I am still undecided on how big mobile voice search will be, but if it is, Google has a patent for ONE component of it now.
Google has Voice Search in their Labs department but it never worked when I tried it.
Google gets location based advertising and now speech intellectual property, hey Microsoft you still have a chance at beating Google, this is how.
From Real Tech News Google wins patent on voice-based search
Patent number 7,027,987 covers "A voice interface for a search engine". Filed Feb 7, 2001 and received April 11,2006.
A system provides search results from a voice search query. The system receives a voice search query from a user, derives one or more recognition hypotheses, each being associated with a weight, from the voice search query, and constructs a weighted boolean query using the recognition hypotheses. The system then provides the weighted boolean query to a search system and provides the results of the search system to a user.
The conflict I see is determining if the user is searching or trying to connect directly with a word(s).
Does this cover search going through an open network, or within a specific database (closed network)?
Does this cover ALL mobile speech recognition applications?
Here's a biggie. Does it cover trademarks? Will Google learn their lesson from Geico? There are a few other potential conflicts I see.
What if there is a speech recognition mobile search engine that identifies individual word(s). I say "Google" and it takes me to www.google.com. It's not searching, it's connecting. What if I say a word that isn't in the database and it goes into a default search mode?
I wonder how the courts will define the difference of a voice search query and voice information/connect function.
This will be interesting to watch.