Apple had 399 patents in cybersecurity during Q1 2024. Apple Inc’s patents filed in Q1 2024 focus on techniques for identifying unauthorized features in vetted software applications, a head-mountable device with biometric sensors, personalized eye models for gaze correction, reader-initiated provisioning for secure connections between devices, and secure delivery of assets to trusted devices with tailored updates based on authorization levels. GlobalData’s report on Apple gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

Apple grant share with cybersecurity as a theme is 36% in Q1 2024. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

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Application: Techniques for identifying vetted software applications that provide unauthorized features (Patent ID: US20240104186A1)

The patent application by Apple Inc. describes a method for identifying unauthorized features in vetted software applications by comparing original operating characteristics with current operating characteristics during execution. The process involves receiving and installing the vetted software application, gathering current operating characteristics, identifying conflicts, and notifying a management entity. The method aims to detect anomalies in user interface inputs, motion inputs, sound outputs, power usage, memory usage, network bandwidth usage, microphone usage, and camera usage, among others, to prevent unauthorized features from being provided.

Furthermore, the patent outlines a method for managing scenarios where vetted software applications transition into providing unauthorized features. This involves receiving indications of conflicts from computing devices, causing enforcement actions when a threshold number of indications are received, and taking actions such as providing warnings to developers, suspending downloads, or preventing execution of the software application. The process also includes vetting procedures to establish the vetted software application based on original operating characteristics exhibited during the vetting process, ensuring the integrity and security of the software distributed and installed on computing devices.

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