Canon Patents

Canon Inc. manufactures office appliances, including multifunction devices, copying machines, laser printers, and inkjet printers. It also develops imaging systems, such as digital cameras and digital video camcorders, as well as lenses and photographic accessories. Its third-largest product segment is semiconductor lithography equipment.

Canon Patents by Type

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  • Publication number: 20180015398
    Abstract: The present invention relates to systems and methods for preparing a fluidic cartridge for use in an analyzer device. In one non-limiting aspect, the present invention provides a method of preparing a fluidic cartridge for use in an analyzer device. The method may include controlling valves and a vacuum pump of a priming station to evacuate air from a fluidic cartridge loaded in the priming station. The method may include controlling the valves and the vacuum pump to draw priming fluid into sipper wells and channels of the loaded fluidic cartridge. In another non-limiting aspect, the present invention provides a priming station for preparing a fluidic cartridge for use in an analyzer device. The priming station may include a vacuum pump, a priming manifold assembly, and a controller. The priming manifold assembly may be configured to interface with a fluidic cartridge loaded in the priming station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Applicant: Canon U.S. Life Sciences, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua Mull, Owen Lu, Eric Schneider, Collin Grimes, Jamie Kendall, Franklin Francis Regan, IV, Ralph McCann, Scott Sundberg, Makoto Ogusu, Sean Ison, Jared Spaniol, Shulin Zeng, Ivor Knight
  • Patent number: 9868602
    Abstract: A sheet feeder includes a first rotary member, a separation member that cooperates with the first rotary member in holding the sheet between the separation member and the first rotary member to define a separation nip, a conveyance unit disposed downstream of the separation nip in a conveyance direction of the sheet, a driving unit, and a control unit. The first rotary member feeds a sheet. The conveyance unit conveys the sheet. The driving unit drives the first rotary member. The control unit controls the driving unit to stop driving the first rotary member when a leading edge of the sheet reaches the conveyance unit, and controls the driving unit to restart driving the first rotary member when a trailing edge portion of the sheet comes out of the separation nip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Koji Kawamura
  • Patent number: 9867673
    Abstract: There is provided a medical support device for holding and positioning a needle. This device is particularly useful for positioning needles in a less invasive puncture treatment. This device comprises two rotational elements and at least one needle guide attached to a rotational element and. The needle guide guides the direction of insertion of a needle-like instrument and includes a guide portion that guides a needle or other needle-like instrument where the puncture point of the needle in a first position is different from the puncture point when the needle guide guides the needle in a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignees: Canon U.S.A, Inc., The Brigham and Women's Hospital, Inc.
    Inventors: Kazufumi Onuma, Takahisa Kato, Nobuhiko Hata, Kemal Tuncali, Brian Ninni, Peter Tia
  • Patent number: 9867667
    Abstract: A positioning apparatus is provided that is configured to perform a biopsy or therapy support by puncture using a needle or other needle-shaped equipment. This positioning apparatus is exemplified by an apparatus that includes a first rotation member, a guide for guiding a needle or other needle-shaped equipment in a longitudinal direction, a second rotation member with a different rotation axis, and a friction applying unit configured to apply friction force to the first rotation member directly or indirectly and generates friction torque.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignees: Canon USA Inc., The Brigham and Women's Hospital Inc.
    Inventors: Kosuke Fujimoto, Satoru Kitajima, Kemal Tuncali
  • Patent number: 9867538
    Abstract: An ophthalmic apparatus includes an AOSLO apparatus, a WFSLO apparatus, and a tracking processor that controls a tracking mirror based on position information calculated from AOSLO and WFSLO images. In another embodiment, the tracking processor controls the tracking mirror based on position information calculated from WFSLO images only. Depending on the amount of movement a target image with respect to a reference image, and the accuracy of detection thereof, the tracking mirror of either the AOSLO apparatus or the WFSLO apparatus can be selectively controlled according to a difference in position of the target image with respect to the reference image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Koji Nozato, Kenichi Saito, Kaishi Ohashi, Akira Sato, Futoshi Hirose, Hiroshi Imamura
  • Patent number: 9867541
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus according to the present invention is configured to project a given region (e.g., region of interest or lesion of interest) in a three-dimensional image (e.g., MRI image or X-ray CT image) onto a plane including a two-dimensional image (e.g., ultrasonic image) of an object, and cause a display unit to display an error range caused by projection (range where a corresponding region of the region of interest in the two-dimensional image may exist, also referred to as a search range) including the projected region in such a manner that the error range is overlaid on top of the two-dimensional image. Therefore, a user is able to efficiently search for the corresponding region in the two-dimensional image which corresponds to the region of interest in the three-dimensional image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takaaki Endo, Kiyohide Satoh, Ryo Ishikawa, Takuya Ishida, Kazuhiro Miyasa
  • Patent number: 9868279
    Abstract: According to an embodiment of this invention, a print control apparatus which controls a printhead, including a plurality of nozzle arrays each formed from a plurality of nozzles for discharging ink, for executing printing on a print medium by discharging inks of a plurality of colors from the plurality of nozzle arrays executes the following data processing. That is, image data is received from an external apparatus. One of a plurality of ASICs executes at least common data processing for generating print data corresponding to the plurality of colors with respect to the received image data, and another ASIC executes specific data processing related to each of the plurality of colors. Thus, print data to be output to the printhead is generated, and then transmitted to the printhead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hironori Nakamura
  • Patent number: 9867545
    Abstract: Provided is an acoustic wave measuring apparatus including: an acoustic probe; region-of-interest setting unit for setting two or more regions of interest for an object; priority setting unit for setting priorities on the regions of interest; region calculating unit for determining, for each of the set priorities, an inclusion region including the regions of interest set with the priority; scanning method determining unit for assigning a scanning stripe to each of the inclusion regions so as to include all regions of interest included in the inclusion region; scanning path identifying unit for determining a scanning order of a plurality of scanning stripes having a same priority so as to shorten a movement distance of the acoustic probe; and scanning unit for scanning the scanning stripes according to the determined scanning order, based on the priority order, by moving the acoustic probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Akira Sato
  • Patent number: 9868633
    Abstract: A production process for a device in which a first substrate and a second substrate are bonded to each other with bonding surfaces thereof mutually bonded and the second substrate has a through-hole, the production process including the steps of bonding the first substrate and the second substrate to each other with the presence of a non-bonding region formed by a recessed shape portion recessed from at least one of the bonding surface of the first substrate and the bonding surface of the second substrate; and causing at least a part of a portion of the second substrate corresponding to the non-bonding region to pass through.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kazunori Kikuchi
  • Patent number: 9868282
    Abstract: A control apparatus including a power supply unit configured to supply electric power, comprises: a capacitor connected to a power supply line extending from the power supply unit to a printhead; a discharge circuit configured to release charge stored in the capacitor; and a control unit configured to control a current value during a discharge operation by the discharge circuit, such that the current value increases as a voltage value of the capacitor decreases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shinya Ishikawa, Yasufumi Ogasawara, Hisao Okita, Takashi Sakai, Toru Oshika
  • Patent number: 9869965
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a locking mechanism that locks an opening/closing door to an engagement position, the locking mechanism having a engaged member and an urging member that urges the engaged member; and an engagement member that is provided on the door and engages the engaged member; wherein an urging force acting on the engaged member from the urging member is converted from a first urging force to press out the engagement member to a second urging force to draw the engagement member into the engagement position when the door is closed; wherein the engagement member has a contacted region and the engaged member has a contact region that comes in contact with the contacted region; and wherein the contacted region elastically deforms when the contact region comes in contact with the contacted region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Seiji Inada
  • Patent number: 9868283
    Abstract: A method of cleaning a liquid discharge head, which includes a heat generating resistor that generates thermal energy for discharging a liquid and a covering portion covering the heat generating resistor, includes alternately performing a first voltage application process and a second voltage application process multiple times, and reducing energy applied in the second voltage application process. The first voltage application process includes applying voltage between the covering portion and an electrode through the liquid to dissolve the covering portion in the liquid. The second voltage application process includes reversing relative polarities of the covering portion and the electrode in the first voltage application process and applying voltage between the covering portion and the electrode. Energy applied in the second voltage application process is reduced such that the energy applied is less than energy applied in the first voltage application process of an immediately preceding time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshinori Misumi, Maki Kato, Yuzuru Ishida, Akio Goto, Norihiro Yoshinari, Takahiro Matsui, Ichiro Saito
  • Patent number: 9869960
    Abstract: The process cartridge comprises a photosensitive drum having an axis L1 and a coupling member having an axis L2. The coupling member includes (i) a first end portion connected to a drum flange, (ii) a second end portion, and (iii) a connecting portion connecting the first end portion and the second end portion. The coupling member is movable between (i) a first position in which a tip of the at least one projection is a first distance away from the photosensitive drum as measured in the direction of the axis L1 and (ii) a second position in which the tip of the at least one projection is a second distance away from the photosensitive drum as measured in the direction of the axis L1, wherein the first distance is greater than the second distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takahito Ueno, Shigeo Miyabe, Masanari Morioka
  • Patent number: 9868181
    Abstract: Assembly equipment comprises a base, a first holding hand provided in a first robot arm set on the base, a second holding hand provided in a second robot arm set on the base, and a control device configured to control the first and second robot arms and the first and second holding hands. The first holding hand comprises an attachment connected to the first robot arm and having a rotation shaft, and an aligning holding mechanism provided in a rotation mechanism having a rotation shaft located to intersect the rotation shaft of the attachment or located in a skewed positional relationship with the rotation shaft of the attachment. A cooperative working area of the first and second holding hands is provided in an overlapping area where working areas of the first and second holding hands overlap with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Toshiaki Osato, Takashi Arai, Shuichi Hirasawa
  • Patent number: 9871188
    Abstract: A piezoelectric ceramic includes a perovskite-type metal oxide containing barium titanate, and Mn. When a surface thereof along the remanent polarization direction is subjected to X-ray diffraction analysis at room temperature, the ratio of the diffraction intensity of the (002) plane to the diffraction intensity of the (200) plane is 1.0 or more, the diffraction peak of the (002) plane has a half width of 1.2° or less, and the lattice constant of the c-axis thereof and the lattice constant of the a-axis thereof satisfy the relationship 1.004?c/a?1.010.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Jumpei Hayashi, Takayuki Watanabe, Akira Uebayashi, Kenichi Takeda
  • Patent number: 9868600
    Abstract: A sheet conveying device includes a third pivoting guide member located between a first pivoting guide member on a side of fixed guide members and a second pivoting guide member on a side of an opening/closing member. In a state in which an upstream conveying path and a re-conveying path are formed, the first pivoting guide member pivots toward the third pivoting guide member to expand the upstream conveying path when pushed by a sheet conveyed from the upstream conveying path, and the third pivoting guide member pivots toward the first pivoting guide member to expand the re-conveying path when pushed by a sheet conveyed from the re-conveying path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoji Oya, Satoshi Tsuda
  • Patent number: 9869964
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an LED unit capable of being in an exposing position or a retracted position, and a cartridge capable of being inserted into or pulled out with the LED unit in the retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hidehiro Ushiozu, Yuji Mitsui, Keita Nakajima, Koji Miwa
  • Patent number: 9869936
    Abstract: The present invention provides a detection apparatus which causes light to be incident obliquely on a substrate including a plurality of layers whose refractive indices are different from each other and detects a height of the substrate using light reflected from the substrate, the apparatus comprising an optical system including a polarizer for reducing s-polarized light and configured to cause light, in which s-polarized light has been reduced by the polarizer, to be incident on the substrate at an angle of incidence within a range of 40° to 55°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hironori Maeda
  • Patent number: 9871961
    Abstract: An image processing method including specifying a first focusing position for a first frame of a plurality of frames forming a time-lapse moving image; acquiring a first parallax image and a second parallax image, which are contained in a first image file corresponding to the first frame, from a recording medium; calculating a first shift amount for a first focusing position shift to be performed on the first parallax image and the second parallax image for focusing on the first focusing position; performing the first focusing position shift with the first shift amount on the first parallax image and the second parallax image, and combining the first parallax image and the second parallax image after the first focusing position shift to generate a first refocused image; and replacing the first frame by the first refocused image to regenerate the time-lapse moving image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shinji Hisamoto
  • Patent number: 9868603
    Abstract: A sheet processing apparatus that is capable of facilitating a process by eliminating waste of a result even if a translucent sheet is conveyed. A conveyance unit conveys a sheet received from an image forming apparatus. An optical sensor detects a sheet end conveyed. An alignment unit aligns sheets based on information detected by the optical sensor. A post-process unit performs a post-process to the sheets aligned. An input unit inputs sheet information about a type of the sheet to be received from the image forming apparatus. A control unit stops sheet conveyance when the sheet information indicates a first type sheet and when the optical sensor cannot detect the sheet end, and continues sheet conveyance when the sheet information indicates a second type sheet of which transmittance is higher than the first type sheet and when the optical sensor cannot detect the sheet end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yutaka Ando, Akinobu Nishikata, Takashi Yokoya, Akihiro Arai
  • Patent number: 9869953
    Abstract: The image forming apparatus, a conveyance speed of a recording material at a fixing nip portion, controlled by a control portion of the image forming apparatus so that a part of the recording material being conveyed touches a guide member between a transfer nip portion and a loop detection device for a period after an operation for maintaining a loop amount of the recording material being conveyed within a predetermined range is finished until the recording material trailing edge exits out the transfer nip portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Toshiya Kaino, Jun Asami, Ryuichi Umehara
  • Patent number: 9869032
    Abstract: The present invention provides: an electrophotographic photosensitive member which reduces image defects due to ghosting not only under a normal temperature and normal humidity environment but also even under a low temperature and low humidity environment; and a novel phthalocyanine crystal. The electrophotographic photosensitive member of the present invention comprises a photosensitive layer which comprises a phthalocyanine crystal in which a N,N-dimethylformamide is contained. The content of the N,N-dimethylformamide is 0.1% by mass or more and 1.5% by mass or less based on the phthalocyanine crystal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masataka Kawahara, Masato Tanaka, Jumpei Kuno, Tsutomu Nishida, Kaname Watariguchi
  • Patent number: 9871934
    Abstract: Provided is an image forming apparatus, including: a manual feed tray on which a recording material is stacked; a first detecting unit; a second detecting unit arranged on an upstream side of the first detecting unit; a third detecting unit arranged on an upstream side of the second detecting unit; a fourth detecting unit detecting a length of the recording material; a display portion; and a control portion determining a size of the recording material based on detection results and causing the display portion to display a first screen displaying the determined size, wherein the control portion causes the display portion to display a second screen for designating the size, when, among the first to third detecting units, a detecting unit located on a downstream side does not detect presence of the recording material and another detecting unit located on an upstream side of the detecting unit, detects the presence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Keita Takahashi, Shinnosuke Iwadate, Teruhito Kai, Hiroto Nishihara, Kenzo Kumagai, Hiromi Shimura
  • Patent number: 9869774
    Abstract: A radiation imaging apparatus, comprising a plurality of sensors and a driving unit, each sensor including a detection element, a sampling unit and a reset unit, wherein the driving unit performs an operation of causing the reset unit to initialize the detection element, an operation of causing the sampling unit to sample a signal from the detection element in accordance with radiation irradiation started after the operation of initializing, and an operation of outputting a signal sampled by the operation of sampling, and wherein the driving unit changes, in accordance with a frame rate, a timing of the operation of outputting while maintaining constant a time from the operation of initializing to the operation of sampling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kanako Dowaki, Kazumasa Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 9871987
    Abstract: In an image pickup element, a plurality of unit pixels constituted by one micro lens and a photodiode arranged underneath the micro lens are arranged in rows and columns. The image pickup element includes first unit pixels in which a plurality of photodiodes are arranged underneath one micro lens, second unit pixels different from the first unit pixels, m first output lines per column from which signals of the first unit pixels are output, and n second output lines per column from which signals of the second unit pixels are output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Toshiharu Ueda, Teruyuki Okado
  • Patent number: 9869820
    Abstract: Gradient index lenses, or GRIN lenses, are useful for collimating light from a waveguide and reducing loss when coupling two fibers or coupling the fiber to other optical components. There is provided herein a method to align a GRIN lens to the distal end of an optical fiber with precise lateral alignment. The alignment occurs by: (1) rotating the fiber with respect to the lens so that the fiber is parallel with the lens, such that a light is transmitted through the fiber and then through the lens, and (2) translating the fiber laterally with respect to the lens based on the position of a circle pattern that appears on the screen after the distal end of the lens. The transmitted light is centered in the circle pattern for centered alignment or positioned at calculate distance from the center of the circle pattern for off-axis alignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Canon U.S.A, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Chen, Kenji Yamazoe
  • Patent number: 9871982
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus which is capable of detecting a flash band with high accuracy even when no flash light is falling on a part of an image. The image pickup apparatus detects a band-shaped luminance step appearing in a plurality of frame images, which are obtained through image pickup by an image pickup unit, in a video comprised of the plurality of frame images. A detection area, which is for use in detecting the luminance step, is set in a part of the frame image according to a subject included in the frame image. Luminance data is obtained on a line-by-line basis in the detection area, and based on a difference in luminance data between corresponding lines in the frame images, the luminance step is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yusuke Yamashita
  • Patent number: 9869828
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided that remotely manipulates a detachable device such a connector for a fiber optic connector. This apparatus comprising: a connector having two parts and a latch which are configured to engage and latch together in an engaged position when pressed in a direction of engagement. Two seats are configured to receive at least a portion of the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Canon U.S.A, Inc.
    Inventor: Alexander Altshuler
  • Patent number: 9872129
    Abstract: A communication apparatus starts short distance wireless communication with another communication apparatus while joining a wireless LAN created by an external access point (AP) as a station, determines whether the communication apparatus can concurrently perform a station function and an AP function of the wireless LAN in accordance with the start of the short distance wireless communication, directly connects to the other communication apparatus by the wireless LAN by disconnecting from the external AP when it is not determined that the station function and the AP function can be concurrently performed, reconnects to the external AP as the station when the direct connection fails, and directly connects to the other communication apparatus by the wireless LAN without disconnecting from the external AP when it is determined that the station function and the AP function can be performed concurrently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Fumihide Goto
  • Patent number: 9869854
    Abstract: This disclosure an optical unit having a plurality of structural elements such as lens and a spacer having two or more opposing surfaces of the plurality of structural elements are bonded and secured to each other. A contact portion of the bonding portion is configured to prevent spreading of an adhesive and an adhesive reservoir is provided at the bonding portion. This disclosure further provides an apparatus having an imaging optical system configured to image a side surface in a tubular passage and an illuminating optical system that is arranged centrally within the imaging optical system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Canon U.S.A, Inc.
    Inventor: Akira Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9872132
    Abstract: The present invention provides an information processing apparatus and a method of deciding a correction amount for correcting the radio field intensity of received radio waves in the information processing apparatus. The information processing apparatus receives a BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) packet transmitted by an external apparatus, and displays a screen for deciding a correction amount for correcting the radio field intensity of the BLE packet. If a user inputs an instruction for deciding the correction amount via this screen, the correction amount is decided based on the radio field intensity of the received BLE packet and a reference value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroaki Goto, Masaki Kawanishi
  • Patent number: 9869919
    Abstract: Provided is an electrochromic element, which is capable of correcting possible charge imbalance, and is suppressed in color remaining, the electrochromic element including: a first electrode; a second electrode; a third electrode; and an electrolyte, an anodic organic electrochromic compound, and a cathodic redox substance that are arranged between the first electrode and the second electrode, at least one of the first electrode and the second electrode being transparent, in which: the third electrode is electrically connectable to at least one of the first electrode and the second electrode through the electrolyte; the third electrode further has a redox substance; and a reduced form of the redox substance of the third electrode is more easily oxidized than a reduced form of the anodic organic electrochromic compound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Wataru Kubo, Satoshi Igawa
  • Patent number: 9872241
    Abstract: The present invention relates to improvement of convenience in displaying service search results when service search is performed in different communication layers. A communication device of the present invention includes the steps of presenting a plurality of options including a first option for specifying a service to be executed and performing wireless communication and a second option for specifying a connected party and performing wireless communication; and selecting a wireless communication mode to be executed from wireless communication modes corresponding to the plurality of options including the first option and the second option.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Fumihide Goto
  • Patent number: 9869923
    Abstract: A lens apparatus includes an image pickup optical system; a holding frame to hold the image pickup optical system; and an illumination device that is mounted on outer peripheral portion of an object side of holding frame, and is configured to radiate light, in which the illumination device includes: a light guide member that has a circular optical path in which light is subjected to internal reflection to propagate, and a light emitting surface for emitting light to object side; and a light source that is arranged such that a normal direction of a light emitting surface of the light source faces a tangential direction of a circle of light guide member, and is configured to emit light entering the light guide member. The arrangements and shapes of holding frame, light guide member, and lens closest to object side of image pickup optical system are each appropriately set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Makoto Nakahara
  • Patent number: 9869943
    Abstract: A method of producing a toner containing a toner particle, including the steps of: a) preparing a resin solution by mixing a resin A and an organic solvent, b) mixing the resin solution, a resin fine particle containing a resin B, and a dispersion medium to form a droplet of the resin solution whose surface has been covered with the resin fine particle, and c) removing the organic solvent in the droplet, in which the resin B is a polymer of a monomer composition containing a monomer X having polymerizable unsaturated groups at the both ends; the monomer X has a peak molecular weight of 5,000 to 50,000; the content of the monomer X is 0.10% to 3.00% by mol; and the following formula (1) is satisfied, |SPX?SPA|?2.0??(1) where SPA and SPX represent solubility parameters of the resin A and the monomer X, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kenji Aoki, Yusuke Kosaki, Tetsuya Kinumatsu, Shuntaro Watanabe, Noritaka Toyoizumi, Atsushi Tani, Takashige Kasuya
  • Patent number: 9869957
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image forming portion for forming a toner image; an intermediary transfer belt for receiving the toner image; a blade for cleaning the belt by removing residual toner therefrom; an ambient condition sensor for detecting an ambient condition; a memory for storing information relating to a use amount of the belt; and a controller for executing an operation in a mode in which a toner is deposited on the belt in an area corresponding to between a preceding sheet and a succeeding sheet during execution of a continuous image forming job for continuously forming the images on the sheets to supply the toner to the blade. The controller controls a frequency of the operations in the mode, on the basis of an output of the sensor during an image formation job and the information stored in the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Ryo Nameki
  • Patent number: 9869967
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a mounting portion on which a toner container provided with an accommodating portion configured to accommodate toner is mountable; and an opening connectable with an opening provided in the toner container to be in fluid communication with the toner accommodating portion when the toner container is mounted to the mounting portion. The mounting portion is provided with a rib extending in a mounting direction in which the toner container is mounted to the mounting portion and configured to guide a bottom surface of the toner container in the mounting direction, the rib including a plurality of sets of alternating peak and valley arranged along a longitudinal direction of the rib.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takayuki Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9870184
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing apparatus including a first filter configured to merge first print setting information of a first hierarchical level and second print setting information of a second hierarchical level to generate and store third print setting information, wherein the second hierarchical level is lower than the first hierarchical level; and a second filter subsequent to the first filter configured to acquire the third print setting information stored in the first filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Keiji Kawasaki
  • Patent number: 9871468
    Abstract: A vibration-type driving device according to the present invention includes a plurality of vibrators in which contact portions perform an elliptical motion using a combination of vibrations in different vibration modes; and a driven object having contact regions that come into contact with the contact portions and move relative to the plurality of vibrators, wherein the contact regions for the individual vibrators differ in position so as not to overlap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Nobuyuki Kojima
  • Patent number: 9871471
    Abstract: An oscillatory wave drive device has an oscillatory wave driving unit having an electromechanical energy conversion element having drive phases and a detection phase, a diaphragm, and a rotor, in which a traveling wave is generated on the surface of the diaphragm of the electromechanical energy conversion element to drive the rotor, and the driving speed of the rotor is controlled based on a signal of the phase difference detecting unit. In the oscillatory wave drive device, a detection phase voltage step-down unit and a drive phase voltage step-down unit each containing a resistance voltage dividing circuit having at least two resistors are provided and the voltage dividing ratio in the resistance voltage dividing circuit of the detection phase voltage step-down unit is lower than 1/1 and higher than 1/20.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Akira Uebayashi, Toshihiro Ifuku, Tatsuo Furuta, Shinya Koyama
  • Patent number: 9871072
    Abstract: A photoelectric conversion device has an insulator film disposed on a silicon layer having a photoelectric conversion region, the insulator film having a portion overlapped with the photoelectric conversion region, a silicon oxide film disposed on the insulator film, the silicon oxide film having a portion overlapped with the photoelectric conversion region, an electroconductive member disposed between the insulator film and the silicon oxide film, and a silicon oxide layer disposed between the electroconductive member and the silicon oxide film, in which the portion overlapped with the photoelectric conversion region of the silicon oxide film is in contact with the portion overlapped with the photoelectric conversion region of the insulator film and the hydrogen concentration of the silicon oxide film is greater than the hydrogen concentration of the silicon oxide layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Akihiro Kawano, Yukinobu Suzuki, Nobutaka Ukigaya, Takayasu Kanesada, Takeshi Aoki, Hiroshi Takakusagi
  • Patent number: 9871894
    Abstract: When a wireless network is constructed, a wireless communication apparatus in the wireless network constructed of a plurality of communication apparatuses decides whether to function as a providing source of communication parameters or as a provision destination that receives communication parameters. In a case where it has been decided that this apparatus is to function as the provision destination that receives communication parameters, the apparatus requests authentication when it participates in the wireless network using communication parameters. In a case where it has been decided that this apparatus is to function as the providing source of communication parameters, the apparatus execute authentication processing in response to an authentication request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Fumihide Goto
  • Patent number: 9871561
    Abstract: A communication apparatus includes an electric power reception unit that receives electric power wirelessly supplied from another apparatus, a notification unit that provides notification of capability information of the communication apparatus by wireless communication, and a control unit that controls the notification unit to switch from providing notification of a first capability information not including information indicating capability to receive electric power wirelessly supplied, to providing notification of an information capability information including information indicating capability to receive electric power wirelessly supplied, in accordance with reception of electric power by the electric power reception unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroshi Mashimo
  • Patent number: 9872042
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus comprising an acquisition unit inputs image data, and outputs image data of blocks comprising a plurality of groups each including a predetermined number of pixels, wherein the acquisition unit changes an order of the image data so that arrangements of pixels between adjacent blocks are opposite, a deciding unit decides, for each of the groups, a quantization parameter, that is used for quantization of image data of the group, and an encoding scheme such that a code length of the blocks, which are encoding targets, does not exceed a predetermined value and an encoding unit, in accordance with the quantization parameters and encoding schemes decided for each group by the deciding unit, encodes the image data of the encoding target blocks output from the acquisition unit to generate encoded data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yushi Kaneko
  • Patent number: 9871939
    Abstract: An image processing device and method of controlling an image processing device to be in communication with one of a plurality of external printer controllers is provided. The method includes monitoring, at initiation of the image processing device, a communication address assigned to the image processing device to detect whether a current communication address is different from a previously assigned communication address and acquiring, from memory, a configuration data object associated with the current communication address in response to detecting that the current communication address is different from the previously assigned communication address. The configuration data object being associated with the current communication address and includes one or more parameters for controlling one or more operations of the image processing device. The image processing device is automatically configured the image processing device using the one or more parameters acquired from the configuration data object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignees: CANON INFORMATION AND IMAGING SOLUTIONS, INC., CANON U.S.A., INC.
    Inventor: Kosuke Nakashima
  • Patent number: 9871947
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes an acquisition unit configured to acquire a plurality of images including a first image, a detection unit configured to detect a quadrilateral region from the first image included in the plurality of images acquired by the acquisition unit, a determination unit configured to determine a position of each edge that constitutes the quadrilateral region detected by the detection unit, and a reflection unit configured to reflect, to the plurality of images other than the first image, information about the position of each edge which has been determined by the determination unit to the first image, in a case where the detection unit detects a quadrilateral region included in each of the plurality of images other than the first image acquired by the acquisition unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Naoki Ito
  • Patent number: 9871949
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus which performs image processing for print processing, including: a pseudo halftone processing unit configured to perform pseudo halftone processing by dithering with respect to an input image, and generate a halftone image constituted by plural dots, and a threshold matrix holding unit configured to hold a threshold matrix used for the pseudo halftone processing, wherein in the threshold matrix, thresholds are arranged such that the halftone image has a density region in which dots to be formed depending on a density of the input image are not rotational symmetric on a 90° basis, and orientations of the dots differ from each other in the density region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hirokazu Tamura
  • Patent number: 9871950
    Abstract: Provided is an image forming apparatus that forms a layer of at least one type of scattering material. The image forming apparatus is configured to obtain subsurface scattering characteristic data indicating the subsurface scattering characteristic of a reproducing target, and determine the laminated structure of the layer of the scattering material based on the subsurface scattering characteristic data. The image forming apparatus is configured to then form an image corresponding to the layer of the scattering material based on the determined laminated structure of the layer of the scattering material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabuhshiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kimitaka Arai, Hideki Kubo
  • Patent number: 9871970
    Abstract: The present invention is provided to maintain a photographable display state so as not to miss a photo opportunity when a photographer performs preparation work before shooting or confirmation work after shooting, and also smoothly switch to a display state in which the photographer can perform the confirmation work after shooting whenever necessary. A live view image is displayed on a first display screen when an eye contact state is detected at the eyepiece viewfinder, and a captured image is displayed on a second display screen when a non-eye-contact state is detected after receiving an image shooting instruction. When the eye contact state is not detected within a first period from detecting the non-eye-contact state, displaying the live view image on the first display screen is stopped. The live view image is displayed on the first display screen during the first period after detecting the non-eye-contact state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshihiro Kobayashi
  • Patent number: D807955
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shinjiro Toba, Masanari Morioka, Tetsushi Uneme, Yuichi Fukui