Apple to patent the "Intelligent Automated Assistant"

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You didn't think Apple isn't going to patent Siri, did you? Well, it is! Cupertino's most popular company has submitted a new patent application, titled "Intelligent Automated Assistant", trying to keep the awesomeness of Siri and similar products all to itself.

The beefy application thoroughly explains how such a service would work, including details on how it uses external stuff like email, the web and maps in order to provide relevant information and help the user accomplish what they are after, such as getting directions, making a reservation and so on.

What's more interesting to us is whether or not this should concern Google, Samsung and everybody else who plans to offer such a feature. Samsung's S Voice is already dangerously close to what Apple's describing in its patent, but our guess is that there won't be any sirious (ha!) consequences in the long term. We might see a lawsuit or two, but as we already know, this can't really hurt anybody.

Here's the abstract from Apple's patent application:

source: USPTO via Engadget



1. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

The funny word in the title is 'Intelligent' A review by the Huffington post clearly shows that Google Now is more reposnive, natural and faster as compared to any of Apple's 'voice assistants'

9. wendygarett unregistered

can google now call you 'rock god'? :)

28. denied911

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2012

no, but it can "rock hard"

35. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

People who want to be called 'rock god' by a certain 'female voice assistant' are clearly making up for a certain something which is quite small... Their pathetic narcissistic sheepish existence! Readers Gotcha :)

45. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

can Siri do a barrel roll?

47. hltechie unregistered

Haha! Nope!

15. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Google should patent Google Now and sue Apple when they're ready.

62. eyad_996

Posts: 29; Member since: Jul 10, 2012

But I think Google Now is different that Siri, Google Now, searches the web, and gives you cards. Siri, tries to be real human-like 'secretary', that answers questions, not only search the web !

38. Vinayakn73

Posts: 207; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

siri is rather dumb than intelligent. ask silly question to siri and it will give silly answers to you.

50. metalpoet unregistered

"Siri whats the best smartphone ever?" the previous answer was a windows based smartphone but now siri will sarcastically say "you're kidding right?"

39. messiah

Posts: 438; Member since: Feb 19, 2010

How can they patent an idea that clearly gene Roddenberry has made and implemented for more than twenty years?

49. metalpoet unregistered

Steve Jobs is already dead thank god! With people who can make this world a better place who get assasinated, why the hell does this world allow corrupt people like those in Apple stay alive?!!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!? Quit your bi*ching Apple!!!! and actually create something worth buying! Quit suing people and attempting to PATENT THE "SMARTPHONE"! YOU DIDNT CREATE THEE SMARTPHONE YOU CREATE A FORM OF A SMARTPHONE!

60. lkjhgf

Posts: 9; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

i think it can answer your questions even before you ask......

2. No_Nonsense unregistered

Siri? Didn't we have voice recognition apps before Siri? Man this is utter nonsense.

37. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

actually,there are many ways in which a voice recognition software can be used to access the web and the other stuff mentioned in the article, which means that apple is only patenting the way siri has been programmed to access and provide those can get the same features on any other voice assistant that is programmed in a different way, i think google now is programmed in a different way...

3. MeoCao unregistered


4. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

This is going to be great fun - especially if the Siri application is crowd-sourced for invalidity. Apple's actions to game the patent system may finally be exposed.

5. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Are they f***ing serious? Google and Samsung and all the other Android manufacturers should cease fire and focus an attack on Apple. Get rid of them first, they're useless to the tech world now.

27. AliNSiddiqui

Posts: 382; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

I want to slap Apple's CEO! This is getting out of hands!! Is this all they do?! Think about patents, and try to patent stuff they didn't even create or stuff that shouldn't be allowed a patent for and then sue everyone's ass !?

48. hltechie unregistered

So much truth in what you said

51. metalpoet unregistered


6. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

does this need aproval? not only seeing its competitor crush them on the game on nearly every aspect and yet they try to patent the idea? I would go to the patent office and show them all the other stuff that already existed.... or patent location based asistance and sugestions or automated location settings...

13. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

That is the whole idea behind crowd-sourcing the application examination/review process. I suspect this Siri application is going to be held up for quite some time. Apple might even withdraw/abandon the application.

25. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

this patent needs a slap in the face..... with a fish

19. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I'm honestly tired of Apple. They need to get out of the mobile world for innovation to progress.

41. Fallout09

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

No way any of this intelligent automated assistant, flexable displays, ect patents are getting approved with amount of prior art already on the market.

54. tedkord

Posts: 17314; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

You're new here, aren't you?

61. No_Nonsense unregistered

Welcome to the love affair between Apple, USPTO and US courts.

8. chemhaz

Posts: 161; Member since: May 04, 2012

Looks like Apple sees its future as following the same path as Kodak . Kodak may have lead film /camera industry for a while but failed to innovate and now rely on patents as a source of income. Apple has had it's day and is heading down the same path and it seems they are trying to patent anything and everything they can.

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