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ContractExpress has been granted eleven U.S. patents, several international patents and four further U.S. patent applications in process. In summary, the eleven granted U.S. patents consist of:

Dynamic questionnaire generation

(U.S. Patent # 8,302,003)

The invention provides a document generation system for generating a customised document using a document generation program, having means to generate and information capture document for obtaining input information. At least one content element comprises at least a first variable. The system comprises means to evaluate a set of further rules including at least one second variable to determine the number and type of occurrences of the first variable, and means to aggregate the further set of rules to determine the relevance of the first variable in terms of the at least one second variable.

Editing of customised documents

(U.S. Patent # 8,234,563)

A method of generating a second customised document incorporating amendments made to a previously generated first document, where the customised documents include one or more selected predetermined portions of document content, comprises the steps of: determining which portions of document content are comprised in the first document but which are not comprised in the second document; deleting the portions of document content determined in the preceding step from the first document; determining which portions of document content are comprised in the second document but which are not comprised in the first document; and copying the portions of document content determined in the preceding step from the second document to the first document.

Mark-up of automated documents

(U.S. Patent # 7,363,579)

The present invention relates to the generation of customised documents using document templates and in particular to the generation of different types of customised documents including clauses or other portions of document content which are common to two or more types of customised document.

Re-usable clauses

(U.S. Patent # 7,992,080)

The invention provides a document generation system for generating a customized document using content elements selected by rules operating on input information, the operating information comprising transaction values. The system comprises at least one computer having a document generation program stored thereon, means to associate further rules with the transaction values, and 
means to evaluate said further rules to produce an indication of whether transaction values are definite, indefinite or absent in a partially customized generated document. The effect of the transaction values is represented by means of a mark-up.

Checking missing transaction values in generated document

(U.S. Patent # 7,380,201)

The invention provides a document generation system for generating a customized document using content elements selected by rules operating on input information, the operating information comprising transaction values. The system comprises at least one computer having a document generation program stored thereon, means to associate further rules with the transaction values, and means to evaluate said further rules to produce an indication of the relevance of the presence or absence of the transaction values in a fully or partially customized generated document. The effect of the transaction values is represented by means of a mark-up.

Systems, methods and computer programs for analysis, clarification, reporting on and generation of master documents for use in automated document generation

(U.S. Patent # 7,472,343)

A system and method of generating data representing a master document for use in an automated document generation system comprises storing data representing a first mark-up notation or style and data representing a second mark-up notation or style different to the first mark-up notation or style. Data representing a mapping between the first and second mark-up notations or styles is stored. Data representing a precedent or master document written in the first mark-up notation or style is received.
The received data is analyzed, in dependence on the data representing the first mark-up notation or style, to determine component elements of the first precedent or master document and the interrelationships of the component elements. Data is generated representing a precedent or master document written in the second mark-up notation or style based on the analysis and dependent on the data representing the mapping and the second mark-up notation or style. Lastly, the generated data is output.

Cross-reference Generation

(U.S. Patent # 7,506,251)

The invention provides a document generation system, which is capable of generating a fully or a partially customized document by evaluating rules to select some of a group of content elements, such that the fully or partially customized document is able to support cross-references between a first content element and at least a second content element, and cross-references between any of the
content elements and an external file.

Debugging Master Documents

(U.S. Patent # 7,757,160)

The present invention relates to debugging of document templates or master documents used in the automated generation of customised documents.

Conditional text manipulation

(U.S. Patent # 7,818,304)

A document generation system for generating a customised document using content elements selected by rules operating on input information, the content elements comprising conditional and unconditional text is provided. The system provides means to generate a program structure, containing information about the space characters to be inserted between the conditional and unconditional text in the generated document. The program structure is evaluated to determine the positions of the space characters. The program structure may be an XML structure. 

Definitions in Master Documents

(U.S. Patent # 8,745,050)

The present invention relates to the generation of customised documents using document templates or master documents in a document generation system. In particular, the present invention relates to master documents requiring information specifying various definitions used in the document generation process.

Completeness in dependency networks

(U.S. Patent # 8,700,668)

The invention improves document generation systems in which data is collected to enable automated, customised document generation. Initially, a questionnaire which defines a dataset is completed. The system then determines which variables are relevant, and then determines whether all relevant variables are in the dataset. Finally, the system generates a fully customised document if the dataset is complete.

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