Patents Represented by Attorney Cowan Liebowitz & Latman, P.C.
  • Patent number: 8319986
    Abstract: To generate print jobs to be executed by a printing device, an image processing apparatus edits drawing commands output by applications and stored in storage means, in accordance with editing instructions input through input means, executes a process of generating chasing data using the drawing commands, the process including the edition, and then executes a process of generating print data, the process including the edition. The editing instructions for the drawing commands include an instruction to combine a plurality of drawing commands, an instruction to separate a drawing command into a plurality of subcommands, and an instruction to delete a drawing command. The chasing data is generated so as to have a layered data structure indicating the combinative relationship among the plurality of drawing commands if the editing instruction instructs a plurality of drawing commands to be combined together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroaki Nakata, Masanori Aritomi, Tatsuro Uchida, Yasuhiro Kujirai
  • Patent number: 8319841
    Abstract: A video processing apparatus comprises a signal input unit which receives a video signal, a shift detection unit which detects a shift period in shooting and a maximum shift amount during the shift period from the video signal input from the signal input unit, an effective area detection unit which detects an object area common throughout the shift period as an effective area on the basis of the shift period and the maximum shift amount, a correction unit which corrects a shift during the shift period by reading out data from the effective area, and a resolution conversion unit which performs enlarge processing to convert a size of the effective area read out by the correction unit into an output image size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Eiichi Matsuzaki, Kenichi Morikawa
  • Patent number: 8319305
    Abstract: This invention provides a solid-state image sensing apparatus in which a sensor portion that performs photo-electric conversion and plural layers of wiring lines including a signal line for the sensor portion are formed on a semiconductor substrate; which includes an effective pixel portion configured such that light enters the sensor portion, and an optical black portion shielded so that the light does not enter the sensor portion; and which has a light-receiving surface on the back surface side of the semiconductor substrate. The optical black portion includes the sensor portion, a first light-shielding film formed closer to the back surface side of the semiconductor substrate than the sensor portion, and a second light-shielding film formed closer to the front surface side of the semiconductor substrate than the sensor portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Keiji Nagata
  • Patent number: 8319842
    Abstract: An image capturing apparatus includes a motion vector detection unit which detects a motion vector on the basis of the correlation between image signals continuously captured by an image capturing unit, a reliability evaluation value calculation unit which calculates the reliability evaluation value of the motion vector detected by the motion vector detection unit, a blurring correction amount determination unit which determines the image blurring correction amount on the basis of the motion vector detected by the motion vector detection unit, a correction amount reduction unit which reduces the image blurring correction amount on the basis of the reliability evaluation value calculated by the reliability evaluation value calculation unit, and a blurring correction unit which corrects image blurring on the basis of the image blurring correction amount reduced by the correction amount reduction unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masahiro Shibata
  • Patent number: 8314857
    Abstract: A data recording apparatus holds device state information which is updated according to use of the apparatus and represents a use state of the apparatus, and device identification information unique to the apparatus. Upon recording data, the data recording apparatus acquires information associated with generation of recording data, which is different from the device state information, as recording information, in association with the recording data. The apparatus generates unique identification information of the recording data based on the device identification information, the device state information, and the recording information, and records a file including the recording data and the unique identification information in a recording medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yuichi Nakase, Yasuyuki Ogawa
  • Patent number: 8315514
    Abstract: An image capture apparatus comprises: a moving unit configured to move a focus position of a photographing lens relative to an image sensor at a predetermined amplitude by changing a distance in an optical axis direction between the photographing lens and the image sensor; detection unit configured to detect a focus state of an image obtained from the image sensor; and defocus correction unit configured to perform defocus correction on the image obtained from the image sensor during motion performed by the moving unit, based on the focus state detected by the detection unit, so that the focus state of each image for display on the display device at least approaches the focus state for an in-focus image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Makoto Oikawa
  • Patent number: 8316403
    Abstract: In the case where the receiving apparatus 1 obtains, from a content archive, and reproduces a first video content having the same content as a program being broadcast, the difference of the ending time between the first video content being played and the program being broadcast is detected (S701). In the case where there is a difference in the ending time (YES in step S702), the receiving apparatus 1 obtains, from the content archive, a second video content having the same content as the next program started following the program being broadcast (S703, S704), and reproduces the second video content following the first video content being played (S705 to S709).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Eito Sakakima, Shuntaro Aratani, Kazuna Maruyama, Satoshi Hanamitsu, Satoshi Ukawa
  • Patent number: 8315513
    Abstract: A focus detection apparatus that measures, in advance, and stores shading coefficients for light sources of different types, and in a focus detection operation, generates light source information for determining a light source that irradiates an object based on outputs from a plurality of photometry sensors with different spectral characteristics and switches the shading coefficient of a focus detection sensor among shading coefficients stored according to the light source information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takashi Ichimiya
  • Patent number: 8314882
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes an accessory shoe that includes an engagement member configured to be engaged with and hold an accessory unit that slides in an attachment direction relative to the accessory shoe, and an imaging apparatus side connector electrically connected to an accessory side connector of the accessory unit. The engagement member includes first and second engagement members provided apart from each other via a space in which the accessory unit slides, and a third engagement member that is provided on a front side of the first and second engagement members in the attachment direction, projects in a direction opposite to the attachment direction, and covers the imaging apparatus side connector. The third engagement member is engaged with the accessory side connector that is inserted into an engagement space formed between the third engagement member and the imaging apparatus side connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hironori Takano
  • Patent number: 8314850
    Abstract: Using correction values obtained based on image signals outputted from an image sensing unit by controlling the image sensing unit in the first mode, in which image signals are read out from a first photoelectric conversion element group arranged in a first region of an image sensing plane, the image signals outputted from an image sensing apparatus by controlling the image sensing unit in the second mode, in which image signals are read out from a second photoelectric conversion element group arranged in a second region that is smaller than the first region of the image sensing plane, are subjected to a white balance process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Norio Negishi, Takeshi Suwa
  • Patent number: 8311235
    Abstract: A method of controlling communication in a communication system includes a plurality of communication devices and a controller that transmits multi-channel data to the plurality of communication devices, executed in a communication device group to which power is supplied without passing through the controller, the method comprising the steps of determining a master communication device in the communication device group that sends the multi-channel data received wirelessly from the controller to other communication device included in the communication device group, according to wireless connection conditions between the controller and each communication device included in the communication device group, and sending, by the master via a wired connection, the multi-channel data received wirelessly from the controller to the other communication device included in the communication device group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Takada, Yasushi Maeda
  • Patent number: 8311272
    Abstract: An image capturing unit acquires an image including an object. A state detection unit detects the state of the object in the image. An individual recognition processing unit determines one of a plurality of individual identification process modules in correspondence with the state detected by the state detection unit. The individual recognition processing unit executes, for the object in the image, an individual identification process by the determined individual identification process module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masakazu Matsugu, Katsuhiko Mori, Takashi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 8305477
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus which has at least an optical zooming function, determines a layout of image data to be picked up by an image pickup unit, and displays the picked-up image data with the determined layout by superimposing the image data with a frame which excludes an image pickup area additionally obtained when an image pickup range corresponding to a focal length for the determined layout is zoomed a predetermined amount in a wide-angle direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kazuaki Yamana
  • Patent number: 8302985
    Abstract: This invention relates to a footpad device that is removably attached to a wheelchair's footplate and more particularly to a footpad device specifically dimensioned to correct the posture of a person with bare feet sitting in the wheelchair fitted to that person while wearing shoes. The footpad device is made of a flexible water resistant material to help support bare feet when they are wet and is shaped to help prevent bare feet from slipping off the side of the footplate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Inventor: Ethan Evan Ruby
  • Patent number: 8305469
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus is provided that is capable of obtaining a correction value effective for horizontal noise correction, while suppressing increase in chip area of an image pickup device. The image pickup apparatus includes an image pickup device (101) for converting an object image into electrical signals, and a correcting section for correcting a picked-up image. The image pickup device includes a pixel signal readout circuit (204) for reading out pixel signals from a pixel region on a line-by-line basis via vertical signal lines, a dummy signal readout circuit (209) for reading out dummy signals, and a horizontal transfer circuit (205) for transferring outputs of the pixel signal readout circuit and the dummy signal readout circuit. The correcting section corrects the outputs of the pixel signal readout circuit on a line-by-line basis using the outputs of the dummy signal readout circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Mineo Uchida, Hideaki Takada
  • Patent number: 8305451
    Abstract: Media data, which includes an image file recorded on a disk recording medium of a connected image sensing apparatus, management information including the recording position of the image file on the disk recording medium, and backup information of the management information, is received from the image sensing apparatus. Finalize processing of the disk recording medium is virtually executed using the received media data, and a generated disk image is stored on a memory. In response to a request from a data receiving terminal, the media data of the virtual disk image on the memory is transmitted to the data receiving terminal via a communication unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kan Ito
  • Patent number: 8305600
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus which manages operation schedules of printing devices. The operation schedules of the printing devices are stored, and unoccupied times of the printing devices are detected as candidate times based on the operation schedules. Then, processible data amounts in the respective candidate times are estimated, and candidate times or combinations of candidate times having the sum of estimated processible data amounts greater than the amount of document data to be print-outputted are retrieved. Then, the retrieved candidate times or combinations of candidate times are presented, for selection of desired candidate time or combination of candidate times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Kayama
  • Patent number: 8305603
    Abstract: An object of this invention is to allow deleting/updating firmware at high speed and properly deleting/updating a software part for executing a job without posing any problem in a general job in an image processing apparatus which executes a job by combining a plurality of independent software parts. For this purpose, when updating one software part associated with an image processing job, it is determined whether a standby job as a job contains a software part to be updated. If it is determined that the standby job does not contain any software part to be updated, the software part is updated. If it is determined that the standby job contains the software part to be updated but a software part in another image processing apparatus on the network can replace the software part to be updated, software parts which execute the job are reconstructed to update the target software part. If it is determined that no alternative image processing apparatus exists, the update request is saved and held.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takeshi Suwabe, Tomoaki Osada
  • Patent number: 8300109
    Abstract: An image sensing apparatus comprises: a pixel array; a driving unit; a readout unit which, when performing still image shooting parallel to movie shooting, reads out, in each of successive frame periods, first signals from a first pixel group, and reads out, over the successive frame periods, second signals of a first frame period from pixels of a second pixel group that are different from each other between the successive frame periods; and a generation unit which generates an image signal for a movie of one frame in each of the successive frame periods from the first signals read out in each of the successive frame periods, and also generates an image signal for a still image of one frame in the first frame period by composing the first signals read out in the first frame period and the second signals read out over the successive frame periods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Mineo Uchida
  • Patent number: D671942
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Cervantes Mobile
    Inventor: Scott Starrett