SOURCE: SRI International

March 06, 2008 08:30 ET

SRI International Offers Patent Portfolio for Voice-to-Database Search Technology

MENLO PARK, CA--(Marketwire - March 6, 2008) - SRI International, an independent, nonprofit research and development organization, today announced that it is offering for sale its voice-to-database (V2DB) search patent portfolio.

The available patents are:

--  U.S. Patent 6,996,519: "method and apparatus for performing relational
    speech recognition"
--  U.S. Patent 7,308,404: "method and apparatus for speech recognition
    using a dynamic vocabulary"
--  U.S. Application 11/063,357: "method and apparatus for performing
    relational speech recognition"

The patent portfolio addresses methods for spoken search and retrieval of information from large databases using a speech recognizer. The patented methodology can be applied in at least five broad and growing markets: online and mobile search, consumer electronics, telematics, customer call centers, and online commerce.

The SRI V2DB methodology for searching vast, multimillion-record databases surpasses currently available speech search technology. Current methods hit a scalability barrier because search complexity increases with the size of a database. SRI's approach targets a reduction in user steps, directly leading to steep increases in transaction completion rates and customer loyalty.

SRI is the sole owner of the V2DB patents and is actively seeking partners who wish to acquire the V2DB portfolio.

Interested parties may obtain an offering prospectus by contacting Doug Bercow, director of business development, at 650-859-5187.

About SRI's Speech Technology and Research Lab

The Speech Technology and Research (STAR) Laboratory at SRI International ( is a world leader in speech technology, active in both technology creation and technology transfer. The Speech Technology and Research Laboratory's staff of about 25 includes engineers, computer scientists, and linguists, offering a broad spectrum of the skills required for leading edge development, including signal processing, mathematical modeling, machine learning, linguistics, and software engineering.

About SRI International

Silicon Valley-based SRI International ( is one of the world's leading independent research and technology development organizations. Founded as Stanford Research Institute in 1946, SRI has been meeting the strategic needs of clients for more than 60 years. The nonprofit research institute performs client-sponsored research and development for government agencies, commercial businesses, and private foundations. In addition to conducting contract R&D, SRI licenses its technologies, forms strategic partnerships, and creates spin-off companies.

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