May 22, 2017 – Bloomberg Technology by Christopher Yasiejko
- Massachusetts company claims ownership of four patents
- Suit claims companies shunned partnership with patent owner
Apple Inc. and Visa Inc. are facing claims by Universal Secure Registry, a small Boston-area company, that their mobile-payment partnership infringes four of its patents. In a federal lawsuit filed in Wilmington, Delaware, USR said it sent Apple a series of letters in 2010 describing its patented technology and seeking a partnership long before Apple Pay’s debut. One letter detailed USR’s patent for using biometrics to authenticate identity on a smartphone, according to the complaint filed May 21.