Asana has been granted a patent for systems and methods that allow users to view work unit records within chat sessions in a collaboration environment. The technology automatically identifies work unit records based on chat content and presents corresponding work unit pages for synchronous communication. GlobalData’s report on Asana gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

According to GlobalData’s company profile on Asana, AI for workflow management was a key innovation area identified from patents. Asana's grant share as of February 2024 was 70%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Integration of work unit records into chat sessions

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

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11902344B2) describes a system designed to enhance collaboration in a work environment by presenting views of work unit records within chat sessions between users. The system includes physical processors that manage environment state information, automatically identify work unit records based on chat session content, and generate and present corresponding work unit pages alongside the chat interfaces. This feature allows users to edit the work unit records during the chat session, enhancing real-time collaboration and productivity.

Furthermore, the system can identify potential content within the chat session that leads to the identification of work unit records, including trigger phrases or words like user names, work titles, descriptions, or associated dates. Additionally, the system can also identify and present objective or project records based on the chat session content, further streamlining collaboration efforts. By integrating work unit records seamlessly into chat sessions, this system aims to improve communication, task management, and overall efficiency within a collaborative environment.

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