Samsung accused of infringing on biometric patents with its recent flagship phones (UPDATE)

One of the phones named in the suit is the Samsung Galaxy S8

One of the phones named in the suit is the Samsung Galaxy S8

Remember the patent infringement suit that Samsung filed against Apple back in the day? Can you believe that it was 2012 when the original judgment, in the amount of $1.05 billion, was awarded to Apple? Since then, Samsung has had a number of legal victories that whittled that amount down to a small fraction of what the first jury awarded. And now, it is Samsung that is being sued for patent infringement

PACid Technologies, a company that deals with technology pertaining to encryption, claims that Samsung has used three of its biometric patents without licensing them. Two of the patents were filed in the states and the third in South Korea. All three patents have something to do with encryption technology. The suit alleges that Samsung used these patents to help it develop its fingerprint, face and iris scanners. The specific phones named in the suit include the Samsung Galaxy S6, Samsung Galaxy S6 edge, Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+, Samsung Galaxy S7, Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, Samsung Galaxy S8 and the Samsung Galaxy S8+. PACid Technologies also claims that the aforementioned three patents were infringed by the Samsung PASS identity management service, and the Samsung KNOX mobile enterprise security system.

UPDATE: Fresh reports published today indicate that PACid Technologies is seeking $2.8 billion from Samsung.

The suit was filed April 6th with the Texas Eastern District Court, and PACid is known as a patent troll, which is something addressed on the company's web pages.


Considering the amount of money that the phones named in the suit generated for Samsung, you can be sure that PACid is seeking a huge judgment in its favor.

source: Justia via SlashGear

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34 Comments

1. worldpeace

Posts: 3099; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

When it's apple the title is "Apple accused of stealing fingerprint technology, to be sued by a "patent troll"" And when it's Samsung it's like this :v

2. lyndon420

Posts: 6491; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

That is strange isn't it...

3. RevolutionA

Posts: 390; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

Because Apple do really make, invent and revolutionarize things. Crappy laggy sammy just plagiarizes stuff. And titles do justify assuming their reputation.

8. mootu

Posts: 1408; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Nope, Apple just buys companys that make, invent and revolutionarize things and then claims to have invented and revolutionarized that tech.

25. apple-rulz

Posts: 1896; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Samsung Pay-LoopPay Milk Music-Slacker Infinity Display-Toppan FPD division Samsung chips/semiconductors-SEMATECH and numerous merchant semiconductor shops Bixby-Viv Labs OS-Google Android Not to mention Apple had to show Samsung how to calibrate OLED displays;http://www.displaymate.com/iPhoneX_ShootOut_1a.htm What were you saying about Apple simply buying stuff?

10. Joulukas

Posts: 113; Member since: Jun 05, 2013

Apple doesn't even make TOP 10 in filing new patents! (good times for new innovations ended after Steve Jobs died). Samsung on the other hand is constantly in top (f.e. filing ca. 5500 patents in 2016 and that's not counting Samsung Display with its ca 2000 patents (Apple was just above Samsung Display with 2102 new patents). So your claim is not backed up by anything but your hate. But, if you have any better method to measure innovation, let me know!

11. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1504; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Yeah Authentec is made by Apple. Right??

32. tedkord

Posts: 17131; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Apple has been ordered to pay out quite a bit more for patent infringing than Samsung the past 6 years.

5. MarmiteTheDog

Posts: 188; Member since: Jul 31, 2017

Quite normal when you consider who put his name against this cut & paste article.

21. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1306; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Reality distortion field, Mandela effect, alternate dimension/reality. Call it what you will. I guess they have to sue Apple to be called out as a patent troll by most tech reporting sites.

12. ullokey

Posts: 174; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

You are funny!!!

17. Ali888

Posts: 87; Member since: Apr 13, 2018

This truly is PhoneArena

19. sissy246

Posts: 7000; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

What company has not infringed on patents. Is it right for any of them, hell no.

20. Sunbae-min

Posts: 135; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

All these stupid patent trolls are going to pay the heavy price. Do you know Samsung is the world's 3rd largest R&D spender. Samsung doesn't care about such a small useless company like that. That patent troll is nothing but a robber.

23. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3098; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Not if a judge and jury say you're not.

33. tedkord

Posts: 17131; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Well, technically the court system said OJ wasn't a murderer, so...

22. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 714; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

What's even stranger is the fact that these pathetic patent owners are accusing companies like apple and samsung for infringement after they have released the model! So based on their pathetic accusasions. How would the company knew that you have patents in the first place?

27. sissy246

Posts: 7000; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Patients should be remover after 5 or 6 years. It's crazy how someone can sue after so many years.

28. MarmiteTheDog

Posts: 188; Member since: Jul 31, 2017

A patent should only be verified once the entity filing the patent produces a working version of it. That would stop a lot of this BS.

29. khomeni

Posts: 7; Member since: Mar 27, 2018

Thank god.

30. iurisimo

Posts: 10; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

im reading this website daily for quite some time already and have to admit the comment section is one of the most retarded... Im still not getting why there as so many idiots claiming this site is favoring apple..

31. MarmiteTheDog

Posts: 188; Member since: Jul 31, 2017

I guess English is difficult for you. Let me help. When Apple are being sued, the headline states its by a 'patent troll' When Samsung are being sued, the company is called "a company that deals with technology pertaining to encryption", and only referred to as a patent troll towards the end of the article. This clearly shows bias, unless you're an 'idiot'.

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