Apple’s Secure Enclave targeted in patent infringement lawsuit

Non-practicing entity Identity Security on Monday filed a lawsuit against Apple, claiming the tech giant’s Secure Enclave technology, present in nearly every major product line, infringes on four owned patents.

Touch ID and Face IDLodged with the patent holder-friendly U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, Identity Security’s suit takes issue with Apple’s Secure Enclave, an on-device technology that protects sensitive user data by isolating it in a dedicated subsystem. The system is integrated into Apple’s system-on-chip designs currently deployed in iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Mac, Apple TV and HomePod.Identity Security claims Apple’s implementation of a secure enclave in its various hardware solutions infringes on U.S. Patent Nos. 7,493,497, 8,020,008, 8,489,895 and 9,507,948, each of which details methods of improving user security by creating a digital identity that resides on a unique microprocessor device. Password and biometric protection are also mentioned in the intellectual property, as is encryption and the possibility of integrating such solutions with digital payments.

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