“The solution that activates the smartphone screen upon authenticating a user’s fingerprint was something unprecedented before Jung’s invention,” Shim Young-tack, another Firstface co-CEO who also serves as a professor at the Korean campus of New York State University, was quoted by local news outlet FN News as saying.
Shim said he and Jung are working together with US attorney and patent lawyer Lee Jae-gyu. He also said the CEOs approached Apple to find a middle ground for the case by inking a licensing deal, but the US firm has rejected the offer.
Apple calls the aforementioned authentication and screen activation technology as “Touch ID,” which was first adopted in the iPhone 5s in 2013. In the US, the Korean company owns the patent, numbered US20130102273A1, which describes the screen unlock feature though user identification.
Previous to the iPhone 5S, Apple's screen unlock feature was a two-step process, which required a user to press a home button first to activate the screen, and then, to place their finger on the fingerprint scanner, Firstface co-CEO Shim explained.
The Korean firm's patented technology, on the other hand, allows immediate access to the home screen through the fingerprint authentication, removing the need to activate the screen first.
By Kim Young-won (firstname.lastname@example.org)