And it is still an invention, regardless of how it was done, because it was never done before for that specific situation. Yes, it degrades the value of the term invention, but it doesnt change that it is in fact an invention. It has nothing to do with coming from Apple. Of course, all the Apple haters come out to claim it does.
That is seriously degrading the term, but okay. I'll give you that one. And it does have something to do with coming from Apple, as the article states first that Apple invented it, then that another company invented it. But conflicting information doesn't matter at all. ah duuuurrrr
btw. the patent is for INTEGRALLY MOLDED DIE AND BEZEL STRUCTURE FOR FINGERPRINT SENSORS AND THE LIKE
not for how it scans your finger.
According to one variation described in the patent, the bezel may be an electrically conductive arch-shaped structure secured to a substrate. The substrate may have leadlines or the like formed thereon to allow electrically interconnection between the bezel and other circuitry. The bezel may alternatively be a solid body or part of a bezel frame. A single bezel may be integrally molded with the sensor die in an encapsulation structure. The bezel may be adjacent a single side of the sensor die, several sides of the sensor die, or may surround the sensor die.
The molding of the bezel and sensor die may be such that the top surface of the bezel and the top surface of the sensor die are coplanar. In this case, the top surface of the bezel may protrude slightly above the encapsulation material, for example to improve physical contact therewith by a user's finger.
Okay. So here they say that the scanner is essentially one unit with the structure around it. Right?
Tell me then, how is the Motorola Atrix any different? They're patenting the fact that the scanner is protected by a piece of conductive plastic, which is then protected by more plastic. And that it may be in the shape of an arch, with the sides a bit higher. Like every. single. other. scanner (with the exception of the arch) And don't tell me "it scans in a different way!" It doesn't, It's a regular finger print scanner. If you read the patent, it is for the design of the scanner/bezel. Not the way it scans your finger.
God damn that's innovative.
I retain that the only reason they're doing this is so they can sue anyone who tries to use a fingerprint scanner from now on.
and a tidbit from the patent itself
21. The fingerprint sensor of claim 20, wherein said first conductive bezel and said second conductive bezel are each electrically coupled to said die by way of said substrate.
Yay, gluing the pieces together is so innovative, no one has ever glued anything together before.
"Further still, various presently unforeseen or unanticipated alternatives, modifications variations, or improvements therein or thereon may be subsequently made by those skilled in the art which are also intended to be encompassed by the claims, below."
So, anyone who improves on their design, (which is gluing things together, and putting it into a device) needs to license their patent.
You're confusing the logistics of a few words in the article title with the actual point...
This is an invention of a very specific way to integrate a scanner into a bezel. There's no reason to nitpick the article when the patent itself is a very simple concept.
There is reason to nitpick an article. Media bias is what causes fanboyism, and breeds hatred amongst people.
I have very little against Apple, other than their inability to have a machine function properly in an enterprise envrionment, consistent patent trolling, and the majority of their user base, which consists mostly of people who think that everything they do should be worshipped like they're a god and have an IQ range of 40-60. (ex youtube.com/watch?v=BMsLArefSOw)