Cloudflare‘s patent involves a method where a server facilitates user authentication for accessing a third-party application. The server prompts the user to select an identity provider, enforces access rules, and transmits authentication responses. This innovation streamlines the authentication process for enhanced security and user experience. GlobalData’s report on Cloudflare gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

According to GlobalData’s company profile on Cloudflare, Automation system authentication was a key innovation area identified from patents. Cloudflare's grant share as of January 2024 was 82%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Identity proxy and access gateway for third-party application authentication

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

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11888851B2) discloses a method implemented in an identity proxy and access gateway that enhances user authentication processes for third-party applications. The method involves receiving authentication requests from client devices, transmitting an identity provider selection page to allow users to choose their authentication method, and enforcing access rules independently to determine user access permissions. Upon successful authentication, a second authentication response is generated and transmitted to the client device, indicating successful authentication to the third-party application. The method also includes generating signed tokens containing user authentication information and transmitting them to the third-party application for secure access.

Furthermore, the patent includes additional claims related to the method, such as incorporating identity-based and non-identity based rules in the access rules, enforcing access rules based on client device posture and parameters, and redirecting authentication requests to selected identity providers. The patent also covers the provision of instructions on a non-transitory machine-readable storage medium for executing the method by a processor in an identity proxy and access gateway apparatus. Overall, the patented method aims to streamline user authentication processes, enhance security measures, and improve access control for third-party applications through a comprehensive identity proxy and access gateway system.

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