05715443 is referenced by 88 patents and cites 11 patents.

A method and apparatus for processing information in a data processing system which is coupled to an information storage device having information stored therein. The method includes defining on a first processor a first search request which includes at least one parameter which specifies a first desired type of information, then performing a first search using the first request to determine whether the first type of desired information is stored in the information storage device. While performing the first search the first processor executes another process associated with searching for information in the data processing system. This other process typically includes defining a further search request and performing a further search using the further search request while the first search is being performed. The apparatus of the present invention includes a first processor coupled to the information storage device and a second processor coupled to a network to the first processor. An input device is coupled to the first processor which is used to define a first search request. According to another aspect of the invention, a first search request may be defined and the performance of the first search request may be scheduled such that a first search may be performed at a first scheduled search time or a report of the first search may be retrieved at a first scheduled time. A report in summary format is generated following performance of the first search at the first scheduled search time.

Title
Method and apparatus for searching for information in a data processing system and for providing scheduled search reports in a summary format
Application Number
8/279949
Publication Number
5715443
Application Date
July 25, 1994
Publication Date
February 3, 1998
Inventor
Matthew Holloway
San Jose
CA, US
Gregory B Vaughan
Santa Cruz
CA, US
Robin E Martherus
San Jose
CA, US
Steven F Peralta
Santa Clara
CA, US
Kazu Yanagihara
Mountain View
CA, US
Agent
Blakely Sokoloff Taylor & Zafman
Assignee
Apple Computer
CA, US
IPC
G06F 17/30
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