Re User authentication based on a wrist vein pattern US 20140196131 A1
I would have thought my published prior art disclosures would invalidate this patent. I only published these disclosures to keep the technology open so that I could return to it once the world and the consequential market for personal worn biometric authenticators came around to my way of thinking.
My view in more detail:
I put the Open Source Biowatch project up some years ago to try and spur some interest in an open source project to develop a biometric wristwatch, but I had no interest in the project from any sources. However, now in 2014 I am getting lots of interest in the Biowatch. Its interesting that the US patent Office judging by the patents its granting doesn't seem to read anything by me on the subject of the Biowatch or wrist worn vein based biometric systems, I have been publishing stuff in the public domain (internet) since 1996 and they never cite it.
I first published my ideas for the development of a wrist worn biometric authenticator on my website in 1996 see http://homepage.ntlworld.com/joseph.rice/ and subsequently I presented a paper on the subject at the Biometric Summit in Washing DC in 1999. It seems strange to me that although my talk was at an international conference and it was subsequently published in an industry journal the US patent Office seems to be granting patents on all sorts of stuff that I have previously disclosed.
My talk at the Biometric Summit was to put a marker down for the Biowatch I had received no interest in the idea nor did I have any chance of funding, plus the BTG ( British Technology Group) were retiring my vein pattern patents early as there was no interest in the technology. My talk did not go down well the place was filled largely by police and security organisations, none of them wanted a biometric system that the people owned and controlled themselves!
I knew I was right and the Biowatch would succeed I just wondered when, so my talk was aimed at keeping the ideas open and putting a marker down for the future so I could pursue this project again once the world had come around to my way of thinking. However, during the long years of being overlooked I began to wonder whether that day would be long after my death.
However, that time now seems to have come so I will start again with interested collaborators in developing personal worn biometric systems based on vein patterns.
J.Rice August 14 2014