• Apple Acquires Several Biometric Authentication Patents from Privaris

    There appears to be an increased amount of evidence pointing towards Apple planning a large overhaul in its Touch ID fingerprint recognition system. The Cupertino California company appears to have acquired more than two dozen biometric authentication patents from the privately-held Virginia firm, Privaris. According to the folks over at CNN, Apple has been assigned 26 of Privarisí 31 original patents with the last transaction closing in October of last year.

    These patents cover ways of integrating fingerprint sensors with touchscreens, which is something that Privaris specializes in, as well as several other fundamental biometric authentication mechanisms. There have been several rumors that suggest that Apple is preparing a redesigned iPhone with fingerprint sensors that are embedded into the touchscreen. The company has even been known to have explored this technology both prior to and after the acquisition of AuthenTec in 2012.

    As of right now, we donít know any details regarding the Privaris deal but it appears to be a straightforward intellectual property dump that could be designed to raise money for Privaris. For those of you who didnít know, the company received $29 million in funding but has mainly been silent and unseen since 2009.

    As noted by the folks over at CNN, there isnít any indication that any of Privarisí employees have moved to Apple. Given the length of time that has passed since the patent assignments and the lack of any employee movement, an acquisition seems pretty unlikely. That being said, weíll have to wait and see until more concrete information regarding the deal is revealed.

    Source: CNN
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Acquires Several Biometric Authentication Patents from Privaris started by Akshay Masand View original post
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