Selectica Awarded Patent for KnowledgeBase Innovation

Apr 16, 2001, 01:00 ET from Selectica, Inc.

    SAN JOSE, Calif., April 16 /PRNewswire/ --
 Selectica(TM), Inc., (Nasdaq: SLTC), a leading provider of Internet Selling
 Systems (ISS) for e-Business, has been awarded a patent (U.S. patent
 No. 6,205,446 B1) for the development of a process that merges KnowledgeBases
 to optimize the performance of Internet selling applications.
     The process dramatically improves the flexibility of product
 configuration-based systems by compressing and optimizing the multiple
 knowledge repositories required for complex product design into a single,
 efficient KnowledgeBase. This capability enables software developers to
 streamline the design of large-scale applications and tap separate knowledge
 repositories to create a comprehensive and dynamic knowledge environment.
     "This patent highlights Selectica's continued technological leadership in
 the area of configuration-based Internet Selling Systems," said Raj Jaswa,
 Selectica's president and CEO. "We're proud of the efforts our engineers have
 made in developing this innovative technique/process."
     The patented techniques were invented by Selectica's CTO and co-founder,
 Dr. Sanjay Mittal, and Shishirkumar Sharad Khedkar.
     According to Dr. Mittal, the ability to merge separate knowledge
 repositories into a single, composite KnowledgeBase yields several important
 benefits. First, it enables separate software teams to independently develop
 different elements of a KnowledgeBase, then seamlessly merge them into a
 single, comprehensive database. Second, the process eliminates redundant,
 duplicative information from the composite KnowledgeBase and thus allows for a
 much more compressed and therefore transferable database. The combined
 KnowledgeBase is as much as 60 percent smaller than the original files
 combined. Finally, in configuration applications, the process allows end-users
 to develop custom product designs in a non-sequential, order-independent
 fashion. In other words, customers can tailor their online orders in a
 top-down fashion by immediately selecting the options most important to them
 without first having to wade through a number of less-critical options. This
 helps assure end-users early in the ordering process that they will be able to
 configure products to suit their needs and therefore increases the likelihood
 that customers will complete their orders.
     "This method empowers developers to combine and optimize disperse
 KnowledgeBases used within separate applications," Mittal said. "This enables
 far more efficient transfer of critical application information and can be
 used in numerous applications across the extended enterprise."
     As businesses increase their dependence on Internet selling systems, they
 will require applications that feature ubiquitous access to mission-critical
 knowledge from throughout the company. The Selectica process eliminates the
 need for development of individual knowledge repositories for each application
 module.
     The patent is the second awarded to Selectica. In June 2000, the company
 received a U.S. Patent for its method of developing, storing and transmitting
 product configuration models across divergent computer platforms. The modeling
 technology enables businesses to respond more quickly to changes in market
 conditions.
 
     About Selectica, Inc.
     Selectica, Inc. is a leading provider of Internet Selling Systems (ISS)
 that transforms the way companies sell, service and compete.  Selectica's ISS
 is a comprehensive application suite that accelerates the process of
 selecting, configuring, pricing, and purchasing complex products and services
 with great efficiency and accuracy. The Selectica solution has the ability to
 positively impact productivity across all sales channels by improving every
 step of the sales process -- from needs analysis and product configuration to
 order capture and renewals. Selectica's customers include industry leaders
 such as BMW, Cisco Systems, Dell Computer, Hewlett-Packard,
 Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, Juniper Networks, and Rockwell Automation.
 Selectica is headquartered in San Jose, CA. The company's Web site is located
 at www.selectica.com.
     The statements contained in this release that are not purely historical
 are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the
 Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, including statements regarding
 Selectica's expectations, beliefs, hopes, intentions or strategies regarding
 the future. All forward-looking statements included in this document are based
 upon information available to Selectica as of the date hereof, and Selectica
 assumes no obligation to update any such forward-looking statement. Actual
 results could differ materially from current expectations. Factors that could
 cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to, the
 factors and risks discussed in Selectica's Registration Statement on
 Form S-1, as amended, and filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
     NOTE:  Selectica is a trademark of Selectica, Inc. All other product and
 company names may be trademarks of the companies with which they are
 associated.
 
     CONTACT:  Laurie Spoon, Sr. Manager, Media and Analyst Relations,
 Public Relations of Selectica, Inc., 408-545-2492, or lspoon@selectica.com.
 
 

SOURCE Selectica, Inc.
    SAN JOSE, Calif., April 16 /PRNewswire/ --
 Selectica(TM), Inc., (Nasdaq: SLTC), a leading provider of Internet Selling
 Systems (ISS) for e-Business, has been awarded a patent (U.S. patent
 No. 6,205,446 B1) for the development of a process that merges KnowledgeBases
 to optimize the performance of Internet selling applications.
     The process dramatically improves the flexibility of product
 configuration-based systems by compressing and optimizing the multiple
 knowledge repositories required for complex product design into a single,
 efficient KnowledgeBase. This capability enables software developers to
 streamline the design of large-scale applications and tap separate knowledge
 repositories to create a comprehensive and dynamic knowledge environment.
     "This patent highlights Selectica's continued technological leadership in
 the area of configuration-based Internet Selling Systems," said Raj Jaswa,
 Selectica's president and CEO. "We're proud of the efforts our engineers have
 made in developing this innovative technique/process."
     The patented techniques were invented by Selectica's CTO and co-founder,
 Dr. Sanjay Mittal, and Shishirkumar Sharad Khedkar.
     According to Dr. Mittal, the ability to merge separate knowledge
 repositories into a single, composite KnowledgeBase yields several important
 benefits. First, it enables separate software teams to independently develop
 different elements of a KnowledgeBase, then seamlessly merge them into a
 single, comprehensive database. Second, the process eliminates redundant,
 duplicative information from the composite KnowledgeBase and thus allows for a
 much more compressed and therefore transferable database. The combined
 KnowledgeBase is as much as 60 percent smaller than the original files
 combined. Finally, in configuration applications, the process allows end-users
 to develop custom product designs in a non-sequential, order-independent
 fashion. In other words, customers can tailor their online orders in a
 top-down fashion by immediately selecting the options most important to them
 without first having to wade through a number of less-critical options. This
 helps assure end-users early in the ordering process that they will be able to
 configure products to suit their needs and therefore increases the likelihood
 that customers will complete their orders.
     "This method empowers developers to combine and optimize disperse
 KnowledgeBases used within separate applications," Mittal said. "This enables
 far more efficient transfer of critical application information and can be
 used in numerous applications across the extended enterprise."
     As businesses increase their dependence on Internet selling systems, they
 will require applications that feature ubiquitous access to mission-critical
 knowledge from throughout the company. The Selectica process eliminates the
 need for development of individual knowledge repositories for each application
 module.
     The patent is the second awarded to Selectica. In June 2000, the company
 received a U.S. Patent for its method of developing, storing and transmitting
 product configuration models across divergent computer platforms. The modeling
 technology enables businesses to respond more quickly to changes in market
 conditions.
 
     About Selectica, Inc.
     Selectica, Inc. is a leading provider of Internet Selling Systems (ISS)
 that transforms the way companies sell, service and compete.  Selectica's ISS
 is a comprehensive application suite that accelerates the process of
 selecting, configuring, pricing, and purchasing complex products and services
 with great efficiency and accuracy. The Selectica solution has the ability to
 positively impact productivity across all sales channels by improving every
 step of the sales process -- from needs analysis and product configuration to
 order capture and renewals. Selectica's customers include industry leaders
 such as BMW, Cisco Systems, Dell Computer, Hewlett-Packard,
 Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, Juniper Networks, and Rockwell Automation.
 Selectica is headquartered in San Jose, CA. The company's Web site is located
 at www.selectica.com.
     The statements contained in this release that are not purely historical
 are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the
 Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, including statements regarding
 Selectica's expectations, beliefs, hopes, intentions or strategies regarding
 the future. All forward-looking statements included in this document are based
 upon information available to Selectica as of the date hereof, and Selectica
 assumes no obligation to update any such forward-looking statement. Actual
 results could differ materially from current expectations. Factors that could
 cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to, the
 factors and risks discussed in Selectica's Registration Statement on
 Form S-1, as amended, and filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
     NOTE:  Selectica is a trademark of Selectica, Inc. All other product and
 company names may be trademarks of the companies with which they are
 associated.
 
     CONTACT:  Laurie Spoon, Sr. Manager, Media and Analyst Relations,
 Public Relations of Selectica, Inc., 408-545-2492, or lspoon@selectica.com.
 
 SOURCE  Selectica, Inc.