Nearly a year ago on August 16th, DED wrote in an article...
According to the filing, AuthenTec first began floating a new technology to "several leading consumer electronics companies," likely including its existing component customers Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Fujitsu, HBO, HP, Lenovo, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Orange, Samsung, Sky, and Texas Instruments.
None of the companies AuthenTec approached expressed an interest in developing the technology apart from Apple, which began a conversation with the firm late last year. AuthenTec noted that the main reason Apple was the only interested party appears to be the cost involved.
Whatever was being shopped around to major players by AuthenTec might be revealed later this year.
Other companies had deeper ties with AuthenTec before Apple arrived, but decided to not to take the risk of joining AuthenTec. With Apple seeing something other companies did not see or could not afford, Apple decided to buy the company and all IP and patents.
Since other companies were licensing IP, Apple appears to be on very solid ground with protecting whatever it has developed with AuthenTec. No copying should be allowed!
I do wonder if the rumor of LG planning to announce fingerprint technology in its upcoming smartphone will pan out or not.