CLOUD STORAGE MAGNATE Kim Dotcom claims that he is the inventor of two factor authentication and has the patent to prove it.
Dotcom was commenting on the news that Twitter has joined a growing number of internet firms that offer a second layer of login security to their systems.
"Google, Facebook, Twitter, Citibank, etc. offer Two-Step-Authentication," he said in a tweet. "Massive IP infringement by U.S. companies. My innovation. My patent."
Two factor authentication is not the only thing to have been invented in Dotcom's lab, it seems, and he also staked claims on connected cars and other inventions.
The patent for "Method for authorizing in data transmission systems" is listed under Dotcom's original name, Kim Schmitz and dates back to the late 1990s.
However, Dotcom is not rushing to sue anyone for using his invention, which he calls MonKey, and instead wants firms to help him pay his lawyers.
I innovated two-factor-authentication (MonKey), connected cars (MegaCar), automated stock trading (Trendax) & cloud storage (Megaupload).— Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) May 23, 2013
"Google, Facebook, Twitter, I ask you for help. We are all in the same DMCA (The Digital Millennium Copyright Act) boat. Use my patent for free. But please help funding my defense," he added.
"All of our assets are still frozen without trial. Defending our case will cost USD 50M+. I want to fight to the end because we are innocent."
Later though, he apparently offered to license the patent, posting a message on Twitter and asking interested parties to get in contact with him.
"Want to buy the world wide license to my two-factor-authentication patent?" he asked, adding that it covers 13 countries including the US and China. µ
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