Sharp had 51 patents in cybersecurity during Q4 2023. Sharp Corp’s patents in Q4 2023 focus on image processing and virus protection in image forming apparatus. The inventions include non-contact user authentication, virus check control, virus quarantine using pattern files, security settings, and virus quarantine timing settings. These innovations aim to enhance security and efficiency in image processing operations. 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 cybersecurity as a theme is 33% in Q4 2023. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

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Application: Image processing apparatus and image processing method (Patent ID: US20230412752A1)

The patent filed by Sharp Corp. describes an image processing apparatus that includes an apparatus information generator, an authenticator, and a job controller. The apparatus information generator generates apparatus information with identification details, the authenticator performs non-contact user authentication with a communication terminal, and the job controller allows the communication terminal to acquire apparatus information and execute a job based on the information received. The apparatus can execute a job based on the apparatus information transmitted from the communication terminal via the Internet and setting information related to job execution.

The claims of the patent detail the components and functions of the image processing apparatus, including an apparatus information generator, display, job controller, and authenticator. The apparatus allows for setting information related to function setting concerning a scan job to be received from a communication terminal via a network service, with the setting information including the email address to which scan data is sent. The authenticator can perform non-contact user authentication using near field wireless communication or medium-range wireless communication with position information. The method described in the patent involves generating apparatus information, displaying it, and receiving setting information related to function setting for a scan job from a communication terminal via a network service, with the setting information including the email address for sending scan data.

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