Patents Examined by Abdelali Serrou
  • Patent number: 9805025
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to a system and a method for identifying, from contractual documents, (i) standard exact clauses matching clause examples and (ii) non-standard clauses semantically related to but not matching the clause examples. A standard feature data set comprising standard exact clauses matching clause examples is obtained. In addition, a mirror feature data set comprising semantically related clauses of the clause examples is obtained using semantic language analysis, where the mirror feature data set encompasses the standard feature data set. Non-standard clauses are obtained by extracting a difference between the mirror feature data set and the standard exact feature data set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Seal Software Limited
    Inventor: Kevin Gidney
  • Patent number: 9798723
    Abstract: Provided are a method, system, and computer program product for handling locale and language in a cloud management system, in which a first composite values list of applicable locales and matching languages combinations is generated from at least one language installed on a service management system and at least one locale supported by said service management system. A second composite values list of applicable locales and matching languages combinations is generated as a fall back list based on at least one base language of said service management system and at least one matching locale formed from said at least one base language, if said first composite values list of applicable locales and matching languages is empty. A resulting composite values list of valid locales and languages combinations is provided for further processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Stephane B. Rodet, Torsten Teich
  • Patent number: 9799332
    Abstract: A communication interface apparatus for a system and a plurality of users is provided. The communication interface apparatus for the system and the plurality of users includes a first process unit configured to receive voice information and face information from at least one user, and determine whether the received voice information is voice information of at least one registered user based on user models corresponding to the respective received voice information and face information; a second process unit configured to receive the face information, and determine whether the at least one user's attention is on the system based on the received face information; and a third process unit configured to receive the voice information, analyze the received voice information, and determine whether the received voice information is substantially meaningful to the system based on a dialog model that represents conversation flow on a situation basis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Nam-Hoon Kim, Chi-Youn Park, Jeong-Mi Cho, Jeong-su Kim
  • Patent number: 9792923
    Abstract: A method performed in an audio decoder for reconstructing an original audio signal having a lowband portion and a highband portion is disclosed. The method includes receiving an encoded audio signal and extracting reconstruction parameters from the encoded audio signal. The method further includes decoding the encoded audio signal with a core audio decoder to obtain a decoded lowband portion and regenerating the highband portion based at least in part on a cross over frequency and the decoded lowband portion to obtain a regenerated highband portion. The method also includes creating a synthetic sinusoid with a level based at least in part on a spectral envelope value for the particular subband and a noise floor value for the particular subband and adding the synthetic sinusoid to the regenerated highband portion in the particular frequency band specified by the location information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Kristofer Kjoerling, Per Ekstrand, Holger Hoerich
  • Patent number: 9785707
    Abstract: A system and method for processing audio text files includes a content repository storing audio text files. A text transformer linguistically analyzes the audio text files within a content of multiple lexicons to form edited text results and creates a reflection repository having reflection files therein corresponding to the audio text files from the edited text results. A search engine searches the reflection files and a user device displays a first reflection file from the reflection files or a first audio text file from the audio files in response to searching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: SYSCOM, Inc.
    Inventors: Theodore F. Bayer, Donald R. Adkins, Gregory A. Corbin
  • Patent number: 9779757
    Abstract: Architectures and techniques to visually indicate an operational state of an electronic device. In some instances, the electronic device comprises a voice-controlled device configured to interact with a user through voice input and visual output. The voice-controlled device may be positioned in a home environment, such as on a table in a room of the environment. The user may interact with the voice-controlled device through speech and the voice-controlled device may perform operations requested by the speech. As the voice-controlled device enters different operational states while interacting with the user, one or more lights of the voice-controlled device may be illuminated to indicate the different operational states.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott I. Blanksteen, Gregory M. Hart, Charles S. Rogers, III, Heinz-Dominik Langhammer, Ronald Edward Webber
  • Patent number: 9779746
    Abstract: A method performed in an audio decoder for reconstructing an original audio signal having a lowband portion and a highband portion is disclosed. The method includes receiving an encoded audio signal and extracting reconstruction parameters from the encoded audio signal. The method further includes decoding the encoded audio signal with a core audio decoder to obtain a decoded lowband portion and regenerating the highband portion based at least in part on a cross over frequency and the decoded lowband portion to obtain a regenerated highband portion. The method also includes creating a synthetic sinusoid with a level based at least in part on a spectral envelope value for the particular subband and a noise floor value for the particular subband and adding the synthetic sinusoid to the regenerated highband portion in the particular frequency band specified by the location information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Kristofer Kjoerling, Per Ekstrand, Holger Hoerich
  • Patent number: 9767803
    Abstract: A system and method for dynamically selecting speech recognition functionality on a client device for recognizing user speech inputs are disclosed. Such selection may be made based on speech recognition functionalities actually available on the client devices. The speech functionalities that may be dynamically selected may include, without limitation, speech recognition software and/or services, speech libraries, kernel drivers, speech recognition hardware, audio hardware, and/or any other speech functionality available on a client device. User speech inputs may be processed via the selected speech functionality for generating control commands in a virtual space. In some implementations, remote speech recognition support may be evoked when a client device does not have any speech recognition functionality on the client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Aftershock Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Kent Wakeford, Clifford J. Harrington
  • Patent number: 9767710
    Abstract: The apparatus for foreign language study includes: a voice recognition device configured to recognize a speech entered by a user and convert the speech into a speech text; a speech intent recognition device configured to extract a user speech intent for the speech text using skill level information of the user and dialog context information; and a feedback processing device configured to extract a different expression depending on the user speech intent and a speech situation of the user. According to the present invention, the intent of a learner's speech may be determined even though the learner's skill is low, and customized expressions for various situations may be provided to the learner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: POSTECH ACADEMY-INDUSTRY FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Sung Jin Lee, Cheong Jae Lee, Gary Geunbae Lee
  • Patent number: 9763617
    Abstract: A system and a method for assessing a condition in a subject. Phones from speech of the subject are recognized, one or more prosodic or speech-excitation-source features of the phones are extracted, and an assessment of a condition of the subject, is generated based on a correlation between the features of the phones and the condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Thomas Francis Quatieri, Nicolas Malyska, Andrea Carolina Trevino
  • Patent number: 9760564
    Abstract: Mechanisms for identifying hidden meaning in a portion of natural language content are provided. A primary portion of natural language content is received and a secondary portion of natural language content is identified that references the natural language content. The secondary portion of natural language content is analyzed to identify indications of meaning directed to elements of the primary portion of natural language content. A probabilistic model is generated based on the secondary portion of natural language content modeling a probability of hidden meaning in the primary portion of natural language content. A hidden meaning statement data structure is generated for the primary portion of natural language content based on the probabilistic model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Donna K. Byron, Benjamin L. Johnson, Lakshminarayanan Krishnamurthy, Krishna Kummamuru, Timothy P. Winkler
  • Patent number: 9761237
    Abstract: A method performed in an audio decoder for reconstructing an original audio signal having a lowband portion and a highband portion is disclosed. The method includes receiving an encoded audio signal and extracting reconstruction parameters from the encoded audio signal. The method further includes decoding the encoded audio signal with a core audio decoder to obtain a decoded lowband portion and regenerating the highband portion based at least in part on a cross over frequency and the decoded lowband portion to obtain a regenerated highband portion. The method also includes creating a synthetic sinusoid with a level based at least in part on a spectral envelope value for the particular subband and a noise floor value for the particular subband and adding the synthetic sinusoid to the regenerated highband portion in the particular frequency band specified by the location information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Kristofer Kjoerling, Per Ekstrand, Holger Hoerich
  • Patent number: 9761240
    Abstract: An objective of the present invention is to correct a temporal envelope shape of a decoded signal with a small information volume and to reduce perceptible distortions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: NTT DoCoMo, Inc
    Inventors: Kei Kikuiri, Atsushi Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 9761236
    Abstract: A method performed in an audio decoder for reconstructing an original audio signal having a lowband portion and a highband portion is disclosed. The method includes receiving an encoded audio signal and extracting reconstruction parameters from the encoded audio signal. The method further includes decoding the encoded audio signal with a core audio decoder to obtain a decoded lowband portion and regenerating the highband portion based at least in part on a cross over frequency and the decoded lowband portion to obtain a regenerated highband portion. The method also includes creating a synthetic sinusoid with a level based at least in part on a spectral envelope value for the particular subband and a noise floor value for the particular subband and adding the synthetic sinusoid to the regenerated highband portion in the particular frequency band specified by the location information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Kristofer Kjoerling, Per Ekstrand, Holger Hoerich
  • Patent number: 9761246
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a method and an apparatus for detecting a voice activity in an input audio signal composed of frames. A noise attribute of the input signal is determined based on a received frame of the input audio signal. A voice activity detection (VAD) parameter is derived based on the noise attribute of the input audio signal using an adaptive function. The derived VAD parameter is compared with a threshold value to provide a voice activity detection decision. The input audio signal is processed according to the voice activity detection decision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Zhe Wang
  • Patent number: 9761234
    Abstract: A method performed in an audio decoder for reconstructing an original audio signal having a lowband portion and a highband portion is disclosed. The method includes receiving an encoded audio signal and extracting reconstruction parameters from the encoded audio signal. The method further includes decoding the encoded audio signal with a core audio decoder to obtain a decoded lowband portion and regenerating the highband portion based at least in part on a cross over frequency and the decoded lowband portion to obtain a regenerated highband portion. The method also includes creating a synthetic sinusoid with a level based at least in part on a spectral envelope value for the particular subband and a noise floor value for the particular subband and adding the synthetic sinusoid to the regenerated highband portion in the particular frequency band specified by the location information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Kristofer Kjoerling, Per Ekstrand, Holger Hoerich
  • Patent number: 9754602
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for synthesizing a speech signal; comprising obtaining a speech sequence input signal comprising semantic content corresponding to a speaker's utterance; analyzing the input speech sequence signal to obtain a first sequence of feature vectors for the input speech sequence signal; synthesizing a second sequence of feature vectors different from and based on the first sequence of feature vectors; generating an excitation signal and filtering the excitation signal based on the second sequence of feature vectors to obtain a synthesized speech signal wherein the semantic content is obfuscated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: AGNITIO SL
    Inventors: Johan Nikolaas Langehoven Brummer, Avery Maxwell Glasser, Luis Buera Rodriquez
  • Patent number: 9740677
    Abstract: Provided is a method of recommending a sticker through a dialog act analysis. The method includes: by a server, performing a surface analysis on the last utterance between the first user terminal and the second user the terminal; performing a dialog act analysis on the last utterance using a result of the surface analysis; extracting a dialog context factor including a surface analysis result and a dialog act analysis result on a certain number of continuous utterances including the last utterance between the first user terminal and the second user terminal; selecting a sticker to be recommended to the first user using the dialog context factor; and providing the selected sticker for the first user terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: NCsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Taek Jin Kim, Jay June Lee, Jungsun Jang, Sehee Chung, Kyeong Jong Lee, Yeonsoo Lee
  • Patent number: 9729691
    Abstract: A portable device performs a multiple recording function by which data is recorded using different recording techniques. The device includes at least one of an input unit and a touch panel, which creates or supports an input signal for activating an audio-related function and an input signal for activating the multiple recording function while the audio-related function is performed. The device further includes a display panel configured to output a memo writing screen of a memo function in response to the activation of the multiple recording function, the memo writing screen allowing the activation of a voice recording function. The device also includes a control unit configured to control the output of the memo writing screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jin Young Jeon, Sang Hyuk Koh, Tae Yeon Kim, Hyun Kyoung Kim, Hyun Mi Park, Hye Bin Park, Sae Gee Oh
  • Patent number: 9711134
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus are generally described for providing an audio interface. In some examples, first voice data of a first narrator and a second voice data of a second narrator are received and the second voice data is transformed by a voice transformation function. At least a part of a first text data is converted into a first synthesized voice data based, at least in part, on the first voice data and at least a part of a second text data is converted into a second synthesized voice data based, at least in part, on the transformed second voice data by applying a voice transformation function which maximizes a feature difference between the first voice data and the transformed second voice data. The first synthesized voice data and the second synthesized voice data are provided in parallel on a temporal axis via the voice interface system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: EMPIRE TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT LLC
    Inventors: Noriaki Kuwahara, Tsutomu Miyasato, Yasuyuki Sumi