Apple granted patents covering secure biometric data processing systems

Apple Inc has been granted a series of 45 U.S. patents, which include methods and technologies involving one of the original Touch ID inventions regarding on-chip security against fraud, tampering and viruses, according to a report by Patently Apple. U.S. patent #9,361,440, originally filed in Q4 2007 and published Tuesday by the US Patent and Trademark Office, covers Apple’s invention relating to secure data processing. In particular, the patent covers the processes and apparatus for securely using resources outside of

Apple granted patent for technology that expands fingerprint sensor functionality

Apple was recently granted a U.S. patent entitled “Force-Sensitive Fingerprint Sensing Input“, which will expand the Touch ID home button’s functionality, according to a report by 9To5Mac. According to the patent application, the technology could allow the Touch Button ID home button to perform different actions based on different fingerprints, as well as adding pressure sensors to enable 3D Touch type functionality. The patent, which was originally filed on September 11, 2015, offers extensive details about the technology itself without

Autonomous_ID secures gait-based authentication patents

Canadian based biometrics research and development firm, Autonomous_ID, announced that the U.S. Patent and Trade Office (USPTO) has issued two patents central to the company’s products and services. On November 17, 2015, the USPTO issued patent 9,188,963 for a gait-based authentication system used to determine if a user of a device is an authenticated user of restricted resources. The patent protects the technology central to the company’s workforce and personal identity systems based on its Bio_Sole solution. These systems enable

Apple files patent for fingerprint upload and cloud storage

Apple recently filed a patent application that leverages fingerprint authentication for file upload and cloud storage. The patent, published by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office is entitled “Finger Biometric Sensor Data Synchronization via a Cloud Computing Device and Related Methods”. In the patent application, Apple details how fingerprint data may first be gathered on a primary device and uploaded to iCloud to distribute among secondary devices: “The patent describes a system that includes a device comprising a first finger

VerifyMe receives USPTO Notice of Allowance for biometrics patent

Authentication firm VerifyMe, announced today that it received a Notice of Allowance from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for patent application U.S. 13/910,482 titled “‘Home’ Button With Integrated User Biometric Sensing and Verification System for a Mobile Device”. The patent covers the ability to use an optical sensor/scanner under the home button of a mobile device to verify the authenticity of the user and make available access to some or all of the contents of the device. “This

ImageWare to be granted patent for multi-modal biometric database searching methods

ImageWare Systems received a notice of allowance from the United States Patent and Trademark Office that its United States patent application No. 14/254,629, titled “Multi-Modal Biometric Database Searching Methods,” will be granted. This will be ImageWare’s 11th U.S. patent. Under the patent application, ImageWare seeks exclusive rights to the search process of comparing multiple modalities, whether it be in a single search method in which all modalities are compared simultaneously, or a multiple search method in which one modality is

Biometric authentication firm EyeLock issued new patent

EyeLock, LLC announced that its has been issued a U.S. patent covering the use of a biometric reader to ensure the origins of passengers at a transportation facility, such as a commercial airport. US Patent #9,142,070, which was issued on September 22, covers methods of ensuring the identity of passengers at a transportation facility by collecting the passenger’ biometric details at check-in and then matching it with their biometrics at the departure area. Additionally, the passenger’s name and other biographical

MorphoTrust discusses patent trolls, biometrics

Many high-tech companies are being aggressively targeted by patent lawsuits that drain resources and hurt innovators, and the biometrics industry is no exception. Late last month, four patent infringement lawsuits filed by Blue Spike against MorphoTrust USA and other Safran subsidiaries and even their customers were dismissed with prejudice by the Court of Federal Claims. In this case, Blue Spike voluntarily dismissed its lawsuits filed in 2012 and 2013, and no money or any other consideration was paid to Blue

Apple applies for seven biometrics related patents

The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office recently published a series of seven patent applications relating to biometrics, filed by Apple, according to a report by Patently Apple. The seven patents span a range of features related to credential verification processes that are used in association with Apple’s Touch ID, Apple Pay, unlocking redacted documents and more. One of the main patents for Apple’s fingerprint related inventions is titled “Device, Method, and Graphical User Interface for Manipulating User Interfaces based on

Brivas granted US patent for biometric encryption

Brivas announced it has been granted a US patent for biometric encryption. The background description for patent #8,949,619 B2, entitled “Systems, methods and apparatus for multivariate authentication” reads: “User authentication has become increasingly of interest as Internet and network-based computer usage have become more prevalent and capabilities of these media have grown. The significance of user authentication has also increased as businesses, government departments, medical organizations and individuals have become increasingly reliant on computer networks and on the security of