Patents Examined by Daniel Washburn
  • Patent number: 10134391
    Abstract: System and method to adjust an automatic speech recognition (ASR) engine, the method including: receiving social network information from a social network; data mining the social network information to extract one or more characteristics; inferring a trend from the extracted one or more characteristics; and adjusting the ASR engine based upon the inferred trend. Embodiments of the method may further include: receiving a speech signal from a user; and recognizing the speech signal by use of the adjusted ASR engine. Further embodiments of the method may include: producing a list of candidate matching words; and ranking the list of candidate matching words by use of the inferred trend.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Avaya Inc.
    Inventors: George W. Erhart, Valentine C. Matula, David J. Skiba
  • Patent number: 10127908
    Abstract: Coordinated operation of a voice-controlled device and an accessory device in an environment is described. A remote system processes audio data it receives from the voice-controlled device in the environment to identify a first intent associated with a first domain, a second intent associated with a second domain, and a named entity associated with the audio data. The remote system sends, to the voice-controlled device, first information for accessing main content associated with the named entity, and a first instruction corresponding to the first intent. The remote system also sends, to the accessory device, second information for accessing control information or supplemental content associated with the main content, and a second instruction corresponding to the second intent. The first and second instructions, when processed by the devices in the environment, cause coordinated operation of the voice-controlled device and the accessory device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Derick Deller, Apoorv Naik, Zoe Adams, Aslan Appleman, Link Cornelius, Pete Klein
  • Patent number: 10097240
    Abstract: A system and method for inferring schematic and topological properties of an electrical distribution grid is provided. The system may include Remote Hubs, Subordinate Remotes, a Substation Receiver, and an associated Computing Platform and Concentrator. At least one intelligent edge transmitter, called a Remote Hub Edge Transmitter, may transmit messages on the electrical distribution grid by injecting a modulated current into a power main that supplies an electric meter. The Subordinate Remotes, Remote Hubs, the Substation Receiver, and the associated Computing Platform and Concentrator may contain processing units which execute stored instructions allowing each node in the network to implement methods for organizing the on-grid network and transmitting and receiving messages on the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignees: Astrolink International, LLC, Dominion Resources Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Jerritt Hansell, Henrik F. Bernheim, Yu Liao, Marcia Reid Martin, Andrew Louis Abendschein
  • Patent number: 10061751
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer-readable storage medium, and including a computer-implemented method for providing creatives. The method comprises identifying, using one or more processors, a creative for processing, the creative including a title portion and a body portion, where the body portion includes a visual uniform resource locator (URL), the visual URL comprising a visual portion and a link to a resource. The method further comprises evaluating the visual URL for inclusion in the title portion, including determining when promotion of the visual URL satisfies one or more promotion criterion, and if so, promoting the visual URL for inclusion in the title portion. The method further comprises providing the creative including the title portion with the promoted visual URL.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Vivek Raghunathan, David G. Arthur, Rohan Jain, Emily Kay Moxley, Shivakumar Venkataraman, Nipun Kwatra, Brett A. McLarnon, David J. Ganzhorn
  • Patent number: 10050669
    Abstract: A system and method for inferring schematic and topological properties of an electrical distribution grid is provided. The system may include Remote Hubs, Subordinate Remotes, a Substation Receiver, and an associated Computing Platform and Concentrator. At least one intelligent edge transmitter, called a Remote Hub Edge Transmitter, may transmit messages on the electrical distribution grid by injecting a modulated current into a power main that supplies an electric meter. The Subordinate Remotes, Remote Hubs, the Substation Receiver, and the associated Computing Platform and Concentrator may contain processing units which execute stored instructions allowing each node in the network to implement methods for organizing the on-grid network and transmitting and receiving messages on the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignees: Astrolink International, LLC, Dominion Resources Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Jerritt Hansell, Henrik F. Bernheim, Yu Liao, Marcia Reid Martin, Andrew Louis Abendschein
  • Patent number: 9979769
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed towards an audio conferencing method. Some embodiments may include receiving, at a first mixing device, an audio signal from a first user associated with an audio conference. Embodiments may further include processing the audio signal at the first mixing device to generate a processed audio signal and transmitting the processed audio signal to a second mixing device, wherein the first mixing device and the second mixing device are distributed over a network in a cascaded configuration. Embodiments may also include receiving, at the second mixing device, a third audio signal from a second user associated with the audio conference and processing the third audio signal at the second mixing device to generate a second processed audio signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Nuance Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Sridhar Pilli, Mahesh Godavarti
  • Patent number: 9971759
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an ability to identify a supported language. A current language tag including one or more subtags, each subtag providing language identification information. In response to determining that a language referenced by the current language tag is not a supported language, accessing a stored set of mappings including one or more mappings, each mapping associating a first language tag with a second language tag, determining whether or not a mapping in the set of mappings includes the current language tag as one of the first and second language tags and a new language tag as the other of the first and second language tags, and using the new language tag as the current language tag to identify the supported language.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: EXCALIBUR IP, LLC
    Inventor: Jay Hobson
  • Patent number: 9971772
    Abstract: Voice-based input is used to operate a media device and/or to search for media content. Voice input is received by a media device via one or more audio input devices and is translated into a textual representation of the voice input. The textual representation of the voice input is used to search one or more cache mappings between input commands and one or more associated device actions and/or media content queries. One or more natural language processing techniques may be applied to the translated text and the resulting text may be transmitted as a query to a media search service. A media search service returns results comprising one or more content item listings and the results may be presented on a display to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: TiVo Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Mukesh Patel, Lu Silverstein, Srinivas Jandhyala
  • Patent number: 9971764
    Abstract: A method for identifying concepts in a plurality of interactions includes: filtering, on a processor, the interactions based on intervals; creating, on the processor, a plurality of sentences from the filtered interactions; computing, on the processor, a saliency of each the sentences; pruning away, on the processor, sentences with low saliency for generating a set of informative sentences; clustering, on the processor, the sentences of the set of informative sentences for generating a plurality of sentence clusters, each of the clusters corresponding to a concept of the concepts; computing, on the processor, a saliency of each of the clusters; and naming, on the processor, each of the clusters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: GENESYS TELECOMMUNICATIONS LABORATORIES, INC.
    Inventors: Amir Lev-Tov, Avraham Faizakof, David Ollinger, Yochai Konig
  • Patent number: 9947333
    Abstract: A voice interaction architecture has a hands-free, electronic voice controlled assistant that permits users to verbally request information from cloud services. The voice controlled assistant may be positioned in a room to receive voice commands from the user. The voice controlled assistant may also pick up background sources of speech, music, or other noise, such as from a television or stereo system, which may adversely impact the user's intended vocal input to the assistant. The assistant transmits the aggregated audio data (user command and background noise) over a network to the cloud services, which implements noise cancellation functionality to remove the background noise while isolating and preserving the user's command. Once isolated, the cloud serves can process and interpret the user input to perform some function, and return the response over the network to the voice controlled assistant for audible output to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Tony David
  • Patent number: 9929783
    Abstract: A system and method for orthogonal time frequency space communication and waveform generation. The method includes receiving a plurality of information symbols and creating a plurality of modulation symbols by using each of the plurality information symbols to modulate one of a plurality of two-dimensional basis functions on a time-frequency plane Each of the plurality of two-dimensional basis functions is uniquely associated with one of the plurality of information symbols. The method further includes generating a transmit waveform comprised of a plurality of pulse waveforms. Each of the plurality of pulse waveforms corresponds to a combination of one of the plurality of modulation symbols and one of a plurality of time-translated and frequency-modulated versions of a fundamental transmit pulse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Inventors: Shlomo Selim Rakib, Ronny Hadani
  • Patent number: 9923708
    Abstract: A method comprising: at a first transceiver, transmitting a plurality of signals to a second transceiver and receiving corresponding receive signals from the second transceiver, wherein each transmitted signal is sent using a channel perturbation; measuring a plurality of phase values, wherein each phase value is a phase difference between one of the plurality of transmitted signals and corresponding receive signal; masking a subsequent phase modulated signal employing phase rotation at the first transceiver using the plurality of phase values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Inventor: Amir Keyvan Khandani
  • Patent number: 9923595
    Abstract: A signal processing circuit arrangement may include a preamplifier circuit configured to map a first dimension input and a second dimension input to a first subset of a plurality of lookup table coefficients of a two-dimensional (2D) lookup table, wherein the first dimension input and the second dimension input each represent a signal level of one or more input signals, extrapolate from the first subset of the plurality of lookup table coefficients to generate a lookup table output, and apply the lookup table output to the one or more input signals to generate a predistorted input signal for an amplifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Albert Molina, Kameran Azadet
  • Patent number: 9918215
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for sending a discovery signal and user equipment. The method comprises determining a frequency-time position with a frequency-time hopping invariant according to the frequency-time hopping invariant, determining an initial frequency-time position of a discovery signal in an initial discovery frame according to the frequency-time position with the frequency-time hopping invariant and an idle frequency-time position in the initial discovery frame, and sending the discovery signal at the initial frequency-time position. The method comprises determining a second frequency-time position of the discovery signal in a next discovery frame following the current discovery frame, and sending the discovery signal at the second frequency-time position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Qizhi Zhang, Qiang Li
  • Patent number: 9912377
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to an arrangement 100; 200 comprising a network node 3 and one or more leaky cables 2 connected at a first end 6 thereof to a respective antenna port of a first set of antenna ports of the network node 3. The network node 3 is configured to provide wireless communication for a communication device 4.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: TELEFONAKTIEBOLAGET LM ERICSSON (PUBL)
    Inventors: Andreas Nilsson, Jonas Medbo
  • Patent number: 9906278
    Abstract: Mixed mode operations within multiple user, multiple access, and/or MIMO wireless communications. Certain communication systems can include wireless communication devices of various capabilities therein (e.g., IEEE Task Group ac (TGac VHT), IEEE 802.11 amendment TGn, IEEE 802.11 amendment TGa, and/or other capabilities, etc.). In one manner of classification, wireless communication devices having legacy and newer/updated capabilities may inter-operate with one another, operate within a common region, and/or communicate via a common access point (AP). Coordination of such wireless communication devices (e.g., legacy and newer/updated) provides for their respective operation on a same set of clusters in accordance with various operational modes including: (1) time dividing medium access between the wireless communication devices of various capabilities, (2) assigning primary cluster(s) for a first capability set and assigning non-primary cluster(s) for a second capability set, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Avago Technologies General IP (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Peiman Amini, Matthew James Fischer, Vinko Erceg, Joonsuk Kim, Joseph Paul Lauer
  • Patent number: 9900186
    Abstract: Vector signaling codes are synergistically combined with multi-level signaling, the increased alphabet size provided by the multi-level signaling enabling a larger codeword space for a given number of symbols, at the cost of reduced receiver detection margin for each of the multiple signal levels. Vector signaling code construction methods are disclosed in which code construction and selection of multi-level signal levels are coordinated with the design of an associated receive comparator network, wherein modified signal levels encoded and emitted by the transmitter result in increased detection margin at the receive comparators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: KANDOU LABS, S.A.
    Inventors: Amin Shokrollahi, Roger Ulrich
  • Patent number: 9893780
    Abstract: Disclosed is a precoding method comprising the steps of: generating a first coded block and a second coded block with use of a predetermined error correction block coding scheme; generating a first precoded signal z1 and a second precoded signal z2 by performing a precoding process, which corresponds to a matrix selected from among the N matrices F[i], on a first baseband signal s1 generated from the first coded block and a second baseband signal s2 generated from the second coded block, respectively; the first precoded signal z1 and the second precoded signal z2 satisfying (z1, z2)T=F[i] (s1, s2)T; and changing both of or one of a power of the first precoded signal z1 and a power of the second precoded signal z2, such that an average power of the first precoded signal z1 is less than an average power of the second precoded signal z2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: SUN PATENT TRUST
    Inventors: Yutaka Murakami, Tomohiro Kimura, Mikihiro Ouchi
  • Patent number: 9893847
    Abstract: A wireless communication device and a digital self-interference estimation method thereof are provided. The wireless communication device, at respective timings, receives a plurality of self-interference signals and generates a plurality of ideal transmitting signals. The wireless communication device calculates a signal adjusting vector based on the self-interference signals and the ideal transmitting signals at different timings. The wireless communication device generates a main ideal transmitting signal at a main timing, and calculates, based on the signal adjusting vector, a main self-interference signal corresponding to the main timing according to the received self-interference and the main ideal transmitting signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Institute For Information Industry
    Inventors: Yuan-Te Liao, Terng-Yin Hsu, You-Hsien Lin, Youn-Tai Lee, Jian-Cheng Li
  • Patent number: 9893752
    Abstract: Diversity receiver front end system with variable-gain amplifiers. A receiving system can include a controller configured to selectively activate one or more of a plurality of paths between an input of a first multiplexer and an output of a second multiplexer. The receiving system can further include a plurality of bandpass filters, each one of the plurality of bandpass filters disposed along a corresponding one of the plurality of paths and configured to filter a signal received at the bandpass filter to a respective frequency band. The receiving system can further include a plurality of variable-gain amplifiers (VGAs), each one of the plurality of VGAs disposed along a corresponding one of the plurality of paths and configured to amplify a signal received at the VGA with a gain controlled by an amplifier control signal received from the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: SKYWORKS SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: William J. Domino, Stephane Richard Marie Wloczysiak, Bipul Agarwal