Dictation Or Transcribing Patents (Class 369/25.01)
  • Patent number: 10360260
    Abstract: In accordance with an embodiment, described herein is a system and method for semantic analysis and use of song lyrics in a media content environment. Semantic analysis is used to identify persons, events, themes, stories, or other meaningful information within a plurality of songs. For each song, a story graph is generated which describes a narrative within that song's lyrics. The story graph is then used to determine a feature vector associated with the song's narrative. In response to receiving an input vector, for example as a search input for a particular song track, the input vector can be matched against feature vectors of the plurality of songs, to determine appropriate tracks. Example use cases include the selection and delivery of media content in response to input searches for songs of a particular nature, or the recommendation or suggestion of media content in social messaging or other environments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: SPOTIFY AB
    Inventors: Ranqi Zhu, Minwei Gu, Vibhor Jain
  • Patent number: 10303540
    Abstract: A computer hardware-implemented method, system, and/or computer program product prevents a cascading failure in a complex stream computer system causing an untrustworthy output from the complex stream computer system. Multiple upstream subcomponents in a complex stream computer system generate multiple outputs, which are used as inputs to a downstream subcomponent, wherein the multiple upstream subcomponents execute upstream computational processes. An accuracy value is assigned to each of the multiple outputs from the upstream subcomponents, and weighting values are assigned to each of the inputs to the downstream subcomponent. If using the accuracy values and weighting values fails to adjust the downstream subcomponent to meet a predefined trustworthiness level for making a first type of prediction, then a new downstream computational process that produces a different second type of prediction is executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Robert R. Friedlander, James R. Kraemer, Justyna M. Nowak, Elizabeth V. Woodward
  • Patent number: 10250925
    Abstract: A method, a system, and a computer program product for providing media to a requester at a particular playback rate associated with the requester. The method includes receiving a request from a requester for a playback session of media that includes a time varying content. In response to receiving the request, a profile associated with the requester is accessed to determine a playback rate of the media for the requester. In response to determining the playback rate of the media for the requester, the media is provided to the requester at the determined playback rate. The method further includes monitoring the playback session of the media for playback changes by the requester and dynamically adapting the playback rate associated with the requester based on the type and frequency of playback changes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventor: Amit Kumar Agrawal
  • Patent number: 10156455
    Abstract: A context-aware voice guidance method is provided that interacts with other voice services of a user device. The voice guidance does not provide audible guidance while the user is making a verbal request to any of the voice-activated services. Instead, the voice guidance transcribes its output on the screen while the verbal requests from the user are received. In some embodiments, the voice guidance only provides a short warning sound to get the user's attention while the user is speaking on a phone call or another voice-activated service is providing audible response to the user's inquires. The voice guidance in some embodiments distinguishes between music that can be ducked and spoken words, for example from an audiobook, that the user wants to pause instead of being skipped. The voice guidance ducks music but pauses spoken words of an audio book in order to provide voice guidance to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Jonathan A. Bennett, Stephen O. Lemay, Marcel van Os, Scott Forstall, Bradford A. Moore, Emanuele Vulcano, Seejo K. Pylappan
  • Patent number: 10095684
    Abstract: A data input system has a processor which receives user input comprising a sequence of one or more items and a language model which computes candidate next items in the sequence using the user input. A training engine trains the language model using data about a plurality of true words which a user intended to input using the data input system, and for each true word, at least one alternative candidate, being a word computed assuming imperfect entry of the true word to the data input system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew James Willson, Douglas Alexander Harper Orr, Juha Iso-Sipila, Marco Fiscato
  • Patent number: 10068072
    Abstract: An identity verification system enables the identity of an individual to be verified to others using the internet. An initial identification ceremony is recorded in which the user performs instructions that cannot be known in advance, such as reading text that cannot be anticipated. The initial ceremony can be replayed and authenticated by individuals who already personally know the user. Alternatively, the identity of the user in the initial ceremony can be authenticated using other existing techniques such as KBA. A secondary instruction ceremony is subsequently performed when identity verification is required in order to authorize a directive or transaction. In the secondary instruction ceremony the user performs unforeseeable instructions such as reading text that cannot be anticipated and reading aloud an indication of the transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Inventors: Anthony Alan Jeffree, Gary Vacon, Floyd Backes, Laura Bridge, Roger Pfister
  • Patent number: 9947367
    Abstract: A state of an application program can be stored and transferred to a remote system. The remote system attempts to recreate the original state of the application program. If the remote system is unable to do so, an image of the state of the application program is obtained, instead. Assignment of control to various functions of an application program is achieved by associating a function (i.e., modifying a parameter) with a user control at a remote location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Sukendeep Samra, Mark A. van den Bergen, Steven Hall, Jason Peterson, Stephen Dyson
  • Patent number: 9774747
    Abstract: A transcription system automates the control of the playback of the audio to accommodate the user's ability to transcribe the words spoken. In some examples, a delay between playback and typed input is estimated by processing the typed words using a wordspotting approach. The estimated delay is used as in input to an automated speed control, for example, to maintain a target or maximum delay between playback and typed input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: NEXIDIA INC.
    Inventors: Jacob B. Garland, Marsal Gavalda
  • Patent number: 9679566
    Abstract: The apparatus for synchronously processing text data and voice data, comprises: a storing unit for storing text data and voice data; a text data dividing section for dividing the text data; a text data phoneme converting section for phonemically converting the divided text data; a text data phoneme conversion accumulated value calculating section for calculating accumulated values of text data phoneme conversion values; a voice data dividing section for dividing the voice data; a reading data phoneme converting section for phonemically converting the divided voice data; a voice data phoneme conversion accumulated value calculating section for calculating accumulated values of voice data phoneme conversion values; a phrase corresponding data producing section for producing phrase corresponding data; and an output section for synchronously outputting the text data and the divided voice data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: SHINANO KENSHI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tomoki Kodaira, Tatsuo Nishizawa
  • Patent number: 9671999
    Abstract: According to some aspects, a method for improving understandability of audio corresponding to dictation to assist a transcriptionist in transcribing the dictation is provided. The method comprises presenting a user interface to the transcriptionist, the user interface including at least one control that can be selectively set to one of a plurality of settings, receiving a selection of one of the plurality of settings via the at least one control, and compressing a dynamic range of at least a portion of the audio using at least one parameter value associated with the selected setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Nuance Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Marc Guyott, David Barwell Werth, Matthew Mascolo
  • Patent number: 9478219
    Abstract: Disclosed are techniques and systems to provide a narration of a text. In some aspects, the techniques and systems described herein include generating a timing file that includes elapsed time information for expected portions of text that provides an elapsed time period from a reference time in an audio recording to each portion of text in recognized portions of text.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: K-NFB Reading Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond C. Kurzweil, Paul Albrecht, Peter Chapman, Lucy Gibson
  • Patent number: 9405779
    Abstract: A system includes a memory operable to store a search index. The system also includes a processor communicatively coupled to the memory. The processor is operable to receive a search request relating to information stored in an ontology. The processor is further operable to parse the search request to determine a search type. The processor is further operable to query, based at least in part on the search type, one or more of the search index and the ontology.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Bank of America Corporation
    Inventors: Susan McClung, Michael K. Hofmeister
  • Patent number: 9277043
    Abstract: Systems and methods that can be utilized to convert a voice communication received over a telecommunication network to text are described. In an illustrative embodiment, a call processing system coupled to a telecommunications network receives a call from a caller intended for a first party, wherein the call is associated with call signaling information. At least a portion of the call signaling information is stored in a computer readable medium. A greeting is played the caller, and a voice communication from the caller is recorded. At least a portion of the voice communication is converted to text, which is analyzed to identify portions that are inferred to be relatively more important to communicate to the first party. A text communication is generated including at least some of the identified portions and including fewer words than the recorded voice communication. At least a portion of the text communication is made available to the first party over a data network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Callwave Communications, LLC
    Inventors: Anthony Bladon, David Giannini, David Frank Hofstatter, Colin Kelley, David C. McClintock, Robert F. Smith, David S. Trandal, Leland W. Kirchhoff
  • Patent number: 9002712
    Abstract: The invention provides a system, method, and business model for an information system and service having business self-promotion, promotion and promotion tracking, loyalty or frequent participant rewards and redemption, audio coupon, ratings, and other features. A business or organization in which consumers call into a service using ordinary telephone, PC, PDA, or other information appliance, and make requests in plain speech for information on goods and/or services, and the service provides responses to the request in plain speech in real-time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Dialsurf, Inc.
    Inventors: Ahmet Alpdemir, Arthur James
  • Patent number: 8868420
    Abstract: A method of providing speech transcription performance indication includes receiving, at a user device data representing text transcribed from an audio stream by an ASR system, and data representing a metric associated with the audio stream; displaying, via the user device, said text; and via the user device, providing, in user-perceptible form, an indicator of said metric. Another method includes displaying, by a user device, text transcribed from an audio stream by an ASR system; and via the user device, providing, in user-perceptible form, an indicator of a level of background noise of the audio stream. Another method includes receiving data representing an audio stream; converting said data representing an audio stream to text via an ASR system; determining a metric associated with the audio stream; transmitting data representing said text to a user device; and transmitting data representing said metric to the user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Canyon IP Holdings LLC
    Inventors: James Richard Terrell, II, Marc White, Igor Roditis Jablokov
  • Patent number: 8793122
    Abstract: Audio data that includes speech may be transcribed using a language model. The transcription may be provided to a user. The user may provide feedback on the transcription, and the language model may be updated based at least in part on the feedback. The feedback may include, for example, an affirmation of the transcription; a disapproval of the transcription; a correction to the transcription; a selection of an alternate transcription result; or any other kind of response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Canyon IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Marc White, Igor Roditis Jablokov, Victor Roditis Jablokov
  • Patent number: 8730950
    Abstract: Systems and methods can include converting multi-channel circuit switched voice data to packet-switched voice over internet protocol (VoIP). A multi-channel connection originating from one or more customer premise equipment private branch exchanges can be terminated at a channel to packet gateway device. Call data originating from multiple customer premise equipment telephony devices can be received through the multi-channel connection associated with the one or more customer premise equipment private branch exchanges, and can be processed at the channel to packet gateway device responsive to call control instruction information. The payload data associated with the call data can be packaged according to predetermined packaging rules and transmitted according to VoIP.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: ARRIS Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Carol Ansley
  • Patent number: 8543396
    Abstract: Audio data that includes speech may be transcribed to text by a speech recognition engine. One or more metrics associated with the audio data and/or the text may be determined. An indicator related to a metric may be provided for a portion of the audio data or the text for which the metric was determined. The indicator may be presented in a user-perceptible format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Canyon IP Holdings LLC
    Inventors: James Richard Terrell, II, Marc White, Igor Roditis Jablokov
  • Patent number: 8538754
    Abstract: A method for providing suggestions includes capturing audio that includes speech and receiving textual content from a speech recognition engine. The speech recognition engine performs speech recognition on the audio signal to obtain the textual content, which includes one or more passages. The method also includes receiving a selection of a portion of a first word in a passage in the textual content, wherein the passage includes multiple words, and retrieving a set of suggestions that can potentially replace the first word. At least one suggestion from the set of suggestions provides a multi-word suggestion for potentially replacing the first word. The method further includes displaying, on a display device, the set of suggestions, and highlighting a portion of the textual content, as displayed on the display device, for potentially changing to one of the suggestions from the set of suggestions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Z. Cohen, Marcus A. Foster, Luca Zanolin
  • Patent number: 8510109
    Abstract: A method of providing speech transcription performance indication includes receiving, at a user device data representing text transcribed from an audio stream by an ASR system, and data representing a metric associated with the audio stream; displaying, via the user device, said text; and via the user device, providing, in user-perceptible form, an indicator of said metric. Another method includes displaying, by a user device, text transcribed from an audio stream by an ASR system; and via the user device, providing, in user-perceptible form, an indicator of a level of background noise of the audio stream. Another method includes receiving data representing an audio stream; converting said data representing an audio stream to text via an ASR system; determining a metric associated with the audio stream; transmitting data representing said text to a user device; and transmitting data representing said metric to the user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Canyon IP Holdings LLC
    Inventors: James Richard Terrell, II, Marc White, Igor Roditis Jablokov
  • Patent number: 8498864
    Abstract: Methods and systems for predicting a text are described. In an example, a computing device may be configured to receive one or more typed characters that compose a portion of a text; and receive, a voice input corresponding to a spoken utterance of at least a portion of the text. The computing device may be configured to determine, based on the one or more typed characters and the voice input, one or more candidate texts predicting the text. Further, the computing device may be configured to provide the one or more candidate texts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Yu Liang, Xiaotao Duan
  • Patent number: 8442829
    Abstract: Speech processing is disclosed for an apparatus having a main processing unit, a memory unit, and one or more co-processors. Memory maintenance and voice recognition result retrievals upon execution are performed with a first main processor thread. Voice detection and initial feature extraction on the raw data are performed with a first co-processor. A second co-processor thread receives feature data derived for one or more features extracted by the first co-processor thread and information for locating probability density functions needed for probability computation by a speech recognition model and computes a probability that the one or more features correspond to a known sub-unit of speech using the probability density functions and the feature data. At least a portion of a path probability that a sequence of sub-units of speech correspond to a known speech unit is computed with a third co-processor thread.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Ruxin Chen
  • Patent number: 8423626
    Abstract: A system for selection by a user and delivery to the user over an internetwork transmission channel of selected audio data files at a delivery rate of at least twice the delivery rate for normal, audibly perceptible playback of an audio data file. The user registers the user's selection of audio material with a central library of audio and/or text data files, and a digitized and optionally compressed omnibus file containing the user's selections is prepared and transmitted to the user at a high data transfer rate. The user receives downloads the selected data files to a personal computer or to a portable storage and playback unit (SPU) that may store and play back digitized text or audio data, using a docking station. The user carries this SPU until the user has an opportunity to audio process and play back the text or audio data files in audibly perceptible form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Mobilemedia Ideas LLC
    Inventors: James M. Janky, Nathan Schulhof
  • Patent number: 8326622
    Abstract: The invention discloses a system and method for filling out a form from a dialog between a caller and a call center agent. The caller and the caller center agent can have the dialog in the form of telephone conversation, instant messaging chat or email exchange. The system and method provides a list of named entities specific to the call center operation and uses a translation and transcription minor to filter relevant elements from the dialog between the caller and the call center agent. The relevant elements filtered from the dialog are subsequently displayed on the call center agent's computer screen to fill out application forms automatically or through drag and drop operations by the call center agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Carl Joseph Kraenzel, David M. Lubensky, Baiju Dhirajlal Mandalia
  • Patent number: 8321218
    Abstract: A computerized method of detecting a target word in a speech signal. A speech recognition engine and a previously constructed phoneme model is provided. The speech signal is input into the speech recognition engine. Based on the phoneme model, the input speech signal is indexed. A time-ordered list is stored representing n-best phoneme candidates of the input speech signal and phonemes of the input speech signal in multiple phoneme frames. The target word is transcribed into a transcription of target phonemes. The time-ordered list of n-best phoneme candidates is searched for a locus of said target phonemes. While searching, scoring is based on the ranking of the phoneme candidates among the n-best phoneme candidates and based on the number of the target phonemes found. A composite score of the probability of an occurrence of the target word is produced. When the composite score is higher than a threshold, start and finish times are output which bound the locus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: L.N.T.S. Linguistech Solutions Ltd
    Inventors: Ronen Faifkov, Rabin Cohen-Tov, Adam Simone
  • Patent number: 8296139
    Abstract: The present invention can include a speech processing method for providing dictation capabilities to a voice server. The method can include a step of establishing a real-time voice communication session involving a voice interface. Speech for the communication session can be streamed to a remotely located voice server. A real-time stream of text can be received from the voice server. The stream of text can include text that has been speech-to-text converted by the voice server from the streamed speech. The voice server can use a MRCP based non-halting interface to receive the real-time stream of speech and a delivery interface to deliver real-time text to a designated endpoint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: William V. Da Palma, Brien H. Muschett, Wendi L. Nusbickel, Ronald D. Swan
  • Patent number: 8290772
    Abstract: A method for providing suggestions includes capturing audio that includes speech and receiving textual content from a speech recognition engine. The speech recognition engine performs speech recognition on the audio signal to obtain the textual content, which includes one or more passages. The method also includes receiving a selection of a portion of a first word in a passage in the textual content, wherein the passage includes multiple words, and retrieving a set of suggestions that can potentially replace the first word. At least one suggestion from the set of suggestions provides a multi-word suggestion for potentially replacing the first word. The method further includes displaying, on a display device, the set of suggestions, and highlighting a portion of the textual content, as displayed on the display device, for potentially changing to one of the suggestions from the set of suggestions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Z. Cohen, Marcus A. Foster, Luca Zanolin
  • Patent number: 8275097
    Abstract: Provided is a method and a telephone-based system with voice-verification capabilities that enable a user to safely and securely conduct transactions with his or her online financial transaction program account over the phone in a convenient and user-friendly fashion, without having to depend on an internet connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Will Tonini
  • Patent number: 8265463
    Abstract: Video data and audio data corresponding to a predetermined attribute is retrieved from the video data and the audio data, each of which is stored in association with an attribute, and the retrieved items of the video data and the audio data are listed in a form showing a correlation between the video data and the audio data. In a case that items of the video data and audio data are selected, wherein said items of the video data and audio data are displayed and correlated with each other, the selected video data and audio data can be synchronized with each other and played-back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Akihiro Kohno
  • Patent number: 8155957
    Abstract: An automated transcription system includes an housing on a PC, and a portable electronic device including a mechanism for creating and managing a plurality of predetermined templates with a plurality of headings and sub-headings that are automatically populated in real time as a user speaks an audio message. The portable electronic device further includes a mechanism for converting and displaying the audio message to a text message on the portable electronic device and thereby enabling a user to read, edit and print the text message. Such an audio message converting and displaying mechanism includes an LCD screen, a microphone for receiving the audio message when the user speaks, and a data transfer interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Inventor: LuAnn C. Takens
  • Patent number: 8090580
    Abstract: Knowledge-based information can be captured and processed to create a library of such knowledge. A maintenance worker performing a task for an asset can record audio and/or video information during the performance, and can upload the recording to a maintenance system. The system processes the recording to produce a text file corresponding to any speech during the recording, and generates a search index allowing the text file to be searched by a user. If the task is performed in the context of a work order, for example, information from the work order can be associated with the text file so that a user can search by text search, keyword, task, or other such information. A user then can locate and access the text file and/or the corresponding recording for playback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventors: Brian Schmidt, George Thomas
  • Patent number: 8046221
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems, methods and computer readable media for applying a multi-state barge-in acoustic model in a spoken dialogue system comprising the steps of (1) presenting a prompt to a user from the spoken dialog system. (2) receiving an audio speech input from the user during the presentation of the prompt, (3) accumulating the audio speech input from the user, (4) applying a non-speech component having at least two one-state Hidden Markov Models (HMMs) to the audio speech input from the user, (5) applying a speech component having at least five three-state HMMs to the audio speech input from the user, in which each of the five three-state HMMs represents a different phonetic category, (6) determining whether the audio speech input is a barge-in-speech input from the user, and (7) if the audio speech input is determined to be the barge-in-speech input from the user, terminating the presentation of the prompt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventor: Andrej Ljolje
  • Patent number: 7974715
    Abstract: A computer based digital transcription system employs audio and video inputs of a court proceeding, and stores the digital signals in a memory in the form of distinct file segments of a predetermined time length during each recording session. The computer associates a date and time and a third identifier, such as location, with each distinct file segment. Playback of any desired segment may be effected during recording or at any time afterward; and playback does not interfere with the recording of realtime information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: FTR Pty, Ltd.
    Inventors: Steven L. Townsend, Derrill P. Williams, Neil R. Jones, Stephen J. Fewings
  • Patent number: 7805298
    Abstract: A transcription system having linked computer terminals for a court reporter and/or for examining, defending, and/or associate attorneys is disclosed. A method of language translation may be utilized by the transcription system during a testimonial proceeding, for example. The method involves receiving into the transcription system, in real-time, representations of words spoken in a first language during the testimonial proceeding. The representations are translated, in real-time, to text in the first language. The text in the first language is translated, in real-time, to text in a second language, and the text in the second language is communicated to a terminal for real-time display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Assignee: Engate LLC
    Inventors: James D. Bennett, Lawrence M. Jarvis
  • Patent number: 7764771
    Abstract: The method of the present invention allows inventors to orally document innovative concepts. The method reduces the need to have inventors write out details of an invention in an invention disclosure form. The method also assists inventors in quickly and conveniently recording ideas and preparing invention disclosure forms based on the ideas. In some example forms, inventors are able to pick up a telephone and connect to a network. Once connected to the network an inventor can dictate the concepts of the idea over the network. The dictation is converted into text, such as by a voice analysis program, and then inserted into an invention disclosure form which is dated and archived.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles H. Goerg, James Morgenstern, Jennifer Marvin
  • Patent number: 7634407
    Abstract: A method of indexing a speech segment includes identifying at least two alternative word sequences based on the speech segment. For each word in the alternative sequences, information is placed in an entry for the word in the index. The information indicates the position of the word in at least one of the alternative sequences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2009
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Ciprian I. Chelba, Alejandro Acero
  • Patent number: 7539086
    Abstract: The system is designed to interface with external devices and services, to transcribe audio that may be stored elsewhere such as a wireless phone'voice mail, or occurring between two or more parties such as a conference call. An audio stream is separated into many audio shreds, each of which has duration of only a few seconds and cannot reveal the context of the conversation. A workforce of geographically distributed transcription agents who transcribe the audio shreds is able to generate transcription in real time, with many agents working in parallel on a single conversation. No one agent (or group of agents) receives a sufficient number of audio shreds to reconstruct the context of any conversation. The use of human transcribers allows the system to overcome limitations typical of computer-based speech recognition and permits accurate transcription of general-quality speech even in acoustically hostile environments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Assignee: j2 Global Communications, Inc.
    Inventor: Jon Jaroker
  • Patent number: 7274775
    Abstract: A computer program product resides on a computer-readable medium, and includes computer-readable, computer-executable instructions for causing a computer to analyze a first playback speed history for at least one audio recording recorded by a first speaker and played by a first listener, the playback speed history being indicative of at least one playback speed associated with the at least one audio recording, and to determine from the first playback speed history a speed setting for playback of another audio recording recorded by a second speaker to be played by a second listener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2007
    Assignee: eScription, Inc.
    Inventors: George Zavaliagkos, Ben Chigier, Roger Scott Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 7212873
    Abstract: A computer based digital transcription system employs audio and video inputs of a court proceeding, and stores the digital signals in a memory in the form of distinct file segments of a predetermined time length during each recording session. The computer associates a date and time and a third identifier, such as location, with each distinct file segment. Playback of any desired segment may be effected during recording or at any time afterward; and playback does not interfere with the recording of realtime information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2007
    Assignee: FTR PTY, Ltd.
    Inventors: Steven L. Townsend, Derrill P. Williams, Neil R. Jones, Stephen J. Fewings
  • Patent number: 7039586
    Abstract: A personal medical dictation system that can be easily and conveniently used to capture and preserve audio information. The system includes a specially designed portable, hand-held recording component that is of a small size, but yet is capable of storing at least one hour of actual dictation in compressed form and a cooperating dictation receiver that functions to automatically transfer the recorded data to a central processing area. The hand-held recording component can be expeditiously, mechanically, and electrically transmitted to the central processing area for transcription. The dictation receiver component also automatically recharges the batteries of the hand-held recording unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Inventor: Robert S. Swinney
  • Patent number: 7035701
    Abstract: A hand microphone and an adaptor module form an assembly which is a peripheral device for a personal computer. The hand microphone is used to control dictation functions to be carried out by the PC. Two separate analog control signal channels are output from the hand microphone and applied, respectively, as X- and Y-axis inputs for the game port on the PC. Control signals carried in the two signal channels are generated by actuating control switches mounted on the hand microphone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2006
    Assignee: Dictaphone Corporation
    Inventors: John Sheffield, Frederic Schneider, Betsy L. Hipp
  • Patent number: 6975990
    Abstract: A method and device for synchronizing data between analog and digital mediums recorded either simultaneously from a single source or recorded from different sources, which requires synchronization. User-Data recorded in analog medium is referenced with out-of-band unique digital reference-data that is generated by the interface device to mark the position of the user data. The same reference-data communicated by the device and the user-data are stored in the digital medium also and a relationship is computed and established in the form of a table between the reference-data and the positions of the recorded user-data. Whenever there is a manipulation of the User-data on either of the mediums for the purpose of viewing, listening or editing, the Reference-data in that medium is interpreted by the device and the corresponding location of the user-data in the other medium is accessed by using the table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2005
    Assignee: Mudakara Global Solutions
    Inventors: Sridhar Krishnamurthy, Selvaraj Murugaiyan
  • Patent number: 6871107
    Abstract: A digital audio transcription system includes at least one source of audio signals to be recorded and a computer for storing digital signals corresponding to the audio signals for allowing the stored digital signals to be subsequently played back. Recording sessions are defined by signaling the start and stopping of the digital signals; and the computer associates a date and time with each file segment stored during a recording session. A playback selection allows a user to select a virtual file entry from file entries corresponding to the periods of time during which the computer has stored at least one recording session, with the computer being responsive to the playback selection to identify file segments stored in memory on the desired entry date from the selected source of audio signals, which collectively represent the selected virtual file entry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2005
    Assignee: FTR PTY, Ltd.
    Inventors: Steven L. Townsend, Derrill P. Williams, Neil R. Jones, Stephen J. Fewings
  • Patent number: 6856959
    Abstract: In an input unit (3) which can be operated by foot for a computer (1) which forms a dictating machine with foot-operated input means (24) for manually inputting control information (SI) by which information an audio reproduction mode of the dictating machine can be activated (25) or deactivated (26), and which, with activated audio reproduction mode, can deliver audio information (AI) stored in the dictating machine as an analog audio signal (AS3) to headphones (34) or a loudspeaker (32) respectively, and includes connection means (28, 33, 35) for connecting the input unit (3) to the computer (1) while the control information (SI) can be delivered to the computer (1) via the connection means (28, 33, 35), the connection means (28, 33, 35) are arranged for receiving the audio information (AI) as digital audio data from the computer (1) and for delivering the control information (SI) to the computer (1) over a digital data bus link and the headphones (34) or the loudspeaker can be connected to the connection me
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2005
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventor: Manfred Hörndl
  • Patent number: 6671567
    Abstract: A portable digital voice recorder is interfaced for data communication with a personal computer. Voice data files are stored in the portable recorder together with header data which indicates the status of the voice data files. In response to a batch upload command, selected ones of the voice data files are uploaded to the personal computer, depending on the status of the voice data files as indicated by the status data. Graphical user interface software running in the PC causes the PC to display icons indicative of voice data files stored in the portable recorder. The header data in the portable recorder may be changed by operation of the PC's graphical user interface. For example, file designations indicated by header data in the portable recorder may be changed by editing corresponding fields displayed by the PC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2003
    Assignee: Dictaphone Corporation
    Inventors: John J. Dwyer, David K. Godin, Richard S. Colon, Sr., Stephen Rothschild, John J. Pawlowski, John C. Vaughan
  • Patent number: 6662248
    Abstract: A recording/reproducing apparatus using an IC memory, comprising: an IC memory to/from which writing/reading of an audio signal is performed; and a control circuit for controlling writing/reading of the audio signal to/from this IC memory, and its address, and controlling, on writing and reading the audio signal to and from the IC memory, so that its address becomes ring-shaped, writing, when a recording key is pressed, the audio signal from an address contiguous to an area, within the IC memory, where the writing, which has never been read after the writing, is performed, and reading, when a reproduction key is pressed, the audio signal from the head of an area, within the IC memory, where the writing, which has never been read after the writing, is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2003
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Kiyotaka Yamanoi
  • Patent number: 6615294
    Abstract: A recording/reproducing apparatus using an IC memory includes an IC memory to/from which writing/reading of an audio signal is performed; and a control circuit for controlling writing/reading of the audio signal to/from this IC memory, and its address, and for controlling, on writing and reading the audio signal to and from the IC memory, so that its address becomes ring-shaped, writing, of when a recording key is pressed, the audio signal from contiguous address to an area, within the IC memory where the writing, which has never been read is performed, and reading, of when a reproduction key is pressed, the audio signal from the head of an area within the IC memory where the writing, which has never been read, is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2003
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Kiyotaka Yamanoi
  • Patent number: 6590837
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for annotating an object, such as a document, with an audio event is disclosed. The apparatus comprises a recording component that makes a recording of an audio event, a data code applicator that places a data code on the object after the recording of the audio event is made by the recording component, a data code reader that reads the data code from the object, and a playback component that plays back the recording of the audio event after of the data code is read from the object by the data code reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2003
    Inventor: Lawrence M. Kaplan
  • Patent number: 6549614
    Abstract: A server located at a first location for recording and managing communications for transcription generated at a second location. Clients contact the server to store communications for transcription. The client is given the option to create a user configurable profile that defines user identification data and recording options for that client. The user identification data includes a user identification number and an audible user identification which is associated with each user identification number. The communications are recorded based on the recording options in the user configurable profile. Exemplary recording options include file integrity and audio archiving. The server also provides the user with the ability to withhold a recording for completion at a later time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2003
    Assignee: Sten-Tel, Inc.
    Inventors: Jay Zebryk, Raymond Catuogno, Sr., George Catuogno
  • Patent number: RE38080
    Abstract: A method for improving dictation recorders and systems by providing a means to separately and independently record and store and, during any later dictation recording session, separately retrieve and audibly replay multiple dictation-indexing voice-prompt dictation cues, and thus by their successive replaying enable a dictator to be audibly prompted and thereby aided while dictating in conformance with a corresponding list, outline, instruction set, or standard form represented by said voice-prompt dictation cues.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2003
    Inventor: Jesse Lynn Gough