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Atrua Granted Patents for Fingerprint Touch Control Technology


Patents Granted for Atrua’s Anti-Spoofing Authentication Technology and for Methods of Using a Fingerprint Touch Control as a User Input Device Extend Atrua’s Substantial Intellectual Property Portfolio

Campbell, CA March 9, 2009 – Atrua Technologies announced today that the United States Patent and Trademark Office recently granted three additional patents to Atrua Technologies for fingerprint touch control technology. Two of these new patents cover methods for using a fingerprint sensor as an input device to control and navigate a user interface. The third patent covers anti-spoofing technology that further strengthens the protection provided by biometric authentication.

Mobile device makers have found compelling advantages in using Atrua’s Made-for-Mobile™ fingerprint sensor as a small and highly responsive intelligent touch control device that works like a mini touch pad or scroll wheel in addition to providing biometric authentication. Out of more than 40 mobile handsets launched with Atrua’s fingerprint touch control since the beginning of 2007, greater than 75% use Atrua’s enhanced touch control features. Atrua’s recently granted fingerprint touch control patents cover use of the fingerprint sensor to emulate enhanced input devices such as a mouse, joystick, steering wheel, scroll wheel, navigation bar, or pressure-sensitive button, supporting Atrua’s position at the forefront in the market’s deployment of fingerprint sensors as user input devices.

Atrua’s anti-spoofing patent covers technology that guards against fake finger spoofing attempts by analyzing certain properties of real fingers in order to distinguish them from fake fingers This anti-spoofing technology is one part of Atrua’s comprehensive approach to security and extends Atrua’s technology leadership in biometric authentication for mobile devices.

“These recent patent grants validate and protect our ongoing innovation around fingerprint technology and touch input” stated Tony Russo, CTO at Atrua. These new grants combine with Atrua’s other patents for a total of over thirty granted or pending patents, further strengthening the company’s sizable portfolio of intellectual property around intelligent touch controls for mobile devices.

About Atrua Technologies, Inc.

Atrua Technologies, Inc. is the industry’s leading provider of Intelligent Touch Control™ solutions for mobile devices. The company offers two product families: fingerprint touch controls and VSense™ micro pressure touch controls. Atrua’s fingerprint touch control has become the fingerprint solution most often selected by mobile phone makers. Atrua’s VSense variable-pressure sensing touch controls bring rich touch-input capabilities to mobile devices. All of Atrua’s products are designed for the demanding requirements of mobile phone applications. Atrua’s customer list comprises leading mobile device makers around the world including Toshiba, Sharp, Lenovo, Kyocera, Sagem/Porsche Design, Ningbo Bird and CECT. The company’s backers include BlueRun Ventures, Ericsson Venture Partners, Hua Hong Group, and DKP Group. For more information please visit


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