05093918 is referenced by 84 patents and cites 25 patents.

A method is disclosed for providing a user dependent status indication for shared electronic mail objects within a distributed computing system. In certain electronic mail systems multiple users are permitted to share access to selected electronic mail objects in a so-called "affinity" relationship whereby selected end users are permitted to access identical address space within a computer. Within such systems it is difficult to ascertain a particular status of a selected electronic mail object with certainty due to the face that multiple users may have access to that electronic mail object. In accordance with the method of the present invention an attribute list is associated with each electronic mail object which may contain multiple sets of attributes, each set associated with a group of recipients, a subgroup of recipients or an individual end user having access to that electronic mail object. Thereafter, the activities of each end user are utilized to modify each attribute list associated with that end user. An end user may then periodically determine and display the status of an individual mail object with regard to the entire group of recipients, a subgroup of recipients or an individual end user.

Title
System using independent attribute lists to show status of shared mail object among respective users
Application Number
7/288499
Publication Number
5093918
Application Date
December 22, 1988
Publication Date
March 3, 1992
Inventor
Timothy J Wolf
Bedford
TX, US
Chander Kasiraj
Grapevine
TX, US
John G Heyen
Carrollton
TX, US
Agent
Andrew J Dillon
Assignee
International Business Machines Corporation
NY, US
IPC
G06F 13/00
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