The technology industry continues to be a hotbed of innovation. Activity driven by the increasing demand for voice-based applications such as virtual assistants and voice-controlled devices, the need for accurate speech recognition and sentiment analysis in various industries, and growing importance of technologies such as automatic speech recognition (ASR), speaker recognition, emotion detection, and language translation. These technologies enable enhanced speech understanding, sentiment analysis, and language processing, empowering businesses to extract valuable insights from spoken data and provide personalised and efficient user experiences. In the last three years alone, there have been over 3.6 million patents filed and granted in the technology industry, according to GlobalData’s report on Innovation in Cloud: Speech analysis systems. Buy the report here.

According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which uses over 2.5 million patents to analyse innovation intensity for the technology industry, there are 300+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.

Speech analysis systems is a key innovation area in cloud

Speech analysis systems encompass computer systems specifically developed to analyse and comprehend human speech. Through the utilisation of techniques like natural language processing and machine learning, these systems are capable of extracting valuable insights from spoken words. They find applications in diverse areas such as customer service automation, sentiment analysis, market research, and beyond, enabling businesses to derive meaningful information from spoken interactions.

GlobalData’s analysis also uncovers the companies at the forefront of each innovation area and assesses the potential reach and impact of their patenting activity across different applications and geographies. According to GlobalData, there are 10+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established technology companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of speech analysis systems.

Key players in speech analysis systems – a disruptive innovation in the technology industry

‘Application diversity’ measures the number of different applications identified for each relevant patent. It broadly splits companies into either ‘niche’ or ‘diversified’ innovators.

‘Geographic reach’ refers to the number of different countries each relevant patent is registered in. It reflects the breadth of geographic application intended, ranging from ‘global’ to ‘local’.

Patent volumes related to speech analysis systems

Company Total patents (2010 - 2022) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
Microsoft 77 Unlock Company Profile
Knowles 19 Unlock Company Profile
Samsung Group 15 Unlock Company Profile
Sony Group 13 Unlock Company Profile
Infineon Technologies 10 Unlock Company Profile
Shenzhen Goodix Technology 8 Unlock Company Profile
Alphabet 7 Unlock Company Profile
Baidu 6 Unlock Company Profile
Apple 6 Unlock Company Profile
NXP Semiconductors 5 Unlock Company Profile
Cerence 5 Unlock Company Profile
Essence Group 5 Unlock Company Profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

Microsoft is one of the leading patent filers in speech analysis systems. The company’s patents are aimed at registration of a person with an intelligent assistant computer for obtaining one or more image frames captured via one or more cameras that depict an initially unregistered person.

The facial recognition data for the initially unregistered person is extracted from the one or more image frames. A spoken command to register the initially unregistered person is received via one or more microphones. Upon determining that the spoken command originated from the registered person having the pre-established registration privilege, the initially unregistered person is registered as a newly registered person by associating one or more additional privileges with the facial recognition data in a person profile for the newly registered person.

Other prominent patent filers in the space include Knowles and Samsung. 

In terms of geographical reach, Shenzhen Goodix Technology leads the pack, followed by Sony Group and Baidu. In terms of application diversity, Essence Group holds the top position, followed by Knowles and Shenzhen Goodix Technology.             

Cloud innovation in speech analysis systems has revolutionised the way spoken language is processed and understood. These systems leverage advanced technologies such as natural language processing (NLP), machine learning, and artificial intelligence (AI) to analyse and derive insights from spoken data.  

To further understand how cloud is disrupting the technology industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Cloud Computing – Thematic Intelligence.

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GlobalData’s Patent Analytics tracks patent filings and grants from official offices around the world. Textual analysis and official patent classifications are used to group patents into key thematic areas and link them to specific companies across the world’s largest industries.