Patents Examined by Ahmad F. Matar
  • Patent number: 11374589
    Abstract: Exemplary multipath digital microphone described herein can comprise exemplary embodiments of adaptive ADC range multipath digital microphones, which allow low power to be achieved for amplifiers or gain stages, as well as for exemplary adaptive ADCs in exemplary multipath digital microphone arrangements described herein, while still providing a high DR digital microphone systems. Further non-limiting embodiments can comprise an exemplary glitch removal component configured to minimize audible artifacts associated with the change in the gain of the exemplary adaptive ADCs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: INVENSENSE, INC.
    Inventor: Michael Perrott
  • Patent number: 11368588
    Abstract: This disclosure describes management of a contact center executing in a service provider network. The management may be performed by using one or more trained deep learning/machine learning (ML) models. The ML models may be trained using metrics and data gathered from the various services and systems in the service provider network used to implement the contact center. The trained models may be used for forecasting staffing needs, e.g., agents, for the contact center, scheduling agents, detecting anomalies with regard to customer traffic, e.g., received communications from customers, at the contact center, adherence of agents to the scheduling, and dynamically routing of received communications to appropriate agents (e.g., based on skills of the agent and other factors) for handling of the communications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Boyd Johnston, Pasquale DeMaio, Juliana Saussy
  • Patent number: 11368776
    Abstract: Signal energy in auditory sub-bands of an input audio signal is determined. Sound pressure level, SPL, in those sub-bands is then determined, based on the signal energy and based on sound output sensitivity of the against-the-ear audio device. In one instance, at least first and second gain lookup tables are determined based on a hearing profile of a user of the against-the-ear audio device. Sub-band gains that are to be applied to the input audio signal are determined based on the determined SPL. When the input audio signal is for example telephony the sub-band gains are computed using the first gain lookup table, and when the input audio signal is for example media the sub-band gains are computed using the second gain lookup table. Other aspects are also described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: John Woodruff, Jing Xia, Yacine Azmi
  • Patent number: 11363386
    Abstract: The present application discloses a system for converting vibration to voice frequency wirelessly and a method thereof. By sensing a first vibration variation data and a voice frequency variation data of a vocal vibration part in a first sensing period, a voice frequency reference data is obtained from the voice frequency variation data and the first vibration result. A second vibration result is obtained at a second sensing period for converting to a voice frequency output signal, and the voice frequency output signal is used to output as a voice signal corresponding to the voice frequency various result. Thus, the present application provides a voice signal close to a human voice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: National Applied Research Laboratories
    Inventors: Chun-Ming Huang, Tay-Jyi Lin
  • Patent number: 11363360
    Abstract: An acoustic reflector and an acoustic electronics device are disclosed. The acoustic reflector is for being used inside an enclosure of an acoustic electronics device, which is made of thermal conductive material and functions as a heat sink. The acoustic electronics device comprises such an acoustic reflector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Goertek Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Warren Little
  • Patent number: 11356551
    Abstract: A system for identifying the calling device used to place a call in to an enterprise call center. The system also provides information about the network path through which the call was delivered. The system uses active “pinging” in the audio channel during the first few seconds of the call. The device of the invention sends a special sequence of audio tones from the callee to the caller over the audio channel. The system then records and analyses the resulting incoming audio and compares them with the original tones. The system uses that information to characterize the calling device, and possibly the network path as well. The system checks this information against previously stored information from a known valid caller to aid in verifying the identity of the caller, or to flag the call for further assessment via other methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: SecureLogix Corporation
    Inventor: Waleed S. Haddad
  • Patent number: 11330110
    Abstract: Systems and methods for establishing call connection in response to user action, the method including receiving a first user action from a user associated with making a call connection, wherein the first user action comprises any of copying at least part of a phone number, pasting at least part of the phone number, or inputting at least part of the phone number. The method also includes determining one or more call recipients based on the first user action. The method also includes establishing one or more silent call connections based on the determined one or more call recipients, wherein each of the one or more silent call connections comprises a call connection with a predetermined parameter so that there are no incoming call indicators on one or more devices associated with the one or more call recipients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: RINGCENTRAL, INC.
    Inventors: QingHua Cai, JianWei Chen, WeiMing Li, Christopher van Rensburg, Martin Arastafar
  • Patent number: 11323817
    Abstract: A diaphragm for an audio transducer includes a first outer surface, a second outer surface opposing the first outer surface and a support structure. A skin defines at least one of the first and second outer surfaces of the diaphragm. The support structure is disposed on or within the skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: TYMPHANY ACOUSTIC TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventors: George Albert Bullimore, Garry David Taylor, Stuart Martin Hancock
  • Patent number: 11323801
    Abstract: A device configured to provide wireless service and power for a smart speaker includes at least one transceiver configured to wirelessly connect to a mobile broadband network and further configured to obtain internet access and the at least one transceiver further configured to wirelessly connect to the smart speaker and provide the internet access to the smart speaker. The device further includes a power supply configured to store power and the power supply further configured to provide power to the at least one transceiver. The power supply further configured to store power and the power supply further configured to provide power to the smart speaker. The device further includes a housing configured to house the at least one transceiver and the power supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: TRACFONE WIRELESS, INC.
    Inventors: James Zimmerman, Ricky Ramon, Elliot Garcia
  • Patent number: 11323837
    Abstract: A method assists in playing sound of a graphical representation for an electronic communication between a first person with a first portable electronic device (PED) to a second person with a second PED. The method displays a first visual indication that when selected plays the sound of the graphical representation in stereo or mono sound and a second visual indication that when selected plays the sound of the graphical representation in binaural sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Inventor: Philip Scott Lyren
  • Patent number: 11323563
    Abstract: Techniques are described for vetting unwanted calls. At an inbound customer call handling apparatus, a SIP INVITE is received from a destination carrier servicing the inbound customer intended for a destination user agent (UA) device of the inbound customer. The SIP INVITE includes a current origination identifier (ORIG ID) comprised of a fixed length character string. The call handling apparatus accesses a database of stored ORIG ID character strings, each stored ORIG ID character string in the database having been included with a previous SIP INVITE that has been previously associated with an unwanted inbound call. The call handling apparatus analyzes the current ORIG ID character string to determine if it matches any stored ORIG ID character strings in the database. When there is a match to a stored ORIG ID character string, the SIP INVITE is not forwarded to the destination UA device. Otherwise, it is forwarded to the destination UA device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Bandwidth Inc.
    Inventor: Srikanth Rao
  • Patent number: 11317223
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a hearing device comprising a housing accommodating an acoustic transducer inside an inner volume of the housing, the acoustic transducer having an oscillator element configured to generate sound waves, the housing accommodating the acoustic transducer inside an inner volume of the housing. The hearing device further comprises a sound outlet configured to release sound waves from the inner volume into an ear canal. The hearing device may also comprise a microphone configured to be acoustically coupled to the ear canal, and an active feedback control circuit configured to provide an active feedback control signal to modify the sound waves generated by the acoustic transducer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Sonova AG
    Inventors: Thomas Zurbruegg, Antonio Hoelzl, Paul Wagner, Fabian Hohl
  • Patent number: 11316976
    Abstract: One or more embodiments of techniques or systems for intelligent data presentation are provided herein. Data can be presented on similar devices having different characteristics in different manners. For example, data may be rendered in a first manner on a first device having one monitor, the same data may be rendered in a second manner on a second device having two displays or a different display size. Financial information, sales data, banking information, etc. may be presented in a variety of ways based on capabilities or properties of a device accessing the information or data. Similarly, renderings may be selected based on interaction capabilities or interaction options a user may have with different renderings or presentations. In other embodiments, user interaction with an automated teller machine (ATM), call center, vehicle, or other interface can be based on device properties or device capabilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
    Inventors: Stephen M. Ellis, Bipin Sahni, David Hatch, Shahid Razzaq
  • Patent number: 11310365
    Abstract: Method starts with processing, by processor, receiving audio signal of communication session between member-related client device and agent client device. Processor processes audio signal to generate caller utterances, each including audio caller utterance and transcribed caller utterance. Caller utterances includes first and second caller utterances. For each of the plurality of caller utterances, processor generates relationship data based on transcribed caller utterance, generates identified task based on transcribed caller utterance, and generates task completion probability result based on audio caller utterance, relationship data, and identified task, and stores the task completion probability result in a database. Processor computes agent action ranking score that is based on difference between task completion probability result of first caller utterance and task completion probability result of second caller utterance that precedes first caller utterance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Express Scripts Strategie Development, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher M. Myers, Danielle L. Smith
  • Patent number: 11290597
    Abstract: A computer-implemented process includes receiving an incoming contact at a contact center from a user; identifying a plurality of different portions of the incoming contact, each of a plurality of portions associated with a respective topic; and for each of the different portions, routing that different portion to a respective agent of the contact center based on its associated respective topic. Furthermore, the process includes receiving a respective response from one or more of the respective agents, the respective response pertaining to the different portion routed to that agent; combining the respective response from the one or more of the respective agents to form a first composite response; and forwarding the first composite response to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: Avaya Inc.
    Inventors: Harshad Apshankar, Valentine C. Matula
  • Patent number: 11290596
    Abstract: An enhanced routing system determines a service provider best suited to fulfill a user's request to interact and establishes a communication session between the user's client device and a device of the service provider. The enhanced routing system may use user characteristics and behavior to select the service provider. For example, the enhanced routing system receives a request to connect to a customer service system from a user who has recently started a new job and has been accessing a banking application on his mobile phone. The enhanced routing system may determine that a payroll service provider is best suited to fulfill the user's request. For example, the enhanced routing system uses a machine learning model that has been trained on previously fulfilled requests. In this way, the enhanced routing system improves upon systems that continuously prompt the user for information by selecting a service provider without overburdening the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: ZENPAYROLL, INC.
    Inventors: Brandon Anthony Scott, Aurobind Ravichandran, Matthew Surjana Oey, Gregory Shunsuke Wilson
  • Patent number: 11283925
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the invention provide methods, systems, and computer program products for sending an outbound communication to a party to generate an inbound communication from the party for a contact center. An expected response time is derived identifying a time the inbound communication is expected to be received from the party after sending the outbound communication to the party. In particular instances, an agent is identified who is expected to be available at the expected response time to handle the inbound communication when it is received by the party at the contact center. In addition, the content of the outbound communication may be composed to identify the agent to the party. Accordingly, the outbound communication is sent to the party so that the inbound communication can be routed to the agent upon being received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Noble Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher S. Haggerty, Karl H. Koster
  • Patent number: 11283917
    Abstract: A method and system are disclosed for enabling a telephone call to be made an actionable object and enabling that actionable object to be updated. The user device may have a graphical user interface on which the phone call is presented as an actionable object. The user device may be the same device (e.g. a smartphone) on which the call was made and/or may be a separate device (e.g. a desktop or laptop or tablet computer or the like). The data received by the computer apparatus may be for example one or more of start time of the call, end time of the call, duration of the call, telephone number of the third party, location of the user and call disposition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: IOVOX Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryan Gallagher, Mark Carbonaro
  • Patent number: 11272056
    Abstract: Methods for routing customers to an agent include receiving a customer communication; representing the customer communication as an array of one or more agent skills desired to handle the customer communication in one hot coding format or as a vector with an induced metric using an embedding algorithm; routing the represented customer communication to an agent having the one or more agent skills; measuring performance of the agent in relation to the one or more agent skills during or after the customer communication; updating, in real-time, one or more performance scores of the agent in a skill profile, wherein the one or more performance scores are related to the one or more agent skills; and routing subsequent customer communications based on the updated one or more performance scores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: NICE LTD.
    Inventors: Ifat Shwartz, Tal Raskin, Michael Segal, Natan Katz
  • Patent number: 11265666
    Abstract: This disclosure provides methods, systems, and apparatuses, for a microphone. In particular, the microphone includes a housing having an external device interface with a plurality of contacts including a data contact. An electro-acoustic transducer is configured to generate an electrical signal in response to sound. An electrical circuit is coupled to contacts of the interface, the electrical circuit including an ADC having an input coupled to an output of the conditioning circuit and configured to convert the electrical signal to audio data after conditioning. A controller is configured to communicate data, other than the audio data, via the data contact of the external device interface during a start-up transition period of the microphone assembly, wherein the controller is configured to communicate the audio data via the data contact of the external device interface only after the start-up transition period is complete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Knowles Electronics, LLC
    Inventors: Saket Thukral, Lane Schaller