Ricoh had 41 patents in cybersecurity during Q1 2024. The patents filed by Ricoh Co Ltd in Q1 2024 focus on ensuring confidentiality of information in image forming apparatus while maintaining usability, and on an information processing system for managing and distributing profile information for print output between different company systems. GlobalData’s report on Ricoh gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

Ricoh grant share with cybersecurity as a theme is 63% in Q1 2024. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Recent Patents

Application: Image forming apparatus management system, image forming apparatus, managing apparatus, terminal apparatus, image forming apparatus managing method, and image forming program (Patent ID: US20240098209A1)

The patent filed by Ricoh Co Ltd. describes a managing apparatus and image forming apparatus management system that prioritize confidentiality of information in an image forming apparatus while maintaining usability. The system involves an image forming apparatus acquiring IC card identifying information with an IC card reader, a management server obtaining a user ID associated with the acquired IC card identifying information, and use limit information related to the use of the image forming apparatus. The image forming apparatus then performs a process based on the obtained use limit information.

One of the key claims of the patent is an image forming apparatus that includes a user interface and circuitry configured to display a screen while waiting for a recording medium to be read by a card reader. The apparatus receives recording medium identification information from the card reader, displays an input screen on the user interface to input user information, and logs in to the image forming apparatus upon authentication of the recording medium identification information or user information. Additionally, based on a setting, the apparatus may not display a button on the user interface for logging in, depending on whether logging in by inputting user information is allowed.

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