November 18, 2013 10:00 ET

Veveo Awarded Patent for Advanced Speech-Based Interface Technology With Conversational Capability

Veveo's Conversational Interfaces Enable Users to Communicate With Connected Devices and Applications Using Natural Dialog

ANDOVER, MA--(Marketwired - Nov 18, 2013) - Veveo, a leading provider of semantic technologies to bridge the usability gap in connected devices and applications with intelligent search, discovery and personalization solutions, announced today it has been awarded a seminal patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in the area of speech-based interfaces for devices that allow natural conversations similar to the way people speak with each other. 

The patent, entitled METHOD OF AND SYSTEM FOR USING CONVERSATION STATE INFORMATION IN A CONVERSATIONAL INTERACTION SYSTEM (USPTO Number: 8,577,671), covers a speech-based system's capability to recognize whether a subsequent query is related to the previous one that a user input into a system, thereby allowing the user to build on a previous query without repetition. This capability also allows devices to "know" when a context has changed or is ambiguous, thereby giving users appropriate responses that appear natural and humanlike.

The significance of such capabilities in a device or application is that users can conduct an ongoing dialog for discovery and navigation, going beyond the simple voice commands and isolated queries that are typical of speech-driven systems. The system maintains awareness of the user's intent, thereby offering the ability to drill down into a query, as well as change queries during navigation. As a result, the application of this technology allows consumers to use the natural thought progression that is typical when trying to navigate content libraries.

A video demonstration of this technology can be viewed here. This patent gives Veveo's portfolio a count of 47 issued patents. Veveo has filed more than 80 patent applications to date for advanced technologies that support more than 100 million connected devices and televisions globally through Tier-1 service providers, device OEMs and pay-TV operators.

"We are very excited about bringing our technological advances to market in order to help dramatically enhance the usability of speech-based applications so that systems adapt to users -- and not the other way around," said Murali Aravamudan, founder and CEO of Veveo. "Our conversational interfaces are already in trials with pay-TV service providers, but the implications of this technology will make speech-based interfaces natural and humanlike for most areas of users' connected lives."

About Veveo
Veveo is a leading provider of semantic technologies to bridge the usability gap in connected devices and applications with intelligent search, discovery and personalization solutions. With more than 100 million deployments worldwide through leading device OEMs and Tier-1 service providers, including 45 million TVs supported by leading pay-TV operators in the US and Canada, Veveo is redefining how users experience connected devices and applications in natural and intuitive ways. Based on the company's patented Knowledge Graph semantic platform, Veveo products enable advanced solutions for search, recommendation, discovery and navigation that offer intelligent, intuitive and efficient usability. These technologies further enable the implementation of intelligent conversational interfaces to bridge the gap in usability for connected devices and applications with natural language and speech-based interfaces. 

Veveo's semantic solutions are designed to deliver rich, hyper-personalized user experiences that anticipate user intent, driving higher engagement, content consumption, and monetization of products and services for device vendors, service providers and enterprises, across platforms of smartphones, tablets, TVs, and set-top boxes.

Founded in 2004, Veveo's customers include Comcast, Cablevision, Rogers, AT&T, DirecTV, and Nokia. The venture-backed company is based in Boston, MA and has a growing intellectual property portfolio of 47 patents and 80 filed patent applications. For more information, visit or find us on Twitter, LinkedIn or YouTube.

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