Open Text has filed a patent for an information integration system that includes a set of integration services connected to different information systems. The system utilizes a common model for integrating data stored in these systems, with a focus on content management interoperability services and a common security model. The patent also describes a method for performing inbound and outbound checks on search requests and results to ensure users only access authorized content. GlobalData’s report on Open Text gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

According to GlobalData’s company profile on Open Text, AI for workflow management was a key innovation area identified from patents. Open Text's grant share as of September 2023 was 87%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Information integration system with unified search and access control

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Open Text Corp

A recently filed patent (Publication Number: US20230319042A1) describes a method and system for performing an inbound and outbound check on search requests and results in a computing environment. The method involves determining the principal associated with a user across different information systems and identifying the content that the user is allowed to access based on permissions indexed to the principal. The search request is then modified by adding a filter to include only the accessible content, and an augmented search request is produced. This augmented search request is sent to the information systems, which process it and return search results. The method also includes an outbound check, where the search results are filtered based on the user's authorization to view them, producing filtered search results that are presented to the user.

The patent also mentions the use of a security model, which defines the inbound and outbound checks. This security model is part of a common model that includes common model permissions. The determination of the user's access to content involves mapping the common model permissions with repository-specific permissions from the disparate information systems. Integration services connected to the information systems employ the common model.

Additionally, the patent describes the use of a principals service that returns the state of each information system. This state is used to determine whether any of the information systems support the inbound check. If an information system does not support the inbound check, it is excluded from the search request filter.

The filtering of search results utilizes an authorization service, which provides authorization information for the post-filtering process. This ensures that the filtered search results only include content that the user is authorized to view.

Overall, the patent presents a method and system for performing comprehensive checks on search requests and results in a computing environment. By determining the user's access permissions and filtering search results based on authorization, the method ensures that users only receive relevant and authorized content. The use of a common model and integration services enhances the efficiency and effectiveness of the search process across disparate information systems.

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