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AuthenTec Wins Summary Judgment in Atmel Patent Dispute

May 7, 2008

The court ruled that AuthenTec's technology does not infringe on Amtel's intellectual property rights.

MELBOURNE, FL /BUSINESS WIRE/ -- AuthenTec, a leading provider of fingerprint sensors and solutions, announced that on May 5 the U.S. District Court of Northern California issued an order in favor of AuthenTec, ruling that its products do not infringe either of the two patents asserted in a lawsuit by Atmel Corp. The summary judgment concludes that none of AuthenTec's products infringe any of the patent claims as alleged in a lawsuit filed by Atmel in March 2006. The court also awarded AuthenTec certain costs related to the suit.

"From the inception of the lawsuit, we were confident our products did not infringe any of the patent claims alleged by Atmel, and we are very pleased that the court has affirmed our position through the summary judgment," said AuthenTec Vice President & General Counsel Frederick Jorgensen. "We believe that our technology and intellectual property are the foundation of our market leadership, and we will defend these assets as necessary. We are also very grateful to the excellent work of the Howery LLP law firm, and particularly our lead counsel Denise De Mory."

AuthenTec "has the broadest portfolio of silicon-based fingerprint sensors on the market today," and has shipped more than 30 million sensors for use in PCs, cell phones, mobile devices, access-control products, and other consumer electronics. All of AuthenTec's sensors use the company's patented TruePrint technology to deliver extremely accurate and reliable fingerprint imaging. TruePrint reads below the surface of the skin, to the live layer, where a person's true fingerprint resides. This unique subsurface approach enables AuthenTec sensors to overcome common skin surface conditions to read virtually every fingerprint, every time.

About AuthenTec
With more than 30 million sensors sold worldwide, AuthenTec is a world leader in providing fingerprint-authentication sensors and solutions to the high-volume PC, wireless device, and access-control markets. AuthenTec's award-winning sensors take full advantage of The Power of Touch by using the company's patented TruePrint technology to deliver the most convenient, reliable, and cost-effective means available for enabling touch-powered features that extend beyond user authentication. The company's customers include Acer, ASUSTeK, Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard, Hitachi, HTC, Lenovo, LG Electronics, Samsung, and Toshiba, among others.

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