Suprema claims positive patent ruling
16 December 2013 21:31 GMT

Suprema clear to import scanners into US market following patent ruling

Suprema, a provider of biometrics and ID solutions, claims to have received a favorable ruling against Cross Match Technologies from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC).

On 13 December, 2013, CAFC issued its decision regarding the appeal from the decision of the USITC (U.S. International Trade Commission) in the patent infringement action between Suprema and Cross Match Technologies.

In the decision, the CAFC ruled against the ITC’s previous judgment that Suprema induced infringement by Mentalix of U.S. Patent No. 7,203,344 (the ‘344 patent), and also agreed with the ITC’s previous judgment that Suprema’s RealScan products did not infringe any claim of U.S. Patent No. 7,277,562 (the ‘562 patent, which Cross Match advertises as its “auto-capture” patent).

CAFC did agree with the ITC’s previous ruling that Suprema’s Realscan-10 live scanner infringed Cross Match’s U.S. Patent No. 5,900,993 (the ‘993 patent). However, Suprema says that the Realscan-10 has been discontinued.

As a result, Suprema claims there are now no import restrictions on Suprema’s current line of live scanners in the United States market.

Suprema further assures its customers that any ruling from the CAFC is limited to the United States and will have no legal effect on Suprema’s live scanner business outside the United States.

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