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ITC Finds Multiple Patent Infringement by Suprema and Mentalix, Issues Exclusion Order and Cease and Desist Order


The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) issued a final determination in favor of claims made by Cross Match Technologies, Inc., a global provider of biometric identity solutions, that certain of its patents were infringed by Suprema, Inc. and Mentalix, Inc.

The ITC affirmed the Chief Administrative Law Judge's ruling earlier this year that Suprema, Inc. of South Korea and Mentalix, Inc. of Plano, Texas infringe Cross Match's hardware and software patents, further determining that Suprema actively induced others to infringe one of Cross Match's patents.

The ITC determined that Cross Match's asserted patents were all valid and enforceable, and based on Suprema and Mentalix's infringement, issued a limited exclusion order barring entry into the United States of Suprema's “[b]iometric scanning devices, components thereof, associated software, and products containing the same” that infringe claims 10, 12, and 15 of Cross Match Patent No. 5,900,993 and claim 19 of Cross Match Patent No. 7,203,344 covering hardware and software directed to advanced biometric technologies.

The excluded Suprema products include its RealScan-10 compact ten-print live scanner, and its RealScan-D portable dual finger live scanner when used in conjunction with Mentalix's Fed Submit software. The ITC also issued a cease and desist order to Mentalix barring the sale of any existing inventory of Suprema's infringing products. For more information, visit

“As an industry innovator, we are pleased with the ITC's determination,” said Cross Match General Counsel, Kathryn Hutton. “Enforcement of intellectual property and patent rights supports and ensures continued technology and software development within our industry.”

The ruling stems from a patent infringement complaint filed on May 11, 2010 by Cross Match and subsequent investigation and trial by the ITC. Cross Match also has an infringement suit against Suprema and Mentalix pending in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

About Cross Match Technologies

Cross Match Technologies, Inc. is a leading global provider of biometric identity management systems, applications and enabling technologies to governments, law enforcement agencies and businesses around the world. These solutions are used to capture and process the unique physical characteristics of individuals to establish and verify their identities. The company designs and manufactures multimodal biometric capture devices for stationary, mobile and wireless implementations. Offerings include fingerprint, palm and full-hand scanners, facial capture systems, iris scanning technology, document readers, biometric software and related services. For more information, visit

Cross Match Technologies, Inc.
Kathryn Hutton, General Counsel, 561-622-1650

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