Patent Number: 6,169,985

Title: Method and apparatus for determining a set of database entries

Abstract: A method of defining in a computer system a subset of entries in a database is described. The subset is defined by a query. The method includes displaying an interface having a number of criteria description locations. The criteria description locations being positioned in rows where each row has one or more columns. The method also includes creating a criteria description in the interface. The criteria description corresponds to criteria, where the criteria define a corresponding subset of the database. Importantly, the relative location of the criteria description in the user interface determines how the criteria contribute to the selectivity of the query.

Inventors: Almgren; Jonas (Menlo Park, CA), Walsh; Gregory Vincent (Cupertino, CA), Wegbreit; Eliot Leonard (Palo Alto, CA)

Assignee: Epiphany, Inc.

International Classification: G06F 17/30 (20060101); G06F 017/30 ()

Expiration Date: 01/02/2018