Ricoh had 59 patents in digitalization during Q1 2024. The patents filed by Ricoh Co Ltd in Q1 2024 include a service system for providing content based on spherical images and map data, a data file generation apparatus that writes deletion candidate information to external storage, an information processing apparatus that outputs answer information based on database matching, an information processing server for displaying objects and generating screen information, and an information processing system for managing and distributing profile information for print output. 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 digitalization as a theme is 52% in Q1 2024. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

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Application: Service system, information processing apparatus, and service providing method (Patent ID: US20240107173A1)

The patent filed by Ricoh Co Ltd. describes a service system that includes a mobile terminal and an information processing device capable of communication via a network. The mobile terminal transmits spherical images taken in different locations along with positional information to the information processing device. The information processing device then receives these images, obtains map data including the imaging locations, creates a path connecting these locations, and provides content including the map data, path information, and spherical images for access through the network.

The method and device claims outlined in the patent detail the process of obtaining partial images of panoramic images, obtaining maps, displaying the partial image along with the map indicating the position and direction of capture, and transmitting this information. The claims also cover aspects such as the angle of view of the partial image, connection between the position and direction of capture, use of floor plans as maps, capturing panoramic images, changing the direction of capture, and displaying corresponding images. The system claim extends this functionality to include a processing device and a terminal, with the terminal receiving and displaying the partial image, map, position, and direction information. Additional features such as changing the direction of capture and corresponding image adjustments are also included in the system claim.

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