Here are some recent news items about Cognal (now Cognal Labs), its products and its markets:

Apr. 16, 2019: Cognal Labs Inc. acquires Cognal Corp and all its assets, swapping all ownership shares from Cognal Corp to Cognal Labs Inc.

Cognal Labs Inc. is an “innovations laboratory” type of company, so its owners decided to change the website, Cognal Corp, to Cognal Labs Inc., and henceforth direct all Cognal visitors to the Cognal Labs website:

Feb. 15, 2018: https://www.memtrieve is posted on the web.
Sept. 16, 2017: is available! Using ssl ensures greater website security.

May 5, 2017: Cognal’s founder and SayQL inventor, Marvin Elder, receives Patent for “Natural Language Query” – patent # 9652451. This patent includes claim awards for the invention’s novel Natural Language Understanding module, for its Automatic Query Generation method, and for its Supervised Machine Learning module (“Teach the Computer”). The patent also include a claim award for utilizing methods for updating schema elements as well as searching schema elements, thus allowing future Continuation Patent claims for other Cognal products, such as SayTrieve and JSON-LD Generator.

Aug. 8, 2016: Cognal introduces its JSONLD Registry: a Cloud Platform allowing users to both publish (register) their JSON-LD scripts (in which products, persons and other “things” are posted as CognalSchema entities and attributes.

Mar. 7, 2016: Cognal introduces its JSON-LD Generator (LDGen). LDGen greatly assists webmasters who want to use the new JSON-LD javascript type jsonld/javascript, to help gain a higher SEO ranking, as encouraged by Google, Microsoft and Yahoo.

Feb. 21, 2016: Cognal introduces its CognalSchema, a curated subset of the ecosystem. CognalSchema is organized hierarchically by Subject Area, as contrasted to’s hierarchy of entities (the top of which is “thing”). Each Subject Area has one or more SubjectAreaViews, each with its set of entities and their attributes.

Sept. 21, 2015: Cognal introduces its Internet of Things (IoT) platform: Thlinker, and its IoT Natural Language product, Thlingo. Thlinker is a breakthrough for “linking Things” in a hierarchy of Ontologies (Thonto).  Thlingo is the patent-pending Cognal Natural Language technology applied to IoT.

May 16, 2015: Cognal becomes the lead sponsor for the Cognitive Computing Experts Meetup Group in Dallas.

March 2, 2015: Cognal’s newest version of its flagship product that converts Natural Language (spoken or typed) into SQL is now called SayQL™.

December 12, 2014: Version 2.01 of Cognal’s NLQ product, with a new round-trip Supervised Machine Learning feature – Teach the Computer (TTC).  A Cognal Certified TTC admin utilizes Cognal’s Cognal BI product to define a new VisReqs Specification by drag-dropping and setting filters from Cognal BI’s Object Tree, along with a Natural Language Request “query text”.  The new definition is automatically added to Cognal’s OntoloNet in the proper context ontologies and as a new “Anchor Phrase”.  From that point on, any NL Request with the new Defined Anchor Phrase will be recognized by Cognal’s Natural Language Understanding (NLU) module, and the user’s NL Request will generate the SQL query to return the requested facts to the user’s browser or mobile device.

August 25, 2014: Cognal raises its first outside investment with an angel investor who believes strongly that our Cognitive Machine Learning based applications, plus our Answerfy NL Platform, is “ahead of its competitors”, as he put it.

July 1, 2014: Marvin Elder, CEO of Cognal, now has an additional title: CCO (Chief Cognitive Officer). With the tremendous interest in Cognitive Computing systems that include Machine Learning (such as Cognal with its “Teach the Computer”), there will be a whole new discipline and ecosystem built around “things cognal”. It stands to reason that there will be a CXO title for this discipline: CCO is a perfect fit.

June 17, 2014: Cognal’s Marvin Elder is co-organizer of the first Dallas chapter meeting of the national Cognitive Computing Experts group. ¬†CCE will have monthly meetings to exchange members’ ideas and expertise on different aspects of Cognitive Computing.

March 27, 2014: Cognal introduces Cognal BI, a “true” end user Business Intelligence tool, at the monthly Dallas Business Intelligence meetup.

Feb. 20, 2014: Cognal kicks off its Beta Test program for its Exact Sports Facts market. Several members of SABR (Society of American Baseball Researchers) have volunteered to help Cognal improve its “success rate” of ad hoc “baseball questions” spoken from their smartphones. (Note: see our video under Products / Exact Sports Facts).

December, 2013: Cognal and Solutia Consulting reach agreement for Solutia Consulting to provide managed I.T. services for Cognal B2B customers. The agreement calls for Solutia Consulting to engage with potential Cognal customers in a Proof of Concept (POC) project to prove that Cognal’s NLQuery technology works with the potential customer’s databases. Solutia Consulting will also provide first-line technical support for B2B customers, and will assist Cognal’s “Teach the Computer” volunteers in adding new-industry and new-company terms to Cognal’s OntoloNet taxonomy of semantic models.

Novemeber 2013: Cognal completes its first phase of its “JSON handshake” with Tom Schrek’s Guess-A-List sports game. Guess-A-List (“GAL”) allows sports trivia fans to ask an ad hoc baseball question in the user’s Natural Language, and have that request sent to Cognal’s NL Platform, where the NL request is parsed and transformed into a SQL command (implementing Cognal’s patent-pending NLQuery technology). The query request objects are returned to the GAL server as a JSON object, whereupon the GAL game contestants (other than the game initiator) guess the name of the main query subject.

October 2013: Here’s a headline from a TechCrunch article about NLP technology being “hot”, and about a competitive NLP product, SkyPhrase, that Yahoo bought
recently for reportedy $50 million:

“Siri 2.0? SkyPhrase wants to make data more accessible with Natural Language, starting with Analytics and Fantasy Sports.”

here’s the link to the full article:

And from another artilce: “SkyPhrase, Yahoo’s latest buy, has “siri competitor” written all over it. Yahoo‚Äôs acquisition comes at a time when natural language processing is high on the minds of just about every tech giant.”