Openpath Patents

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Our founding team has a long history building innovative technology with more than 50 patents awarded between the founders. We have a number of patent applications on file and have been awarded the following patents already.

Our Patents and Intellectual Property

Systems and methods for preventing relay attacks

  • Patent number: 10674365
  • Abstract: A two-part security method and system is provided to prevent unauthorized access to a secured resource via a relay attack that uses at least one intermediary device to the secured resource despite the access device being out-of-range of the secured resource. The first part involves detecting a relay attack by encrypting signaling between the access device and the secured resource, and by detecting when the signaling is modified as a result of an intermediary device inserting data or modifying the data of the signaling exchanged betwee the access device and the secured resource. The second part involves detecting a relay attack based on environmental data from the access device that identifies a feature of an environment in which the access device is located, and the environmental data mapping to a location that is not within a specified location of the secured resource.
  • Type: Grant
  • Filed: September 26, 2019
  • Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
  • Assignee: OPENPATH SECURITY INC.
  • Inventors: Samy Kamkar, Alexander A. Kazerani

Decoupled authorization for restricted resources access

  • Patent number: 10599826
  • Abstract: Systems and methods for performing decoupled authorization, whereby authorizing access permissions of a user to a resource is performed separate and independent from authorizing intent of the user to access the resource. Once both authorizations are successfully completed within a specified timeout interval, the access state of the resource is changed, thereby granting the user access to the resource. The decoupled authorizations are independently performed over different networks, in response to different triggers, or by leveraging different hardware. Access to the resource can therefore be provided prior to the user arriving before the resource, with little to no action by the user, and without comprising security as the resources will remain restricted or locked if either the user's intent or access permissions cannot be verified.
  • Type: Grant
  • Filed: September 5, 2017
  • Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
  • Assignee: OPENPATH SECURITY INC.
  • Inventors: Alexander A. Kazerani, Samy Kamkar, Robert J. Peters

Near field detection of mobile devices

  • Patent number: 10498399
  • Abstract: Near field detection using a magnetometer is disclosed. A transmitter may distort magnetometer measurements of Earth's magnetic field by producing rapid but controlled fluctuations to encode a specific message in a manipulated magnetic field. When a mobile device is brought in range of the transmitter, a magnetometer of the mobile device detects that manipulated magnetic field. An application running on the mobile device forms messages based on the magnetometer output. In response to detecting the specific message, the application may execute an action on the mobile device or a remote device. NFC read-based near field detection similarly involves the application accessing an NFC chip of the mobile device, and scanning for one or more particular NFC tags that are read by the NFC chip. In response to detecting a particular NFC tag, the application executes an action on the mobile device or a remote device.
  • Type: Grant
  • Filed: May 31, 2018
  • Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
  • Assignee: OPENPATH SECURITY INC.
  • Inventors: Samy Kamkar, Robert J. Peters, Alexander A. Kazerani

Fragmented updating of a distributed device using multiple clients

  • Patent number: 10452381
  • Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for updating a distributed system device with an update that a system controller fragments and propagates to the system device by way of two or more third party clients. The system controller manages client access rights to a service accessible at different distributed system devices. The system controller has first network connectivity with which to remotely distribute different fragments of an update to different clients. Each system device controls access to the service at different a site and has (i) second network connectivity with which the different clients propagate different fragments of the update to the system device upon entering communication range with the system device, (ii) memory storing different sets of fragments for the update based on different times at which the clients propagate the fragments, and (iii) a processor applying the update once all fragments of the update to the memory.
  • Type: Grant
  • Filed: April 4, 2017
  • Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
  • Assignee: OPENPATH SECURITY INC.
  • Inventors: Amir Reza Khakpour, Alexander A. Kazerani, Samy Kamkar, Robert J. Peters

Access control reader for secure handsfree access with mobile devices

  • Patent number: 10445956
  • Abstract: Secure handsfree two-stage access control is provided via a first stage that is performed when a mobile device is within a first distance from an access control reader, and a second stage that is performed when the mobile device is within a second distance from the reader, wherein the second distance is less than the first distance. Performing the first stage includes establishing a secure connection between the mobile device and the reader, and authorizing access for the mobile device to a secured resource. Performing the second stage includes providing access to the secured resource when the mobile device has been authorized to access the secured resource during the first stage, and the mobile device enters within the second distance from the reader. The second stage may be triggered in response to the reader detecting a user gesture or action.
  • Type: Grant
  • Filed: August 20, 2018
  • Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
  • Assignee: OPENPATH SECURITY INC.
  • Inventors: Samy Kamkar, Jacqueline Mak, Cameron Kaye, Michael Biggs

Multi-network entry access systems and methods

  • Patent number: 9767630, 10304269
  • Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for performing entry access over two or more networks. The two or more networks are leveraged to accelerate the entry access and provide redundancy. Performance over each of the two or more networks is tracked in order to allow a mobile device to exchange entry access messaging over the particular network providing fastest start-to-unlock time. The mobile device can alternatively exchange the entry access messaging simultaneously over the two or more networks to create a race condition whereby the fastest start-to-unlock time is obtained without monitoring network performance. Performing the entry access messaging exchange over the two or more networks also ensures reliability in the event a particular network is down or congested, an authorization device on a particular network is down or overloaded, a radio of a mobile device communicating over a particular network is disabled or slow performing.
  • Type: Grant
  • Filed: March 2, 2017
  • Date of Patent: September 19, 2017 (Patent No. 9767630), May 28, 2019 (Patent No. 10304269)
  • Assignee: OPENPATH SECURITY INC.
  • Inventors: Alexander A. Kazerani, Amir Reza Khakpour, Samy Kamkar, Robert J. Peters

Access control electro-permanent magnetic lock

  • Patent number: 9963921
  • Abstract: Provided is an access control electro-permanent magnetic lock for locking and unlocking physical barriers with electromagnetism, but without a continual power source. The lock comprises permanent magnets juxtaposed with electro-permanent magnets. The polarity of the permanent magnets is fixed and aligned. The polarity of the electro-permanent magnets can be switched by introducing a pulse of electric current for a fraction of a second at low voltage to the electro-permanent magnets. A strong magnetic field generating a locking or holding force is produced when the polarity of the electro-permanent magnets aligns with or is in the same direction as the polarity of the permanent magnets. The magnetic field is canceled such that there is no locking or holding force when the polarity of the electro-permanent magnets is opposite to the polarity of the permanent magnets. The lock can further provide fail-secure or fail-safe protections in the event of power loss.
  • Type: Grant
  • Filed: August 17, 2017
  • Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
  • Assignee: OPENPATH SECURITY INC.
  • Inventors: Samy Kamkar, Robert J. Peters, Alexander A. Kazerani

Rolling code based proximity verification for entry access

  • Patent number: 10089810
  • Abstract: The solution is directed to access control systems and verifying proximity of a user to an access point that the user is wirelessly requesting access to. The proximity verification is based on placing proximity hubs adjacent to the different access points. Each proximity hub advertises a different unique identifier that changes periodically over a short-range wireless network and can be detected with a mobile device if the mobile device is physically within a short distance from the proximity hub. The unique identifier changes based on a rolling code. A user is permitted access to a restricted access point in response to the mobile device sending over a different long-range wireless network, the unique identifier advertised from a proximity hub adjacent to a desired access point and user access credentials authenticating access privileges of the user to the desired access point.
  • Type: Grant
  • Filed: December 1, 2017
  • Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
  • Assignee: OPENPATH SECURITY INC.
  • Inventors: Cameron Kaye, Samy Kamkar, Robert J. Peters, Alexander A. Kazerani

Device for triggering continuous application execution using beacons

  • Patent number: 10257708
  • Abstract: One or more beaconing devices transmit synchronized changing beacons. The changing beacons trigger execution of an application that is installed but closed or not running on a mobile device, that is in wireless beaconing range of a beaconing device, and that has registered the changing beacons with the mobile device operating system (“OS”) to trigger execution of the application upon receipt of the changing beacons. The changing beacons also keep the executing application running by resetting OS policies for closing the application when it is running with the mobile device in a locked or standby state. The application may perform different procedures and different times with the beaconing device or other devices including authorizing access to a secured resource when the mobile device is far away from the beaconing device, and confirming intent to access the secured resource when the mobile device is close to the beaconing device.
  • Type: Grant
  • Filed: August 20, 2018
  • Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
  • Assignee: OPENPATH SECURITY INC.
  • Inventors: Samy Kamkar, Cameron Kaye, Jacqueline Mak

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