Finnish telecom and IT company Nokia (not the mobile brand licensed to HMD Global) appears to be trying its hand at AI with a new trademark application for a digital assistant named Viki.
A filing with European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) turned up by GSMInfo.nl reveals a very brief description of an AI assistant that combines the powers of several mobile and web assistants into one.
The application describes the technology as: “Software for the creation and monitoring of mobile and web digital assistants working with knowledge and combining all data sources into a single chat and voice based interface.”
Other than that brief explanation, the company has revealed nothing more about ‘Viki,’ telling Engadget: “Nokia registers trademarks from time to time, but we don’t comment on how, whether or when they may be used for Nokia products or services.”
It’s important to note that this is only the trademark of a name, not a patent — so the technology may be far from ready. Additionally, it cannot be assume that the technology will grace Nokia branded phones. The company could sell its AI to a wide range of manufacturers, considering it is no longer directly involved in creating Nokia-branded mobile devices.