Ricoh had five patents in cloud during Q4 2023. Ricoh Co Ltd’s patents filed in Q4 2023 focus on a print management system that includes a cloud storage server storing print permissions, consumables usage, and printing completion status. Another patent involves an information processing system that stores and executes tasks, assigns tasks to applications, and transmits detailed information and execution data for task execution. GlobalData’s report on Ricoh gives a 360-degreee view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

Ricoh grant share with cloud as a theme is 40% in Q4 2023. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

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Application: Print management system, print management method, and non-transitory computer-executable medium (Patent ID: US20230376258A1)

The patent filed by Ricoh Co Ltd. describes a print management system that involves a cloud storage server and an information processing apparatus. The system stores print permission/prohibition conditions, consumable usage amounts for printing internal documents, and completion statuses of printing requests. The information processing apparatus executes a print material determination application to determine if a print material can be printed, execute the printing job, store usage amounts, provide printing records, and store completion statuses in the cloud storage server. The system aims to efficiently manage printing processes within an organization by controlling print permissions, tracking consumable usage, and maintaining completion statuses of printing requests.

The claims associated with the patent detail the specific functionalities and configurations of the print management system. These include providing records based on user input, generating consumable orders automatically, displaying messages for prohibited print materials, allowing user selection for executing print jobs, and adjusting image quality for storage. The system also considers various conditions like print format, banned words, internet page printing, and information thresholds per page. Additionally, the system can omit unnecessary image data, randomly determine omitted pages, and efficiently manage printing tasks based on predetermined conditions. Overall, the patent outlines a comprehensive print management system that aims to streamline printing operations, enhance control over print materials, and optimize consumable usage within an organization.

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