April 29, 2015 -
Blue Spike, LLC voluntarily dismissed its four patent infringement lawsuits filed in 2012 and 2013 against MorphoTrust USA and other Safran U.S. subsidiaries and their customers without any financial compensation.
The dismissal came after MorphoTrust filed a motion for summary judgment seeking to invalidate claims asserted from Blue Spike’s patents in the Court of Federal Claims, as well as a motion for recovery of costs and attorneys’ fees for related discovery against Blue Spike in the same court.
MorphoTrust was represented in the case by Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.
“We are not the first, nor the last, to be burdened with infringement claims by entities that in our opinion have no real business model other than to sue successful companies, hoping for a ‘quick payday’ settlement from a baseless lawsuit,” said Scott Boylan, MorphoTrust vice president and general counsel. “Our patents and commercial products not only pre-date those asserted by Blue Spike, they are in different fields of technology.”
For the past four decades, MorphoTrust and Morpho, part of Safran’s security business, have been developing and delivering biometric and secure authorization solutions to domestic U.S. and international government and commercial customers.
The companies possess a significant number of patents in these fields.
MorphoTrust and its predecessor companies achieved many of the industry’s “firsts,” including the first state-wide civil fingerprinting network, the first fully operational multi-modal biometric system using face and fingerprint recognition, and the first to offer self-service facial recognition kiosks for driver license renewals.
“MorphoTrust, MorphoTrak, our parent and affiliates have a robust research and development history which has led to decades of leadership in biometrics technology,” said MorphoTrust CEO Bob Eckel. “We brought these innovations to market to serve the biometric identification, document authentication, and data verification needs of customers in government, banking, travel, and more. The dismissal of these suits represents a complete victory and validates our pioneering position in the industry.”