“Notably, the companies’ characterizations of the allegation itself differ in one important way.”
Goodix has responded to Fingerprint Cards‘ recent allegation of patent infringement, asserting in a statement that FPC’s lawsuit filed with the Beijing Intellectual Property Court “is without merit.” The Shenzhen-based company added that “it will vigorously defend itself” against the allegation.
Notably, the companies’ characterizations of the allegation itself differ in one important way. In announcing its lawsuit last week, Fingerprint Cards asserted that “some of the fingerprint sensing chips” sold by Goodix were in violation of its intellectual property holdings; Goodix’s response, meanwhile, asserts that “FPC specifically identified one capacitive fingerprint sensor from Goodix and one smartphone model launched in early 2017” in its lawsuit, suggesting that the scope of the violation is smaller than it may have initially seemed.
In any case, Goodix insisted in its response that it “respects intellectual property rights and the rights of inventors to protect their innovations, in the same manner that Goodix expects others to respect its own intellectual property rights.” The company also noted that it has now established for itself a patent portfolio of “more than 2,300 patent applications and over 300 granted patents worldwide”.
Indeed, Goodix has enjoyed a rising profile in recent months thanks to integrations of its in-display fingerprint sensor technology into new smartphones from Xiaomi and Vivo, two smartphone brands that have also been customers of Fingerprint Cards. FPC, meanwhile, has been looking to expand its operations beyond the mobile sector, but it nevertheless remains the core of the company’s business.
September 17, 2018 – by Alex Perala