The patent (patent no. MY-184165-A) is granted to Innov8tif by Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO).

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 28 June 2021 — MyIPO has granted Innov8tif Solutions Sdn. Bhd. (Innov8tif) a patent for its method of verifying the authenticity of a Malaysian identity document using computer vision algorithm known as microprint detection technique.

Microprint is a security feature found in Malaysian identity card (IC), various government issued identity documents around the world, and banknotes. Microprint detection technique is a key feature in Innov8tif’s EMAS OkayDoc product – part of the company’s EMAS eKYC suite, to effectively determine if an image of identity document was captured from genuine IC or a colour-printed copy. This is achieved by analysing the quality of microprint extracted from a document image; there are subtle differences between an original pattern versus a copy. 

This patented technology has already been successfully commercialised to support online and automated verification of customer’s identity for account registration and product application use cases ranging from telecommunication industry to FinTech, InsurTech, WealthTech, PropTech and LawTech. Identity proofing is part of customer due diligence requirements in regulations surrounding KYC (know-your-customer) compliance. In 2020, Innov8tif supported 3.5 million online identity verification transactions.

“There isn’t just one algorithm for document authentication. In fact, Innov8tif has more than ten methods to complete the document authentication process of an identity document. Microprint authentication is one of them, and as we have discovered a unique method to accomplish the automation of this work for ‘physical-document-not-present’ scenario, there was a motivation for us to protect our intellectual property rights through filing of such invention for patent grant application,” said Tiensoon Law, Innov8tif’s Chief Operating Officer.

“The patented microprint detection algorithm helps in mitigating non-conformance of document, especially the colour copy. This milestone proofs Innov8tif’s long-term commitment in the development of digital identity verification business, and it is an assurance to our customers that Innov8tif is the rightful intellectual property owner of such technology.”

Accelerated by evolving customer interfacing landscape to digital touch point and low-touch channel, EMAS eKYC innovations have benefited from the timely market demand. Innov8tif continues its regional expansion activities by sharing its domain-specific experience with innovative businesses riding on transformative business models and delivery channels.

Innov8tif EMAS OkayDoc document authentication

About Innov8tif Solutions Sdn. Bhd.

Innov8tif (pronounced “innovative”) is an ISO 27001:2013 certified AI company helping businesses to widen sales funnel, speed-up processes without paper and prevent frauds. Innov8tif’s EMAS eKYC product enables businesses with digital ID verification capability to support online customer onboarding process and identity fraud management. In 2019, EMAS eKYC was accorded one of the two Merit awards for B2B Fintech category at International APICTA (Asia Pacific ICT Alliance) Awards among 16 participating economies.


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