Toshiba had 250 patents in digitalization during Q1 2024. Toshiba Corp’s patents in Q1 2024 focus on improving operability and preventing forgetting to read privilege information in reading devices, monitoring lost articles in a placement area, managing individual item prices based on time, executing personal shopping services through communication terminals, and ensuring the stability of sales data processing apparatus through image analysis. GlobalData’s report on Toshiba gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

Toshiba grant share with digitalization as a theme is 42% in Q1 2024. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Recent Patents

Application: Reading device and method (Patent ID: US20240104539A1)

The patent filed by Toshiba Corp. describes a reading device and method aimed at enhancing operator usability without compromising the appearance of a product and ensuring that privilege information, such as discounts, is not overlooked. The device includes an imaging unit to capture a reading target, a reading unit to extract different types of information from the captured image using distinct processing methods, and an output unit to display the extracted information. The first information is identified by a symbol with a digital watermark, while the second information, also indicated by a symbol with a digital watermark, differs from the first.

The claims detail the components and processes involved in the reading device, including the extraction of symbols printed in different colors to differentiate between types of information, such as commodity identification and privilege details. The method involves imaging the target, extracting and processing the information from the image, and outputting the results. The privilege information can include flag information indicating the presence of a privilege label on the commodity or specific details about the privilege. The use of distinct colors, such as cyan and magenta, aids in the differentiation of symbols and information types. Additionally, the patent extends to a POS terminal incorporating the reading device, particularly suitable for self-service terminals, and potentially equipped with multiple imaging components for enhanced functionality.

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