Sony Group had 131 patents in cybersecurity during Q1 2024. Sony Group Corp filed patents related to image sensor devices with neural networks for detecting regions of interest and predetermined events, a method for posting user messages on internet forums using distributed ledger technology, an apparatus for generating encrypted data streams for privacy protection, an electronic device for media file verification, and a communication system for controlling signal reception between information processing devices. GlobalData’s report on Sony Group gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

Sony Group grant share with cybersecurity as a theme is 38% in Q1 2024. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Recent Patents

Application: Image sensor device, method and computer program (Patent ID: US20240104881A1)

The patent filed by Sony Group Corp describes an image sensor device that utilizes neural networks to detect regions of interest in an image and determine if a predetermined event has occurred. When the event is detected, the image is output, but if the event has not occurred, the device obscures the regions of interest and outputs the obscured image. The device can detect events such as a person performing a specific action, entering a designated area, or the presence of an authorized person. It can also send alerts and adjust the level of obscuring based on various factors.

The device can blur regions of interest, such as faces or license plates, and can use facial recognition to identify authorized individuals. It can also interact with other image sensor devices to coordinate obscuring processes. The method described in the patent involves receiving an image, detecting regions of interest, determining if a predetermined event has occurred, and outputting the image accordingly. The patent also covers a computer-readable medium storing software to perform the method. Overall, the patent outlines a sophisticated image sensor device that can intelligently process and output images based on the detection of specific events and regions of interest.

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