Dropbox‘s patented technology involves a synchronized content management system for a corporate directory, granting access to user accounts for all members. The system ensures path consistency and novel access permissions to maintain organization directory integrity. GlobalData’s report on Dropbox gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

According to GlobalData’s company profile on Dropbox, File server virtualization was a key innovation area identified from patents. Dropbox's grant share as of January 2024 was 76%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Synchronized content management system with novel access permissions

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

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11880384B2) discloses a non-transitory computer-readable medium containing instructions that, when executed, enable a content management system to detect state changes in a child namespace mounted within a shared namespace accessible by multiple user accounts. The system responds to these state changes by generating duplicate mount events in a list of synchronization events, facilitating the unmounting and remounting of the child namespace with updated access rights. This process ensures that access to content items within the child namespace is synchronized according to the state changes, maintaining data integrity and security.

Furthermore, the patent includes instructions for handling additional state changes, such as transitioning from write access to read-only access for specific folders within the shared namespace. These changes are synchronized with client devices to ensure consistent access rights across all user accounts. The patent also covers methods for managing directory structures associated with the child namespace, emphasizing the importance of maintaining structural integrity while implementing access control modifications. Overall, the patented technology offers a comprehensive solution for managing access rights and state changes within shared namespaces, enhancing data security and user experience in content management systems.

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