U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Florida (May 5)


The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in Florida.

*** Imprivata Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., May 5 -- Imprivata, Lexington, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,171,288) developed by four co-inventors for a "system and method for authenticating users in a computer network." The co-inventors are Timothy J. Brown, Tampa, Fla., Gregory C. Jensen, Redmond, Wash., Rodney Rivers, Arlington, Va., and Dan Nelson, Tampa, Fla.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A rule based biometric user authentication method and system in a computer network environment is provided. Multiple authentication rules can exist in the computer network. For example, there may be a default system-wide rule, and a rule associated with a particular user trying to log in. There may be other rules such as one associated with a remote computer from which the user is logging in, one associated with a group to which the user belongs, or one associated with a system resource to which the user requires access such as an application program or a database of confidential information. An order of precedence among the rules is then established which is used to authenticate the user." The patent application was filed on Aug. 8, 2005 (11/199,432). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearchbool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,171,288&OS=8,171,288&RS=8,171,288

Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar