Toshiba had 18 patents in internet of things during Q1 2024. Toshiba Corp filed patents in Q1 2024 for devices and methods aimed at improving operator operability without compromising appearance. These include a reading device that reads different types of information from symbols with digital watermarks, an eye movement detecting device, a wireless tag reading apparatus, a settlement device that adjusts anonymization of identification numbers, and an office device that wirelessly communicates with other devices for monitoring and control purposes. 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 internet of things as a theme is 55% 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 the retention of important information like discounts. 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 information is indicated by symbols printed with digital watermarks, with different colors used to differentiate between various types of information.

The claims associated with the patent detail the components and methods involved in the reading device, emphasizing the extraction of commodity identification information and privilege information from captured images. The use of different colors, such as cyan and magenta, aids in distinguishing between different types of information. Additionally, the patent extends to a POS terminal incorporating the reading device, particularly beneficial for self-service terminals. Overall, the patent focuses on improving user experience and information retention through innovative reading technology.

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