Salesforce had 34 patents in cloud during Q4 2023. Salesforce Inc filed patents in Q4 2023 related to privilege escalation in a cloud platform, routing production traffic to updated application versions, clustering servers with shared volumes, combining compliance assessment metrics for data privacy laws, and pushing managed package upgrades based on dependency graphs and rules. GlobalData’s report on Salesforce gives a 360-degreee view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

Salesforce grant share with cloud as a theme is 67% in Q4 2023. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

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Application: Smart privilege escalation in a cloud platform (Patent ID: US20230418785A1)

The patent filed by Salesforce Inc. describes a method for privilege escalation in a cloud platform, where clients are provisioned access privileges to database entities covered by a license, along with a base escalation matrix containing additional access privileges not covered by the license. When a client attempts a CRUD operation on a database entity and fails due to lack of access privileges, an exception is triggered, prompting the system to fetch the base escalation matrix and escalate the client's access privileges to perform the operation. The escalated privileges are then removed after the operation is completed. The method also includes creating an extended escalation matrix when new access privileges are required, caching the final escalation matrix to optimize performance, and providing a user interface for operators to manage the escalation matrices.

The patent further details the instructions for a non-transitory machine-readable storage medium (NMRSM) that, when executed by a server cluster of the cloud platform, enable the platform to perform the privilege escalation operations described. This includes provisioning access privileges, creating and managing base and extended escalation matrices, detecting exceptions, escalating access privileges, and removing escalated privileges. The NMRSM also includes instructions for creating a single base escalation matrix for all APIs, controlling and storing the matrices, and implementing the privilege escalation service within the internal layer of the cloud platform. Additionally, the patent covers a cloud platform comprising a server cluster, database entities, APIs, and the NMRSM to facilitate privilege escalation operations, including creating, managing, and caching escalation matrices, as well as providing a user interface for operators to interact with the matrices.

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