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Patent Issued for Authorization Device That Grants Authority To Guest Users (USPTO 10,366,216): Konica Minolta Inc.

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08/14/2019 | 05:49pm EDT

2019 AUG 14 (NewsRx) -- By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Network Business Daily -- A patent by the inventors Hase, Junichi (Osaka, Japan); Asai, Yuki (Itami, Japan), filed on May 10, 2018, was published online on August 12, 2019, according to news reporting originating from Alexandria, Virginia, by NewsRx correspondents.

Patent number 10,366,216 is assigned to Konica Minolta Inc. (Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan).

The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: “Technological Field

“The present invention relates to an authorization device and a control program for an authorization device. More specifically, the present invention relates to an authorization device for granting authority and a control program for the authorization device.

“Description of the Related Art

“Among electrophotographic image forming apparatuses, there are an MFP (Multi Function Peripheral) equipped with a scanner function, a facsimile function, a copying function, a function as a printer, a data communication function, and a server function, a facsimile machine, a copying machine, a printer, and so on.

“In order to limit users who use the image forming apparatus, some image forming apparatuses have a function of user authentication. In the image forming apparatus having the function of user authentication, information (ID (Identification), password, etc.) of users who are permitted to use the image forming apparatus is registered in the database held by the image forming apparatus in advance by an administrator or the like. The image forming apparatus determines whether to grant the authority to use of the image forming apparatus to a user by comparing information entered by the user with the information registered in the database.

“Techniques for granting authority to use of a device are disclosed in, for example, Documents 1 to 5 below. Document 1 below discloses an information process system that generates an authority delegation ID for delegating an authority for performing a predetermined process to another person based on a user ID, when a client inputs the user ID. The information process system outputs the generated authority delegation ID, and registers the generated authority delegation ID in an authority delegation table. When a contractor enters the authority delegation ID, this information process system collates with the authority delegation table, and if it is authenticated, it executes processing.

“Document 2 below discloses an information processing device that allows a host user who granted authority, to grant authority to yet another guest user. This information processing device stores user authentication information for authenticating a user and authority information indicating authority of information processing in association with each other. The information processing device searches whether or not the entered user authentication information is stored in a user registration information storage means. When the entered user authentication information is stored, the information processing device determines whether registration of the new user authentication information is allowed or not, based on the authority information corresponding to the user authentication information. The information processing device activates the user registration process if it determines to allow. The information processing device causes the user registration information storage means to store the user authentication information newly entered in this user registration process.

“Document 3 below discloses a usage authority management server including a usage authority definition table for storing the relationship between each authority for usage and personnel attributes as grant condition of the authority for usage. The usage authority management server searches a personnel database with an employee code corresponding to the user ID attached to the inputted processing request. This usage authority management server extracts personnel attributes including the organization and title of the employee code. This usage authority management server extracts the authority for usage corresponding to the extracted personnel attributes from the usage authority definition table. The usage authority management server sets the extracted authority for usage to the authority for usage allocated to the user ID.

“In the following Document 4, an account management system is disclosed. The account management system has a front-end part and a back-end part. The front-end part accepts the account ID assignment request, inputs the user’s personal information, and examines it. If the examination result is OK, the front-end part instructs creation of the account ID and registration of the user entry in the system resource requested to use. The back-end part registers the user entry in the system resource requested by the front-end part, and creates the account ID. The front-end part is connected to the user via a communication network. Requests for creation of the account ID information and personal information are input via a communication network.

“Document 5 below discloses a communication server apparatus. The communication server apparatus includes a communication unit for communicating with a communication terminal, a social management unit that provides an SNS (social networking service) and manages social relationship information showing the relationship among users in the SNS in association with user identification information of users having a relationship, a terminal management unit that manages terminal identification information of communication terminals possessed by users in association with user identification information, a terminal usage authority management unit that grants and manages the authority for usage set to the communication terminals managed by the terminal management unit in association with the social relationship information of the users who own the communication terminals, and a communication control unit to control communication according to the authority for usage of the connection destination communication terminals managed by the terminal usage authority management unit in association with the social relationship information among users possessing communication terminals, in communication between communication terminals.”

In addition to the background information obtained for this patent, NewsRx journalists also obtained the inventors’ summary information for this patent: “The present invention is intended to solve the above problems, and an object thereof is to provide an authorization device and an authorization device control program capable of improving convenience while securing security.

“To achieve at least one of the abovementioned objects, according to an aspect of the present invention, a authorization device reflecting one aspect of the present invention comprises a hardware processor, to grant authority wherein the hardware processor evaluates depth of relationship on a service used by a plurality of users, between a host user to whom an authority was given and a guest user different from the host user, and the hardware processor grants an authority to the guest user, based on the evaluation result.

“According to another aspect of the invention, a non-transitory computer-readable recording medium storing a controlling program for an authorization device to grant authority, wherein the program causes a computer to execute the steps of: evaluating depth of relationships on a service used by a plurality of users, between a host user to whom an authority is given and a guest user different from the host user, and granting an authority to the guest user, based on the evaluation result.”

The claims supplied by the inventors are:

“What is claimed is:

“1. An authorization device comprising a hardware processor, to grant authority wherein the hardware processor evaluates a depth of a social relationship on a social networking service used by a plurality of users, between a host user to whom an authority for using a device was given and a guest user different from the host user, wherein the depth of the social relationship is determined based on a type of relationship defined on the social network service and at least one of a number of mutual friends, and interactions between the host user and guest user, and the hardware processor grants an authority to the guest user to use the device, based on the evaluation result, wherein the authority granted to the guest user is the same authority given to the host user.

“2. The authorization device according to claim 1, wherein the hardware processor evaluates that the relationship between the host user and the guest user on the service is deep, when the host user and the guest user have a predetermined cooperative relationship on the service.

“3. The authorization device according to claim 1, wherein the hardware processor evaluates that the relationship between the host user and the guest user on the service is deep, when the host user and the guest user have exchanged messages on the service.

“4. The authorization device according to claim 1, wherein the hardware processor evaluates presence or absence of a predetermined behavior on the service of the guest user, the hardware processor does not grant the authority to the guest user irrespective of the evaluation result of the depth of relationship, if it is evaluated that there is the predetermined behavior on the service of the guest user, and the hardware processor grants the authority to the guest user based on the evaluation result of the depth of relationship, if it is evaluated that there is not the predetermined behavior on the service of the guest user.

“5. The authorization device according to claim 4, wherein the hardware processor evaluates that there is a predetermined behavior on the service of the guest user, when the guest user has exchanged a message with a predetermined user on the service.

“6. The authorization device according to claim 4, wherein the hardware processor evaluates that there is a predetermined behavior on the service of the guest user, when the guest user is participating in a predetermined group on the service.

“7. The authorization device according to claim 4, wherein the hardware processor evaluates that there is a predetermined behavior on the service of the guest user, when the guest user discloses a predetermined keyword on the service.

“8. The authorization device according to claim 4, wherein the hardware processor evaluates that there is a predetermined behavior on the service of the guest user, when the guest user does not follow predetermined security policy on the service.

“9. The authorization device according to claim 1, wherein there are a plurality of host users evaluated that the relationship with the guest user on the service is deep, and the hardware processor determines the authority granted to the guest user, based on an authority assigned to the host user having the greatest relation to the guest user among the plurality of host users, when granting an authority to the guest user based on the evaluation result of the depth of relationship.

“10. The authorization device according to claim 9, further comprising an order storing unit for storing depth order of the relationship between each of the plurality of host users and the guest user, wherein the hardware processor corrects the authority granted to the guest user, based on the authority assigned to the host user who is second in the order stored in the order storing unit, in a case where the host user who is most closely related to the guest user has lost the granted authority after granting the authority to the guest user.

“11. The authorization device according to claim 1, wherein there are a plurality of host users evaluated that the relationship with the guest user on the service is deep, and the hardware processor determines the authority granted to the guest user, based on the authority of the host user who is granted the most authority among the plurality of host users, when granting an authority to the guest user based on the evaluation result of the depth of relationship.

“12. The authorization device according to claim 1, wherein there are a plurality of host users evaluated that the relationship with the guest user on the service is deep, and the hardware processor determines the authority granted to the guest user, based on authority commonly assigned to all of the plurality of the host users, when granting an authority to the guest user based on the evaluation result of the depth of relationship.

“13. The authorization device according to claim 1, wherein the hardware processor can evaluate the depth of the relationship between the host user and the guest user on each of a plurality of services.

“14. The authorization device according to claim 1, wherein the hardware processor accepts input of information of an account of the guest user in the service, the hardware processor acquires information registered in the service of the guest user from a server by transmitting the information of the account to the server that provides the service, and the hardware processor evaluates the depth of the relationship between the host user and the guest user on the service, based on the information acquired.

“15. The authorization device according to claim 14, wherein the hardware processor acquires information registered in the service of the guest user from the server, by transmitting the information of the account to the server providing the service, after granting the authority to the guest user, and the hardware processor corrects the evaluation result of the relationship depth, based on the acquired information.

“16. A non-transitory computer-readable recording medium storing a controlling program for an authorization device to grant authority, wherein the program causes a computer to execute the steps of: evaluating depth of a social relationship on a social networking service used by a plurality of users, between a host user to whom an authority for using a device is given and a guest user different from the host user, wherein the depth of the social relationship is determined based on a type of relationship defined on the social networking service, and at least one of a number of mutual friends, and interactions between the host user and guest user, and granting an authority to the guest user to use the device, based on the evaluation result, wherein the authority granted to the guest user is the same authority given to the host user.”

URL and more information on this patent, see: Hase, Junichi; Asai, Yuki. Authorization Device That Grants Authority To Guest Users. U.S. Patent Number 10,366,216, filed May 10, 2018, and published online on August 12, 2019. Patent URL: http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=10,366,216.PN.&OS=PN/10,366,216RS=PN/10,366,216

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