Network based groupware system

  • US 6,223,177 B1
  • Filed: 11/19/1998
  • Issued: 04/24/2001
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/22/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A system for providing a collaborative workspace, comprising:

  • (i) a network-connected server having input and access capabilities;

    (ii) a workgroup creator on the server for receiving instructions from a primary user and for creating a dedicated network site in response to the received instructions, the instructions including a list of secondary users and a working relationship defined between the users;

    (iii) a messaging system for communicating existence of the dedicated network site to a selected ones of the list of secondary users;

    (iv) a network for accessing contents of the dedicated network site by the primary and secondary users via a web-browser; and

    (v) memory associated with the dedicated network site for storing information submitted by the primary and the secondary users, wherein the stored information is accessible to the users in accordance with the predefined working relationship.

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