OnePlus could be sued for patent infringement over the 5T's Face Unlock feature

OnePlus could be sued for patent infringement over the 5T's Face Unlock feature
According to a report published by MySmartPrice, OnePlus is facing a possible patent infringement lawsuit that revolves around the Face Unlock facial recognition system on the OnePlus 5T. In our review of the phone, we mentioned how quickly the feature worked, even in the dark. One drawback is that the front-facing camera needs to be pointed directly at the user for Face Unlock to work. Any small deviation will prevent Face Unlock from opening the phone. Other than that, OnePlus generally has been receiving high marks for its biometric reader.

One person that might not be so happy with OnePlus is George Brostoff, CEO and co-founder of SensibleVision. The latter is a company that works on facial recognition and biometric systems. The executive claims that at least one of his company's patents was infringed on by OnePlus' Face Unlock. One of the patents that he says was used without permission, allows a phone's screen to be used as an illuminator. Brostoff  notes that he has not licensed any of his patents to OnePlus or its suppliers. Based on a video released by Forbes that shows Face Unlock in action, the Sensible Vision CEO says that OnePlus is "likely infringing at the very least on our illumination patent." Brostoff says that he has turned the matter over to his attorney.


By the way, you might want to keep the company name of SensibleVision in mind. Next year, it will launch its facial recognition system on certain Android phones.

source: MySmartPrice via AndroidAuthority

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  • Display 6.0" 1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 16 MP front
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  • Storage 128 GB
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18 Comments

1. Hollowmost

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 10, 2017

Apple sets trends.....Tesla might start forcing all their cars to peak at 40 miles an hour after 18 months on the road now

4. daniyal_05

Posts: 93; Member since: Nov 15, 2017

Even iphoneX isn’t selling like expected i think.

2. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

"One of the patents that he says was used without permission, allows a phone's screen to be used as an illuminator" How is this any different from using the screen as a selfie flash that's been in loads of flagship devices? Are they licensing anything to Samsung/Apple that have such feature in their camera software? "One drawback is that the front-facing camera needs to be pointed directly at the user for Face Unlock to work." Uhm, HTF is that a drawback?

6. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

One illumination is for a selfie the other is for a face unlock, it seems trivial that they don't count as the same thing but they are different, patents are stupid like that.

9. MaryPoopins

Posts: 324; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

I can't tell you whether it's a drawback or not, but I can tell you it's completely untrue. :/

3. jove39

Posts: 2145; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

I don’t understand Chinese OEMs obsession over whatever Apple does...they just have to do same thing. That said, isn’t face unlock a feature in android since ICS?

7. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Neither do I... I bet many will copy the notch next year.

5. karll1

Posts: 23; Member since: Jun 12, 2013

Is there a patent for using the sun to illuminate the face for daytime face unlock?

11. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

God has that patent.

8. MaryPoopins

Posts: 324; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

"One drawback is that the front-facing camera needs to be pointed directly at the user for Face Unlock to work. Any small deviation will prevent Face Unlock from opening the phone." My OP5T is here and calling you a liar.

10. skyline88

Posts: 697; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

good luck dragging OnePlus to court in China, i bet you don't know how they work SensibleVision.

13. JimmieCrakCorn

Posts: 143; Member since: Nov 20, 2017

Who cares, sue away. Face unlock is is cumbersome and impractical anyway, no one wants to use it. What a joke.

14. ebilcake

Posts: 1225; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

It works brilliantly on the OP5T, in combination with the fingerprint scanner it's the quickest and easiest to unlock, definitely not cumbersome.

15. Ralph.

Posts: 249; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

Face unlock is useless. FP sensor and iris scanner and digit code is much better.

16. lyndon420

Posts: 6710; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Digit code is the best. No one can steal that from you if you're passed out drunk...or detained by authorities.

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