Korean Startup First Face wins Patent Litigation against Apple

Aishwarya Rathore-

Published On: September 23, 2021 at 14:46 IST

First Face, a South Korean Information Technology (IT) Venture, won a Patent Dispute case against Apple Inc. over Fingerprint-Authentication Technology.

The United States (US) Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently upheld the decision of the US Patent Trial and Appeal Board, which acknowledged the validity of two of First Face’s patents out of three that Apple attempted to invalidate.

First Face is a Korean startup that develops User Interface (UI) and User Experience (UX) Technologies. It owns around 50 patents for lock screen authentication technology and lock screen interlocking advertisements.

In 2018, First Face filed a lawsuit in Federal Court in San Francisco, alleging that Apple had infringed all three of its Fingerprint Recognition Patents.

Apple allegedly used the Korean Company’s Technology for the Touch ID feature, which uses fingerprints to wake up devices and authenticate users.

In 2019, Apple initiated a lawsuit to invalidate First Face’s three patents. However, the US Patent and Trademark Board declined Apple’s request for two patents in July 2020.

Recently, the US Court of Appeals upheld the decision of the US Patent Trial and Appeal Board validating two First Face patents.

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