OUR PATENT STRATEGY
Intellectual property is an important aspect of the Fingerprint Cards’ business plan and patent applications are continuously filed for a wide variety of strategically important technologies within the field of biometrics. Patent protection is always proactively sought in close proximity to product development and patent applications are filed globally to seek protection in several key markets, such as the Americas and important countries in Europe and Asia. Fingerprint Cards is also continuously monitoring the market to evaluate new opportunities for capitalizing on patents while identifying and taking actions to counter any infringements of the company’s existing patents.
Fingerprint Cards has a strong patent portfolio which is well balanced between the various biometric technologies of the company. Patents are registered for a number of different technologies, such as biometric algorithms, fingerprint image handling, sensing systems and packaging technology, etc. The strong and well balanced patent portfolio makes it easier for customers to launch products featuring a Fingerprint Cards biometric system solution globally in growing markets.
Development activities are continuously evaluated from a patent protection perspective in order to immediately identify strategic patent applications. Fingerprint Cards will continue to strengthen and expand its patent portfolio by continuously filing patent applications for strategically important technologies. The patent portfolio may also be strengthened through patents acquired from a third party.
An Innovative Company
The number of filed patent applications are continuously increasing and in 2016 Fingerprint Cards filed 38 patent applications for new inventions. In 2016, Fingerprint Cards was also listed as the most innovative company in Sweden. The listing was based on the number of filed patent applications in 2014 in view of the company’s turnover. Fingerprint Cards is also one of the leading companies globally when it comes to the number of filed patent applications within the field of biometrics.