07761393 is referenced by 9 patents and cites 35 patents.

A system that can identify, create, update and/or process a workflow based upon a current, past or future activity is disclosed. A ‘workflow’ can be defined as an activity flow that includes interaction with, or assignment of work to, people, devices, or services by a single individual or a group of individuals. Once a workflow is determined in accordance with the innovation, the system can inform other users or groups that are performing, or intend to perform, a similar or like activity. In establishing the workflow, the innovation can operate in an ad hoc or authored manner. As well, the system can employ a combination of either ad hoc or authored mechanisms in establishment of the workflow.

Title
Creating and managing activity-centric workflow
Application Number
11/426827
Publication Number
7761393 (B2)
Application Date
June 27, 2006
Publication Date
July 20, 2010
Inventor
Jeanine E Spence
Seattle
WA, US
Mary P Czerwinski
Woodinville
WA, US
Elin R Pedersen
Seattle
WA, US
Oscar E Murillo
Seattle
WA, US
Nuria M Oliver
Seattle
WA, US
George G Robertson
Seattle
WA, US
Desney S Tan
Kirkland
WA, US
Brian R Meyers
Issaquah
WA, US
Roland L Fernandez
Woodinville
WA, US
Steven W Macbeth
Snohomish
WA, US
Agent
Shook Hardy & Bacon
Assignee
Microsoft Corporation
WA, US
IPC
G06E 3/00
G06E 1/00
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