Patent Number: 7,769,787

Title: Method and system for maintaining originality-related information about elements in an editable object

Abstract: A method and system for maintaining originality-related information about elements in an editable object. It is determined that an element has been edited in the editable object. The originality-related information about the element, including the element's creator, is identified and recorded by embedding the originality-related information in the editable object, storing the originality-related information in an attached file, or storing the originality-related information in association with the element in a repository configured to be shared by different editable objects and further configured to be queried for elements of the different editable objects in association with originality-related information pertaining to the elements of the different editable objects. Whether the element is in compliance with a policy relating to the originality-related information about the element is assessed, and a result of the assessing (indicating compliance or non-compliance of the element with the policy) may be transmitted to a user.

Inventors: Hailpern; Brent Tzion (Katonah, NY), Hao; Da Ming (Beijing, CN), Luo; Lin (Beijing, CN), Malkin; Peter Kenneth (Ardsley, NY), Ossher; Harold (South Salem, NY), Rich; Lawrence Scott (Cary, NC), Thomson; Dave (Ontario, CA), Tian; Zhong (Beijing, CN), Wiegand; John (Wilsonville, OR), Ye; Hang Jun (Beijing, CN)

Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation

International Classification: G06F 7/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/03/12018