History of Digimarc


 

2017

 
 

Opened offices in Cologne, Germany and Tokyo, Japan

Bizerba integrates Digimarc technology into its retail scales to print labels with Digimarc Barcode

WestRock Company collaborates with Digimarc and EVRYTHNG to launch connected packaging solution

 
 

Began collaborating with GS1 US and GS1 Germany to accelerate adoption of the DWCode™

Digimarc Discover® Mobile SDK integrated into Rovio's "Angry Birds Action!®" game, a free download based on The Angry Birds Movie

Oregon-based grocery chain New Seasons Market® adopted Digimarc Barcode

Raised $40 million from secondary public offering

Partnered with leading retail scanner vendors: Zebra, Honeywell and NCR

2016

2015

 
 

Received Emmy Award® for Technology & Engineering, honoring the company's work in the entertainment industry

Wegmans Food Markets® became the first retail customer, enhancing its private-label products with the Digimarc Barcode

Increased investment in sales & market development and delivery of Digimarc Discover and Barcode

 
 

Partnered with Shazam® to allow its mobile app users discover content in print media

Set new Guinness World Record® for fastest time to scan and bag 50 grocery food items in 51.91 seconds, beating the previous record of 75 seconds

Joined the GS1 US Solution Partner Program to implement the Digimarc Barcode

Ranked number four in Oregon Business' "100 Best Companies to Work for in Oregon"

2014

2013

 
 

Estimated downloads of third party-Digimarc enabled mobile apps exceeded 3 million

 
 

Partnered with Datalogic, a leading retail scanner vendor

Acquired Attributor Corporation®, a company specializing in content protection services for ebook piracy; service now known as Digimarc Guardian

Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue utilized Digimarc Discover for interactive content

2012

2011

 
 

Inaugurated the Digimarc Discover Online Services Portal, an online tool giving publishers and advertisers a method of easily enhancing printed materials with the Digimarc Barcode

 
 

Developed the Intuitive Computing Platform suite — featuring Digimarc Discover software — enabling computers to see, hear and engage with the world. This has evolved into today's Digimarc Barcode Manager where companies can manage and create barcodes

2010

2009

 
 

IEEE recognized Digimarc as having the third most valuable patent portfolio among software companies

 
 

Sold identification card business for $315 million and targeted new markets including content protection, media enhancement, and more

2008

2007

 
 

Teamed up with The Nielsen Company® to use watermarking technology for video content related to its media measurement business; the two companies are still partners today

 
 

Digimarc technology used to validate athlete credentials and prevent identity fraud at the Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy

2006

2005

 
 

Launched Digimarc ImageBridge 2005 for advanced image identification and search capabilities

 
 

Digimarc named top-ranked among 25 fastest growing companies by Forbes magazine

Had become the largest user of fingerprint and facial matching technology other than the U.S. government as part of its driver license security business

2004

2003

 
 

Michigan issued the first enhanced U.S. driver license featuring Digimarc technology to ensure authenticity

 
 

Bruce Davis elected Chairman of the Board of Directors, beginning a 15-year tenure of stability

2002

2001

 
 

Featured in the book, Ten Stocks that Could Change the World, which highlighted Digimarc-based applications, and the book’s front cover was enhanced by a Digimarc digital watermark

Acquired a business division of Polaroid Corporation, using those assets to establish Digimarc ID Systems®, an identification card business that would eventually enhance driver licenses in 37 states

 
 

At the height of its influence, Wired became the first publisher to deliver a digitally-enhanced magazine featuring Digimarc technology

2000

1999

 
 

Went public with its Initial Public Offering (IPO), raised more than $90 million; listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange as DMRC

Launched MediaBridge® (the predecessor to Digimarc Barcode®), the world's first broadly deployed solution to seamlessly transport readers from printed media to web content

 
 

Signed multi-year contract with a consortium of banks to develop a global system deterring the creation and use of unauthorized digital copies of banknotes

1998

1997

 
 

Current CEO Bruce Davis named to the post. He had previously headed video game development companies, such as Activision®, and founded TV Guide on Screen, developing it as the leading electronic program guide for television

Awarded first digital-watermarking patent, part of a portfolio of nearly 1,100 patented innovations today

 
 

First venture funding totaling $4.5 million, more than any early-stage company had raised in Oregon in the prior decade

Adobe® became a principal Digimarc investor by acquiring 10% of the company

First product released: a software plug-in for applying digital watermarks to images, the first third-party add-on bundled with Adobe Photoshop® at the pinnacle of client software sales

1996

1995

 
 

Digimarc founded in Portland, Oregon with three employees as a spin-off of Signet®

Developed the company's first products for image copyright communication

 
 

Rhoads formed the company Signet® to focus on digital watermarking; the concept arose from his work removing noise from digital photos of deep space imaging

1994

1990

 
 

Digimarc® founder, astronomer and entrepreneur Geoff Rhoads, left electronics manufacturer Tektronix® and began research into space imagery and content protection