Biometric sensing and authentication system such as Touch ID fingerprint scanner in iPhone 5S became one of the main features in major flagship smartphones (There is also a rumor that Samsung Galaxy S5 will equip with eye sensing Iris scanner). TechIPm’s patent mining research for Intellectual Venture (IV)’s patent portfolios reveals that IV hold total of 33 patents issued in the U.S. relating to key biometric sensing technologies.
IV’s biometric sensing patents cover mostly fingerprint sensing technology. The patent portfolio also covers Iris sensing and face recognition technologies. IV acquired most of patents from companies. Only few patents were acquired from inventors and universities. Forward citations analysis shows that the biometric scanners in major smartphones may infringe several IV’s patents.
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