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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:

The intelligent automated assistant system engages with the user in an integrated, conversational manner using natural language dialog, and invokes external services when appropriate to obtain information or perform various actions. The system can be implemented using any of a number of different platforms, such as the web, email, smartphone, and the like, or any combination thereof. In one embodiment, the system is based on sets of interrelated domains and tasks, and employs additional functionally powered by external services with which the system can interact.

source: USPTO via Engadget

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posted on 27 Sep 2012, 07:19 32

1. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1236; Member since: 26 Sep 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'

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 07:31 2

9. wendygarett (unregistered)

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

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 08:12 22

28. denied911 (banned) (Posts: 361; Member since: 31 May 2012)

no, but it can "rock hard"

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 08:50 5

35. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1236; Member since: 26 Sep 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 :)

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 12:24 7

45. bayusuputra (Posts: 963; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)

can Siri do a barrel roll?

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 13:09 2

47. hltechie (unregistered)

Haha! Nope!

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 07:39 25

15. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

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

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 12:04

62. eyad_996 (Posts: 29; Member since: 10 Jul 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 !

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 09:26 1

38. Vinayakn73 (Posts: 197; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)

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

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 13:43 1

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?"

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 10:14 4

39. messiah (Posts: 438; Member since: 19 Feb 2010)

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

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 13:41 1

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!

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 23:33

60. lkjhgf (Posts: 9; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)

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

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 07:19 24

2. No_Nonsense (unregistered)

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

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 08:54 1

37. techspace (Posts: 1036; Member since: 03 Sep 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 features......you 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...

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 07:24 1

3. MeoCao (unregistered)


posted on 27 Sep 2012, 07:24 2

4. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 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.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 07:24 14

5. frydaexiii (Posts: 1475; Member since: 01 Dec 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.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 07:58 17

27. AliNSiddiqui (Posts: 382; Member since: 19 Sep 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 !?

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 13:11 3

48. hltechie (unregistered)

So much truth in what you said

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 13:52 1

51. metalpoet (unregistered)


posted on 27 Sep 2012, 07:24 1

6. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 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...

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 07:35

13. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 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.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 07:50 4

25. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

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

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 07:27 2

7. No_Nonsense (unregistered)

Just in case anyone wants more:http://techcrunch.com/2012/09/27/apple-patents-in-screen-speakers-flexible-displays-and-tactile-keyboards-for-future-iphones-and-ipads/

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 07:44 12

19. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

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

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 10:39

41. Fallout09 (Posts: 421; Member since: 17 Oct 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.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 14:16 2

54. tedkord (Posts: 13872; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

You're new here, aren't you?

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 09:35 1

61. No_Nonsense (unregistered)

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

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 07:30 8

8. chemhaz (Posts: 161; Member since: 04 May 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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