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San Diego, California – December 4, 2015 – ImageWare Systems, Inc.(OTCQB:IWSY) a leader in mobile and cloud-based, multi-modal biometric identity management solutions, has received a notice of allowance from the United States Patent and Trademark Office that its United States patent application No. 14/254,629, titled “Multi-Modal Biometric Database Searching Methods,” will be granted.

A notice of allowance from the United States Patent and Trademark Office is a written notification that a patent application has cleared internal review and will be granted. The patent will represent ImageWare’s 11th U.S. patent, and the company expects additional patents to follow.

Under the patent application, ImageWare seeks exclusive rights to the search process of comparing multiple modalities, whether it be in a single search method in which all modalities are compared simultaneously, or a multiple search method in which one modality is compared to another and is eventually narrowed down to the matching modal.

Once the patent is granted, it will cover database search and biometric comparison strategies that support both asynchronous and synchronous searches of two or more biometric modalities.

“We continue to strategically position ourselves as a leader in the quickly growing biometric space,” said ImageWare Chairman and CEO Jim Miller. “The addition of this patent will extend our already broad intellectual property coverage to include the method of searching databases, both large and small, to determine if they consist of multiple biometric modalities for search and match. This coverage further protects ImageWare’s flagship product, ImageWare Biometric Engine®, and the underlying technology that enables enterprises to biometrically search and match populations for identity confirmation.”

About ImageWare Systems, Inc.
ImageWare Systems, Inc. (OTCQB: IWSY) is a leading developer of mobile and cloud-based identity management solutions providing biometric, secure credential, and law enforcement technologies. Scalable for worldwide deployment, ImageWare’s patented biometric product line includes a multi-biometric engine that is hardware and algorithm independent and enables the enrollment and management of unlimited population sizes. The company’s identification products are used to manage and issue secure credentials, including national IDs, passports, driver’s licenses, smart cards and access control credentials. ImageWare’s digital booking products provide law enforcement with integrated mug shots, fingerprint live scans, and investigative capabilities.

ImageWare is headquartered in San Diego, CA, with offices in Portland, OR, Washington, D.C., Mexico, and Ottawa, Ontario. For more information about ImageWare Systems, please visit

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