Thank you for sharing!

Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided.

DALLAS – Digital security firm Entrust has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Addison Avenue Federal Credit Union in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The firm claims that an authentication system that Addison Avenue deployed infringes on its grid authentication patent. “While Addison Avenue’s actions reinforce the value of grid authentication for protecting consumers from identity fraud, Entrust has a significant investment in the authentication and commercialization of this technology and must protect its intellectual property rights. Grid authentication has seen rapid success as an innovative and cost-effective method for protecting the identities of consumers and employees,” stated Entrust in a press release. Entrust Chief Technology Officer Chris Voice said that he tried to come to a solution outside of the legal system with Addison, but to no avail. “I personally attempted on several occasions to solve this. We did approach them before they launched the service. It does show we take defense of our intellectual property seriously,” said Voice. Entrust claims in its suit that Addison Avenue FCU’s Security KeyCard authentication system infringes on its patent 627, issued back in 1998. The patent covers the process of using a grid type number system. Essentially, an end user will be asked to input numbers from a certain row and column of a grid. Addison Avenue FCU launched its Security KeyCard as part of its two-factor authentication system. Interestingly, Open Solutions Inc. recently unveiled a similar authentication method. Entrust would not comment on Open Solutions’ product and whether it too infringes on its patent. Addison Avenue FCU CEO Steve Lumm did not want to comment too deeply on the case, but did say the credit union is very comfortable in its legal position in the case.

Complete your profile to continue reading and get FREE access to CUTimes.com, part of your ALM digital membership.

Your access to unlimited CUTimes.com content isn’t changing.
Once you are an ALM digital member, you’ll receive:

  • Critical CUTimes.com information including comprehensive product and service provider listings via the Marketplace Directory, CU Careers, resources from industry leaders, webcasts, and breaking news, analysis and more with our informative Newsletters.
  • Exclusive discounts on ALM and CU Times events.
  • Access to other award-winning ALM websites including Law.com and GlobeSt.com.

Already have an account?


Credit Union Times

Join Credit Union Times

Don’t miss crucial strategic and tactical information necessary to run your institution and better serve your members. Join Credit Union Times now!

  • Free unlimited access to Credit Union Times' trusted and independent team of experts for extensive industry news, conference coverage, people features, statistical analysis, and regulation and technology updates.
  • Exclusive discounts on ALM and Credit Union Times events.
  • Access to other award-winning ALM websites including TreasuryandRisk.com and Law.com.

Already have an account? Sign In Now
Join Credit Union Times
Live Chat

Copyright © 2022 ALM Media Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved.