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: 20190008477
    Abstract: An ultrasound probe according to an embodiment includes. transducer elements, phase reversal processing circuitry, and delay processing circuitry. The transducer elements, each of which is configured to generate a first echo signal by receiving a reflected wave of a first ultrasound wave and to generate a second echo signal by receiving a reflected wave of a second ultrasound wave corresponding to an ultrasound wave obtained by reversing the phase of the first ultrasound wave. The phase reversal processing circuitry is configured to reverse the phase of the second echo signal. The delay processing circuitry is configured to delay the first echo signal and the phase-reversed second echo signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2018
    Publication date: January 10, 2019
    Applicant: Canon Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventor: Masaaki ISHITSUKA
  • Publication number: 20190008429
    Abstract: Provided is an information acquiring apparatus having: a calculating unit generating image data, based on signals acquired by transducers receiving an acoustic wave generated from an object by a plurality of times of light irradiation to the object; and a display controlling unit causing a display unit to display an image, wherein the calculating unit generates first image data using the signals corresponding to part of the plurality of times of light irradiation before the plurality of times of light irradiation complete, the display controlling unit causes the display unit to display an image based on the first image data before the plurality of times of light irradiation complete, the calculating unit generates second image data using the signals corresponding to more than the part of the plurality of times of light irradiation after the plurality of light irradiation complete
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Publication date: January 10, 2019
    Applicant: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yohei YAMAMOTO
  • Patent number: 10173337
    Abstract: A sheet cutting device includes a stage including a placement surface on which a to-be-cut sheet is placed; a strip-shaped fixed blade that is provided in one end portion of the stage; a movable blade that works together with the fixed blade to cut the sheet placed on the placement surface of the stage gradually from one end portion of the sheet to a different one end portion; and a support section that is located between the one end of the fixed blade and the other end in such a way as to be closer to a vertically downward side than the fixed blade and be closer to a vertically upward side than a bottom surface of a waste box placed closer to the vertically downward side than the fixed blade, to temporarily support part of a remnant generated after cutting by the fixed and movable blades.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: CANON FINETECH NISCA INC.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Yamada, Takuma Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10172524
    Abstract: A photoacoustic apparatus includes a light source; a receiving element configured to receive, at a plurality of positions, a photoacoustic wave generated through irradiation of a subject with light generated by the light source, and output a time-series reception signal; a signal data obtaining unit configured to obtain information that is based on a shape of the subject, generate reception signal data by reducing a data amount of the time-series reception signal on the basis of the obtained information that is based on the shape of the subject, and store the reception signal data; and an information obtaining unit configured to obtain information about the subject on the basis of the reception signal data stored in the signal data obtaining unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshitaka Baba
  • Patent number: 10173856
    Abstract: A sheet supporting apparatus includes first and second units. The first unit includes a first housing, first and second lock portions, a first shaft configured to be supported rotatably with respect to the first housing and to turnably support the first lock portion, and a second shaft configured to be supported rotatably with respect to the first housing and to turnably support the second lock portion. The second unit includes a second housing and first and second engagement portions provided in the second housing and configured to engage respectively with the first and second lock portions. The first and second shafts are disposed such that extension lines of rotational axes of the first and second shafts cross with each other in a plan view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yasuaki Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 10173441
    Abstract: The present invention is to provide a media processing apparatus for enabling a plurality of discharge sections disposed one side of the apparatus to be disposed parallel inside saved space, the media processing apparatus is provided with a plurality of discharge sections (correct card discharge section and error card discharge section) disposed on one side of an apparatus housing, and a discharge member (card reverse section) that discharges a card C to each discharge section. In such a card processing apparatus, a width dimension (length dimension in the discharge direction of the card) of a discharge stacker of the first card discharge section is wider than a width dimension of the card C, and a width dimension of a frame body of the error card discharge section is narrower than the width dimension of the card C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: CANON FINETECH NISCA INC.
    Inventors: Naoto Takeshita, Tetsuya Noda, Yasutake Ohshiro, Hiroaki Moroboshi, Hiroshi Mochizuki
  • Patent number: 10175452
    Abstract: A microcomputer controls accumulation of a signal by an AF sensor based on an AF area corresponding to a subject among a plurality of regions in the AF sensor that corresponds to each of AF areas. A setting unit sets the region corresponding to a position of a subject that should be in focus among the plurality of regions. A focus detection unit carries out focus detection based on the signal acquired from the control, the control being based on a light reception amount in a reference region set by the setting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yasuyuki Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10173850
    Abstract: A sheet feeding device for feeding a sheet includes a support unit, an open-close member rotatably supported between open and closed positions, a slide member supported in a slidably movable manner and including a rotation shaft portion, and a regulation member supported by the slide member. The open-close member supports the sheet in the open position with the support unit. The regulation member regulates a position of the sheet supported by the support unit or the sheet supported by the support unit and the open-close member. The support unit includes a guide portion that movably guides the rotation shaft portion. If the open-close member is rotated from the open position toward the closed position in a state in which the open-close member is in contact with the slide member, the slide member rotates by following movement of the open-close member with respect to the guide member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Jumpei Nitta, Fuyuto Yamashita
  • Patent number: 10173853
    Abstract: A feeding apparatus includes a sheet supporting member, a feeding member, and a lift unit. The lift unit lifts and lowers the sheet supporting member to abut a sheet stacked on the sheet supporting member against the feeding member. The lift unit includes an urging member that biases the sheet supporting member towards the feeding member, a moving member that moves in a first direction different from a sheet supporting member lifting direction, and a contact member in contact with the moving member. The contact member includes a curved cam surface in a region that comes in contact with the moving member. A contact state between the moving member and the contact member is changed by moving the moving member in the first direction and the curved cam surface. Regarding changing the contact state, the sheet supporting member can be moved to a feed position and a retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Koji Fujinaka, Fuyuto Yamashita
  • Patent number: 10175464
    Abstract: Provided is a zoom lens, including, in order from an object side to an image side: a first lens unit to a fourth lens unit having negative, positive, negative, and negative refractive powers; and a rear lens group. In the zoom lens, an interval between each pair of adjacent lens units is changed during zooming, the rear lens group has a positive refractive power over an entire zoom range, the third lens unit is configured to move in an optical axis direction during focusing, and each of a focal length of the zoom lens at a wide angle end (fw), and a focal length of the third lens unit (f3) is appropriately set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Suguru Inoue
  • Patent number: 10175597
    Abstract: Provided is a liquid developer that gives a high image density, has a high resistance, suppresses the appearance of image blurring, can be reused, is readily cured by ultraviolet radiation, and can accommodate higher process speeds. This liquid developer contains a carrier liquid, a toner particle insoluble in the carrier liquid, and a compound with the following formula (1) [In formula (1), R1 and R2 each independently represent an alkyl group having at least 13 and not more than 23 carbons.].
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Jun Shirakawa, Junji Ito, Yasuhiro Aichi
  • Patent number: 10172964
    Abstract: A compound having a high tumor accumulation rate, or a salt thereof, and a contrast agent for optical imaging are provided. A compound having at least one specific organic dye covalently bound to polyethylene glycol, or a salt thereof is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Satoshi Ogawa, Masato Minami, Tatsuki Fukui
  • Patent number: 10175599
    Abstract: One end portion and the other end portion of a rotating member, which face each other and form a joint portion, have a shape with projections and recesses. Projections of one end portion fit in recesses of the other end portion, while projections of the other end portion fit in recesses of the one end portion, so that the one end portion and the other end portion are interlocked. The projections have a first corner portion rounded in an arc, while the recesses have a second corner portion rounded in an arc in which the first corner portion fits. The first corner portion has a larger radius of curvature than that of the second corner portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Fumito Nonaka, Makoto Hayashida, Hiroomi Matsuzaki, Hiraku Sasaki, Issei Imamura, Koji Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 10176567
    Abstract: A method for processing microscopy images captures, for each of a first microscopy slide and a second microscopy slide, a plurality of partial spectrum images under multiple optical configurations where each image captures a different portion of the spectrum of the slide. First and second partial spectrum images associated with different optical configuration are selected and used to reconstruct respectively a combined spectrum image of part of the first microscopy slide and a combined spectrum image of at least part of the second microscopy slide, thereby forming a first pair of partial spectrum images. The method determines a distortion map by aligning images derived from the first pair of the partial spectrum images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: James Austin Besley, Peter Alleine Fletcher, Steven David Webster
  • Patent number: 10175916
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a determination unit that determines whether a break of copies exists based on a content of a data area in print data for reservation printing and an updating unit that, in a case where the determination unit determines that the break of copies exists, updates an attribute value in the print data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Katsutoshi Sonogi
  • Patent number: 10176614
    Abstract: A registration unit configured to perform first registration of the first image (WF-SLO image) and the second image (AI-SLO image) included in the same set and second registration of the first images included in the different sets and to generate positional information of these registration; and a superimposition unit configured to superimpose the second image included in a first set and the second image included in a second set that is the set acquired after the first set on the first image included in the first set or on the first image included in the second set based on the positional information generated by the registerer to generate a superimposed image are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Keiko Yonezawa
  • Patent number: 10175610
    Abstract: A developing device includes a rotatable developer carrying member, first and second chambers configured to accommodate developer supplied to the developer carrying member, and first and second rotatable feeding members provided in the first and second chambers, respectively. A first communication port permits feeding of the developer from the second chamber to the first chamber, and a second communication port permits feeding of the developer from the first chamber to the second chamber. In addition, a toner content detecting portion includes a planar detecting surface including at least a planar coil generating a magnetic field and detects the toner content. The detecting surface is provided in the first communication port above a bottom of the first communication port and is disposed substantially in a central portion of the first communication port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shinya Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10175626
    Abstract: A feeding device includes a detection unit, a control unit, a first plate on which a recording material is placed, a second plate located above the first plate in vertical direction, and an uplift unit to uplift a recording material placed on the first plate. The detection unit changes a detection result when an uplifted recording material arrives at a feeding position. The recording material placed on the first plate is uplifted by the uplift unit until the detection result is changed. The detection result is changed when a recording material fed from the second plate passes the detection unit while the recording material placed on the first plate is not in the feeding position. The control unit causes recording material to be sequentially fed from the second plate, and causes the uplift unit to uplift the recording material placed on the first plate in an interval time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Eiji Akasaka
  • Patent number: 10175634
    Abstract: A container includes a collecting portion in which toner discharged from an apparatus body is accumulated, a conveying member that conveys the toner in the collecting portion in a direction away from an intake portion provided in the collecting portion, and a movable member movable in accordance with an amount of toner in the collecting portion and that causes, when the movable member reaches a first position, a detecting portion to detect an amount of toner in the collecting portion. The movable member includes a guiding portion that guides the toner in a direction away from the first position while the toner is conveyed by the conveying member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Seiji Inada, Chikara Imaizumi
  • Patent number: 10175595
    Abstract: Provided is a toner including a toner particle that contains a toner base particle containing a binder resin and a wax, and a coating layer containing a 1,2-polybutadiene resin at the surface of the toner base particle, wherein the coverage ratio of the toner base particle by the coating layer is at least 50%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuto Onozaki, Takeshi Hashimoto, Ichiro Kanno, Megumi Ikeda, Masayuki Hama, Nozomu Komatsu, Akifumi Matsubara, Hitoshi Sano, Takakuni Kobori, Hayato Ida, Hiroyuki Fujikawa
  • Patent number: 10175617
    Abstract: A fixing apparatus that fixes an image onto a recording material includes: a belt; a nip plate contacting an inner surface of the belt; a roller configured to form a nip portion with the nip plate; a supporting member supporting the nip plate, the supporting member having a cross section in a shape of U, and supporting, with two legs, a surface of the nip plate opposite to a surface contacting the belt; and a guide member disposed on an upstream side of the nip plate and including a guide portion, wherein the recording material on which the image is formed is heated while being conveyed through the nip portion, and the image is fixed onto the recording material, and the guide member is supported by a first surface and a second surface of an upstream side leg among the two legs of the supporting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yasunari Kobaru
  • Patent number: 10177821
    Abstract: A wireless communication system includes a first antenna, a second antenna with an orientation relative to the first antenna that is changeable around a predetermined axis, and a communication control unit that controls wireless communication based on electric field coupling between the first antenna and the second antenna. The first antenna includes a first electrode including a bored portion, where the predetermined axis passes through an inside of the bored portion. The first antenna also includes a second electrode located inside the bored portion The second antenna includes a third electrode that transmits an electric signal between the first electrode and the third electrode and a fourth electrode that transmits an electric signal between the second electrode and the fourth electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yuki Shoji
  • Patent number: 10175632
    Abstract: A power supply includes a first switching unit, a power restriction unit connected between the first switching unit and a load, a second switching unit connected between the power restriction unit and the load, a controller configured to output a control signal to the first switching unit and the second switching unit, and an adjusting unit configured to adjust input of the control signal to the second switching unit, and the second switching unit is operated selectively in accordance with the control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Ryo Matsumura, Hiroshi Yadoiwa
  • Patent number: 10175609
    Abstract: A developer accommodating unit for accommodating a developer for image formation includes a flexible container provided with an opening 35a for permitting discharge of the developer, a frame for accommodating the flexible container and for accommodating the developer to be discharged from the flexible container, and an urging member 21 for urging a developer accommodating bag toward the frame for accommodating the developer accommodating bag 16. By this, it is possible to satisfactorily effect discharge of the developer from the flexible developer accommodating bag 16.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroomi Matsuzaki, Masaaki Matsushita, Tatsuo Fujisaki, Masaki Furutani, Tetsuo Uesugi, Kojiro Yasui, Tomonori Matsunaga
  • Patent number: 10177695
    Abstract: A position estimation unit of a motor control apparatus includes a counter electromotive voltage estimation unit configured to estimate a counter electromotive voltage generated in a motor based on generated voltage and current of the motor, and an arc tangent calculation unit configured to perform an arc tangent calculation using coordinate data on a two-dimensional plane based on the estimated counter electromotive voltage to calculate an angle of deviation. The arc tangent calculation unit includes a rotation calculation unit configured to repeatedly perform a rotation calculation of coordinate data on a fundamental wave and a harmonic; a rotation direction judgment unit configured to judge a rotation direction of a subsequent rotation calculation based on a result of the rotation calculation of the rotation calculation unit; and a deviation angle calculation unit configured to calculate a total of rotation angles obtained as a result of the rotation calculation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Toru Miyazawa, Masahiko Mizoguchi, Kota Kiyama
  • Patent number: 10177792
    Abstract: A method of encoding a bitstream includes obtaining at least one current input word of the bitstream to encode, determining at least one nominal codeword associated with the at least one input word according to an error-control code, selecting one of the at least one nominal codeword or a substitute codeword in order to keep a current running digital sum and/or a running alternate sum bounded, and outputting an encoded word comprising the selected codeword. Embodiments make it possible to generate an encoded bitstream which is “DC free” and “Nyquist free” while providing error correction with a fixed coding rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Mounir Achir, François Thoumy
  • Patent number: 10175971
    Abstract: When applications in multiple devices are collectively, remotely updated, the applications cannot be uniformly determined to be activated and stopped because the execution states are different between devices and between applications. A distribution system obtains identification information and version information on each of firmware and an application that are installed in a network device, switches between a first screen for distribution setting pertaining to the firmware and a second screen for distribution setting pertaining to the application, based on the information obtained, and displays the screen, and transmits, to the network device, any of the distribution setting pertaining to the firmware designated through the first screen and the distribution setting pertaining to the application designated through the second screen. The distribution setting of the application transmitted includes designation of the operating state of the application after distribution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Keita Oshima
  • Patent number: 10178259
    Abstract: In a printing system capable of supplying a sheet of a job having undergone print processing by the printing unit of a printing apparatus to a post-processing unit capable of executing at least a specific type of post-processing among a plurality of types of post-processes, when the target job requires the specific type of post-processing, the printing apparatus is inhibited from executing print processing of the job without explicitly determining a sheet necessary for the print processing of the job by a user using a user interface unit. When the target job does not require the specific type of post-processing, the printing apparatus is permitted to execute print processing of the job without explicitly determining a sheet necessary for the print processing of the job by the user using the user interface unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Katsuyuki Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10177190
    Abstract: A photoelectric conversion portion, a charge holding portion, a transfer portion, and a sense node are formed in a P-type well. The charge holding portion is configured to include an N-type semiconductor region, which is a first semiconductor region holding charges in a portion different from the photoelectric conversion portion. A P-type semiconductor region having a higher concentration than the P-type well is disposed under the N-type semiconductor region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yusuke Onuki, Yuichiro Yamashita, Masahiro Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10177687
    Abstract: An oscillatory wave motor includes a piezoelectric element, an elastic member that includes a projecting portion, a friction member that moves relative to the elastic member and includes a contact surface in contact with the projecting portion, and pressing unit that brings the projecting portion into contact under pressure with the contact surface in a pressing direction that is a direction of a perpendicular line of the contact surface. The projecting portion includes a spherical portion formed in a center of the projecting portion, a contact portion formed on or near a center of the spherical portion, a flat portion formed around the spherical portion, and a corner portion formed around the flat portion. The spherical portion, the flat portion and the corner portion are configured to have a uniform thickness and to have flexibility in the pressing direction with the contact portion as a center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Makoto Oikawa
  • Patent number: 10176576
    Abstract: A medical image processing apparatus includes a core line identifying unit that identifies a core line of a predetermined region of a tubular structure from medical three-dimensional image data, a center position identifying unit that identifies a center position of the tubular structure from a plurality of points forming the core line identified by the core line identifying unit, an obtaining unit that obtains positions where straight lines intersecting at the center position and the tubular structure in the medical three-dimensional image data are in contact with each other, and a calculating unit that calculates a length of the tubular structure based on the positions obtained by the obtaining unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tsuyoshi Sakamoto
  • Patent number: 10178276
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes a card reader that reads a card for user authentication, a near field communication (NFC) tag, a memory that stores instructions, and a processor that executes the instructions to determine whether the card reader reads the NFC tag and determine, based on a result of the determination, an operation method of the NFC tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Fumio Mikami
  • Patent number: 10178256
    Abstract: In an information processing apparatus, when a receiving unit receives data from an external device, a power control unit returns a power state of the apparatus from a power saving state and a transmitting unit transmits a start instruction to a connected image forming apparatus, and when a power supply switch becomes on according to a user's operation, the power control unit returns the power state of the apparatus from the power saving state but the transmitting unit does not transmit the start instruction to the image forming apparatus. Thus, it is possible to achieve both a linkage start and an individual start for an external image processing controller and the image forming apparatus, in an image processing system including the information processing apparatus, the external image processing controller and the image forming apparatus capable of performing an image process in cooperation with others.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yoshiro Mihira
  • Patent number: 10178266
    Abstract: A printing apparatus comprising a printing unit configured to print an image, and a controlling unit including a processor and a memory storing a program which executed by the processor, the controlling being configured to act as a receiving unit configured to receive print data generated by an external apparatus, and a causing unit configured to cause the printing unit to print user information described in the received print data on a sheet together with an image of the print data, and configured to cause the printing unit to print user information described in setting information received by the receiving unit together with the received print data on a sheet together with an image of the print data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Toshihiko Iida
  • Patent number: 10178254
    Abstract: An image reading and recording apparatus includes an image recording unit and an image reading unit supported to be pivotally movable above the image recording unit and configured to be opened and closed by being pivotally moved relative to the image recording unit. The apparatus includes a stay including an opening portion formed thereon, a rotor inserted in the opening portion of the stay, a first cam surface provided on an inner peripheral portion of the opening portion, and a second cam surface provided on an outer peripheral portion of the rotor. The rotor rotates due to abutment of the first cam surface and the second cam surface with each other. The image reading unit is held in a first opened state with a first open angle, due to meshed engagement of the first cam surface and the second cam surface with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Mitsuyuki Fujibayashi, Haruo Uchida
  • Patent number: 10178297
    Abstract: The accessory apparatus includes an accessory communicator providing, with an image-capturing apparatus, three channels that are a notification channel, a first data communication channel and a second data communication channel. The image-capturing apparatus and the accessory apparatus are each configured to have a function of switching the second data communication channel between a first setting in which the data transmission from the image-capturing apparatus to the accessory apparatus is allowed and a second setting in which data transmission from the accessory apparatus to the image-capturing apparatus is allowed, The accessory controller is configured to, in response to receiving from the image-capturing apparatus through the notification channel a first notice indicating completion of switching from the first setting to the second setting in the image-capturing apparatus, switch from the first setting to the second setting in the accessory apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takahito Nakamichi
  • Patent number: 10178134
    Abstract: A device management apparatus sets a first password required to reflect a security policy managed by the device management apparatus on a device or change the security policy in a device, generates distribution data including the security policy and the set first password, and distributes the generated distribution data to a selected device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Junji Sato
  • Patent number: 10178330
    Abstract: A first ramp signal having a potential which is changed with time in a first amplitude range in a first period and a second ramp signal in which a potential is changed with time in a second amplitude range which includes the first amplitude range and which has maximum amplitude larger than maximum amplitude of the first amplitude range and an amount of the change of the potential per unit time is the same as an amount of the change of the potential per unit time of the first ramp signal are generated, and comparison between an optical signal and the first ramp signal and comparison between the optical signal and the second ramp signal are performed in parallel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Daisuke Yoshida, Hirofumi Totsuka
  • Patent number: 10178271
    Abstract: A facsimile apparatus includes a storage unit, a first detection unit, and a second detection unit. The storage unit stores a parameter based on a connection standard of a telephone-line connected to the facsimile apparatus, and an apparatus direct-current resistance of the facsimile apparatus. The first detection unit detects a first voltage that is a voltage at a line-open time of a telephone line connected to the facsimile apparatus. The second detection unit detects a second voltage that is a voltage at a line-capture time of the telephone line. By using the first voltage, the second voltage, the parameter, and the apparatus direct-current resistance, a voltage to be a threshold for determination of line capture is determined. By using a voltage detected from the telephone line and the voltage to be the threshold determined by the first determination unit, whether the telephone line is captured is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Junji Iguchi
  • Patent number: 10178312
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus for synthesizing continuously captured images includes a positioning unit configured to position images to be synthesized by using a motion vector indicating a positional deviation of the images between the images, and a synthesis unit configured to synthesize the images positioned by the positioning unit. The image processing apparatus further includes a group classification unit configured to classify the images into groups based on an order of imaging, and a setting unit configured to set a reference image in each group. The positioning unit includes a first positioning unit configured to position the images within the groups with respect to the respective reference images, and a second positioning unit configured to position the reference images between the groups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shin Takagi
  • Patent number: 10178270
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes a printer, a first wireless communicator, and a second wireless communicator. The first wireless communicator performs wireless local-area network (LAN) communication. The second wireless communicator transmits, to the information terminal, information required to perform the wireless LAN communication between the printing apparatus and an information terminal. The first wireless communicator receives print data from the information terminal. The printer performs printing based on the print data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Akiko Tokumaru, Yasuo Komada, Keigo Ogura, Kouichi Unno
  • Patent number: 10178324
    Abstract: A method for operating an imaging apparatus includes transmitting and shooting. The imaging apparatus can perform normal shooting or infrared shooting based on adjustment information received from a client device via a network. Information, transmitted to the client, indicates whether adjustment information for performing switching from the normal shooting to the infrared shooting and adjustment information for performing switching from the infrared shooting to the normal shooting can be individually set. A subject's image is shot by performing switching between the normal shooting and the infrared shooting based on the adjustment information received from the client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Mitsuo Niida
  • Patent number: 10178274
    Abstract: In an image forming apparatus that employs a laser scanning optical system that does not use an f? lens, in the case where magnification correction by insertion/removal of an auxiliary pixel is performed based on the premise of digital PWM, an insertion/removal position of an auxiliary pixel is controlled in accordance with a purpose of each piece of image processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Naoki Oyama
  • Patent number: 10178249
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a system capable of preventing data from being lost even in the case where upload of the data has failed and of preventing saved data from being deleted without a user knowing it. The present invention is a system that saves data in a storage server and the system includes: a determination unit configured to determine whether or not upload of the data to the storage server has succeeded; a saving unit configured to temporarily save the data in the case where the upload has failed; a notification unit configured to notify a user of that the temporarily saved data exists in the case where the saving unit temporarily saves the data; a retry unit configured to try reupload of the temporarily saved data to the storage server; and a deletion unit configured to delete the temporarily saved data in the case where the reupload has succeeded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Koichi Kuno
  • Patent number: 10178405
    Abstract: A decoding method wherein a motion vector is associated with a block of pixels of a current image, wherein the image is subdivided into spatial subdivisions, wherein the block of pixels belongs to a current spatial subdivision and is to be predicted using an Intra Block Copy mode, using a predictor block of pixels of the image designated by the motion vector, and wherein the predictor block designated by the motion vector may belong to any one of previously decoded spatial subdivisions in the current image. Embodiments provide enhancements to the Intra Block Copy Mode of the HEVC standard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Guillaume Laroche, Christophe Gisquet, Patrice Onno
  • Patent number: 10178347
    Abstract: The present invention provides a scheme that allows a person to communicate with another person at a remote site while giving the realistic sensation as if the persons faced each other in close proximity by capturing the images of the person using a plurality of image capturing units. A remote communication system includes a projector configured to project, on to a screen, an image transmitted from a remote site. The screen has a plurality of the front cameras disposed thereon. A CPU performs an extraction process to extract a person part from each of images captured by the front cameras and a combining process to combine the images captured by the front cameras. The remote communication system further includes a projector that projects the image subjected to the extraction process and the combining process onto a screen set in the remote site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hirochika Sato
  • Patent number: 10178286
    Abstract: A method for forming a color filter array includes a step of exposing a photosensitive color filter film, a step of forming a color filter array from the color filter film by developing the color filter film using a developer, and a step of cleaning the color filter array while rotating the color filter array and moving a nozzle for spraying fluid containing liquid and gas above the color filter array in a direction intersecting with an axis of the rotation. The method reduces variation in thickness of a color filter that is generated in the cleaning step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masao Ishioka, Daisuke Shimoyama, Takayuki Sumida, Kei Aoki, Yasuhiro Kawabata, Naoki Inatani, Tomoyuki Tezuka, Jun Iwata, Masaki Kurihara
  • Patent number: 10178342
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus causes an external output I/F to output raw image data to an external recording device and output image correction data to the external recording device every plurality of frames. The external recording device records the image data from the imaging apparatus in a moving image file in a recording medium and records the image correction data in a correction data file in the recording medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hidetaka Uemura
  • Patent number: 10178551
    Abstract: A communication apparatus includes a first notification unit, a second notification unit, a reception unit, and a sharing unit. The first notification unit provides first information containing information unique to the communication apparatus and information on a predetermined channel for use in sharing a communication parameter for wireless communication with a different communication apparatus. The second notification unit provides second information containing the information unique to the communication apparatus but not containing information on the predetermined channel. When the first information is provided, the reception unit waits to receive a predetermined signal containing information corresponding to the information unique to the communication apparatus without shifting to another channel. When the second information is provided, the reception unit waits to receive the predetermined signal using a plurality of channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Fumihide Goto
  • Publication number: 20190004134
    Abstract: A magnetic resonance imaging apparatus according to an embodiment includes sequence controlling circuitry and processing circuitry. The sequence controlling circuitry acquires first k-space data in units of a plurality of segments while arranging the plurality of segments to overlap one another in a read-out direction, the first k-space being divided into the plurality of segments in the read-out direction. The processing circuitry calculates a weighting coefficient on a basis of information about a gradient magnetic field related to the acquisition and generates second k-space data on a basis of the plurality of segments in the first k-space data and the weighting coefficient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Publication date: January 3, 2019
    Applicant: Canon Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Yuko HARA, Kanako Saito, Taichiro Shiodera, Tomoyuki Takeguchi, Takashi Shigeta, Masao Yui, Hiroshi Kusahara, Yuki Takai, Yoshimori Kasai