Samsung is the latest OEM to be hit by the never-ending lawsuit with regards to patents among manufacturers. PACid Technologies, a US data encryption company is the one taking the Korean company to a Texas court.
The suit file states that Samsung has infringed three patents on biometric data encryption and the compensation claims is about $2.82 billion (around KRW3 trillion), considering the sales of all flagships since 2016.
PACid Technologies asserts that most flagship models, including Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ were equipped with the software that ran the infringing data encryption methods. This includes the biometric operating system Pass and the in-house platform Knox. The sum of $2.82 billion is equal to a compensation of $3 per sold smartphone.
Samsung Electronics representative commented in front of South Korean media that the company is “planning to look for countermeasures after going over claims made by PACid.” Since it is a leader of the FIDO Alliance for standardized authentication technologies, the case might hit other companies, including LG Electronics, Google, and Amazon.