Ricoh had 122 patents in future of work during Q1 2024. Ricoh Co Ltd filed patents for an envelope processing apparatus with position adjustment based on transparent portion information, an electronic device with a voltage divider circuit for voltage level detection, a display system for manual or autonomous movement modes, a maintenance management system with recommended time periods for maintenance, and an information processing server for displaying objects based on time information and recorded audio/video. 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 future of work as a theme is 60% in Q1 2024. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Recent Patents

Application: Envelope processing apparatus and image forming system (Patent ID: US20240075767A1)

The patent filed by Ricoh Co Ltd. describes an envelope processing apparatus that conveys an envelope to an enclosing position and encloses an enclosure with specific information. The apparatus includes an envelope conveyor, a sensor to acquire transparent-portion information, an envelope holder, and control circuitry to adjust the position of the envelope or specific information based on relative positions between the formation position of the specific information and the transparent portion.

The claims detail the components and functions of the envelope processing apparatus, including adjusting the position of the envelope to match the transparent portion, outputting position adjustment information for folding processes, determining proper enclosure insertion, adjusting envelope position based on conveyance posture, and additional features like enclosing and sealing devices. The patent also covers an image forming system incorporating the envelope processing apparatus, allowing users to specify transparent portion positions and adjust folding positions based on the information provided by the control circuitry.

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