Sharp had 13 patents in artificial intelligence during Q4 2023. Sharp Corp filed patents for a video decoding apparatus using a neural network for resolution conversion, a file search system with relatedness scores for search results, a display control system based on personal attributes, a video decoding apparatus defining relationships between patch size and picture sizes, and an information processing apparatus to prevent erroneous tasks. GlobalData’s report on Sharp gives a 360-degreee view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

Sharp grant share with artificial intelligence as a theme is 23% in Q4 2023. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

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Application: Video coding apparatus and video decoding apparatus (Patent ID: US20230421785A1)

The patent filed by Sharp Corp. describes a video decoding apparatus that includes an image decoding apparatus and a resolution inverse conversion apparatus that uses a neural network to convert the resolution of a decoded image to a specified resolution. The resolution inverse conversion apparatus decodes information indicating the number of horizontal and vertical pixels of a patch size used in processing the neural network, setting them equal to the maximum values of the patch size.

The patent also details a video coding apparatus that includes an image coding apparatus, an inverse conversion information generation apparatus, and an inverse conversion information coding apparatus. The inverse conversion information generation apparatus generates information for inversely converting the resolution of a decoded image, while the coding apparatus codes this information as supplemental enhancement information. In this case, the information coded includes the number of horizontal and vertical pixels of a patch size used in processing the neural network, with the coded image's pixel values set equal to the maximum values of the patch size.

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