US 9,811,651 B2
System and method for controlling user access to an electronic device
James McKeeth, Boise, ID (US)
Assigned to Micron Technology, Inc., Boise, ID (US)
Filed by Micron Technology, Inc., Boise, ID (US)
Filed on Sep. 14, 2016, as Appl. No. 15/265,406.
Application 15/265,406 is a continuation of application No. 14/458,635, filed on Aug. 13, 2014, granted, now 9,465,929.
Application 14/458,635 is a continuation of application No. 13/735,553, filed on Jan. 7, 2013, granted, now 8,839,416.
Application 13/735,553 is a continuation of application No. 13/443,119, filed on Apr. 10, 2012, granted, now 8,352,745.
Application 13/443,119 is a continuation of application No. 13/012,253, filed on Jan. 24, 2011, granted, now 8,176,547.
Application 13/012,253 is a continuation of application No. 10/926,727, filed on Aug. 26, 2004, granted, now 7,877,612.
Application 10/926,727 is a continuation of application No. 10/877,782, filed on Jun. 25, 2004, abandoned.
Application 10/877,782 is a continuation of application No. 09/511,092, filed on Feb. 23, 2000, granted, now 6,766,456.
Prior Publication US 2017/0124310 A1, May 4, 2017
This patent is subject to a terminal disclaimer.
Int. Cl. G06F 21/00 (2013.01); G06F 21/32 (2013.01); G06F 3/0488 (2013.01); G06K 9/00 (2006.01); G06F 21/62 (2013.01)
CPC G06F 21/32 (2013.01) [G06F 3/0488 (2013.01); G06F 21/6218 (2013.01); G06K 9/00006 (2013.01)] 23 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. An apparatus comprising:
a touch screen sensitive to a user's touch;
a fingerprint acquisition device to sense a fingerprint; and
a user access system comprising a processing circuit coupled to the touch screen and the fingerprint acquisition device, wherein the processing circuit is configured to:
grant access to a set of first files without granting access to content of second files stored on the apparatus in response to a user performing, on the touch screen, a geometric pattern in a predetermined direction;
grant access to the content of the second files in response to the user entering, on the fingerprint acquisition device, a fingerprint that is determined by the processing circuit to match a known fingerprint; and
grant access to the content of the second files in response to the user entering, on the touch screen, a password that is determined by the processing circuit to match a known password.