WhaleTech: Dotcom turns into a Patent Troll

via The Verge

via The Verge

What is Two Factor Verification?  (Or 2FA, for the nerds)

It is when you log into a web site with a password, but then it sends you a TXT/SMS with a PIN code that you need to enter to gain proper access to the site.

And guess  what?

Dotcom invented it.

via theregister.co.uk

via theregister.co.uk

Patenting something, and inventing something, are two different things.

But then we’re used to Kimmi-boy being larger than life.

In 1996, the then-Kim Schmitz filed for a patent entitled “Method for authorizing in data transmission systems”. The patent has a priority date of 29 April 1997, and it does indeed describe a two-factor authentication system. The user logs into a service, triggers a secondary authentication request, and this is fulfilled by SMS.

But Ericsson filed a patent titled “User authentication method and apparatus” with a priority date of 24 June 1994 that also covered 2FA using a pager or phone. A later patent filed by Nokia [“Method for obtaining at least one item of user authentication data”] with a priority date of 23 February 1996 resembles even more closely the 2FA approach used on the web today.

Kim Dotcom’s patent through the European Patent Office was cancelled in 2011 after opposition from Ericsson.

Kim Dotcom’s US patent remains in force. Whether the US Patent Office or the United States District Court of Texas would confirm the validity of the patent is an interesting question.

On his Twitter page, Kim Schmitz/Dotcom describes himself an “innovator”. To earn the title, you’ve got to introduce something new.

Kim Schmitz/Dotcom – in this case at least – doesn’t appear to have done so.




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  • Michael

    Dotcom is a dickhead.

    • Chad Chambers

      Dotcom is an innovator. That’s what you meant, isn’t it?

  • Have they got his tickets booked?

  • Andy

    I have worked for a patent troll company. Doesn’t feel like a very honest way to make a living. I’m glad to say I do more honorable things these days

  • Yeah, right, whatever…

    The sooner they ship this fat German fucker out the better!

    • Sponge

      I couldn’t agree more I wish he would just fuck off either by choice or by coercion – I don’t care which.

    • Chad Chambers

      What ever for? He’s a Kiwi resident and an important exporter and entrepreneur in this country. That’s what Nats adore isn’t it?

      I myself am a self-employed exporter. That’s right, I bring money into this country.

  • Tom

    Do we have an Ecudorian embassy?

  • Mr_V4

    It’s perfectly possible for multiple parties to come up with similar ideas (to solve a problem) around the same period of time. That is what patent officies are for to determine validity of patents. It’s pretty hard to know exactly what everbody else in the world is coming up with at any point in time.