G06F 17/30 G06F 7/04 G06K 9/00 H03M1/68 H04K 1/00
U.S. CI 726/26; 705/1; 707/1; 707/104.1;
Field of Classification Search 713/201;
See application file for complete search history.
U.S. PATENT DOCUMENTS
5,339,356 5,345,502 5,377,355 5,404,518 5,418,802
8/1994 9/1994 12/1994 4/1995 5/1995
Rothenhofer Hager et al. Gilbertson et al. Chwalck
FOREIGN PATENT DOCUMENTS
EP 0475869 A2 3/1992
Metastorm e.works 5.2 software as used in the UK Patent Office—feature sheet included. Note e-work notify—active notification i.e. prompting. Note also the web site relating to this software at http://www.metastorm.com/products/ overview index.asp.
Primary Examiner—Gilberto Barron, Jr.
Assistant Examiner—Samson Lemma
(74) Attorney, Agent, or Firm—Damian Porcari
A web-based document approval system that enables users to create, review and approve documents and to communicate these documents to other parties. The system includes an approval function where the document being approved is stored to a central storage area. The central storage area cannot be modified or deleted by the users. Users are invited to review and approve the document and are provided a convenient hyperlink to the specific document. The system records the date and time that each user approved the document. A central storage area interfaces with a database. The database retrieves approver and approval information and prepares an approval log. The approval log may be in the form of an XML document that easily updates other database systems.
17 Claims, 4 Drawing Sheets