer from said developer
accommodating portion,

wherein a thickness of a portion, which is a first part of the sealing member in a blade portion side, is thicker than a thickness
of a second portion, which is a part of the sealing member in a base portion side.

US Pat. No. 9,215,346

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a scanning unit configured to read the recording material conveyed in the image forming apparatus;
a specifying unit configured to specify an area in which an image is formed, in a recording material read by the scanning
unit; and

an analysis unit configured to analyze a feature value of information about an image formed on the recording material read
by the scanning unit,

wherein the analysis unit further divides information contained in the specified area into individual items of information,
calculates vertical and lateral lengths per a unit of information as a size of the unit of information;

overwriting image generating unit configured to generate an overwriting image based on the size of the unit of information
for individual items of information analyzed by the analysis unit;

an image forming unit configured to overwrite the overwriting image on the image formed on the recording material in the area
specified by the specifying unit,

wherein the overwriting image is formed as an area having a predetermined ratio to the area specified by the specifying unit,
and

wherein the overwriting image is formed by one or more images chosen among plural images, the one or more images being chosen
so that the predetermined ratio is more than 50 percent.

US Pat. No. 9,208,987

RADIOACTIVE RAY GENERATING APPARATUS AND RADIOACTIVE RAY IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A x-ray generating apparatus comprising:
a plurality of electron emission sources aligned along a certain direction;
a plurality of targets configured to receive an electron beam emitted from each of the plurality of electron emission sources
and to generate x-rays, each one of the plurality of targets including a target film and a transmissive substrate, the target
film and the transmissive substrate arranged in this order with respect to a corresponding electron emission source such that
a x-ray generated from the target film transmits through the transmissive substrate; and

a shielding member having a plurality of apertures, each aperture configured to hold a corresponding one of the targets having
the target film and the transmissive substrate,

wherein each aperture is configured to shield a part of the x-ray emitted from a corresponding target, and
wherein any adjacent two of the plurality of transmissive substrates are connected via the shielding member such that any
adjacent two of the plurality of targets are connected via the shielding member and wherein the shielding member acts as a
thermal transfer path.

US Pat. No. 9,210,433

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

8. An image processing method comprising:
inputting a plurality of image frames included in moving image data;
determining a specific area in the input image frame based on a result of an object detection for the input image frame;
estimating, by using a specific area in a first input image frame which is determined by the determining based on a result
of an object detection for the first input image frame and a specific area in a second input image frame succeeding the first
input image frame which is determined by the determining based on a result of an object detection for the second input image
frame, a specific area in a third input image frame succeeding the second input image frame;

specifying a difference between a specific area in the third input image frame which is determined by the determining based
on a result of an object detection for the third input image frame and the specific area in the third input image frame which
is estimated by the estimating by using the specific areas in the first and second input image frames; and

changing, based on the difference specified by the specifying, a specific area being based on an estimation result of the
estimating for a fourth input image frame succeeding the third input image frame and controlling a parameter for encoding
the fourth input image frame such that the changed specific area is encoded with a higher image quality than other area in
the fourth input image frame.

US Pat. No. 9,202,126

OBJECT DETECTION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An object detection apparatus comprising:
a video input unit configured to input a frame of a video;
an object region detection unit configured to detect at least one object region by comparing a feature amount of the input
frame and a feature amount of at least one background in the frame represented by background information in a background model;

a selection unit configured to select a background object region including a background object which is originally included
in the background, from the detected at least one object region by using at least one first condition to be satisfied by the
background object;

a discrimination unit configured to discriminate between a portion corresponding to the background object and a portion other
than the background object in the background object region by using at least one second condition to be satisfied by a region
which does not include the background object;

a generation unit configured to generate background object feature information representing a feature amount of the background
object based on feature amounts of the background object region and a result of discrimination by said discrimination unit;
and

an addition unit configured to add the background object feature information to the background model, thereby forcing said
object region detection unit not to detect the background object as the object region from a succeeding frame.

US Pat. No. 9,201,379

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH LUBRICANT SUPPLY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
first and second rotatably supported image carriers;
an intermediate transfer belt rotatably conveying a toner image transferred thereto;
a driving source rotationally driving both the intermediate transfer belt and the second image carrier;
a first cleaning blade rubbing the intermediate transfer belt at a first rubbing position;
a second cleaning blade rubbing the second image carrier at a second rubbing position;
a lubricant supplying portion configured to be able to supply lubricant to the first or second rubbing position;
a load detecting portion configured to detect a driving load of the driving source; and
a control portion configured to execute a lubricant supplying mode of supplying lubricant to either one of the first and second
rubbing positions on a basis of processing contents of a most recent predetermined number of times of image forming operations
in a case where the driving load detected by the load detecting portion exceeds a predetermined value,

wherein the control portion is configured to execute a full-color mode of forming an image by using the first and second image
carriers and a monochrome mode of forming an image by using only the second image carrier, and supplies the lubricant to the
second rubbing position in a case where a most recent execution rate of the full-color mode exceeds a predetermined rate in
the lubricant supplying mode.

US Pat. No. 9,202,154

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING RE-EXECUTION OF PRINT JOBS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a file from a file server in a case where an authentication in the file server succeeds;
a first execution unit configured to execute a print job for printing the file obtained by the obtaining unit;
a storage unit configured to store the file obtained by the obtaining unit as a file for reprinting and to store print history
information of the print job executed by the first execution unit, the print history information containing at least user
identification information of a user who instructed execution of the print job;

a second execution unit configured to, in a case that a reprinting of the file is instructed by a user, based on the print
history information, execute a print job for reprinting the file stored in the storage unit without obtaining the file from
the file server; and

a determination unit configured to compare user identification information of the user who instructed the reprinting of the
file with user identification information contained in the print history information for the print job of the file and determine,
based on a comparison result, whether the execution of the print job by the second execution unit is permitted without authentication
in the file server.

US Pat. No. 9,204,069

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for driving an imaging apparatus having a plurality of pixels including a first pixel and a second pixel each
of which outputs a photoelectric conversion signal based on incident light and an analog-digital converter having an input
part which receives input of a potential based on the photoelectric conversion signals, the method comprising:
generating, by the analog-digital converter, a first digital signal by performing an AD conversion based on a reset potential
at the input part;

generating, by the analog-digital converter, a second digital signal by performing an AD conversion based on the potential
at the input part to which the potential based on the photoelectric conversion signal of the first pixel is given;

generating, by the analog-digital converter, a third digital signal by performing an AD conversion based on the potential
at the input part to which the potential based on the photoelectric conversion signal of the second pixel is given;

acquiring a first difference between the first digital signal and the second digital signal; and
acquiring a second difference between the first digital signal used for acquiring the first difference, and the third digital
signal.

US Pat. No. 9,197,156

OSCILLATION ELEMENT, OSCILLATOR, AND IMAGING APPARATUS USING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An oscillation element configured to oscillate electromagnetic waves, comprising:
an antenna configured to guide electromagnetic waves; and
a plurality of negative resistance elements electrically serially connected to the antenna, and also connected to each other
electrically in parallel;

wherein the plurality of negative resistance elements are configured to oscillate a plurality of electromagnetic waves, and
are disposed in positions relative to one another such that the absolute values of phase differences of the electromagnetic
waves which the corresponding negative resistance elements oscillate, are 0 or greater and ?/8 or less, or are 7?/8 or greater
and 9?/8 or less, and

wherein the positions are positions where oscillation frequencies of the electromagnetic waves which the corresponding negative
resistance elements oscillate are equal.

US Pat. No. 9,195,919

FIXED MEMORY RENDERING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of forming print instructions in a host device for rendering within a fixed amount of memory on an image reproduction
device coupled to the host device via a communications network, said method comprising the steps of:
receiving on the host device intermediate print data comprising regions which are each associated with drawing instructions,
said intermediate print data being converted from a page description;

determining an amount of drawing instruction working memory required to render each drawing instruction;
calculating a first amount of the memory available on the image reproduction device, said calculating of said first amount
being based on the fixed amount of memory on the image reproduction device less an amount of storage memory needed by the
image reproduction device to store the intermediate print data;

selecting, on the host device, a subset of the drawing instructions associated with the determined amount of the drawing instruction
working memory which exceeds the first amount of memory available on the image reproduction device to render the intermediate
print data;

rendering on the host device the selected subset of drawing instructions to rendered drawing instructions;
for the one or more regions associated with the selected subset of drawing instructions, reassociating the one or more regions
with the corresponding rendered drawing instructions to form altered intermediate print data which can be rendered on the
image reproduction device within the calculated first amount of memory; and

transmitting print instructions, including the altered intermediate print data, from the host device to the image reproduction
device for rendering to pixel data within the fixed amount of memory on the image reproduction device.

US Pat. No. 9,195,196

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a storage portion storing recording materials;
a first conveyance portion conveying a recording material;
a first detection unit provided on a downstream side of the first conveyance portion in a conveying direction of the recording
material and detecting a leading edge and a trailing edge of the recording material;

a second conveyance portion provided on a downstream side of the first detection unit in the conveying direction and conveying
the recording material;

a second detection unit provided on a downstream side of the second conveyance portion in the conveying direction and detecting
the leading edge and the trailing edge of the recording material;

a drive portion driving the first conveyance portion and the second conveyance portion; and
a control unit controlling the drive portion based on a detecting result obtained by one of the first detection unit and the
second detection unit,

wherein a first recording material and a second recording material which is conveyed subsequently to the first recording material
are conveyed from the storage portion so that a distance between a trailing edge of the first recording material and a leading
edge of the second recording material in a conveyance path is a predetermined distance longer than a distance between the
first detection unit and the second detection unit in the conveyance path,

in a case that the distance between the trailing edge of the first recording material and the leading edge of the second recording
material, which is obtained by detecting the trailing edge of the first recording material and the leading edge of the second
recording material with the first detection unit, is shorter than the predetermined distance, the control unit controls the
drive portion to change a conveyance speed of the second recording material from a predetermined speed to a slower speed after
the trailing edge of the first recording material passes through the second detection unit, and

in a case that the distance between the trailing edge of the first recording material and the leading edge of the second recording
material is longer than the predetermined distance, the control unit controls the drive portion to change the conveyance speed
of the second recording material from the predetermined speed to a faster speed before the leading edge of the second recording
material reaches the second detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,197,815

IMAGE MANAGEMENT APPARATUS AND IMAGE MANAGEMENT METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image management apparatus comprising:
an input unit configured to input a first image and a second image;
a storage unit configured to store the first image and the second image in association with each other;
a selection unit configured to select an image to be deleted out of the first and second images; and
a control unit configured to perform control such that, in a case where the first image is selected by the selection unit,
an option of deleting the second image stored in association with the first image is presented, and subsequently processing
for deleting the first image is performed, and in a case where an instruction to delete the second image is received, processing
for deleting the second image is performed without presenting an option of deleting the first image stored in association
with the second image.

US Pat. No. 9,197,817

IMAGE BLURRING CORRECTION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, OPTICAL DEVICE AND IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image blurring correction apparatus comprising:
a correction member configured to correct image blur;
a shake detection unit configured to detect a shake of the apparatus and output a shake signal;
a first generation unit configured to generate first shake amount data based on the shake signal;
a second generation unit configured to generate, based on the shake signal, second shake amount data with which a higher shake
correction effect than a shake correction effect of the first shake amount data can be obtained;

a selection unit configured to select the first shake amount data or the second shake amount data based on the shake signal;
a calculation unit configured to calculate a shake correction amount which is a moving amount of the correction member using
the shake amount data selected by the selection unit; and

a determination unit configured to determine whether or not the apparatus is in a constant point capturing state in which
a panning control is turned off, based on whether or not a magnitude of the shake signal is in a predetermined shake signal
magnitude range and the shake correction amount is in a predetermined shake correction amount range,

wherein the selection unit provides the calculation unit with the second shake amount data if the determination unit determines
that the apparatus is in the constant point capturing state, and provides the calculation unit with the first shake amount
data if the determination unit determines that the apparatus is not in the constant point capturing state.

US Pat. No. 9,188,894

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING CORE-SHELL STRUCTURE FINE PARTICLES AND TONER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing core-shell structure fine particles, comprising:
adding metal salt into an aqueous medium in which at least shell particles A and core particles B are dispersed to thereby
attach the shell particles A to the surface of each of the core particles B,

the shell particles A and the core particles B satisfying the following relationships (1) to (3);
(1) A zeta potential of the core particles B and a zeta potential of the shell particles A are the same polarity.
(2) |Zeta potential of the core particles B when adding the metal salt|<|Zeta potential of the shell particles A when adding
the metal salt|

(3) (Median diameter based on a volume of the core particles B)>(Median diameter based on a volume of the shell particles
A).

US Pat. No. 9,189,709

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

8. An information processing method, comprising:
a first acquisition step of acquiring a probability at which a target object takes a target object state for each of target
object states that the target object is allowed to take, and of acquiring a distribution of the acquired probabilities;

a second acquisition step of acquiring a success rate, for each relative target object state being determined in advance for
a position and an orientation of an image capturing device, at which the target object is successfully identified from a captured
image obtained by capturing, by the image capturing device, the target object having the relative target object state, and
of acquiring a distribution of the acquired success rates; and

a determination step of determining a position and orientation that the image capturing device is to take based on the distribution
of the success rates acquired in the second acquisition step for each of a plurality of positions and orientations that the
image capturing apparatus is allowed to take, and the distribution of the probabilities acquired in the first acquisition
step.

US Pat. No. 9,188,945

CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge detachably mountable to a main assembly of an image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording material,
said cartridge comprising:
a rotatable member including a metal shaft, said rotatable member being supported rotatably and movably an axial direction
of said metal shaft by a frame, wherein a bias is to be applied to said metal shaft;

an electroconductive member, supported movably in the axial direction of said metal shaft, said electroconductive member being
in contact to an end surface of said metal shaft at one end side of said metal shaft for constituting at least a part of an
electroconductive path for electrically connecting said metal shaft and a contact member provided in the main assembly when
said cartridge is mounted in the main assembly; and

an urging portion for urging said metal shaft via said electroconductive member in a direction from the one end side to another
end side of said metal shaft,

wherein said electroconductive member includes a contact portion where said electroconductive member is contacted to said
end surface of said metal shaft at a portion other than a rotation center portion of said metal shaft at said end surface,
and

wherein said contact portion has a hollow shape at said rotation center portion of said metal shaft at said end surface such
that said contact portion does not contact a center portion of said metal shaft at said end surface.

US Pat. No. 9,180,678

RECORDING HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording head for ejecting ink, the recording head comprising:
an ejection portion configured to eject ink;
a first flow path forming member; and
a second flow path forming member provided on a lower side of the first flow path forming member in a configuration where
in a usage state of the recording head, air bubbles are suppressed due to the positioning of the second flow path member,

wherein the first flow path forming member and the second flow path forming member are joined to each other, between which
a flow path for supplying ink to the ejection portion, a buffer chamber for keeping gas, and a communication passage communicating
between the flow path and the buffer chamber, are formed;

wherein the first flow path forming member is provided with a recessed portion forming a part of the buffer chamber;
wherein the second flow path forming member is provided with a protruded portion protruding into the buffer chamber, and a
through-hole penetrating the second flow path forming member is formed inside the protruded portion, and

wherein a communication port being an end on a buffer chamber side of the through hole is arranged at a position higher than
a wall of a top surface that constitutes a communication passage in a usage state of the recording head.

US Pat. No. 9,180,700

PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS AND PRINT CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A print control apparatus to discharge sheets printed by a printing unit to a plurality of discharging destinations, the
print control apparatus comprising:
a specifying unit configured to specify a plural number of discharging destinations, from the plurality of discharging destinations,
required to discharge output sheets of a print job on which a printing operation of the print job is to be executed by the
printing unit;

a determination unit configured to determine whether a number of adjoining discharging destinations that have no sheets in
the plurality of discharging destinations is equal to or more than the required plural number of discharging destinations
specified by the specifying unit; and

a selecting unit configured to select a discharging destination to be used to receive output sheets from the executed print
job,

wherein, in a case where the determination unit determines that the number of adjoining discharging destinations that have
no sheets in the plurality of discharging destinations is less than the required plural number of discharging destinations
specified by the specifying unit, the selecting unit selects the required plural number of discharging destinations such that
the discharging destinations to be used to receive the output sheets are located as close to each other as possible.

US Pat. No. 9,183,556

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display control apparatus, having a processor, which controls displaying data by a first display device, comprising:
an output unit configured to output first display data to a second display device;
a receiving unit configured to receive captured image data from an image capturing device for capturing an image including
a display image displayed by the second display device;

a detection unit configured to detect that a coordinate in the display image displayed by the second display device is pointed;
a motion detection unit configured to detect a predetermined motion in the image captured by the image capturing device; and
a control unit configured to give priority to a detection of the coordinate over a detection of the predetermined motion for
controlling the displaying data by the first display device such that the first display data is kept selected for display
by the first display device in a state while the coordinate in the display image is pointed and the captured image data is
selected for displaying by the first display device when the predetermined motion is detected in a state while the coordinate
in the display image is not pointed.

US Pat. No. 9,176,407

TONER AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING TONER PARTICLES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A toner, comprising toner particles each containing a binder resin and a colorant,
wherein each of the toner particles contains a compound having a polyester moiety and a bisazo structure moiety represented
by the following formula (1) or (2), and

the colorant is an azo pigment:

wherein R1 to R4 independently denote a hydrogen atom or a halogen atom,

R5 and R6 independently denote an alkyl group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms or a phenyl group,

R7 to R11 independently denote a hydrogen atom, a COOR12 group, or a CONR13R14 group, provided that at least one of R7 to R11 denotes the COOR12 group or the CONR13R14 group,

R12 to R14 independently denote a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group having 1 to 3 carbon atoms, and

L1 denotes a divalent linking group to be bonded to the polyester moiety.

US Pat. No. 9,179,041

COLOUR ENCODING CLUSTERING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of determining one or more representative colour encodings for use in processing an image, said method comprising:
determining a set of colour encoding clusters for a plurality of candidate colour encodings based on a clustering criterion
related to one or more desired perceptual attributes of the plurality of candidate colour encodings, each candidate colour
encoding being a specification for interpreting a plurality of encoded colour values to determine appearance of said plurality
of encoded colour values, wherein at least some of the candidate colour encodings are associated with a mapping from a first
colour space to a second colour space, each of the candidate colour encodings encodes a respective range of colour values,
and the respective ranges of the plurality of candidate colour encodings overlap;

assigning each candidate colour encoding to one cluster within the set of colour encoding clusters; and
determining a representative colour encoding for each cluster within the set of colour encoding clusters depending on the
candidate colour encodings assigned to each cluster.

US Pat. No. 9,179,503

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a liquid ejection head having a plurality of thermal energy generating elements which generate
thermal energy to be utilized for ejecting liquid, an insulating layer covering the plurality of energy generating elements,
a plurality of first portions provided on the insulating layer corresponding to the plurality of energy generating elements
in one-to-one relationship, and a plurality of second portions provided on the plurality of the first portions in one-to-one
relationship, comprising the following steps in the following order:
preparing a base on which the plurality of thermal energy generating elements and the insulating layer are laminated in this
order;

forming a first metal layer containing a first metal material on the insulating layer of the base;
forming a second metal layer containing a second metal material on the first metal layer, and then patterning the second metal
layer to form the plurality of second portions containing the second metal material;

patterning the first metal layer to thereby form the plurality of first portions and a connection portion for electrically
connecting the plurality of first portions from the first metal layer;

inspecting conduction of the plurality of first portions through the connection portion; and
patterning the connection portion to thereby electrically isolate the plurality of first portions from each other.

US Pat. No. 9,170,100

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS WITH INCLINATION GUIDE DISPLAY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image-pickup mode setter capable of setting any one of a plurality of modes including at least a moving image-pickup mode
and a still image-pickup mode;

a display device;
an inclination detector which detects an inclination amount relative to a reference position of the image pickup apparatus;
a display processor for showing on the display device an inclination guide display for indicating the inclination amount detected
by the inclination detector; and

a display controller which, when the moving image-pickup mode is set, controls display of the inclination guide display so
that the inclination guide display is not shown and which, when a still image-pickup mode is set, controls the display so
that the inclination guide display for indicating the inclination amount is shown before an image picked-up based on a first
image pickup instruction from a user is recorded and after the still image-pickup mode is set,

wherein, depending on an image-pickup mode set by the image-pickup mode setter, changes occur regarding sensitivity of detection
of the inclination amount by the inclination detector.

US Pat. No. 9,172,951

TEST CIRCUIT FOR TESTING SIGNAL RECEIVING UNIT, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, METHOD OF TESTING SIGNAL RECEIVING UNIT, AND METHOD OF TESTING IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
A test circuit comprising:
a test signal supply unit configured to supply a test signal via a signal line to signal receiving units provided in a plurality
of columns, wherein

the test signal supply unit is a voltage buffer or a current buffer, and the test circuit has a plurality of test signal supply
units, and

wherein at least one test signal supply unit is electrically connected to one signal line different from a signal line to
which another test signal supply unit is electrically connected; and

a plurality of pixels each including a photoelectric conversion unit configured to generate an electric charge by a photoelectric
conversion, and a signal output unit configured to output a signal based on the electric charge generated by the photoelectric
conversion unit; wherein

the signal output unit of each pixel is connected to one of the signal lines, and
a plurality of the signal receiving units each configured to receive the signal.

US Pat. No. 9,164,406

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
a support;
a charge generating layer formed on the support; and
a charge transporting layer formed on the charge generating layer;
wherein the charge transporting layer is a surface layer, and the surface layer comprises:
(?) at least one charge transporting substance selected from the group consisting of a compound represented by the following
formula (1), a compound represented by the following formula (2), a compound represented by the following formula (3), a compound
represented by the following formula (4) and a compound represented by the following formula (5);

(?) at least one compound selected from the group consisting of hexanol, heptanol, cyclohexanol, benzyl alcohol, ethylene
glycol, 1,4-butanediol, 1,5-pentanediol, diethylene glycol, diethylene glycol ethyl methyl ether, ethylene carbonate, propylene
carbonate, nitrobenzene, pyrrolidone, N-methylpyrrolidone, methyl benzoate, ethyl benzoate, benzyl acetate, ethyl 3-ethoxypropionate,
acetophenone, methyl salicylate, dimethyl phthalate, and sulfolane; and

(?) at least one resin selected from the group consisting of a polycarbonate resin having a siloxane moiety at the end, and
a polyester resin having a siloxane moiety at the end;


where,
Ar1 and Ar3 each independently represent a phenyl group, or a phenyl group substituted with a methyl group, an ethyl group, or an ethoxy
group,

Ar2 and Ar4 each independently represent a phenyl group, a phenyl group substituted with a methyl group, a phenyl group substituted with
a univalent group represented by the formula “—CH?CH—Ta”, or a biphenylyl group substituted with a univalent group represented
by the formula “—CH?CH—Ta” (where, Ta represents an univalent group derived from a benzene ring of a triphenylamine by loss
of one hydrogen atom, or derived from a benzene ring of a triphenylamine substituted with a methyl group or an ethyl group
by loss of one hydrogen atom),

R1 represents a phenyl group, a phenyl group substituted with a methyl group, or a phenyl group substituted with a univalent
group represented by the formula “—CH?C(Ar5)Ar6” (where, Ar5 and Ar6 each independently represent a phenyl group or a phenyl group substituted with a methyl group), and

R2 and R3 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a phenyl group, or a phenyl group substituted with a methyl group;


where,
Ar21 and Ar22 each independently represent a phenyl group, or a phenyl group substituted with a methyl group,

Ar23 to Ar28 each independently represent a phenyl group, or a phenyl group substituted with a methyl group,

Ar31 represents a phenyl group substituted with a univalent group derived from a benzene ring of a triphenylamine by loss of one
hydrogen atom, a phenyl group substituted with a univalent group derived from a benzene ring of a triphenylamine substituted
with a methyl group or an ethyl group by loss of one hydrogen atom, or a methylcarbazolyl group.

US Pat. No. 9,164,709

PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a receiving unit that receives print data;
an analysis unit that analyzes each page included in a single reception of the received print data;
a determining unit that determines whether a plurality of page sets are included in the single reception of the received print
data or no page sets are included in the single reception of the received print data, wherein different sheet processes can
be designated to each of the a plurality of page sets;

a control unit that controls, based on a result of a determination by the determining unit, (i) not to start printing of the
received print data until a predetermined number which is more than one of pages included in the single reception of the received
print data are analyzed by the analysis unit and to start printing of the received print data after the predetermined number
of pages included in the received print data are analyzed by the analysis unit in a case where it is determined that the plurality
of page sets are included in the single reception of the received print data, and (ii) to start printing of the received print
data before the predetermined number of pages included in the single reception of the received print data are analyzed by
the analysis unit in a case where it is determined that no page sets are included in the single reception of the received
print data.

US Pat. No. 9,164,450

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC MEMBER, FIXING DEVICE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

12. A method of manufacturing an electrophotographic member comprising: an elastic layer comprising a silicone rubber; an
intermediate layer comprising at least one of an aromatic polyimide and an aromatic polyamideimide, and a fluororesin; and
a surface layer comprising a fluororesin,
the method comprising the steps of:
(1) preparing an elastic layer including an amino group on a surface thereof and comprising a silicone rubber;
(2) forming on the surface of the elastic layer a layer of a mixture of materials for forming an intermediate layer including
a polyamic acid as a precursor of an aromatic polyimide or an aromatic polyamideimide, and a fluororesin, followed by forming
on the layer of the mixture of materials for forming the intermediate layer a layer of a fluororesin particle dispersion;
and

(3) imidizing the polyamic acid in the layer of the mixture of materials for forming the intermediate layer, and melting fluororesin
particles in the layer of the fluororesin particle dispersion to form a fluororesin layer,

the step (3) comprising the step of allowing an acid group directly bonded to a carbon atom constituting an aromatic ring
in a molecule of the polyamic acid to react with the amino group on the surface of the elastic layer when imidizing the polyamic
acid.

US Pat. No. 9,165,228

PRINTING APPARATUS ALLOWING USER CHANGE OF OPERATIONAL CONTROL OF JOB, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a receiving unit configured to receive a first job and a second job from host computers over a network, the first job including
both first print data and a control code indicating that a hold process is to be executed, the second job including second
print data without the control code;

a setting unit configured to set information indicative of holding print data that is written in a specific language; and
a job control unit configured to, if the first job has been received, execute the hold process for the first print job in
accordance with the control code which is included in the first job,

wherein the job control unit is configured to, if the second job has been received and if the second print data included in
the second job is written in the specific language, execute the hold process for the second print job, and

wherein the job control unit is configured to, if the second job has been received and if the second print data included in
the second job is not written in the specific language, execute the print process for the second print job.

US Pat. No. 9,161,011

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that, for a stereoscopic video image formed of a set of an image for left eye and an image
for right eye, corrects gradation of a first image, which is one image from among the image for left eye and the image for
right eye, and gradation of a second image, which is the other image from among the image for left eye and the image for right
eye, the image processing apparatus comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect parallax between the first image and second image;
an acquisition unit configured to divide at least one image from among the first image and the second image into a plurality
of divided regions, and acquire a respective statistic of a pixel value for each divided region;

a decision unit configured to decide a respective gradation conversion curve for each divided region by using the statistic
corresponding to the respective divided region acquired by the acquisition unit, and to decide a respective gradation conversion
curve for each pixel on the basis of at least a respective gradation conversion curve corresponding to a divided region in
which the pixel is located; and

a correction unit configured to correct the gradation value of each pixel in the first image by using the respective gradation
conversion curve corresponding to the pixel decided by the decision unit and to correct the gradation value of each pixel
in the second image, wherein

the correction unit detects a pixel in the second image corresponding to a pixel in the first image on the basis of the parallax,
and corrects a gradation value of the pixel in the first image and a gradation value of the pixel in the second image corresponding
to the pixel in the first image by using a gradation conversion curve based on the respective gradation conversion curve which
the decision unit decided for the pixel in the first image.

US Pat. No. 9,152,034

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS FOR DISPLAYING THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGE AND HAVING A PHASE DIFFERENCE PLATE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image display apparatus comprising:
a plurality of image display elements each configured to modulate incident light;
a polarization splitting element having a polarization splitting surface that has characteristics of transmitting first polarized
light and reflecting second polarized light whose polarizing direction is different from a polarizing direction of the first
polarized light and that is configured to produce image light by combining modulated light from the plurality of image display
elements and to introduce the produced image light into a projection optical system; and

a phase difference plate that is disposed at a side of the projection optical system relative to the polarization splitting
element and has an optic axis,

wherein the optic axis is not parallel to a surface normal direction, which is a direction normal to an incidence plane of
the phase difference plate, and not parallel to the incidence plane of the phase difference plate, and

wherein the optic axis of the phase difference plate is parallel to a plane that includes a normal of the polarization splitting
surface and the surface normal direction of the phase difference plate.

US Pat. No. 9,154,651

CONFIGURING APPARATUS, IMAGE OUTPUT APPARATUS, METHODS OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A configuring apparatus for configuring a data processing apparatus, comprising:
a communication control unit which controls wireless communication between the configuring apparatus and the data processing
apparatus connected to the configuring apparatus;

a detection unit which detects status of a connection with the data processing apparatus, wherein the communication control
unit controls the configuring apparatus to receive information about the data processing apparatus from the data processing
apparatus if the detection unit has detected establishment of a first connection with the data processing apparatus; and

a display control unit which displays, on a display unit, a configuration screen to input configurations of a data process
in the data processing apparatus based on the information about the data processing apparatus if the detection unit has detected
disconnection of the first connection, wherein

after the configurations of the data process have been input via the configuration screen, and the detection unit has detected
establishment of a second connection with the data processing apparatus, the communication control unit controls the configuring
apparatus to transmit, to the data processing apparatus, information based on the configurations of the data process input
via the configuration screen, and

if the detection unit has not detected disconnection of the first connection after reception of the information about the
data processing apparatus, configurations of the data process via the configuration screen is restricted.

US Pat. No. 9,152,097

FIXING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing apparatus comprising:
first and second rotatable members configured to fix, at a nip therebetween, a toner image formed on a sheet by using a toner
containing a parting agent;

a casing, configured to accommodate said first and second rotatable members, including a sheet introducing opening and a sheet
discharging opening; and

a suppressing portion configured to suppress diffusion, toward the sheet discharging opening, of particles having a predetermined
diameter resulting from a parting agent, wherein said suppressing portion is provided in the neighborhood of a surface of
said first rotatable member in a space in said casing from the sheet introducing opening to the sheet discharging opening,

wherein when a gap between said suppressing portion and said first rotatable member is G (mm) and a peripheral speed of said
first rotatable member is V (mm/s), the following relationship is satisfied:

0.5?G?0.0059×V+0.72.

US Pat. No. 9,152,115

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT EMPLOYS ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member configured to bear a toner image;
an exposure unit configured to form a latent image on the image bearing member;
a development unit that includes a plurality of developing devices that each develop the latent image by using a toner of
a different color, and rotates to switch the developing device contacting the image bearing member, such that another of the
developing devices contacts the image bearing member;

a rotating member configured to operate as an intermediate transfer member onto which the toner image formed on the image
bearing member is primary-transferred, or as a transferring material bearing member that bears a recording material onto which
the toner image is primary-transferred and rotates; and

a correcting unit configured to correct a formation position of a toner image according to a number of the developing devices
passing through a developing position until the toner image is formed on the image bearing member after any one of the plurality
of developing devices stops at the developing position by the development unit rotating the plurality of developing devices.

US Pat. No. 9,151,938

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens, comprising, in order from an object side to an image side: a first lens unit having a positive refractive
power; a second lens unit having a negative refractive power; a third lens unit having a positive refractive power; and a
fourth lens unit having a positive refractive power, wherein intervals between adjacent lens units vary during zooming, and
the first lens unit moves so as to be disposed nearer to an object at a telephoto end than at a wide angle end, and wherein
each of the first lens unit to the fourth lens unit has at least one negative lens, and conditional expressions
0.60
1.84
0.22
are satisfied where Lt is a lens total length at the telephoto end, ft is a focal length of an entire system at the telephoto
end, N2an is a mean value of refractive indices of materials of negative lenses included in the second lens unit, NAan is
a mean value of refractive indices of materials of negative lenses included in the entire system, and NAap is a mean value
of refractive indices of materials of positive lenses included in the entire system.

US Pat. No. 9,146,449

IMAGING LENS-EXCHANGEABLE IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging lens-exchangeable image capturing apparatus comprising:
a detection unit arranged to detect a focus state;
a setting unit arranged to cause a user to set correction information for correcting the focus state detected by said detection
unit or correction information for correcting control of a focus position based on the focus state;

an acquisition unit arranged to acquire, from an attached imaging lens, first lens identification information for identifying
the imaging lens;

an input unit arranged to enable the user to input second lens identification information for identifying the attached imaging
lens;

a second acquisition unit arranged to acquire, from an attached imaging lens, third lens identification information for identifying
the imaging lens;

a storage unit arranged to store, for each of a plurality of different imaging lenses, the correction information set by said
setting unit, the first lens identification information, the second lens identification information, and the third lens identification
information in association with each other; and

a focus adjustment unit arranged to adjust a focus based on the detection result of the focus state by said detection unit
and the correction information stored in said storage unit.

US Pat. No. 9,148,527

FACSIMILE APPARATUS CAPABLE OF OUTPUTTING COMMUNICATION TONES, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A facsimile apparatus, comprising:
a first communication unit configured to carry out a VoIP communication in which audio data for a facsimile communication
is sent and received over an IP network;

a second communication unit configured to carry out a non-VoIP communication in which a facsimile communication is carried
out via the IP network without using the audio data;

a tone output unit configured to, when the VoIP communication is being carried out by said first communication unit, output
a first tone for notifying a user of a communication status of the VoIP communication; and

a control unit configured to, when the non-VoIP communication is carried out by said second communication unit, control said
tone output unit to output a second tone so as to notify the user of a communication status of the non-VoIP communication.

US Pat. No. 9,144,915

SHEET PROCESSING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet processing device, comprising:
a punching unit configured to perform a punching process to a sheet;
a sheet conveying path configured to guide the sheet to the punching unit;
a branching conveying path configured to be branched from the sheet conveying path;
a sheet inverting unit provided between a branching point and the punching unit, the branching point being the point at which
the branching conveying path is branched from the sheet conveying path, the sheet inverting unit including a first rotary
member rotatably mounted thereon and a second rotary member rotatably mounted thereon in forward and backward directions;

a positioning portion configured to position the sheet, the positioning portion is provided at a position so that a distance
between a nip portion nipped by the first rotary member and the second rotary member and a contact portion where an edge of
the sheet at the positioning portion contacts, to be shorter than a length of sheet in a sheet conveyance direction; and

a control unit configured to perform a control so that the punching unit performs the punching process to the sheet that is
nipped by the first rotary member and the second rotary member and positioned by the positioning portion, and

wherein, when a second sheet, to which the punching process is to be performed, is nipped by the first rotary member and the
second rotary member which nip a first sheet to which the punching process has already been performed, the sheet inverting
unit conveys the first sheet to the branching conveying path while conveying the second sheet to the punching unit.

US Pat. No. 9,148,542

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, having a power state including at least a standby state, and a power save state which consumes
less power than the standby state, the image forming apparatus comprising:
an accepting unit configured to accept user operations from a user to transition the power state from the standby state to
the power save state;

a detecting unit configured to detect objects including the user; and
a power control unit configured to transition the power state from the power save state to the standby state in accordance
with detection of an object by the detecting unit, and to transition the power state from the standby state to the power save
state in accordance with the accepted user operations;

wherein the power control unit prohibits the power state from transitioning from the power save state to the standby state
in accordance with detection of an object by the detecting unit, while the user, which has performed the accepted user operations,
is detected by the detecting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,145,473

OPTICAL MEMBER, POLYIMIDE, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING OPTICAL MEMBER, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING POLYIMIDE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical member, comprising a laminated body that can reduce the reflection of light formed on a substrate surface,
wherein the laminated body includes a layer having a textured structure composed of aluminum oxide crystals and a polyimide
layer containing a polyimide, the polyimide layer being formed between the substrate and the layer having a textured structure,

wherein the layer having the textured structure is formed by processing an aluminum oxide film with water at a temperature
of 40° C. to 100° C., and

the polyimide contains a repeating unit represented by the following general formula (2), and 90% by mole or more of a 1,4-cyclohexylene
group in the main chain in the general formula (2) is a trans-1,4-cyclohexylene group:


wherein R1 denotes a tetravalent organic group, n denotes an integer in the range of 0 to 2, R3 to R10 independently denote a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, a phenyl group, or a linear or cyclic alkyl, alkenyl, or alkynyl group
having 1 to 6 carbon atoms, and R11 and R12 independently denote a hydrogen atom or a linear or cyclic alkyl group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms, and

wherein R1 is represented by any of the following general formulae (7) to (11)


wherein n in the repeating unit represented by the general formula (2) is 1.

US Pat. No. 9,148,575

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

12. An image pickup apparatus comprising a zoom lens, and a solid-state image sensor configured to receive an image formed
by the zoom lens,
wherein the zoom lens comprises a first lens unit having a negative refractive power, a second lens unit having a positive
refractive power, and a third lens unit having a negative refractive power in an order from an object side to an image side,
the first, second and third lens units moving during zooming such that a spacing between adjacent lens units changes, the
second lens unit and the third lens unit being positioned on the object side at a telephoto end in comparison to at a wide
angle end, and the third lens unit moving during focusing, wherein conditional expressions below are met,

2.5
0.35<(?3t/?3w)/(?2t/?2w)<0.80

?1.0 where ?2w represents a lateral magnification of the second lens unit at the wide angle end, ?2t represents a lateral magnification
of the second lens unit at the telephoto end, ?3w represents a lateral magnification of the third lens unit at the wide angle
end, ?3t represents a lateral magnification of the third lens unit at the telephoto end, f1 represents a focal length of the
first lens unit, and f2 represents a focal length of the second lens unit.

US Pat. No. 9,144,968

INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS AND INKJET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inkjet recording apparatus comprising:
an inkjet recording head including a first nozzle having a discharge port configured to discharge liquid, a pressure chamber
having therein an element configured to generate energy for discharging the liquid, and a flow path communicating with the
pressure chamber, a second nozzle adjacent the first nozzle having a flow resistance less than a flow resistance of the first
nozzle, and a supply port configured to, after discharge of an ink droplet from at least one of the first nozzle and the second
nozzle, supply ink to the nozzle that has discharged the ink droplet;

a storage unit storing a rank value of the inkjet recording head ranked in advance depending on a size of a portion relating
to the flow resistance;

a reading unit configured to read the rank value from the storage unit;
a determination unit configured to determine a number of discharges per unit time of each nozzle based on the rank value read
by the reading unit; and

a control unit configured to control each nozzle to discharge the ink droplet based on the number of discharges determined
by the determination unit.

US Pat. No. 9,146,520

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a transfer portion for transferring an image onto a sheet while feeding the sheet through a transfer nip;
a fixing portion for fixing the image on the sheet while feeding the sheet, fed from said transfer portion, through a fixing
nip;

a sheet feeding guide, provided between said transfer portion and said fixing portion, having a guide surface for guiding
the sheet;

a sheet detecting portion, provided at a position between said transfer portion and said fixing portion, for detecting the
sheet; and

a controller for controlling a sheet feeding speed of at least one of said transfer portion and said fixing portion depending
on an output of said sheet detecting portion so that a feeding attitude of the sheet fed while being sandwiched at both of
the transfer nip and the fixing nip is maintained in a predetermined feeding attitude,

wherein the guide surface of said sheet feeding guide has a most recessed region in a region between said transfer portion
and said sheet detecting portion,

wherein the guide surface in a position where said sheet detecting portion is provided with respect to a sheet feeding direction
has a first region where said sheet detecting portion is provided and a second region spaced from said sheet detecting portion
more than the first region with respect to a direction perpendicular to the sheet feeding direction, and

wherein the first region is higher than the second region with respect to a direction perpendicular to the guide surface.

US Pat. No. 9,142,580

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a pixel portion in which pixels are arranged, the pixels each including a first semiconductor region of first conductivity
type having signal charges as majority carriers and a second semiconductor region of second conductivity type having signal
charges as minority carriers, the second semiconductor region being contiguous to the first semiconductor region, the first
semiconductor region being disposed between the second semiconductor region and a surface of a semiconductor substrate,

wherein the first semiconductor regions of two adjacent pixels are separated by a third semiconductor region of second conductivity
type, the second semiconductor regions of the two adjacent pixels are electrically connected to the third semiconductor region,
and a reference contact that applies a reference potential via the third semiconductor region to the second semiconductor
regions is provided on the surface of the semiconductor substrate;

wherein the number of reference contacts in the pixel portion is less than a quarter of the number of the pixels in the pixel
portion;

wherein the pixel portion includes a class I pixel and a class II pixel located near each reference contact, and a distance
between the surface and the second semiconductor region of the class I pixel is smaller than a distance between the surface
and the second semiconductor region of the class II pixel; and

wherein a distance between the reference contact and the first semiconductor region of the class I pixel is smaller than a
distance between the reference contact and the first semiconductor region of the class II pixel.

US Pat. No. 9,141,044

FIXING APPARATUS WITH MOVABLE MAGNETIC FLUX SHIELDING PORTION AND SHEET GUIDE PORTION, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

13. A fixing apparatus which fixes a toner image on a sheet, the fixing apparatus comprising:
a magnetic flux generating portion which generates a magnetic flux;
a fixing portion which generates heat by the magnetic flux generated by the magnetic flux generating portion and fixes a toner
image on the sheet with the heat;

a magnetic flux confining portion which confines the magnetic flux directed toward the fixing portion from the magnetic flux
generating portion;

a sheet guide portion which guides the sheet, and
a moving portion which integrally moves the magnetic flux confining portion and the sheet guide portion in a sheet-width direction
perpendicular to a sheet conveying direction.

US Pat. No. 9,143,660

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, LENS APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM OF A LENS INTERCHANGEABLE TYPE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup system comprising a lens apparatus, and an image pickup apparatus to which the lens apparatus is detachably
attached,
wherein the lens apparatus includes a lens controller, and an image pickup optical system configured to form an optical image
of an object,

wherein the image pickup apparatus includes an image pickup apparatus controller configured to communicate with the lens controller
in synchronization with a control reference signal,

wherein the lens controller controls driving of a driven unit included in the image pickup optical system in synchronization
with the control reference signal provided from the image pickup apparatus controller,

wherein the image pickup apparatus controller temporarily changes a cycle of the control reference signal, and sends invalid
cycle information representing that a post-change cycle of the control reference signal does not accord with a pre-change
cycle of the control reference signal, to the lens controller in synchronization with a post-change control reference signal,
and

wherein when receiving the invalid cycle information, the lens controller performs synchronous processing that is processing
performed in synchronization with the control reference signal in a case the lens controller can perform the synchronous processing
using a pre-change control reference signal, the lens controller stands by in a case the lens controller cannot perform the
synchronous processing using the pre-change control reference signal, and the lens controller sends to the image pickup apparatus
controller information representing whether or not the lens controller has been able to follow a changed cycle of the control
reference signal.

US Pat. No. 9,143,679

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, ELECTRONIC APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:
a determination unit configured to determine one of a plurality of photographic scenes based on an image being captured by
an image capture unit;

a reception unit configured to receive a help designation to display a help screen;
a setting unit configured to automatically perform a photographing setting based on the one of the plurality of photographic
scenes determined by the determination unit; and

a display control unit configured to control to display, on a display unit, a display item that represents the one of the
plurality of photographic scenes determined by the determination unit together with a through image being captured by the
image capture unit, and configured to control, in accordance with reception of the help designation by the reception unit
during display of the through image and the display item, to display information, which is more detailed than the display
item, as a description concerning the one of the plurality of photographic scenes determined by the determination unit as
the help screen.

US Pat. No. 9,141,898

PRINTING CONTROL APPARATUS CONTROLLING A PRINTING UNIT TO PRINT AN IMAGE CORRESPONDING TO PRINT MEDIUM SIZE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing control apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a candidate of a size of a print medium being set in a printing unit;
a determination unit configured to determine whether the candidate acquired by the acquisition unit is included in acceptable
sizes corresponding to information set as a print medium size in a print setting of print target data, the acceptable sizes
being a part of a plurality of sizes in which the printing unit can print an image; and

a print control unit configured to control the printing unit to print an image based on the print target data on the print
medium if the determination unit determines that the candidate is included in the acceptable sizes, wherein the printing unit
does not print the image on the print medium if the determination unit determines that the candidate is included in the plurality
of sizes and is not included in the acceptable sizes.

US Pat. No. 9,138,141

OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmologic apparatus comprising:
an irradiation optical system configured to guide light emitted from a light source to the subject's eye;
a control unit configured to sweep a wavelength of light emitted from the light source;
an imaging optical system configured to guide to an imaging unit a return beam from the subject's eye of light swept by the
control unit;

a tomographic image acquisition unit configured to acquire a tomographic image of the subject's eye based on an output from
the imaging unit;

a fundus image acquisition unit configured to acquire a fundus image of the subject's eye; and
a display control unit configured to display the fundus image on a first area in a display unit and display the tomographic
image on a second area in the display unit which is positioned above or below the first area and is wider in a horizontal
direction as compared to the first area, wherein the display control unit changes a size of the second area in accordance
with a viewing angle of the tomographic image.

US Pat. No. 9,134,693

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH DEVELOPING UNIT AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
first and second photosensitive members; and
first and second developing members provided corresponding to the first and second photosensitive members and configured to
be movable between developing position where toner is adhered to the corresponding photosensitive members and retracted position
retracted from the developing position respectively,

wherein the first and second developing members are moved to the developing position from the retracted position respectively
in the order of the first developing member and the second developing member, and image forming is started by adhering the
toner to the first photosensitive member and the second photosensitive member in this order, and

wherein a period in which the first developing member moves from the retracted position to the developing position is shorter
than a period in which the second developing member moves from the retracted position to the developing position.

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. 9,132,679

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. 9,136,309

ORGANIC ELECTROLUMINESCENT DISPLAY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An organic electroluminescent apparatus comprising:
an organic EL element emitting light of red color, an organic EL element emitting light of green color and an organic EL element
emitting light of blue color,

wherein each of the organic EL elements includes a first electrode on a light output side, a second electrode opposite the
first electrode, and an organic compound layer including a light-emitting layer between the first electrode and the second
electrode,

wherein each of the organic EL elements has a resonator structure configured to resonate light emitted from the light-emitting
layer between a first reflective surface closer to the first electrode than the organic compound layer and a second reflective
surface closer to the second electrode than the organic compound layer, and

wherein an optical distance of the organic EL elements of each color between an emission position in the light-emitting layer
and the second reflective surface is set within ±10% from an optical distance corresponding to an nth-order minimum of a curve
of required current density, which is necessary when a predetermined white color is displayed by the organic EL element emitting
light of red color, the organic EL element emitting light of green color and the organic EL element emitting light of blue
color.

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. 9,135,360

INFORMATION TRANSMISSION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND RECORDING MEDIUM STORING COMPUTER PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information transmission apparatus including at least one processor and memory communicatively coupled via a bus comprising:
a generation unit configured to generate in response to a request from an information processing apparatus, a web page showing
information of the information transmission apparatus and the web page further containing screen image data comprising at
least one screen image in common with a screen image currently being displayed on a display unit provided in the information
transmission apparatus;

a determination unit configured to determine, based on the input of a user of the information transmission apparatus for the
screen image currently displayed on on the display unit, whether the screen image displayed on the display unit is a screen
image included in a set of stored screen images among at least one or more sets of stored screen images, and each of the sets
of stored screen images comprises sequential screen images within each set to display a series of steps,

wherein the generation unit generates the web page containing the image data comprising sequential screen images of the determined
set of stored screen images in a case where the determination unit determines that the screen image displayed on the display
unit is a screen image included in a set of stored screen images, and

wherein the generation unit generates the web page containing the screen image data of the screen image currently being displayed
on the display unit in a case where the determination unit determines that the screen image displayed on the display unit
is not a screen included in one or more sets of stored screen images; and

a transmission unit configured to transmit the generated web page to the information processing apparatus in response to the
request from the information processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,134,121

DETERMINING MATERIAL PROPERTIES USING SPECKLE STATISTICS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for determining a property of a material, the method comprising:
illuminating the material with a light beam of controlled spectral and coherence properties, wherein the light beam of controlled
spectral and coherence properties originates from a collection of one or more light sources which illuminates the material
with multiple wavelengths;

recording a stack of speckle field images from speckle fields reflected from the illuminated material in multiple spectral
channels, wherein the stack of speckle field images comprises multiple speckle field images each being recorded in a respectively
different spectral channel;

analyzing statistical properties of the speckle field images in the stack of speckle field images to determine at least one
property of the illuminated material, wherein the analysis comprises:

estimating a monochromatic speckle field for each of the multiple wavelengths from the stack of speckle field images;
adding multiple monochromatic speckle fields to form multiple new speckle fields, each new speckle field having a respectively
different coherence length;

deriving a polychromatic speckle contrast value for each of the new speckle fields; and
estimating a root-mean square (RMS) surface roughness value of the illuminated material by using the polychromatic speckle
contrast values corresponding to coherent lengths that are commensurate with the surface roughness.

US Pat. No. 9,127,245

LIVING BODY HOLDING METHOD, LIVING BODY TEST METHOD, LIVING BODY GROWING METHOD, LIVING BODY HOLDING SHEET, AND LIVING BODY PROCESSING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of holding living bodies, comprising:
using a sheet in which multiple through-holes with a size capable of holding one of the living bodies but not capable of holding
two or more of the living bodies are provided, to thereby arrange and hold the living bodies one by one in the multiple through-holes
in the sheet together with a liquid such that the living bodies are not in direct contact with side walls of the through-holes;
and

transferring a selected living body from each of the multiple through-holes to a container,
wherein the transferring comprises spraying with air a hole with the selected living body to blow the living body to the container,
and

wherein a thickness of the sheet in a vicinity of each of the multiple through-holes is from 0.2 times to 1.9 times of a maximum
thickness of the living bodies held in the respective through-holes.

US Pat. No. 9,131,122

APPARATUS, METHOD, SYSTEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM CAUSING A DISPLAY TO DISPLAY A GRAPH INDICATING A DEGREE OF CHANGE OF PART OF A CAPTURED IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a receiving unit configured to receive images captured by a capturing unit; and
an acquiring unit configured to acquire a degree of change in a first image of the images captured by the capturing unit based
on a difference between the first image captured by the capturing unit and a second image which is generated based on a plurality
of images captured by the capturing unit before the first image is captured by the capturing unit; and

a display control unit configured to cause a display unit to display the first image received by the receiving unit and to
display a graph which indicates the degree of change in the first image.

US Pat. No. 9,124,843

DEVICE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, PERIPHERAL DEVICE, AND METHOD THEREFOR FOR MANAGING DEVICE INFORMATION OF A PERIPHERAL DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A device management system comprising:
a peripheral device;
a management server configured to manage device information of the peripheral device; and
a terminal communicable with the management server,
wherein the peripheral device comprises:
a first generation unit configured to generate key obtaining information for obtaining from the management server an authentication
key for generating signature information to be used in transmission of the device information; and

a first transmission unit configured to transmit a request for obtaining the authentication key that contains the key obtaining
information and device identification information of the peripheral device, to the management server,

wherein the terminal comprises:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain the key obtaining information from the peripheral device; and
a second transmission unit configured to transmit the key obtaining information obtained by the obtaining unit to the management
server, and

wherein the management server comprises:
a first reception unit configured to receive the key obtaining information from the terminal;
a registration unit configured to register the key obtaining information received from the terminal while associating the
key obtaining information with the device identification information of the peripheral device and the authentication key managed
by the management server;

a second reception unit configured to receive the obtaining request from the peripheral device;
a determination unit configured to determine whether a key obtaining information that is registered while being associated
with the device identification information contained in the received obtaining request from the terminal matches a key obtaining
information contained in the received obtaining request; and

a response unit configured to, if the determination unit determines that they match each other, transmit the authentication
key associated with the key obtaining information received from the terminal to the peripheral device as a response to the
obtaining request.

US Pat. No. 9,122,977

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a foreground image object to be rendered with an overlap with a background image object,
the foreground image object partially overlapping a pixel which is partially overlapped by the background image object;

a determination unit configured to determine whether or not at least information indicating a rendering rule for the foreground
image object indicates a specific rendering rule among a plurality of rendering rules, the rendering rule for an object being
indicated by a kind of attribute of the object; and

a control unit configured to control a rendering so that the obtained foreground image object shows up and the obtained background
image object does not show up in the pixel, in a case where the determination unit determines that at least the information
does not indicate the specific rendering rule.

US Pat. No. 9,122,001

DRIVING APPARATUS, AND LENS APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A driving apparatus for driving an optical member of a lens barrel, the driving apparatus comprising:
a rotation detector configured to rotate in conjunction with a rotation of a rotational member that rotates in conjunction
with a driving of the optical member to detect a rotational amount of the rotational member, and output a unique value in
accordance with a rotation angle of the rotation detector within a range of a single rotation,

wherein a change of an output value from the rotation detector in response to a change of rotation amount of the rotation
detector is discontinuous once in every single rotation, and

wherein the optical member has a driving range corresponding to a rotation amount smaller than a single rotation of the rotation
detector; and

a controller configured to:
output an output value after adding a predetermined value to the output value of the rotation detector in a case where a position
of the rotation detector in a rotational direction is on one side with respect to a position at which the change of the output
value from the rotation detector in response to the change of rotation amount of the rotation detector is discontinuous; and

output an output value without adding the predetermined value to the output value of the rotation detector in a case where
the position of the rotation detector in the rotational direction is on the other side with respect to the position at which
the change of the output value from the rotation detector in response to the change of rotation amount of the rotation detector
is discontinuous.

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. 9,125,237

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, COMPUTER PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a waiting unit configured to wait for a probe request defined by IEEE 802.11 from a communication partner apparatus using
a listen channel, wherein the listen channel is set by the communication apparatus for waiting for a probe request and wherein
in a case where the waiting unit receives a probe request during execution of a wait processing for waiting for a probe request,
the waiting unit responds by sending a probe response defined by IEEE 802.11;

a search unit configured to search for a communication partner apparatus using a plurality of communication channels including
the listen channel and a channel which is different from the listen channel, wherein the search unit performs a search by
sending a probe request in a first channel and receiving a probe response in the first channel, and when the search in the
first channel is finished, the search unit performs a search by sending a probe request in a third channel which is shifted
by N channels (N>1) and receiving a probe response in the third channel without using a second channel which is shifted by
one-channel; and

a control unit configured to switch a process from a wait process using the listen channel by the waiting unit to a search
process by the search unit, and then, switch a process from the search process by the search unit to the wait process using
the listen by the waiting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,124,738

NETWORK SYSTEM, ANALYSIS SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A network system including a plurality of image forming apparatuses, and an analysis system that manages the plurality
of image forming apparatuses, wherein
the plurality of image forming apparatuses includes a first image forming apparatus that is mounted with a power meter and
manages a first power log which contains information of power consumption for respective states of the first image forming
apparatus, and a second image forming apparatus that is mounted with a power meter and manages a second power log which contains
information of integral power consumption after use of the second image forming apparatus is started, and wherein the analysis
system comprises:

a collection unit configured to collect the first and second power logs;
a first analysis unit configured to obtain power consumption of the first image forming apparatus using the first power log;
and

a second analysis unit configured to obtain power consumption of the second image forming apparatus using the second power
log;

wherein, if the first image forming apparatus is in a predetermined state, and power consumption in the predetermined state
has not been recorded, then the first analysis unit obtains power consumption of the first image forming apparatus in the
predetermined state, using time spent being in the predetermined state and power consumption per unit time of the first image
forming apparatus in the predetermined state,

wherein, if the second image forming apparatus is in a predetermined state, and power consumption in the predetermined state
has not been recorded, then the second analysis unit obtains power consumption of the second image forming apparatus in the
predetermined state, using time spent being in the predetermined state and power consumption per unit time of the second image
forming apparatus in the predetermined state, and

wherein in a case where a power source of option devices attached to the image forming apparatuses that manage the first and
second power logs is separated from a main body of the image forming apparatus, the first and second analysis units obtain
the power consumptions of the image forming apparatuses that manage the first and second power logs by adding power consumptions
of the option devices.

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. 9,116,647

LINKING A PLURALITY OF INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUSES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire user identification information for identifying a user;
a reception unit configured to receive a request message for requesting establishment of linkage and that includes user identification
information from another information processing apparatus;

a determination unit configured to determine whether the user identification information included in the request message and
the acquired user identification information correspond to each other; and

a transmission unit configured to transmit a reply message permitting linkage to the another information processing apparatus
as a response to the request message according to a determination result of the determination unit.

US Pat. No. 9,115,153

AZA METAL COMPLEXES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A metal complex compound represented by formula (1), which is coordinated to a metal ion selected from the group consisting
of a lanthanoid ion, a manganese ion, a chromium ion, and an iron ion:

wherein ? represents a phenylene group.

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. 9,111,354

IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a first error diffusion unit which performs error diffusion processing on a predetermined first pixel of interest in image
data;

a second error diffusion unit which performs error diffusion processing on a second pixel of interest that is on a same line
as that of the first pixel of interest and is next to the first pixel of interest, the second error diffusing unit comprising:

an operating unit which calculates a total of values of input image data of the second pixel of interest and error data to
be diffused from a pixel excluding the first pixel of interest, and

a calculation unit which calculates quantized data and an error value; and
a first determining unit which determines whether quantized data for the second pixel of interest is fixed by error diffusion
processing by the second error diffusion unit or not, wherein

the second error diffusion unit performs error diffusion processing in parallel with the first error diffusion unit,
the calculation unit calculates the quantized data and the error value if the first determining unit determines that the quantized
data is fixed, and

the first determining unit determines whether the quantized data for the second pixel of interest is fixed by the second error
diffusion unit or not on the basis of whether the total of value is equal to or lower than a first reference value or not
and whether the total of value is equal to or higher than a second reference value that is higher than the first reference
value or not.

US Pat. No. 9,108,810

SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveying apparatus comprising:
a guide portion which guides a sheet;
a support portion which rotatably supports the guide portion;
a biasing member which applies a force to the guide portion urging the guide portion to rotate towards a closed position with
respect to the support portion, the biasing member provided to be detachably attached to the sheet conveying apparatus; and

a stopper portion which comes into contact with the biasing member for stopping a rotation of the guide portion in a direction
that the guide portion opens against the force of the biasing member.

US Pat. No. 9,113,054

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND MEDIUM FOR CONVERTING PAGE IMAGE DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a memory;
a first conversion unit operable to perform a first conversion of an image represented by span information, by dividing, using
the memory, the span information by a predetermined width into a plurality of pieces of span information;

a second conversion unit operable to perform, using the memory, a second conversion of the image represented by pixel information,
by dividing, using the memory, the pixel information by the predetermined width into a plurality of pieces of pixel information;
and

a control unit configured to determine, by comparing a first amount corresponding to a usage amount of the memory used for
the first conversion with a second amount corresponding to a usage amount of the memory used for the second conversion, which
of the first conversion and the second conversion requires less usage amount of the memory, cause the first conversion unit
to perform the first conversion of the image if it is determined the first conversion requires less usage amount of the memory
than the second conversion, and cause the second conversion unit to perform the second conversion of the image if it is determined
the second conversion requires less usage amount of memory than the first conversion.

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. 9,102,561

AMORPHOUS ALLOY, MOLDING DIE, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING OPTICAL ELEMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An amorphous alloy containing:
54 at % or more and 79 at % or less Re;
8 at % or more and 28 at % or less Ir; and
11 at % or more and 18 at % or less Nb.

US Pat. No. 9,106,825

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURE METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capture apparatus comprising:
an image capture unit;
a first focus detection unit configured to perform phase difference type focus detection for detecting a deviation amount
between a pair of object images acquired from output signals output from the image capture unit;

a second focus detection unit configured to perform contrast type focus detection for detecting contrast information of an
object image acquired from an output signal output from the image capture unit;

a contrast information generation unit configured to generate the contrast information in a plurality of distance measurement
areas subjected to focus detection by the second focus detection unit;

an object detection area identification unit configured to identify an object detection area based on object information acquired
from an output signal output from the image capture unit; and

an area determination unit configured to determine, based on the contrast information, a distance measurement area to be subjected
to focus detection by the first focus detection unit,

wherein if the object detection area is over the plurality of distance measurement areas, focus detection is performed by
the first focus detection unit using the plurality of distance measurement areas which the object detection area is over,
and

if the object detection area is not over the plurality of distance measurement areas, focus detection is performed by the
first focus detection unit using a simile distance measurement area of the plurality of distance measurement areas.

US Pat. No. 9,098,795

IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing method for recording an image on a recording medium by performing relative scanning between the recording
medium and a recording head including a nozzle configured to discharge ink, comprising:
determining multilevel recording data such that when a multilevel data value corresponding to a first pixel on the recording
medium is equal to or larger than a predetermined threshold value, the multilevel data value is employed as a value of the
multilevel recording data, while when the multilevel data value is smaller than the predetermined threshold value, the multilevel
data value is corrected based on a first parameter representing a degree of condensation of ink when the first pixel is recorded
by a nozzle assigned to record the first pixel, and the corrected multilevel data value is employed as the value of the multilevel
recording data; and

generating a second parameter based on the determined value of the multilevel recording data and the first parameter, the
second parameter representing a degree of condensation of ink in the nozzle used in recording the first pixel when a second
pixel is recorded by the nozzle next after the first pixel.

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. 9,098,020

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH CLEANING CURRENT CONTROL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a rotatable intermediary transfer member configured to carry a toner image;
an image forming station configured to form a toner image on said intermediary transfer member;
a rotatable transfer roller urged toward said intermediary transfer member to form a transfer portion;
a feeding member configured to feed a recording material to the transfer portion;
a voltage source configured to transfer the toner image from said intermediary transfer member onto the recording material
fed from said feeding member by applying a transferring current to said transfer portion;

a cleaning blade, provided downstream of said transfer portion and upstream of said image forming station with respect to
a rotational moving direction of said intermediary transfer member, said cleaning blade configured to remove toner deposited
on said intermediary transfer member;

an executing portion configured to execute, when said intermediary transfer member and said transfer roller are rotating and
the recording material is not present in said transfer portion, an operation in a cleaning mode for removing the toner deposited
on said transfer roller to said intermediary transfer member, in which a cleaning current is applied to said transfer portion
in a direction opposite to that of the transferring current; and

a controller configured to set the cleaning current,
wherein upon the execution of the operation in the cleaning mode when a cumulative number of recording materials fed to said
transfer portion by said feeding member from a previous execution of the operation in the cleaning mode is a first number
or a second number which is smaller than the first number, the controller sets the cleaning current as a first cleaning current
if the cumulative number is the first number, and sets the cleaning current as a second cleaning current if the cumulative
number is the second number, and

wherein the first cleaning current is lower than the second cleaning current.

US Pat. No. 9,096,058

DEVICE AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A device comprising:
a first substrate including:
a driving element,
an output terminal,
at least one information generation unit configured to generate a signal, and
a selection unit configured to select one of a state of the signal and a high-impedance state on the basis of a selection
signal, and output the state to the output terminal; and

a second substrate including:
a driving element,
an output terminal,
at least one information generation unit configured to generate a signal, and
a selection unit configured to select one of a state of the signal and high-impedance state on the basis of a selection signal,
and output the state to the output terminal; and

a connection unit coupled to the first and the second substrates to receive selection signals corresponding to the first and
the second substrates, wherein the connection unit is connected to at least the output terminals of the first and the second
substrates in parallel.

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. 9,097,643

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. 9,096,407

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

11. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet; and
a sheet processing apparatus configured to process the sheet on which the image is formed by the image forming apparatus,
wherein the sheet processing apparatus includes:
a processing tray on which the sheets to be processed are sequentially conveyed and stacked;
a binding unit configured to bind a sheet bundle stacked on the processing tray by driving a binding member into the sheet
bundle;

a sheet bundle stacking unit configured to sequentially stack the plurality of the sheet bundles each bound by the binding
unit; and

a recessed portion forming unit configured to form a first recessed portion in a first area of one surface of the sheet bundle
to be bound by the binding unit, and a second recessed portion in a second area on another surface of the sheet bundle, the
first area and second area both corresponding to a position in the sheet bundle into which the binding member is driven.

US Pat. No. 9,092,722

PRINTING CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing control apparatus to communicate with a document management server, an image forming apparatus, and an information
processing apparatus, wherein the document management server manages document information, and wherein the information processing
apparatus is operated by a user, the printing control apparatus comprising:
at least one processor coupled to a memory;
a storage unit configured to store a print condition table including element information and display information corresponding
to the element information;

a first acquisition unit configured to acquire first feed information from the document management server using a uniform
resource locator (URL) designated from the information processing apparatus through a subscription site setting screen, wherein
the first feed information represents a state of the document information managed by the document management server;

a print condition setting screen generation unit configured to generate a print condition setting screen based on display
information, wherein the display information is based on the first feed information element information according to the element
information included in the print condition table;

a receiving unit configured to receive a print condition set via the print condition setting screen from the information processing
apparatus, and configured to store the received print condition;

a condition determination unit configured to determine, after the first acquisition unit uses the URL to reacquire feed information
from the document management server as second feed information, whether the second feed information matches the stored print
condition stored by the receiving unit;

a second acquisition unit configured to acquire, from the document management server and in a case where the condition determination
unit determines that the second feed information matches the stored print condition, a document and document information based
on the second feed information;

a specifying unit configured to specify an available image forming apparatus based on an acquired status of the image forming
apparatus;

an image a generation unit configured to, in a case where a first image forming apparatus and a second image forming apparatus
are specified as the available image forming apparatus by the specifying unit, generate a first preview image based on first
print setting information set in the first image forming apparatus and the acquired document information and generate a second
preview image based on second print setting information set in the second image forming apparatus and the acquired document
information; and

a transmission unit configured to transmit, to the information processing apparatus, third feed information, wherein the third
feed information is generated by adding the first and second preview images generated by the image generation unit and information
of the available first and second image forming apparatuses specified by the specifying unit to the second feed information
that matches the stored print condition,

wherein the storage unit, the first acquisition unit, the print condition setting screen generation unit, the receiving unit,
the condition determination unit, the second acquisition unit, the specifying unit, the image generation unit, and the transmission
unit are implemented by the at least one processor.

US Pat. No. 9,091,981

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:
a rotatable member and a rotatable endless belt configured to form a nip portion for heating an image on a sheet therebetween;
a first roller configured to rotatably support an inner surface of said endless belt;
a second roller configured to rotatably support the inner surface of said endless belt;
a detector configured to detect that said endless belt is beyond a predetermined zone in an widthwise direction of said endless
belt;

a displacing mechanism configured to displace said first roller relative to said second roller based on an output of said
detector so as to maintain said endless belt within the predetermined zone in the widthwise direction;

an electrical discharging member configured to electrically discharge said endless belt; and
a holder configured to hold said electrical discharging member,
wherein said holder is held on both end portions of said first roller in an axis direction of said first roller so as to be
displaced together with said first roller displaced by said displacing mechanism so that said electrical discharging member
is disposed at a predetermined distance from an outer surface of said endless belt.

US Pat. No. 9,089,971

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for generating a recognizer for a position and an orientation of an object to be held
by a working unit of a robot arm, the information processing apparatus comprising:
a first obtaining unit configured to obtain an orientation of the working unit that the working unit can take
a second obtaining unit configured to obtain a relative orientation between the object and the working unit when the working
unit holds the object;

a restriction unit configured to restrict a position and an orientation of the object based on the obtained orientation of
the working unit and the relative orientation between the object and the working unit when the working unit holds the object;
and

a generating unit configured to generate a recognizer to be used for recognizing the object based on the restricted orientation
of the object.

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. 9,092,839

ENCODING OF RASTERISED GRAPHIC OBJECTS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of encoding an edge of a graphical object, said method comprising:
segmenting the edge into a plurality of straight segments;
determining a sequence of offset values representing one of the plurality of segments from a starting position;
modifying at least one of the offset values in the sequence to obtain a modified sequence of offset values; and
determining a precision level at which the modified sequence is to be encoded to represent the segment, wherein said precision
level determines a size of a portion of offset values to be repeated in the sequence of offset values.

US Pat. No. 9,088,987

COMMUNICATION CHANNEL DETERMINATION METHOD AND A DETERMINATION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of a controlling apparatus, comprising:
selecting a first communication apparatus, which has a higher load than a second communication apparatus, based on a load
of a plurality of communication apparatuses;

determining interference on a plurality of communication channels caused by a signal sent from an uncontrolled apparatus which
is not controlled by the controlling apparatus;

selecting a first communication channel from among the plurality of communication channels, whose interference is lower than
that of a second communication channel, based on the determined interference on the plurality of communication channels; and

allocating the first communication channel to the first communication apparatus,
wherein, in allocating, the same communication channel as the first communication channel is allocated to a third communication
apparatus in a case where the third communication apparatus is classified in the same load class as the first communication
apparatus, and the first communication apparatus does not receive a signal from the third communication apparatus wirelessly
and the third communication apparatus does not receive a signal from the first communication apparatus wirelessly, or another
communication channel is allocated to the third communication apparatus in a case where either the first communication apparatus
receives a signal from the third communication apparatus wirelessly or the third communication apparatus receives a signal
from the first communication apparatus wirelessly.

US Pat. No. 9,082,410

AUDIO PROCESSING APPARATUS, AUDIO PROCESSING METHOD, AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An audio processing apparatus comprising:
a first microphone;
a second microphone;
a masking unit configured to mask movement of air from outside of the apparatus to said second microphone so that a frequency
higher than a first frequency of an output signal of the second microphone is attenuated,

wherein the first frequency is higher than a frequency corresponding to a wind noise;
a high-pass filter configured to extract a frequency component within a first range, which is higher than the first frequency,
of an output signal of said first microphone;

an adaptive filter configured to process the output signal of the second microphone in which the frequency higher than the
first frequency of an output signal of the second microphone is attenuated,

wherein the adaptive filter processes the output signal of the second microphone so that a difference between the output signal
of the first microphone and the output signal of the second microphone is minimized;

a low-pass filter configured to extract a frequency component within a second rang, which is lower than the first frequency,
of an output signal of said second microphone;

an addition unit configured to add an output signal of said high-pass filter and an output signal of said low-pass filter.

US Pat. No. 9,081,170

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising:
a first lens unit having positive refractive power;
a second lens unit having negative refractive power;
a third lens unit having positive refractive power;
a fourth lens unit having negative refractive power; and
a fifth lens unit having positive refractive power;
wherein the first, second, third, fourth and fifth lens units are arranged in order from an object side to an image plane
side along an optical axis of the zoom lens,

wherein the fourth lens unit includes a positive lens and a negative lens and is configured to move in a direction having
a component perpendicular to the optical axis so as to move an imaging position in a direction perpendicular to the optical
axis; and

wherein, during zooming, the fourth lens unit does not move, and the second, third and fifth lens units move in a direction
of the optical axis; and

the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
0.1<|f4/ft|<0.7

0.8<|f4p·(n4p?1)/f4|<4.0

0.01<|Dm·(1??4t|/ft<0.08

2.4<|f4|/fw<7.0

where ft is a focal length of the zoom lens at a telephoto end; f4 is a focal length of the fourth lens unit; f4p is a focal length of the positive lens of the fourth lens unit; n4p is a refractive index of a material of the positive lens of the fourth lens unit; Dm is a maximum moving distance, at the
telephoto end, of the component of the fourth lens unit perpendicular to the optical axis; ?4t is a lateral magnification of the fourth lens unit at the telephoto end; ?rt is a lateral magnification, at the telephoto
end, of a lens system disposed at the image plane side with respect to the fourth lens unit; and fw is a focal length of the
zoom lens at a wide-angle end.

US Pat. No. 9,082,639

MANUFACTURING METHOD OF SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A manufacturing method of a semiconductor device including a first transistor and a second transistor in which a gate insulation
film is thinner than a gate insulation film of the first transistor, the method comprising:
forming a first member and a second member on a polysilicon film covering a semiconductor substrate;
forming, by performing patterning on the polysilicon film using the first member as a mask, a gate electrode of the first
transistor from a portion of the polysilicon film including impurity, and, by performing patterning on the polysilicon film
using the second member as a mask, a gate electrode of the second transistor from a portion of the polysilicon film including
impurity;

forming, by implanting ions in the semiconductor substrate using the first member as a mask for the gate electrode of the
first transistor, a drain of the first transistor; and

forming, by implanting ions in the semiconductor substrate, a drain of the second transistor, with an ion implantation in
the gate electrode of the second transistor after making the second member thinner than the first member by thinning the second
member.

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. 9,083,828

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS THAT CARRIES OUT COMMUNICATION WITH EXTERNAL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus communicable with an external device using Web Service on Device (WSD) protocol, the communication
apparatus comprising:
a transmitting unit configured to transmit data to the external device;
a first storing unit configured to store a first address list including plural addresses of designating destinations of the
data transmitted by the transmitting unit;

a display unit configured to display the plural addresses included in the first address list;
a second storing unit configured to store a second address list of addresses included in the plural addresses of the first
address list, display form of each of the addresses of the second address list being changed when the display unit displays
the addresses;

a first receiving unit configured to receive a subscribe request defined by the WSD protocol from the external device;
a first determination unit configured to determine whether or not an address of the external device that transmitted the subscribe
request received by the first receiving unit is included in the second address list; and

a display control unit configured to:
change display form of the address of the external device displayed by the display unit into a first display form in accordance
with receipt of the subscribe request from the external device, if the first determination unit determines that the address
of the external device is included in the second address list; and

not change the display form of the address of the external device displayed by the display unit in accordance with receipt
of the subscribe request from the external device, if the first determination unit determines that the address of the external
device is not included in the second address list.

US Pat. No. 9,081,261

ILLUMINATION APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, CAMERA SYSTEM, AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An illumination apparatus comprising:
a main body;
a movable unit configured to be rotatable with respect to the main body, the movable unit including a light emitting unit
and an optical member disposed in front of the light emitting unit to refract incident light;

a first driving unit configured to rotate the movable unit with respect to the main body;
a second driving unit configured to move at least one of the light emitting unit and the optical member to change relative
positions of the light emitting unit and the optical member, wherein power is supplied to the second driving unit from a power
source that supplies power to the first driving unit; and

a control unit configured to control a rotation operation performed using the first driving unit and a moving operation performed
using the second driving unit,

wherein, in a case that the rotation operation and the moving operation are performed, the control unit performs control so
that the rotation operation is performed after a first moving operation is performed to bring relative positions of the light
emitting unit and the optical member to a first state and a second moving operation is performed to bring the relative positions
of the light emitting unit and the optical member to a second state which is different from the first state after the rotation
operation.

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. 9,081,344

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH INTERMEDIATE TONER TRANSFER MEDIUM, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an exposure unit configured to form a latent image on an image bearing member;
a development unit configured to develop the latent image to form a toner image;
a primary transfer unit configured to transfer the toner image formed on the image bearing member to an intermediate transfer
medium;

a secondary transfer unit configured to transfer the toner image transferred to the intermediate transfer medium to a sheet;
a first drive unit configured to rotate the image bearing member;
a second drive unit configured to rotate the intermediate transfer medium; and
a control unit configured to control said first and second drive units so that a peripheral velocity difference between the
image bearing member and the intermediate transfer medium becomes a first value at starting, and configured to control said
first and second drive units so that the peripheral velocity difference becomes a second value larger than the first value
when minute toner, which is not recognized as an image and is adhered to the image bearing member by starting said development
unit, reaches the position of said primary transfer unit.

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. 9,076,969

PIEZOELECTRIC MATERIAL, PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD, ULTRASONIC MOTOR, AND DUST CLEANING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A piezoelectric material comprising:
a tungsten bronze structure metal oxide that includes metal elements which are barium, bismuth, and niobium; and
tungsten,wherein
the metal elements satisfy following conditions on a molar basis:
when Ba/Nb=a, 0.30?a?0.40, and

when Bi/Nb=b, 0.012?b?0.084;

a tungsten content on a metal basis is 0.40 to 3.00 parts by weight relative to 100 parts by weight of the tungsten bronze
structure metal oxide; and

the tungsten bronze structure metal oxide has a c-axis orientation.

US Pat. No. 9,071,734

PRINTING SYSTEM, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM FOR IMAGE PROCESSING AND PRINTING OF SCANNED IMAGE DATA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing system comprising:
a generation unit configured to generate a browsing image by performing first image processing for original image data acquired
by scanning an original, wherein the generated browsing image is stored in a storage unit;

a holding unit configured to hold information which defines, for each printing purpose, second image processing and print
settings to be applied in printing in correspondence with the first image processing, wherein the information indicates which
processing and print settings are to be applied for restoring the browsing image to a state of the original;

a specification unit configured to specify a printing purpose for the browsing image when accepting an instruction to print
the browsing image;

a conversion unit configured to convert the browsing image into image data for printing by deciding, in accordance with the
information held by the holding unit, second, image processing and print settings corresponding to the printing purpose specified
by said specification unit, and applying the decided second image processing and print settings to the browsing image; and

a control unit configured to control a printing unit to output the image data for printing.

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. 9,069,724

IMAGING FORMING APPARATUS WITH AUTOMATIC CONFIGURATION UPDATE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing system comprising:
an image forming apparatus; and
a management device that manages operation setting information for switching an operation of the image forming apparatus,
wherein the management device comprises:

a holding unit configured to hold the operation setting information of the image forming apparatus;
a request receiving unit configured to receive a replace request for replacing operation setting information of a first image
forming apparatus from the first image forming apparatus that has been replaced;

a searching unit configured to search a second image forming apparatus that needs to update operation setting information
as a result of replacement of the first image forming apparatus when the replace request is received; and

an updating unit configured to update the operation setting information of the searched second image forming apparatus, and
wherein the first image forming apparatus comprises:
a replace requesting unit configured to transmit the replace request for replacing own operation setting information via the
network when the first image forming apparatus is replaced.

US Pat. No. 9,055,895

OPHTHALMOLOGIC PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS, AND ITS PHOTOGRAPHING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmologic photographing apparatus comprising:
a selecting unit configured to select one of a plurality of photographing modes for photographing a subject's eye, wherein
the plurality of photographing modes includes an autofluorescence photographing mode for autofluorescence-photographing the
subject's eye illuminated with photographing light emitted from a light source;

a determining unit configured to determine an initial value of a light emission amount of the light source to a light emission
amount corresponding to the autofluorescence photography mode in a case where the autofluorescence photographing mode is selected;
and

a changing unit configured to change, in a case where the autofluorescence photographing mode is selected, the light emission
amount of the light source from the determined initial value by a changed amount greater than a changed amount in a photographing
mode different from the autofluorescence photographing mode.

US Pat. No. 9,058,140

PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD UTILIZING A PAPER SAVING PRINT SETTING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A print control apparatus for controlling a print unit to print an image using a continuous sheet, based on a print setting
set by a user, comprising:
a determining unit configured to determine whether a saving print setting different from a designated print setting exists
without receiving a user's instruction, wherein the saving print setting makes possible a saving of a length of the continuous
sheet compared to the designated print setting;

a specifying unit configured to specify the length of the continuous sheet which can be saved in the case of printing according
to the saving print setting determined by the determining unit as the print setting different from the designated print setting,
as compared with printing according to the designated print setting, in a case where the determining unit determines such
a saving print setting exists;

a notifying unit configured, in the case that the determining unit determines such a saving print setting exists, to notify
a user of the existence of the saving print setting determined by the determining unit and the length of the continuous sheet
specified by the specifying unit; and

a receiving unit configured to receive a user's instruction indicating whether a print setting is changed from the designated
print setting to the saving print setting so as to print the image.

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. 9,055,263

APPARATUS, METHOD AND COMPUTER PROGRAM FOR CORRECTING AN IMAGE USING LOOKUP TABLES GENERATED BY INPUTTED IMAGE ANALYSIS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus including:
a detection unit configured to detect a specific object in an image;
an update unit configured to update a value obtained from the specific object detected by the detection unit using a first
lookup table for correcting the image, the first look up table being generated based on a characteristic amount of the image;

a generation unit configured to generate, based on the value updated by the update unit, a second lookup table for correcting
a luminance value of the specific object; and

a correction unit configured to correct the image using the generated first lookup table and second lookup table.

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. 9,052,638

CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH SEAL MEMBER FOR SEALING A TONER FEEDING OPENING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge comprising:
a toner accommodating frame for accommodating toner, wherein said toner accommodating frame includes (i) a toner feeding opening
communicating with a toner feeding chamber and (ii) a side wall that has a toner filling port for permitting filling of the
toner;

a rotatable member rotatably supported in said toner accommodating frame; and
a toner seal member for sealing said toner feeding opening,
wherein said toner seal member includes a first fixed portion and a second fixed portion that are fixed on said toner accommodating
frame at an edge of said toner feeding opening along a longitudinal direction of said toner feeding opening, and said toner
seal member includes a third fixed portion fixed on said rotatable member,

wherein, with rotation of said rotatable member, said first fixed portion of said toner seal member is peeled off from a fixing
portion to open said toner feeding opening, and

wherein the toner is filled into said toner accommodating frame through said toner filling port such that the toner is first
filled into a recess defined by said toner seal member.

US Pat. No. 9,044,973

SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveying apparatus comprising:
a conveyance roller;
a pinch roller unit configured to nip a sheet with the conveyance roller, wherein the pinch roller unit includes a first roller
portion and a second roller portion adjacent to each other, and the first roller portion is disposed farther away from a center
of the sheet in a width direction of the sheet than the second roller portion; and

a mechanism having a drive source configured to change a pressing force that the first roller portion applies to the conveyance
roller and a pressing force that the second roller portion applies to the conveyance roller, respectively,

wherein, in a first case where a sheet to be used has a medium size in the width direction such that an end of the sheet is
nipped by a part of the first roller portion and the sheet is nipped by an entire extent of the second pressing roller, the
mechanism sets a pressing force of the first roller portion smaller than a pressing force of the second pressing roller portion,

wherein in a second case where a sheet to be used has a large size in the width direction such that the sheet is nipped by
an entire extent of the first roller portion and an entire extent of the second roller portion, the mechanism sets a pressing
force of the first roller portion and a pressing force of the second roller portion equal to each other, and wherein in a
third case where a sheet to be used has a small size in the width direction such that the sheet is not nipped by the first
roller portion, the mechanism sets a pressing force of the first roller portion smaller than that in the first case.

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. 9,046,861

IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image-forming apparatus comprising:
a plurality of image bearing members for carrying toner images;
an intermediate transfer member that is capable of rotating endlessly and possesses conductivity;
a current supply member that contacts an outer peripheral surface of the intermediate transfer member;
a power supply that applies a voltage to the current supply member;
a contact member that is disposed in a position corresponding to at least one of the image bearing members via the intermediate
transfer member and contacts an inner peripheral surface of the intermediate transfer member;

an opposing member that opposes the current supply member via the intermediate transfer member;
a constant voltage element connected to the opposing member and the contact member; and
a resistance element electrically connected between the constant voltage element and the contact member.

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. 10,126,989

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a network interface for communicating with an information processing apparatus via a network;
one or more memories capable of storing print data received via the network;
a display configured to display an image;
a printer configured to print an image on a sheet;
one or more processors configured to execute a set of instructions to:
store print data via the network interface from a first information processing apparatus that is operable by a guest user who is not required to be personally authenticated for using the printing apparatus into the one or more memories in association with first identification information for identifying the first information processing apparatus;
store print data received via the network interface from a second information processing apparatus that is operable by the guest user into the one or more memories in association with second identification information for identifying the second information processing apparatus,
to display a first object and a second object on the display when logging into the printing apparatus as the guest user is permitted, the first object being an object for selecting display of a list of print data received from the first information processing apparatus, the second object being an object for selecting display of the list of the print data received from first second information processing apparatus
display, on the display, a list of the print data stored into the one or more memories in association with the first identification information in accordance with selection of the first object displayed, and
display, on the display, a list of the print data stored into the one or more memories in association with the second identification information in accordance with selection of the second object displayed.

US Pat. No. 10,110,473

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,075,714

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETERMINING THE VALUE OF A QUANTIZATION PARAMETER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...


and
using the determined value of QPC to encode the image or the image portion.

US Pat. No. 10,025,233

ELECTROCONDUCTIVE MEMBER AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electroconductive member comprising a resin layer containing:a thermoplastic resin;
a conducting filler; and
a diaryl ether compound represented by the following formula (1):
Ar1-O—Ar2  (1)
wherein in formula (1), Ar1 and Ar2 each represent a group selected from the group consisting of unsubstituted aryl groups having a carbon number of 6 to 12 and aryl groups having a carbon number of 6 to 12 substituted by an electron-donating group.

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. 9,948,798

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. 9,924,067

INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A system comprising:
an image forming system;
a printing service system that enables communication with the image forming system; and
an information processing system that enables communication with the printing service system through a network, wherein the
information processing system includes at least a first processor and at least a first memory coupled to the at least the
first processor and having stored thereon first instructions which, when executed by the at least the first processor,

cause the information processing system to:
acquire data;
send the acquired data or printing data which is generated based on the acquired data to the printing service system;
receive printing identification information, which is generated by the printing service system and is required to print the
acquired data, from the printing service system in response to sending the acquired data or the printing data;

create a printing notification including access information for registering printing costs related to a printing instruction
after completion of printing and the printing identification information;

send the printing notification to a communication device;
provide a user system with a costs registering screen that is used to register the printing costs related to the printing
instruction due to access based on the access information from the user system;

receive costs registering information from the user system that performs registering processing on the costs registering screen;
and

register the costs registering information in a data management system,
wherein the printing service system includes at least a second processor and at least a second memory coupled to the at least
the second processor and having stored thereon second instructions which, when executed by the at least the second processor,
cause the printing service system to send the printing data received from the information processing system, or printing data
generated by the printing service system based on the acquired data received from the information processing system, to the
image forming system in response to a receipt of the printing identification information input through a printing execution
screen of the image forming system by a user of the communication device that has received the printing notification, and

wherein the image forming system includes at least a third processor and at least a third memory coupled to the at least the
third processor and having stored thereon third instructions which, when executed by the at least the third processor, cause
the image forming system to print the printing data received from the printing service system.

US Pat. No. 9,862,190

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a liquid ejection head including:
a substrate having a terminal, the terminal being a point for electrical connection to an external device;
an inorganic material layer on the substrate;
a flow path member disposed on the inorganic material layer and containing an organic material; and
an intermediate layer disposed between the inorganic material layer and the flow path member,
the manufacturing method comprising:
a step of forming the intermediate layer by applying a photosensitive material containing a silane coupling agent onto the
substrate including an upper surface of the terminal, by exposing the photosensitive material to light, and by developing
the exposed photosensitive material, wherein the photosensitive material applied on the upper surface of the terminal is removed
and the terminal is exposed; and

a step of cleaning the upper surface of the terminal immediately after the step of forming the intermediate layer by using
a solution containing hydrogen fluoride, ammonium fluoride, and a water-soluble organic solvent.

US Pat. No. 9,860,475

VIDEO PROCESSING APPARATUS, VIDEO PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A video processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire annotation information corresponding to at least one associated video, which is
associated with a video that is to be processed;

a synchronization unit configured to perform synchronization processing between the video that is to be processed and the
associated video based on time information indicating times of respective predetermined pieces of identification information
of the video that is to be processed and the associated video; and

a display control unit configured to perform control to display, on a display screen for displaying the video that is to be
processed, both the annotation information corresponding to the associated video acquired by the acquisition unit and the
video that is to be processed,

wherein the display control unit performs control to display annotation information corresponding to the associated video
on which the synchronization processing has been performed by the synchronization unit at a position on the video that is
to be processed corresponding to a position at which the annotation information is assigned on the associated video.

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. 9,835,734

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS, DRIVING METHOD FOR THE SAME, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising a plurality of sensors and a driving unit configured to drive the plurality of
sensors, each of the plurality of sensors including a detection element configured to detect radiation, a sampling unit configured
to sample a signal from the detection element, and a reset unit configured to initialize the detection element,
wherein the driving unit performs:
a first reset operation of causing the reset units to initialize the detection elements;
a first sampling operation of causing the sampling units to sample a signal from the detection elements in accordance with
first radiation irradiation started after the first reset operation;

a first output operation of outputting the signals sampled in the first sampling operation;
a second reset operation of causing the reset units to initialize the detection elements after the first sampling operation;
a second sampling operation of causing the sampling units to sample a signal from the detection elements in accordance with
second irradiation started after the second reset operation following the first irradiation; and

a second output operation of outputting the signals sampled in the second sampling operation, and
wherein the driving unit is configured to operate in at least a mode in which the driving unit starts the first output operation
after completion of the second reset operation and before the second sampling operation.

US Pat. No. 9,818,927

VIBRATION ELEMENT, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAME, AND VIBRATION-TYPE DRIVING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A vibration element comprising:
a substrate;
a ceramic layer containing glass and provided on the substrate; and
a piezoelectric element provided on the ceramic layer, wherein
the piezoelectric element includes a first electrode layer provided in contact with the ceramic layer, a second electrode
layer, and a piezoelectric layer provided between the first electrode layer and the second electrode layer, and

the first electrode layer has a thickness larger than that of the second electrode layer,
wherein the thickness of the first electrode layer is larger than 5 ?m and smaller than 10 ?m.

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. 9,785,086

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. 9,773,319

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. 9,740,150

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device comprising: an elastic roller; and a back-up unit cooperative with said elastic roller to form a fixing
nip therebetween, said back-up unit including a cylindrical film contacting said elastic roller, and a heat leveling member
contacting an inner surface of said film to cooperate with said elastic roller to form a nip nipping said film, wherein a
toner image is heat-fixed on a recording material while feeding the recording material carrying the toner image through said
nip, and wherein said film includes a layer of thermoplastic resin material, and when said device fixes the toner image on
a small size sheet, a temperature of a non-sheet-passage-part of said film rises to a temperature higher than a glass transition
point of the thermoplastic resin material.

US Pat. No. 9,740,965

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a holding unit configured to hold a classified result of a plurality of learning images and a position where a pixel value
is to be obtained, wherein the plurality of learning images are classified based on a pixel value obtained from a learning
image that belongs to any of a plurality of categories;

an input unit configured to input an image;
a first generation unit configured to generate a first image indicating characteristic distribution of the input image;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a parameter with regard to a conversion required to relax localities of the first image,
wherein the parameter is determined in advance;

a second generation unit configured to generate a second image by applying the conversion having the determined parameter
to the first image;

a selecting unit configured to select a plurality of individual pixels from the second image based on the position where the
pixel value is to be obtained;

a comparing unit configured to compare a plurality of pixel values of the selected plurality of individual pixels; and
a determination unit configured to determine, for the input image, a corresponding category of the learning image based on
a result of the comparing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,712,701

SHEET CONVEYANCE DEVICE, IMAGE READING DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND SENSOR UNIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

18. An image reading device comprising:
a sheet conveyance device configured to convey a sheet; and
an image reader for reading image information on a sheet fed by a sheet feeder,
wherein the sheet conveyance device includes:
a sheet stacking portion on which sheets are stacked;
the sheet feeder for feeding sheets stacked on the sheet stacking portion;
a conveyance guide disposed on a downstream side of the sheet feeder in a sheet conveyance direction; and
a sensor module disposed under the conveyance guide,
wherein the sensor module includes:
a sensor configured to detect a sheet conveyed along the conveyance guide, via an opening formed on the conveyance guide;
a control circuit board on which the sensor and an element electrically connected to the sensor are provided; and
a protection member provided to cover the element,
wherein the protection member includes a hole portion, and
wherein positioning of the protection member with respect to the control circuit board is performed using the hole portion
of the protection member and an outer circumferential surface of the sensor.

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. 9,659,356

IMAGE BLUR CORRECTION APPARATUS AND IMAGE BLUR CORRECTION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image blur correction apparatus, comprising:
at least one processor or circuit configured to perform operations of following units;
a blur correction amount calculation unit configured to calculate a blur correction amount based on a shake amount of the
apparatus;

an estimation calculation unit configured to calculate an estimated value of the blur correction amount using a blur correction
amount calculated up until a previous time;

a correction unit configured to correct an image blur by cutting out an image using the blur correction amount or the estimated
value; and

a determination unit configured to determine an image capturing state in accordance with the shake amount and whether or not
to calculate the estimated value in accordance with a frame rate of a moving image,

wherein when the frame rate is higher than a threshold, the determination unit determines that the calculation of the estimated
value is not performed, and

the determination unit includes a setting unit configured to change the threshold in accordance with the image capturing state.

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.