Apple Obtains Touch ID-Related Patents From Biometric Security Firm Privaris

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple has been working to acquire the intellectual property assets of Charlottesville, Virginia-based biometric security firm Privaris, according to CNN. Privaris recently transferred 26 of its 31 patents to the iPhone maker, including 4 patents in December 2012 and dozens more in October 2014.

    The patents are primarily related to fingerprint and touchscreen technology that could lead to Touch ID improvements on future devices. Last February, well-informed KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo told investors that the next iPhone will have an improved Touch ID with reduced errors.
    While the transferred patents have fueled acquisition rumors, the Privaris website has not been updated since 2010 and seemingly none of the company's senior executives or other employees have updated their LinkedIn profiles with positions at Apple.

    Accordingly, it is more likely that Privaris has scaled down or went out of business and Apple has acquired the company's patent portfolio and other intellectual property. However, the possibility of an acquisition cannot be entirely ruled out.

    Privaris, which reportedly raised $29 million in funding, developed a lineup of PlusID personal biometric devices to access computers, networks, websites, software, VPNs, secured printers and online apps.

    The company has also offered several other products and services related to access control systems, fingerprint authentication, biometric computer security, biometric security software and access cards, all technologies that fall within the realm of Touch ID.

    Update: MacRumors has heard Privaris essentially shut down roughly five years ago, so this certainly appears to be a patent portfolio purchase rather than a full acquisition of Privaris by Apple.

    Article Link: Apple Obtains Touch ID-Related Patents From Biometric Security Firm Privaris
  2. AngerDanger, Jun 26, 2015
    Last edited: Jun 26, 2015

    AngerDanger macrumors 68030


    Dec 9, 2008
    Products based on patents acquired from Privalis are not for everyone. Ask your doctor if Privalis is right for you. Women whose babies are pregnant or nursing should not use Privalis.
  3. Benjamin Frost Suspended

    Benjamin Frost

    May 9, 2015
    London, England
    Anything to improve Touch ID would be a fillip.
  4. soupcan macrumors 6502a


    Nov 21, 2014
    "For example, one of Privaris' patents covers the ability to use a touchscreen and fingerprint reader at the same time."

    Home button-less iPhone 7 anyone?
  5. CausticSoda macrumors 6502


    Feb 14, 2014
    Abu Dhabi
    Yep, been thinking that for ages. I think the next big thing they can do is have "wall to wall" screen and no buttons on the front. It may be that if you push the middle of the screen hard, it can act as the home button, or similar...
  6. prowlmedia Suspended

    Jan 26, 2010
    Every time Macrumors mentions "KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Ku"....Somewhere a Kitten Dies.
  7. 2457282 Suspended

    Dec 6, 2012
    If they incorporate the technology so that you can read fingerprints directly from the touchscreen, we will see a bunch of palm reading apps.:D

    Still the ideal of possibly not needing a home button is interesting. Could make the phone smaller without changing the screen size or could allow for larger screens in the same form factor. Although I love the home button, this seems like it good be a big win.
  8. jpgr15 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 28, 2015
    Yes, well-informed. I nearly forgot.
  9. ActionableMango macrumors 604


    Sep 21, 2010
    That will lead to "pushed-middle-too-hard-and-cracked-screen-gate".
  10. Michael Goff macrumors G4

    Michael Goff

    Jul 5, 2012
    And then any app that has you pushing in the middle of the screen fails because it takes you back to the home screen. :D
  11. tito2020 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 16, 2011
    What ever happened to the guy that invented the wheel?
  12. bergert macrumors regular

    Jun 24, 2008
    dear Tim,
    Where is the iMac with TouchID button for logon ?
  13. Piggie macrumors 604


    Feb 23, 2010
    Great thought, and I'd love it, and wanted such a thing since even before the 1st iPhone was launched.

    However we have one rather large problem, and that's Apple.

    Apple LOVES Bezels.

    Loves BIG Bezels.

    Other companies are working hard to make bezels thinner and thinner, but Apple still stays in the past.
    It's a shame :(
  14. JeffyTheQuik macrumors 68020


    Aug 27, 2014
    Charleston, SC and Everett, WA
    "OK, Boys, we have a website. Glad we got that done. Check that off the list. What's next?"
  15. Thunderhawks Suspended

    Feb 17, 2009
    3 out of 2 doctors recommend Privaris.
  16. Thunderhawks Suspended

    Feb 17, 2009
    Dear Bergert,

    We are working on it and it will be very thin.
  17. Thunderhawks Suspended

    Feb 17, 2009
    The guy who invented the first wheel was an idiot. The guy who invented the other three, he was a genius.

    Sid Caesar
  18. Lazy macrumors 6502

    May 27, 2003
    Silicon Valley
    I don't get it... (He's horrible, everyone including kittens is tired of hearing about him, or what? Can't think of anything that applies.)
  19. dabirdwell macrumors 6502

    Sep 26, 2002
    Ming isn't a him.
  20. mejsric macrumors 6502a


    Mar 28, 2013
    Yey! So, in the future, Samesung phones will have no home button too?
  21. RickInHouston macrumors 65816

    May 14, 2014
    Like the Google Nexus phones for the past three years? I guess that would work.
  22. nepalisherpa macrumors 68020


    Aug 15, 2011
    Google Nexus phones have finger-print reader? If so, that's news to me!
  23. CFreymarc Suspended

    Sep 4, 2009
    Why license when buying the company is cheaper?
  24. T-Will macrumors 6502a


    Sep 8, 2008
    Let's hope one of the patents includes being able to read a fingerprint from wet/sweaty hands.
  25. Andrei90 macrumors 6502

    Dec 28, 2011
    But I thought the reason for the bezel was to fit the speaker and the frontal camera in.

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