Asana has filed a patent for systems and methods that facilitate user engagement with work units in a collaboration environment. The patent describes a system that allows users to access and review work units through a user interface, with different interface elements corresponding to different approval states. Users can select an interface element to specify the approval state for a work unit, and the system updates the work unit record accordingly. GlobalData’s report on Asana gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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The patent filed is for a system facilitating user engagement with work unit records in a collaboration environment

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Asana Inc

A recently filed patent (Publication Number: US20230306370A1) describes a system and method for facilitating user engagement with work unit records in a collaboration environment. The system includes one or more physical processors that are configured to communicate user interface information from a server to a client computing platform over the internet. This allows the client computing platform to present a user interface of the collaboration environment, providing access to work unit records.

The work unit records are associated with the review of a digital content item and include an approval state parameter. The system allows users to select different user interface elements corresponding to different values of the approval state parameter. Based on the user's selection, the system updates the work unit record to specify the corresponding value of the approval state parameter.

For example, if a user selects an element indicating approval, the system updates the work unit record to specify the approve value for the approval state parameter. Similarly, if the user selects an element indicating the need for revision, the system updates the work unit record to specify the revise value. If the user selects an element indicating rejection, the system updates the work unit record to specify the reject value.

The system also allows for the generation of additional work unit records based on the selection of the revise value. These additional records describe the changes requested by the user. The system may also provide recommended revision instructions for the user to select from.

The user interface is updated based on the changes made to the work unit record. Indicia is displayed to show whether the unit of work has been approved, requires revision, or has been rejected. The user interface may also display or provide access to the digital content item being reviewed.

Overall, this system and method provide a streamlined and efficient way for users to engage with work unit records in a collaboration environment, allowing for easy tracking and management of the approval process for digital content items.

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