Kinvey secures patent for enterprise MBaaS platform

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Boston-based mobile backend as a service (MBaaS) provider Kinvey has announced its platform has been awarded a patent for providing unified access to data through virtualised services.

The patent, number #9047398, was originally filed in June 2013 with the abstract describing the claim as “methods and apparatus for providing unified access to various data resources using virtualised services”, and came through on June 2. Sravish Sridhar, the CEO of Kinvey, is credited as an inventor, alongside Morgan Bickle, Brian Wilson and Ivan Stoyanov.

Kinvey claims the patent validates their technology and its innovations, including accessing data across form factors, whereby applications in a fragmented landscape of operating systems can still access data normally; enabling connection to legacy enterprise systems and SaaS services which may require the data to communicate through different access protocols; supporting contextualisation, such as user identity, preferences and location; and allowing data syncing, whereby application data syncs back to the system of record without conflicts.

Sridhar says “inventing” mobile backend as a service was a “logical outcome” of Kinvey’s vision to connect people, devices and data. “Our customers rely on us to be the most comprehensive, secure, and flexible platform available to help them deliver five star quality applications,” he said. “Our commitment to delivering advanced MBaaS capabilities that no other vendor provides is a testament to our continued leadership in this space.”

In September 2014 Kinvey received $10.8 million (£6.59m) in series B funding, primarily to accelerate enterprise IT sales and drive product development. Speaking to Enterprise AppsTech back then, Sridhar was bullish about the company’s chances. “Kinvey is the only backend as a service company that has repeatedly demonstrated success with enterprise IT,” he said. “What sets us apart beyond our go to market model is the comprehensiveness of our platform.”

Not everybody may agree with this, but this patent will certainly give Kinvey an extra boost. You can read the document here.

 

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