My team submitted our work for patent approval in 2004, during my tenure at Oracle. After waiting for 6 long years they received approval from “United States Patent Trademark Office” (USPTO).
The abstract of the invention : “Constructing a query in a natural-language format using a purpose-driven query template. A user is prompted to select one of a plurality of query purposes. User-input is received indicating a selected one of the plurality of query purposes. A first list of conditions is selected from a plurality of lists of conditions based on the selected one of the plurality of query purposes, then displayed in a format in which each of a plurality of conditions in the first list is grammatically joined to at least one other condition in the first list to form a query sentence, and wherein each of the plurality of conditions in the first list is associated with a respective set of user-selectable values“.
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Sunil S Ranka
“Superior BI is the antidote to Business Failure”