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Cloudflare had 13 patents in cloud during Q1 2024. Cloudflare Inc’s patents filed in Q1 2024 focus on cloud-based security services for accessing third-party applications, traffic management between different customers on compute servers, distributed cloud computing network handling object requests, and traffic load balancing between Points of Presence in a cloud computing infrastructure. These patents aim to enhance security, efficiency, and scalability in cloud computing environments. GlobalData’s report on Cloudflare gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

Cloudflare grant share with cloud as a theme is 69% in Q1 2024. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

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Application: Cloud-based security service that includes external evaluation for accessing a third-party application (Patent ID: US20240106864A1)

Cloudflare Inc. has developed a cloud-based security service that involves external evaluation for accessing third-party applications. The service receives access requests from client devices, enforces a set of access policies configured for the application, including an external evaluation rule, and transmits an external evaluation request to an external endpoint. Upon receiving the evaluation response indicating a pass, access to the third-party application is granted. The method also involves setting authorization cookies or tokens, enforcing identity-based access rules, determining user identity through authentication requests, and evaluating device posture status through endpoint protection providers.

The patent claims detail the method executed by a server providing the cloud-based security service, including receiving access requests, enforcing access policies, transmitting evaluation requests, and granting access based on evaluation results. Additional operations involve setting authorization cookies, enforcing identity-based access rules, determining user identity through authentication responses, and evaluating device posture status. The patent also covers a non-transitory machine-readable storage medium containing instructions for executing the method and a server with a processor and storage medium to perform the operations. Overall, the technology aims to enhance security for accessing third-party applications by incorporating external evaluations and various access policies.

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