Cloudflare had nine patents in cloud during Q4 2023. Cloudflare Inc filed a patent for a cloud-based security service that involves external evaluation for accessing third-party applications. The service enforces access policies, including an external evaluation rule, by sending a request to an external endpoint and receiving the evaluation result. Access to the third-party application is granted based on the outcome of the external evaluation. GlobalData’s report on Cloudflare gives a 360-degreee view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

Cloudflare grant share with cloud as a theme is 77% in Q4 2023. 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: US20230412644A1)

Cloudflare Inc. has developed a cloud-based security service that involves external evaluation for accessing third-party applications. The service receives requests from client devices to access third-party applications and enforces a set of access policies, including external evaluation rules. This external evaluation rule entails transmitting a request to an external endpoint, which includes the user's identity, and receiving the evaluation result. If the evaluation passes, access to the third-party application is granted based on this outcome.

The method outlined in the patent involves various steps, such as determining access policies, enforcing device posture rules, and external evaluation rules. These rules ensure that the client device meets specific criteria before granting access to the third-party application. Additionally, the method includes setting authorization cookies or tokens, enforcing identity-based access rules, and authenticating users through identity providers. By acting as a service provider on behalf of the third-party application, Cloudflare's cloud-based security service enhances security measures by incorporating external evaluations and access policies to regulate access to applications effectively.

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