When an inventor gets a patent, how to apply
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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office says it will be reviewing a patent application from Urachus, an Illinois-based company that claims to be the first to create a way to “perform real-time computation” of a user’s voice.
The announcement came as Urachus is seeking a $500,000 patent award from the U.K.-based Patent Office, which has awarded the company nearly $50 million in legal settlements in the last two years.
The patent application filed last week describes how a device, including a microphone, can be programmed to detect a user and respond in real time, with a particular interest in certain phrases, such as “You’re going to need me,” or “I have something to show you.”
The invention could provide an advantage for the tech industry, Urachus said in the filing, which was posted online.
The company said it has received nearly $1 million in patent settlements since 2007.
U.S.-based technology companies have long struggled with patent applications, which are filed by an inventor and have often been years behind in the development process.
While the process is typically quick and efficient, patents often go unanswered for years.
“The time to be able to demonstrate that you’re going be able solve the problem is in the patent,” said Brian O’Donnell, chief technology officer for the software company Salesforce.com.
Urachus, whose company is based in Illinois, said in a blog post that it has worked with several universities and research institutions to develop a way for the device to detect the voice of the user and determine the correct phrase to use.
The company also said the device could be used to make personalized ads that would not show up in the search results for certain phrases.
The Urachus patent application was filed by a company called Urachus Communications.
Urachus has filed for more than 200 patents, including ones related to wireless technologies, artificial intelligence, artificial vision, machine learning, virtual reality and virtual reality systems.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office says it will be reviewing a patent application from Urachus, an Illinois-based company that…