Equitable IP Subsidiary Hits Apple, Samsung Mobile Devices with Authentication Patents

  • April 30, 2017

Equitable IP Corporation has launched another new campaign, this one through Alabama subsidiary Pen-One Acquisition Group, LLC, separately accusing Apple (1:17-cv-00179) and Samsung (1:17-cv-00180) of infringing two patents (7,281,135; 8,374,402) generally related to the use of “digital signatures”, including facial and/or fingerprint recognition, and “pen-based computing devices” for authentication in commercial transactions. Apple is accused of infringing the ‘135 patent through the provision of Touch ID-compatible iOS devices along with Apple Pay, and the ‘402 patent through various iPhones (and their FaceTime cameras) along with the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil. Samsung is alleged to infringe the ‘135 patent through certain Galaxy S and Galaxy Note smartphones in conjunction with Samsung Pay, with the ‘402 patent asserted against a slightly larger range of those same phones.


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