AuthenTec Files Claims Against UPEK for Patent
Infringement and Theft of Trade Secrets
February 03, 2010 07:03 AM Eastern Time
MELBOURNE, Fla.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--AuthenTec (NASDAQ: AUTH), the world’s leading
provider of smart fingerprint sensors and solutions, announced that it has filed legal claims today against UPEK, Inc.
for the infringement of five AuthenTec patents and trade secret misappropriation in the U.S. District Court for the
Northern District of California. AuthenTec is seeking an injunction against UPEK as well as punitive and monetary
damages by way of a jury trial.
In a detailed letter dated January 23, 2010, AuthenTec notified UPEK of its claim that UPEK products infringe five
AuthenTec U.S. patents covering AuthenTec’s sensor, security and packaging technologies. AuthenTec also claims
that UPEK misappropriated trade secrets by withholding and interfering with property acquired and owned by
AuthenTec through its asset purchase of Atrua Technologies, Inc. The lawsuit states that UPEK’s wrongful actions
caused interference with the use and possession of this property and that UPEK’s use of these materials was
intended to obtain an unfair and improper competitive advantage and substantially damaged AuthenTec.
Although in its January 23 letter, AuthenTec had provided UPEK thirty (30) days to respond to its claims in order to
provide adequate time for UPEK to resolve the matter outside of the court system, UPEK instead filed a claim on
January 29 alleging that AuthenTec violated a single UPEK patent. AuthenTec believes that UPEK’s allegation is
frivolous and completely without merit.
AuthenTec is an ISO9001-certified provider of smart sensors and solutions for security, identity management and
touch control with the broadest product and IP portfolio in the silicon fingerprint sensor industry, which includes 121
issued and pending U.S. patents.
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