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Patent Issued for Method for Implementing Unified Authentication

July 22, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Information Technology Newsweekly -- A patent by the inventors Gao, Feng (Beijing, CN); Ye, Shuaimin (Beijing, CN); Hong, Lei (Beijing, CN); Chen, Yanxia (Beijing, CN); Li, Huiming (Beijing, CN), filed on December 8, 2005, was published online on July 8, 2014, according to news reporting originating from Alexandria, Virginia, by VerticalNews correspondents.

Patent number 8776201 is assigned to Lenovo (Beijing) Limited (Beijing, CN).

The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Currently, a user needs to undergo respective procedures for logon authentication before he or she can access each of the services provided by a plurality of Internet information systems and Internet service providers. In this way, the user has to remember several user passwords, which complicates the use of these systems by the user and increases the probability of error occurrence. Besides, the risk of suffering from illegal interception and damage is heightened, leading to security loosening of security. Furthermore, if the user forgets one of the user passwords, he or she cannot carry out a corresponding task and has to ask for help from an administrator. The user can only wait before regaining his or her password. This contributes to the overhead of system and security management resource and lowers work efficiency."

In addition to the background information obtained for this patent, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent: "An object of the present invention is to provide a method for implementing unified authentication for user logon which enables a user to access all authorized resources with only authenticating the user identity once, instead of authenticating several times to access all of the resources. With this method, it is possible to improve the work efficiency of a network user, reduce the cost of network operation and enhance the network security.

"According to one aspect of the present invention, there is provided a method for implementing unified authentication for user logon, the method comprising the steps of: establishing an authentication server; creating a user authentication account number in the authentication server; storing user information which the user uses in a plurality of systems into the authentication server; associating, in the authentication server, the created user authentication account number with said user information which the user uses in the plurality of systems; and providing an authentication flag to the client of the user by the authentication server based on the association between the user authentication account number and said user information which the user uses in the plurality of systems established in the authentication server so that the user can log on to the plurality of systems using the authentication flag.

"The present invention is primarily applied to provide a unified authenticating mechanism for user logon authentication in integrated and merged service processes provided by a plurality of Internet information systems or Internet providers. Thus, the user can access all authorized application systems or service providers with only one logon authentication, instead of conducting logon authentication every time the user accesses an application system or service provider."

URL and more information on this patent, see: Gao, Feng; Ye, Shuaimin; Hong, Lei; Chen, Yanxia; Li, Huiming. Method for Implementing Unified Authentication. U.S. Patent Number 8776201, filed December 8, 2005, and published online on July 8, 2014. Patent URL:

Keywords for this news article include: Lenovo, Information Technology, Information and Data Systems.

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