05862325 is referenced by 1337 patents and cites 75 patents.

An automated communications system operates to transfer data, metadata and methods from a provider computer to a consumer computer through a communications network. The transferred information controls the communications relationship, including responses by the consumer computer, updating of information, and processes for future communications. Information which changes in the provider computer is automatically updated in the consumer computer through the communications system in order to maintain continuity of the relationship. Transfer of metadata and methods permits intelligent processing of information by the consumer computer and combined control by the provider and consumer of the types and content of information subsequently transferred. Object oriented processing is used for storage and transfer of information. The use of metadata and methods further allows for automating may of the actions underlying the communications, including communication acknowledgements and archiving of information. Service objects and partner servers provide specialized data, metadata, and methods to providers and consumers to automate many common communications services and transactions useful to both providers and consumers. A combination of the provider and consumer programs and databases allows for additional functionality, including coordination of multiple users for a single database.

Title
Computer-based communication system and method using metadata defining a control structure
Application Number
609115
Publication Number
5862325
Application Date
September 27, 1996
Publication Date
January 19, 1999
Inventor
Dan Banay
Seattle
WA, US
Jeffrey Todd Oberlander
Seattle
WA, US
Kevin Benard Jones
Seattle
WA, US
Steven Mark Mushero
Seattle
WA, US
Peter Earnshaw Heymann
Seattle
WA, US
Drummond Shattuck Reed
Seattle
WA, US
Agent
Wolf Greenfield & Sacks PC
Assignee
Intermind Corporation
WA, US
IPC
G06F 17/40
G06F 17/30
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