Patents Examined by Ibrahim Siddo
  • Patent number: 11557285
    Abstract: An electronic device includes at least one communication circuit, at least one microphone, at least one processor operatively connected to the at least one communication circuit and the at least one microphone, and at least one memory operatively connected to the at least one processor. The at least one memory is configured to store instructions. The at least one processor is configured to store intent masking information that defines an utterance processing target for at least one intent, in the memory. When an utterance indicating a speech based intelligent assistance service through the at least one microphone is received, the at least one processor is configured to determine that a processing target of the received utterance is one of the electronic device or a server connected through the at least one communication circuit, based on the intent masking information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hyeonjae Bak, Taegu Kim, Yoonju Lee, Hansin Koh, Jooyeon Kim, Gajin Song, Jaeyung Yeo
  • Patent number: 11545151
    Abstract: Implementations set forth herein allow a user to access a first application in a foreground of a graphical interface, and simultaneously employ an automated assistant to respond to notifications arising from a second application. The user can provide an input, such as a spoken utterance, while viewing the first application in the foreground in order to respond to notifications from the second application without performing certain intervening steps that can arise under certain circumstances. Such intervening steps can include providing a user confirmation, which can be bypassed, and/or time-limited according to a timer, which can be displayed in response to the user providing a responsive input directed at the notification. A period for the timer can be set according to one or more characteristics that are associated with the notification, the user, and/or any other information that can be associated with the user receiving the notification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Denis Burakov, Sergey Nazarov, Behshad Behzadi, Mario Bertschler, Bohdan Vlasyuk, Daniel Cotting, Michael Golikov, Lucas Mirelmann, Steve Cheng, Zaheed Sabur, Okan Kolak, Yan Zhong, Vinh Quoc Ly
  • Patent number: 11546479
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a processor configured to receive an instruction to execute a service by utterance, and perform control to present execution information regardless of whether or not a setting for presenting the execution information is performed, the execution information being information indicating an execution result of the received service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Business Innovation Corp.
    Inventor: Hirofumi Ogawa
  • Patent number: 11537360
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system. A system according to an embodiment includes: a first electronic device which includes a wireless communication circuit, a microphone, and a speaker, at least one processor which is a part of the first electronic device or remotely communicates with the electronic device; and at least one memory which resides on the first electronic device or on the outside of the first electronic device while operatively connected with the at least one processor, wherein the memory can store instructions which, when executed, cause the processor to: receive through the microphone a voice input including a request for performing a task that uses the first electronic device and is related to the transmission of data to a second external device; extract at least one parameter from the voice input; perform the task by using the wireless communication circuit; and transmit at least a portion of the at least one parameter to the second external device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dongho Jang, Wooup Kwon, Dongyeop Kim, Jihyun Kim, Gajin Song, Yongjoon Jeon
  • Patent number: 11538478
    Abstract: A speech-processing system may provide access to multiple virtual assistants via one or more voice-controlled devices. Each assistant may leverage language processing and language generation features of the speech-processing system, while handling different commands and/or providing access to different back applications. Different assistants may be available for use with a particular voice-controlled device based on time, location, the particular user, etc. The voice-controlled device may include components for facilitating user interaction with multiple assistants. For example, a multi-assistant component may facilitate enabling/disabling assistants, assigning gestures and/or wakewords, etc. The multi-assistant component may handle routing commands to a command processing subsystem corresponding to an assistant invoked by the command. The voice controlled device may further include observer components, each configured to monitor the voice-controlled device for invocations of a particular assistant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Inventors: Naveen Bobbili, Prajwal Deepak Shimpi, Saurabh Kumar Kulkarni
  • Patent number: 11538475
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an information processing apparatus includes an acquisition unit, a conversion unit, and a display controller. The acquisition unit acquires multimedia data associated with an item of record data having a plurality of items. The conversion unit performs a conversion process from the multimedia data to first display data showing a content of the multimedia data. The display controller displays the first display data when the conversion process is completed, and displays second display data showing a progress status of the conversion process when the conversion process is incomplete in association with the item of the record data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventors: Nayuko Watanabe, Hiroshi Fujimura, Toshiaki Nakasu
  • Patent number: 11532301
    Abstract: Devices and techniques are generally described for inference reduction in natural language processing using semantic similarity-based caching. In various examples, first automatic speech recognition (ASR) data representing a first natural language input may be determined. A cache may be searched using the first ASR data. A first skill associated with the first ASR data may be determined from the cache. In some examples, first intent data representing a semantic interpretation of the first natural language input data may be determined by using a first natural language process associated with the first skill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Kiana Hajebi, Vivek Yadav, Pradeep Natarajan
  • Patent number: 11514926
    Abstract: A system configured to enable a Wi-Fi processor to enter a low power mode (LPM) for short periods of time without compromising functionality is provided. A device reduces power consumption by enabling the Wi-Fi processor to enter LPM with scheduled wakeup events to enable specific functionality. In some examples, the Wi-Fi processor toggles between LPM and an active mode based on a first duty cycle to enable new device provisioning. The first duty cycle corresponds to a time required to scan a plurality of wireless channels, waking the Wi-Fi processor at a first frequency to monitor for incoming probe requests. In other examples, the Wi-Fi processor uses a second duty cycle chosen to maintain time synchronicity between a time master device and time follower devices. The device sets the second duty cycle to wake the Wi-Fi processor at a second frequency to exchange data packets with synchronized devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Dibyendu Nandy, Om Prakash Gangwal
  • Patent number: 11513767
    Abstract: There is provided a method for operating a speaker device able to be activated by receiving and recognizing a predetermined wake up word. The method is executable at a server. The method comprises: capturing, by the speaker device, an audio signal having been generated in a vicinity of the speaker device; retrieving, by the speaker device, a processing filter, the processing filter being indicative of a pre-determined signal augmentation pattern representative of an excluded portion that has been excluded from an originating utterance having the wake up word, the originating utterance to be reproduced by an other electronic device; applying, by the speaker device, the processing filter to determine presence of the pre-determined signal augmentation pattern in the audio signal; based on determining the presence of the pre-determined signal augmentation pattern in the audio signal, determining that the audio signal has been produced by the other electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: YANDEX EUROPE AG
    Inventor: Kanstantsin Yurievich Artsiom
  • Patent number: 11495226
    Abstract: A method of providing configurable control of voice command systems is disclosed herein. The method comprising a parent device receiving a voice command and comparing the voice command to a set of preferences for a user. The set of preferences may relate to one or more interactions between the user and a playback device. The method further comprises the parent device translating the voice command to a user interface (UI) command sequence for the playback device based on the comparison. The playback device may then send the UI command sequence to the playback device as the configurable voice command. The playback device executes the UI command sequence to transition from the current output state to the desired output state intended by the user. A system for providing configurable voice control and computer program product are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Noel Brandon Vasquez
  • Patent number: 11494554
    Abstract: A function execution instruction system includes a function execution instruction unit configured to instruct execution of one or more functions, a sentence input unit configured to input a sentence, an execution function determination unit configured to determine a function the execution of which is instructed on the basis of an input sentence, a time information extraction unit configured to extract time information indicating a time from the input sentence, and a time specification unit configured to, in accordance with a determined function, specify a time used for the execution of the function on the basis of extracted time information wherein the function execution instruction unit instructs the execution of the determined function, which uses a specified time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: NTT DOCOMO, INC.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Fujimoto, Kousuke Kadono
  • Patent number: 11488598
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a display device. The display device includes a display; a signal receiver configured to receive a user's voice signal through at least one of a plurality of devices; and a processor configured to: display an image of at least one of a plurality of programs on the display by executing the plurality of programs, identify a program corresponding to a device receiving the voice signal among the plurality of programs based on matching information set by the user regarding a mutual correspondence between the plurality of programs and the plurality of devices, in response to the user's voice signal received through any one of the plurality of devices, and control the identified program to operate according to a user command corresponding to the received voice signal. Thereby, it is possible to control a control target program to a user's intention according to a voice command even if a user who inputs the voice command does not separately designate the control target program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Youngsoo Yun
  • Patent number: 11485592
    Abstract: A sheet feeding apparatus includes an upper support portion formed integrally with a side plate and configured to support an electric circuit board; an upper opening portion formed in the side plate near the upper support portion; a lower support portion provided at a separate part mounted to the side plate and configured to support the electric circuit board; and a lower opening portion provided between the side plate and the separate part. All line segments having a length of 50 mm or less, among line segments extending from arbitrary points in a main body portion of a sheet cassette, through arbitrary points in the upper opening portion, to the electric circuit board, form an angle of 45° or more with respect to a vertical line, and the lower opening portion has a dimension of 5 mm or less or a width of 1 mm or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kakeru Takahashi
  • Patent number: 11485148
    Abstract: A publisher configured to record data on a medium by a first media drive and a second media drive and including a publisher controller and a publisher storage, the publisher controller being configured to detect a type of a medium on which data is recordable by the first media drive and detect a type of a medium on which data is recordable by the second media drive, the type of the medium on which data is recordable by the first media drive and the second media drive being defined as a recording target type, the type of a medium on which data is recordable by only any one of the first media drive and the second media drive being defined as a non-recording target type, and the publisher being configured to store target type information representing the recording target type and the non-recording target type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hidetoshi Maeshima, Sadaaki Horiuchi
  • Patent number: 11485022
    Abstract: A dialogue apparatus includes a display unit, a first dialogue control unit configured to display a first character on the display unit and simulate a speech function of an external communication robot capable of having a dialogue to conduct the dialogue with a user, a second dialogue control unit configured to display a second character on the display unit and conduct the dialogue so as to mediate the dialogue between the user and the first dialogue control unit, and a transmission unit configured to transmit, to the external communication robot, dialogue information about the dialogue conducted by the first dialogue control unit and the second dialogue control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Mina Funazukuri, Tomoya Takatani
  • Patent number: 11475892
    Abstract: There is provided a speech control system including: a microphone configured to acquire speech; a speaker configured to output speech; an image processing unit; and a controller configured to control settings of the image processing unit. The controller is configured to: specify one or more setting items represented by an input speech of a user acquired by the microphone that are to be set for the image processing unit, and depending on whether or not the specified one or more setting items satisfy a reading condition, cause the speaker to output a first response speech that reads the one or more setting items, or a second response speech that does not read at least one out of the one or more setting items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Toru Takahashi, Takeshi Matsumura, Yuji Naya
  • Patent number: 11477333
    Abstract: Image processing apparatuses have a unit for registering settings in applications or a unit for registering application settings on a portal screen, but do not allow these units to function in a coordinated manner. For example, if a user who frequently uses a certain application registers settings of the application, the settings may also be useful to other users. However, users who mainly use their own portal screens cannot invoke the settings. Settings of an application registered as a shared custom button are automatically registered as frequently used settings in the application. Similarly, settings registered as frequently used settings in an application are automatically registered as a shared custom button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kazuki Kado
  • Patent number: 11468890
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to voice-control for electronic devices. In some embodiments, the method includes, in response to detecting a plurality of utterances, associating the plurality of operations with a first stored operation set and detecting a second set of one or more inputs corresponding to a request to perform the operations associated with the first stored operation set; and performing the plurality of operations associated with the first stored operation set, in the respective order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jigar Vasant Gada, Kevin Bartlett Aitken
  • Patent number: 11455136
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a control unit. The control unit changes between a first setting and a second setting of a collaborative function, the second setting being different from the first setting, at least one of a display position of an image and display of connection between images, the image and the images each being associated with a function to be used for the collaborative function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Business Innovation Corp.
    Inventor: Kengo Tokuchi
  • Patent number: 11455990
    Abstract: An electronic device is disclosed. The electronic device comprises: a voice input unit; a storage unit for storing a first text according to a first transcript format and at least one second text obtained by transcribing the first text in a second transcript format; and a processor for, when a voice text converted from a user voice input through the voice input unit corresponds to a preset instruction, executing a function according to the preset instruction. The processor executes a function according to a preset instruction when the preset instruction includes a first text and a voice text is a text in which the first text of the preset instruction has been transcribed into a second text of a second transcript format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jaesung Kwon