Thursday, August 15, 2013

Daily Blog #53: The TriForce is now Patent Pending

Hello Reader,
             Short one today as I'm trying to get some work done, tomorrow I'll continue our series of understanding the artifacts into jump lists.

I'm happy to announce that we've filed a provisional patent on the triforce and what new types of analysis we can perform with it. I debated for a long time on whether or not to patent what was possible but in the end we came to the conclusion that the following facts were true:

1. If we didn't someone else might
2. I want to make sure that those people who want to extend our research in the free and open source world are protected from patent trolls
3. I want to make sure commercial entities who try to profit from our research feel the need to contribute back to our research for a license
4. I thought the relationships and the new facts they uncover were unique enough to justify a patent

So if in the future you see Patent Pending on a beta update now you know. Once the patent filing is public I'll link to it so you can see all the use cases we've thought of in the future. I've said before that I think we are starting a new branch of computer forensics related to file system journaling forensics. I believe this is true and I think we extend what we do now for post mortem and incident response into more proactive detection of bad events, actors and software.

Let me know how you feel about it in the comments, I want to make sure we are open and honest with the community as we continue forward both in our research and the free/commercial products we plan to make.