Palo Alto Networks had 23 patents in cloud during Q1 2024. Palo Alto Networks Inc filed patents in Q1 2024 for techniques supporting overlapping network addresses, detecting resource misconfigurations in cloud environments, automatically detecting protocol compliance of applications, probing for Cobalt Strike TeamServer detection, and beacon and threat intelligence based Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) detection. These patents focus on enhancing cloud security services through various innovative methods and technologies. GlobalData’s report on Palo Alto Networks gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

Palo Alto Networks grant share with cloud as a theme is 17% in Q1 2024. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

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Application: Supporting overlapping network addresses universally (Patent ID: US20240056388A1)

The patent filed by Palo Alto Networks Inc. describes techniques for supporting overlapping network addresses universally by generating virtual routers for a cloud security service. These virtual routers, including a first and second router, are used to route packets for the cloud security service and enterprise subscribers separately. The system ensures that traffic from enterprise subscribers and the cloud security service provider with overlapping IP address spaces can be effectively managed and routed using distinct routing tables within the virtual routers.

The system outlined in the patent includes a processor generating virtual routers, each with its own routing table, to handle cloud security service packets and enterprise subscriber packets separately. By utilizing policy-based forwarding rules and dedicated virtual routers, the system can ensure symmetric return for Internet-bound traffic and effectively manage overlapping IP address spaces, such as RFC 6598 and RFC 1918 addresses. Additionally, the system allows for efficient routing of traffic from enterprise clients to data centers and Internet sites using specific routing tables within the virtual routers, enhancing network security and performance for both the cloud security service provider and enterprise subscribers.

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