ClearOne Awarded New Patent for Beamforming Microphone Arrays
ClearOne has been awarded a new patent relating to beamforming microphone array technology by the US Patent and Trademark Office.
ClearOne is participating in the PEPPM technology cooperative purchasing program, which bids on behalf of thousands of schools and agencies.
US Patent No. 10,728,653 is titled “Ceiling Tile Microphone.” It describes a ceiling tile microphone that includes beamforming, acoustic echo cancellation, and adaptive acoustic processing that automatically adjusts to a room configuration. There is no language in the claims of the new patent limiting its scope to flush-mounted ceiling tile beamforming microphone arrays, as opposed to non-flush mounted ceiling tile beamforming microphone arrays.
The ’653 Patent is a member of a family of patents and applications that includes US Patent No. 9,813,806. That patent family includes issued patents and patent applications that cover ceiling tile and wall tile embodiments of beamforming microphone arrays, as well as augmentation of beamforming microphone arrays with non-beamforming microphones.