Toshiba had 107 patents in ecommerce during Q1 2024. Toshiba Corp’s patents in Q1 2024 focus on innovative systems for merchandise registration, transaction processing, individual item management, information processing, and point of sale (POS) systems. These patents include features such as calculating check digits for merchandise codes, determining user location for transaction settlement, adjusting prices based on time, analyzing purchasing data for user and product relations, and storing and using coupon information for POS transactions. 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 ecommerce as a theme is 41% in Q1 2024. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

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Application: Merchandise data processing apparatus and merchandise data processing method (Patent ID: US20240105032A1)

The patent filed by Toshiba Corp. describes a merchandise registration apparatus that utilizes two different code systems to verify and register merchandise codes. The processor in the apparatus calculates a first-type value for the check digit of the merchandise code based on the first code system and compares it to the actual check digit. If there is a match, the item is registered. If not, a second-type value is calculated based on a second code system, and if this matches the check digit, the item is registered under the second code system. The apparatus includes features such as a product scanner for reading the merchandise code and an input device for manual input.

The method outlined in the patent involves receiving a merchandise code input, calculating first and second-type values for the check digit based on different code systems, and registering the item accordingly. The method ensures that the merchandise codes in both systems have the same number of digits and that the calculation methods for the first and second-type values are distinct. Additional conditions, such as specific digit values or input methods, may trigger the calculation of the second-type value. The patent also covers a computer-readable medium storing program instructions for executing the method on a merchandise registration apparatus.

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