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Marcel Van Os, Harry J Saddler, Lia T Napolitano, Jonathan H Russell, Patrick M Lister, Rohit Dasari: Intelligent automated assistant for TV user interactions. Apple, Morrison & Foerster, May 30, 2017: US09668024

Systems and processes are disclosed for controlling television user interactions using a virtual assistant. A virtual assistant can interact with a television set-top box to control content shown on a television. Speech input for the virtual assistant can be received from a device with a microphone. ...


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Thomas R Gruber, Adam John Cheyer, Donald W Pitschel: Crowd sourcing information to fulfill user requests. Apple, Dentons US, April 24, 2018: US09953088

A user request is received from a mobile client device, where the user request includes at least a speech input and seeks an informational answer or performance of a task. A failure to provide a satisfactory response to the user request is detected. In response to detection of the failure, informati ...


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Jesse R Cash, Swapnil R Dave, Devrim Varoglu: Interpreting and acting upon commands that involve sharing information with remote devices. Apple, Dentons US, May 8, 2018: US09966068

An electronic device with one or more processors and memory includes a procedure for sharing information with a third party recipient. In some embodiments, the device receives a speech input from a first user, the speech input specifying a second user different from the first user, and an informatio ...


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Devang K Naik, Thomas R Gruber, Liam Weiner, Justin G Binder, Charles Srisuwananukorn, Gunnar Evermann, Shaun Eric Williams, Hong Chen, Lia T Napolitano: System and method for user-specified pronunciation of words for speech synthesis and recognition. Apple, Morrison & Foerster, April 11, 2017: US09620104

The method is performed at an electronic device with one or more processors and memory storing one or more programs for execution by the one or more processors. A first speech input including at least one word is received. A first phonetic representation of the at least one word is determined, the f ...


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Stephen O Lemay, Brandon J Newendorp, Jonathan R Dascola: Virtual assistant activation. Apple, Dentons US, February 6, 2018: US09886953

At an electronic device with a display, a microphone, and an input device: while the display is on, receiving user input via the input device, the user input meeting a predetermined condition; in accordance with receiving the user input meeting the predetermined condition, sampling audio input recei ...


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Devang K Naik, Ali S Mohamed, Hong M Chen: Caching apparatus for serving phonetic pronunciations. Apple, Morrison & Foerster, May 9, 2017: US09646609

Systems and processes for generating a shared pronunciation lexicon and using the shared pronunciation lexicon to interpret spoken user inputs received by a virtual assistant are provided. In one example, the process can include receiving pronunciations for words or named entities from multiple user ...


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Devang K Naik, Philippe P Piernot: Social reminders. Apple, Morrison & Foerster, May 30, 2017: US09668121

Techniques for providing reminders based on social interactions between users of electronic devices are described. Social reminders can be set to trigger based on social interactions of users. For example, a user may request to be reminded to discuss a certain discussion topic with a particular phon ...


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Matthias Paulik, Gunnar Evermann, Laurence S Gillick: Method and apparatus for discovering trending terms in speech requests. Apple, Dentons US, November 14, 2017: US09818400

Systems and processes are disclosed for discovering trending terms in automatic speech recognition. Candidate terms (e.g., words, phrases, etc.) not yet found in a speech recognizer vocabulary or having low language model probability can be identified based on trending usage in a variety of electron ...


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Michael R Sumner, Brandon J Newendorp, Ryan M Orr: Structured dictation using intelligent automated assistants. Apple, Dentons US, January 9, 2018: US09865280

Systems and processes for structured dictation using intelligent automated assistants are provided. In one example process, a speech input representing a user request can be received. In addition, metadata associated with the speech input can be received. A text string corresponding to the speech in ...


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Thomas R Gruber, Harry J Saddler, Jerome Rene Bellegarda, Bryce H Nyeggen, Alessandro Sabatelli: Multi-command single utterance input method. Apple, Dentons US, May 8, 2018: US09966065

Systems and processes are disclosed for handling a multi-part voice command for a virtual assistant. Speech input can be received from a user that includes multiple actionable commands within a single utterance. A text string can be generated from the speech input using a speech transcription proces ...