Canon had 183 patents in cybersecurity during Q1 2024. Canon Inc filed patents for a content generation apparatus using blockchain, a control method for information processing apparatus based on LAN authentication, an image processing apparatus for text comparison, a communication apparatus for dual authentication methods, and a driver face authentication system for movable apparatus. GlobalData’s report on Canon gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

Canon grant share with cybersecurity as a theme is 36% in Q1 2024. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Recent Patents

Application: Content generation apparatus that registers information in blockchain, control method for content generation apparatus, and storage medium (Patent ID: US20240106672A1)

The patent filed by Canon Inc. describes a content generation apparatus that can easily confirm content data registered in a blockchain. The apparatus includes an image pickup unit that generates an image file, calculates a hash value of the file, and transmits this information to a management system for blockchain registration. Once the registration process is complete, the apparatus stores information indicating that the content data is registered in the blockchain, making it easily verifiable.

Additionally, the content generation apparatus can include an image capturing unit for capturing images, with the content data being the image data obtained. The apparatus can display the content data with registration information, allowing users to distinguish between registered and unregistered content. Users can also manage multiple pieces of content data, such as storing favorites or deleting content, with instructions from the user. In case of failure to store registration information, the apparatus notifies the user of the cause. The patent also covers a control method and a computer-readable storage medium storing a program for executing the control method, outlining the steps of generating content data, calculating hash values, transmitting to a management server, receiving registration notifications, and storing registration information in the blockchain.

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