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Knobbe Martens Secures Victory for SecureAuth Corporation

Tuesday, December 5, 2017


Knobbe Martens Secures Victory for SecureAuth Corporation

Court Dismisses Complaint and Invalidates Widely Asserted Patents

Knobbe Martens, one of the leading intellectual property law firms in the United States, received an order from the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California in Strikeforce Technologies, Inc. v. SecureAuth Corporation granting SecureAuth’s motion to dismiss StrikeForce’s complaint and invalidating StrikeForce’s asserted patents under 35 U.S.C. § 101.

StrikeForce has asserted one or more of the patents against numerous defendants in Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Virginia, including Gemalto, Inc., Vasco Data Security International, Centrify Corp., Duo Security Inc., Trustwave Holdings, Inc., and Entrust, Inc.

StrikeForce initially asserted three patents against SecureAuth in the Eastern District of Virginia.  Knobbe Martens, on behalf of SecureAuth, convinced the Virginia court to transfer the action to the Central District of California, where SecureAuth’s headquarters is located. 

Knobbe Martens then filed an early motion to dismiss StrikeForce’s complaint on the grounds that the asserted patents were invalid under 35 U.S.C. § 101.  The court granted SecureAuth’s motion and invalidated all 43 asserted claims in StrikeForce’s three asserted patents. 

The court’s decision resolves the dispute at an early stage and is the first to invalidate StrikeForce’s patents, which have been asserted nationwide.  “We are pleased that Knobbe Martens and the SecureAuth team paved the path to invalidating these widely asserted patents,” said Jeff Kukowski, CEO of SecureAuth and Core Security.  “Resolution at an early stage enables us and our industry colleagues to focus on delivering value to our customers instead of on these types of claims.”

About SecureAuth:

SecureAuth and Core Security have merged to create a new category: Identity Security Automation. We bring together advanced network and endpoint threat discovery with a powerful identity and access security platform. Our industry-leading adaptive access control is a better approach to identity protection that minimizes attacker dwell time and organizational response. As one team, we protect over 1500 customers, 750 million devices and 50 million identities. It’s our mission to secure the enterprise across all principal threat vectors with an identity-based approach to the attack lifecycle. To learn more, contact SecureAuth at, visit, follow us on Twitter (@SecureAuth) and LinkedIn.

About Knobbe Martens:

Consistently ranked among the top intellectual property firms in the nation and worldwide, Knobbe Martens dedicates its practice to all aspects of intellectual property and technology law, including patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. Knobbe Martens handles intellectual property litigation nationwide, including litigation at the district courts, the appellate courts, the PTAB and the ITC. Knobbe Martens has over 275 attorneys and scientists, including over 125 attorneys dedicated to intellectual property litigation.  The firm has offices in Orange County, California, Los Angeles, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C., and enjoys an international reputation for excellence.  More information about the firm can be found at




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