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The NSA ECC License with Certicom Corp - An FAQ (PDF)

NSA Suite B Cryptography Facts (NSA Site)

NSA Case for Elliptic Curve Cryptography

ECC Challenge


ECC Tutorial

Code and Cipher

The Certicom Patent Portfolio includes more than 350 patents and patents pending worldwide. Many of our issued patents can be found at the United States Patent and Trademark Office simply by searching for the keyword - Certicom. Certicom is known for many patents related, but not limited to the area of Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC).

In the past 20 years of research in the area of elliptic curve cryptography, Certicom discovered and patented many fundamental innovations related to:

  • Basic cryptographic operations
  • Digital signatures and Public Key Infrastructures
  • Key agreement or Key Exchange
  • Optimization of security and efficiency for constrained environments
The Intellectual Property contained in Certicom’s Patents is especially useful in constrained environments such as semiconductors, smart cards, wireless, mailing and financial systems.

The following list gives you a sample of some of the key patented ideas:

  • Implementation Patents
  • General Concept Hardware Patents
  • Protocol Patents
  • Security-Related Patents
  • Small-subgroup attack prevention
  • Key-generation
  • Curve Selection Patents
  • Efficiencies
  • Certificate Patents
Certicom continuously performs research and adds to its patent portfolio. To encourage education and research, free licenses are available for qualifying non-commercial use. For more information, please contact our Intellectual Property Licensing Group.