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.
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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 â€œplanning to look for countermeasures after going over claims made by PACid.â€ 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.