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Integrated Biometrics says Crossmatch lawsuit is aimed at stagnating rapid growth

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Integrated Biometrics released a statement stating that it believes a recent patent infringement lawsuit filed by Crossmatch against the company is a “frivolous and tactical strategy by Crossmatch to slow Integrated Biometrics’ rapid growth and presence in the biometrics market”.

Earlier this month, Crossmatch filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware alleging that Integrated Biometrics’ FBI-certified scanners infringe Crossmatch patents 9,280,695; 7,203,344; 7,277,562 and 6,483,932.

Integrated Biometrics said in the statement that it would aggressively challenge Crossmatch’s allegations.

“We prefer to compete in the marketplace, not the courtroom,” said Stephen Thies, CEO of Integrated Biometrics. “We believe this lawsuit is intended to damage Integrated Biometrics even though we have been a key technology provider for Crossmatch, with a relationship that has been productive and profitable for both parties for nearly five years.”

Thies pointed to the FBI’s publicly available Certified Product List, which states that the Crossmatch EF200 product was certified using the Integrated Biometrics’ Watson sensor in 2012 and Crossmatch’s Seek Avenger was certified using the Integrated Biometrics Sherlock sensor in 2013.

He emphasizes that despite this close working relationship, Crossmatch’s suit represents the first-time the company has suggested that the Integrated Biometrics sensors might infringe on existing patents.

Integrated Biometrics provides patented fingerprint scanners to OEM biometric solution providers serving domestic and international law enforcement, military, border control, national identity programs, financial services, and other emerging commercial markets.

“At a time when identity management is increasingly important, Crossmatch has chosen to spend its time and financial resources on litigation in an apparent attempt to impact our business strategy,” Thies said. “This action is a needless distraction to Integrated Biometrics’ commitment to improving international and domestic security.”

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