NEC had 281 patents in digitalization during Q1 2024. NEC Corp’s patents in Q1 2024 include technologies for estimating customer familiarity with items based on viewing and holding times, accurately merging character strings, automatically classifying data without machine learning, enabling users to set search queries for image retrieval, and displaying product information to customers in stores. GlobalData’s report on NEC gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

NEC grant share with digitalization as a theme is 41% in Q1 2024. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

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Application: Familiarity degree estimation apparatus, familiarity degree estimation method, and recording medium (Patent ID: US20240104587A1)

The patent filed by NEC Corp. describes a familiarity degree estimation apparatus that calculates the time a customer spends viewing an item based on videos of their hand and face, then estimates the customer's familiarity with the item. The apparatus recognizes the item, stores the familiarity degree, and classifies it based on customer attributes and purchase history.

The apparatus and method outlined in the patent involve calculating the time a customer spends viewing an item based on video data, then estimating the customer's familiarity with the item. The degree of familiarity is stored and classified based on customer attributes and purchase history, providing valuable insights into customer behavior and preferences.

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