VoiceBox Personal Assistant Patent Portfolio Continues to Expand
Recent Grants Cover use of Voice in Mobile and Advertising Applications
Bellevue, WA August 6, 2012 - VoiceBox® Technologies Corp., the award winning innovator of Personal Assistant voice interface technology today announced that it was granted two additional US Patents in the areas of mobile voice technology and advertising applications. These grants further support the Company's competitive advantage in the growing Personal Assistant software market. To date, VoiceBox has had 21 patents issued and received notice of allowance for another 4. An additional 12 patents are pending.
While the use of voice as part of a device interface is beginning to show traction in the marketplace, VoiceBox was an early pioneer. Its initial vision of a single, personalized interface utilizing a new generation of voice technology across an ever diversifying range of consumer devices, remains the foundation of the Company's strategy.
"We feel fortunate to have articulated our vision early on and align our intellectual property strategy at the outset," said Mike Kennewick, VoiceBox Technologies co-founder and CEO, "While the patent for our core differentiating Contextual Speech and Conversational Voice technology was received in 2008, these grants extend our protection in the use of voice in mobile 'connected devices', including the use of personalized, targeted advertising."
The recent patents extend this protection to mobile systems/applications, including those in cars. "The patent processing time when we started was over three years. We're happy to see the results - a strong patent portfolio that aligns itself to key industry trends. When we started, we were always questioned about whether consumers want to 'talk' to their devices. Since then, voice has continued to become accepted as a key part of a device interface, particularly as computing has gone more mobile. And peoples' expectations of increasing personalization has driven the quickly emerging Personal Assistant trend" said Kennewick.
Kennewick noted the quick industry response based on the perspective VoiceBox is getting from many of its partner-customers; VoiceBox is used in cars and devices such as Toyota, Lexus, TomTom, Chrysler, Pioneer, Dodge and Magellan. "We credit Apple for proving consumer acceptance of the Personal Assistant interface with its launch of Siri. Prior to this, it was unclear whether consumers were ready for the kind of innovative interface VoiceBox's patented technology can drive. Since then, we've been flooded with requests to employ the more advanced personalization capabilities of our technology to create Personal Assistant applications."
About VoiceBox Technologies
VoiceBox is a pioneer in Natural Language Understanding and Conversational Voice Technology used to help people find content and control their devices using everyday speech. VoiceBox applications can run on in-car systems, smartphones, 'smart TVs', computers, tablets, e-readers, and personal navigation devices; all are powered by VoiceBox's award-winning Contextual Speech, protected by 14 issued patents, 6 notice of allowances, with 11 patents pending. The Company's new Personal Assistant product line combines its advantaged technology with advanced, patented personalization and advertising capabilities. VoiceBox's is used in products and autos from Toyota, TomTom, Pioneer, Chrysler, Dodge, and Magellan in North America, Europe and Asia.