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AirTight Extends International Coverage of Its IP With UK Patent for WIPS; Now Holds 11 Patents

11/14/08 - AirTight Networks announced that it has been granted a UK patent , number 2410154, by the UK Intellectual Property Office. This patent is based on AirTight's seminal WIPS patent in the U.S., number 7,002,943, titled "Method and System for Monitoring a Selected Region of an Airspace Associated with Local Area Networks of Computing Devices." Earlier, AirTight received Australian patent, number 200429804, based on this U.S. patent.

Concurrently, AirTight announced that it has been awarded two additional U.S. patents, numbers 7,440,434 and 7,447,184, by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), for its fully automated autoclassification and accurate threat detection technology.

AirTight pioneered the autoclassification and accurate detection technology, which automatically, continuously and accurately classifies threats to avoid false alarms. AirTight uses a suite of techniques and algorithms for autoclassification and accurate detection. The 7,440,434 patent covers autoclassification techniques for scenarios of rogue APs, which are difficult to detect by conventional means, and the 7,447,184 patent covers detection techniques for accurate detection of local and distributed wireless MAC spoofing attacks.

AirTight invented and delivered first comprehensive WIPS (Wireless Intrusion Prevention System) in the industry and received a patent on its WIPS invention in U.S., the 7,002,943 patent. The technology described in this patent holds the key to an effective WIPS that is easy to install and operate, is free from the nuisance of false alarms and is fully automated. Both the just granted UK patent (#2410154) and the earlier granted Australia patent (#200429804) are based on this US patent.

With these patents, AirTight holds the rights to effective WIPS technology in U.S., Australia and the UK. The 7,002,943 patent was the subject of a legal challenge by its competitor, AirDefense (now Motorola), in the U.S. in an attempt to usurp the 7,002,943 patent from AirTight. AirDefense's claim was categorically defeated in the judgment issued by a panel of judges at the USPTO in November 2007.

AirTight is also the first and only wireless security company to offer both wireless vulnerability management (WVM) as SaaS and an 802.11n WIPS sensor platform.

"The proliferation of embedded WiFi devices and the advent of 802.11n wireless activity in and around the enterprise makes maintaining a good security posture and meeting regulatory compliance requirements more challenging than ever," said Dr. Hemant Chaskar, director of technology at AirTight. "Manual methods are expensive, error prone, hard to sustain and not scaleable. With AirTight's autoclassification and detection technology, AirTight's customers can focus on their core business priorities instead of spending time and resources chasing down voluminous alerts generated by competing systems."

About AirTight's Patent Portfolio

AirTight now has a total of nine U.S. patents, one Australian patent, and one UK patent. It has more than 25 US and international patents pending, many of which are undergoing active examination at patent offices of various countries and are expected to be granted IN the coming months. AirTight's patent portfolio covers the entire range from broad wireless intrusion prevention architectures to specific algorithms and techniques.

  • The seminal 7,002,943 patent for the wireless intrusion prevention was awarded to AirTight by the USPTO in February 2006. The USPTO Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences (BPAI) later ruled in favor of AirTight Networks and its U.S. Patent No. 7,002,943 in an interference action provoked by competitor, AirDefense, in an attempt to usurp the 7,002,943 patent from AirTight. That ruling re-affirmed AirTight's leadership position as the first company to invent, deliver and patent a truly effective WIPS solution.
  • The second patent, number 7,154,874 was granted by USPTO in December 2006, which expanded the scope and reinforced the strength of the first.
  • The third patent, number 7,216,365, was granted by USPTO in May 2007, which gave small to medium businesses the same accurate, automated protection enjoyed by large enterprise customers.
  • The fourth and fifth patents, numbers 7,333,800 and 7,333,481, granted by USPTO in February 2008, cover scalable prevention of prevalent wireless threat scenarios to reduce sensor density requirements and increase threat protection.
  • The sixth patent, number 7,339,914, granted by USPTO in March 2008, covers techniques for accurate autoclassification.
  • The seventh patent, number 200429804, granted in Australia in March 2008, extends the coverage of the seminal WIPS patent to Australia.
  • The eighth patent, number 7,406,320, granted by USPTO in July 2008, covers technology for robust location tracking.
  • The ninth patent, number 2410154, granted in UK in August 2008, extends coverage of the seminal WIPS patent to UK.
  • The tenth patent, number 7,440,434, granted by USPTO in September 2008, covers additional techniques for accurate autoclassification.
  • The eleventh patent, number 7,447,184, granted by USPTO in November 2008, covers techniques for accurate detection of local and distributed MAC spoofing attacks.

AirTight is the only WIPS vendor to receive a second consecutive "Positive" rating by Gartner in its recent MarketScope and its products have consistently outperformed its competitors in other head-to-head, in-depth evaluations (including Tolly and Information Security).

Frost and Sullivan awarded AirTight its 2008 North America Network Endpoint Protection Customer Value Enhancement Award and the 2008 Market Share Advancement Award for demonstrating excellence in increasing market share within its industry.

Keywords: intrusion prevention system, wireless intrusion prevention, mac spoofing, local area networks and trademark office, patent and trademark office, australian patent, false alarms, uk patent, patent number, threat detection, Wireless Access Points

By Robert Hoskins

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