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API Management Patents

I have been tracking on API related patents for some years, trying to understand how APIs are being referenced in patents, and in some cases the focus of the patent. Here are the patents I've tagged as being DNS related from the companies who are doing interesting things with DNS APIs.

Automated method and system for collecting and reporting API performance profiles

Owner: Microsoft Corporation
Publication #: 07895579
Publication Date: 2011-02-22

A method to measure the performance of an Application Programming Interface (API) includes selecting a target API and tracking memory allocation for the functional calls of the selected API to generate a list of functions called by the API. The individual functions are then called within the API in isolation and timing and memory allocation data for each are collected and recorded. The recorded results are then bucketized according to a log base 2 method and made accessible by API users to indicate the performance of specific APIs.


Method and system for managing programmed applications in an open API environment

Owner: MasterCard International Incorporated
Publication #: 08707276
Publication Date: 2014-04-22

A method and system for an open application programming interface (API) dashboard system for monitoring and managing one or more developer programmed applications configured to use one or more services provided by a service owner are provided. The system includes an application area associated with a corresponding programmed application, each application area including a call metrics group configured to display summarized metrics, a services used group configured to display a listing of each service called by the programmed application and metrics associated with each service, and a key management group configured to prompt a developer of the programmed application to request or revoke a key, wherein the key includes a developer identification, a programmed application identification, and signed certificates relating to services used by the programmed application.


Systems and/or methods for intelligently detecting API key domains

Owner: Software AG
Publication #: 08793359
Publication Date: 2014-07-29

Certain example embodiments described herein relate to an application programming interface (API) management system and/or method that automatically detects API domains, e.g., by analyzing consumer registration and runtime data, while also allowing API providers to provide approval for proposed detected domains and/or continued governance. The technology set forth herein not only provides an automatic detection mechanism, but also provides the capability of full management/control, while also allowing API producers to dynamically expand or otherwise modify their API domain offerings based on usage, etc. This dynamic process can be fully or partially automated and is efficient.


Automated method and system for collecting and reporting API performance profiles

Owner: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
Publication #: 09027000
Publication Date: 2015-05-05

A method to measure the performance of an Application Programming Interface (API) includes selecting a target API and tracking memory allocation for the functional calls of the selected API to generate a list of functions called by the API. The individual functions are then called within the API in isolation and timing and memory allocation data for each are collected and recorded. The recorded results are then bucketized according to a log base 2 method and made accessible by API users to indicate the performance of specific APIs.


Analytics for application programming interfaces

Owner: Accenture Global Services Limited
Publication #: 09146787
Publication Date: 2015-09-29

API analytics systems and methods are provided. Frequently occurring API usage patterns may be determined from API call data collected from across an API ecosystem. Alternatively or in addition, a classification structure, such as a decision tree, may be generated from the API usage patterns. A type of activity that resulted in a set of API calls being invoked may be determined from the classification structure. A similarity or difference between the set of API calls and the frequently occurring API usage patterns may also be determined and/or identified.


Methods for analyzing, limiting, and enhancing access to an internet API, web service, and data

Owner: Intel Corporation
Publication #: 09027039
Publication Date: 2015-05-05

The invention includes an API gateway server that monitors and controls the distribution of API elements from API sources to application developers based on a distribution rule set.


Method and apparatus for routing application programming interface (API) calls

Owner: Vonage Network LLC
Publication #: 09003498
Publication Date: 2015-04-07

A method and apparatus for routing Application Programming Interface (API) calls from a partner entity to a telephony service provider (TSP) network are provided herein. In some embodiments, a method for routing API calls may include receiving a first message including an API call and a partner API key used to authenticate the partner entity on the TSP network to access a partner API layer disposed on the TSP network, extracting the partner API key from the first message, performing an authentication process to authenticate an identity of the partner entity using at least the extracted partner API key, and routing the first message based on results of the authentication process. In some embodiments, the first message is routed to the partner API layer disposed on the TSP network when the identity of the partner entity is authenticated.


End-to end, lifecycle aware, API management

Owner: SAP SE
Publication #: 09396091
Publication Date: 2016-07-19

An application programming interface (API) consumption development environment (CDE) is integrated with an API administration component and a determination is made whether an existing API conforms to application development requirements. A desired API is defined including test data, and the desired API and test data is forwarded to an API developer as a development request. The API CDE is integrated with the API administration component. A developed API is deployed to an API provider creating an integration testing deployment, and the API administration component is notified of the integration testing deployment. The developed API is deployed to an API provider productive for productive use.


Automating software availability management based on API versioning

Owner: International Business Machines Corporation
Publication #: 09262237
Publication Date: 2016-02-16

A method is disclosed for automating software availability management based on application program interface (API) versioning. The method includes receiving a call to a first version of an API method from a software application. The method includes retrieving software configuration information for the software application, the software configuration information including a set of supported versions of the API method. The method includes retrieving server configuration information for a server computing device, the server configuration information including a set of available versions of the API method. The method then includes determining availability of the server computing device to support the software application.


Managing API authorization

Owner: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
Publication #: 09280686
Publication Date: 2016-03-08

Multiple variants of an API can coexist through API management by using metadata in a pre-processing and post-processing system to weed out requests to which a client does not have permission and return parameters that do not belong with the API request variant. Metadata is added to request objects such that an instance of a request object may be examined to determine a request handler to properly inspect the request object and recommend further processing or rejection of the instance. Metadata may also be added to a response object created as a result of processing the request object such that a response handler may be identified to ensure the fields match the proper response to the request object. The API may be dynamically managed at the point of request and also at the point of return rather than a statically coded whitelist checked multiple times within the code itself.


Graph based data model for API ecosystem insights

Owner: International Business Machines Corporation
Publication #: 09396046
Publication Date: 2016-07-19

An embodiment of the invention comprising a method captures information for a data structure, the information pertaining to Web application programming interfaces APIs and Web application programming interface API users. The method includes identifying a first set of relationships, wherein an identified relationship can be at least a relationship between a Web API and a Web API user, between different Web API users, or between different Web APIs. The method further includes furnishing the first set of relationships to the data structure as first captured information, and using the first captured information to perform a specified analysis operation. Prior to or during performance of the specified analysis operation, second information is added to the data structure wherein the added second information includes at least one of a user, a Web API, or a relationship that is not included in the first captured information, and the added second information does not affect performance of the specified analysis operation.


Use of collected data for web API ecosystem analytics

Owner: International Business Machines Corporation
Publication #: 09390178
Publication Date: 2016-07-12

An embodiment of the invention pertains to Web application programming interface (API) data associated with a Web API ecosystem. The embodiment comprises constructing a data structure that is selectively related to at least some of the Web API data associated with the Web API ecosystem. The embodiment further comprises commencing an analytics operation to determine specified information which is of interest to a given Web API user, wherein the given Web API user has a role that pertains to the Web API ecosystem. Responsive to commencing the operation, Web API data related to the data structure is used to determine one or more preliminary data elements, wherein at least one of the preliminary data elements comprises an answer to a specified preliminary query. Respective preliminary data elements are selectively used to determine the specified information that is of interest to the given Web API user.


Predicting application programming interface consumption using social networks

Owner: International Business Machines Corporation
Publication #: 09292363
Publication Date: 2016-03-22

Predicting consumption of APIs is provided. A set of consumed APIs corresponding to a user and software service applications related to APIs associated with the user is determined based on an API consumption history. A set of users related to the set of consumed APIs corresponding to the user and the software service applications related to the APIs associated with the user is retrieved from an API analytics engine. A set of API consumption prediction models corresponding to the user is generated based on the APIs associated with the user, the software service applications related to the APIs associated with the user, the set of consumed APIs corresponding to the user and the software service applications related to the APIs associated with the user based on the API consumption history, the set of users related to the set of consumed APIs, and APIs associated with the set of users.


Credential-based application programming interface keys

Owner: EMC IP Holding Company LLC
Publication #: 09503442
Publication Date: 2016-11-22

A processing device comprises a processor coupled to a memory and is configured to obtain a credential associated with a particular access control interval, to determine an application programming interface (API) key based at least in part on the credential, and to utilize the API key in an API key enrollment protocol. The obtaining, determining and utilizing are repeated for one or more additional instances of the API key enrollment protocol corresponding to respective ones of one or more additional access control intervals. The processing device illustratively comprises a service requester device configured to carry out at least a portion of a given instance of the API key enrollment protocol with a service provider device. The API key may comprise, for example, the credential itself, or a function of the credential and other information. The credential may comprise, again by way of example, an intermediate value of a hash chain.


Self-service composed web APIs

Owner: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
Publication #: 09262183
Publication Date: 2016-02-16

Individual datasets are accessed using an application programming interface (API). Multiple APIs may be combined into a composite API that allows a user to access multiple datasets using a single query. The composite API may be designed to provide a simpler way to consume information from multiple datasets in response to a particular scenario or problem. The composite API may comprise multiple levels of intermediate APIs that call on each other to access desired datasets. A user may select the datasets that the composite API accesses and/or the composite API may require certain specific datasets. The composite API may be offered for sale or use by other users via a website, such as a data market.


I tend to process the new patent filings and publications every couple of weeks. When ready I try to publish them along with my research.