Will Kim Dotcom sue Microsoft and others over two-factor authentication patent?

Kim Dotcom (original name Kim Schmitz) is a man who has a lot on his plate already. His claim to fame is MegaUpload, the file-sharing website that was shut down in early 2012 by the U.S. government. Dotcom and other MegaUpload team members were charged with content piracy by the U.S., and he is currently in the middle of a long legal battle. Earlier in 2013, Dotcom launched the successor to MegaUpload, Mega.

But did you know that Dotcom also holds the patent for the two-factor authentication online security method? That's what he claims, and now he says he may take the many companies that are currently using the security option to court over patent violations.

In a series of posts on his Twitter account Wednesday, Dotcom offers a link to a Google patent page which he says proves he owns the two-factor authentication rights. Such methods have added in a number of online services, including Microsoft Accounts, Facebook, Google and others. Twitter started offering the option to its users on Wednesday.

In his Twitter posts, Dotcom claims that he never tried to sue any of the companies that use two-factor authentication, adding, "I believe in sharing knowledge & ideas for the good of society." Now, he says he may decide to file a lawsuit against those companies after all to get money for his court defense in the MegaUpload case against the U.S.

He also offered those organizations an alternative to a legal battle:

Since Dotcom is already involved in a criminal defense on one legal front, it will be interesting to see if he really plans to launch another legal battle.

Source: Kim Dotcom on Twitter | Image via Kim Dotcom

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What about all the bank card providers that when you try and buy something online, prompts you for a number generated by a physical device they sent you in the post? The Land Registry here i the UK has a similar system to allow conveyancers to do searches on land etc too. They are two stage authentication...

He didn't name Microsoft, and I see Microsoft has patents referencing his patent. I wonder if they've already worked something out in the past.

I bet the US government are loving this, they were after all waiting for the guy to run out of money so he can't pay for defence. Soon as his money pot runs dry they will pull an ACE out they been keeping hush and crush Dot Com.

Shame really, and pathetic to beg. I hate that people think this guy is some sort of hero. Just look into his past nothing but a dirty scamming criminal. He would marry your fat ass mother on her death bed just for a buck.

MrAnalysis said,
I bet the US government are loving this, they were after all waiting for the guy to run out of money so he can't pay for defence. Soon as his money pot runs dry they will pull an ACE out they been keeping hush and crush Dot Com.

Shame really, and pathetic to beg. I hate that people think this guy is some sort of hero. Just look into his past nothing but a dirty scamming criminal. He would marry your fat ass mother on her death bed just for a buck.

Congratulations you are a victim of false information supplied by a corrupt media, he has not been proven guilty in the New Zealand courts there for he is not yet a criminal.

The US are dragging their arse and refuse to supply documents that relate to this case, because they have no real proof, they just want him extradited to USA where he will be fed to the wolves without the chance of a fair trial.

Innocent till proven guilty.

Edited by Toysoldier, May 24 2013, 3:53am :

The guy is a criminal and has the charges to prove it. 11 counts of computer fraud, 10 of data espionage, buying shares in a company then announcing that he is going to invest in the compnay to the tune of $50 million! Share price flies up and he sells up. Sure he`s an honest and trustworthy chap

LOL... so he believes in the sharing of knowledge and ideas for the good of society, yet he begs for money and if they don't give him money, going to use his patent to back himself out of his own sh*thole? Nice.

j2006 said,
LOL... so he believes in the sharing of knowledge and ideas for the good of society, yet he begs for money and if they don't give him money, going to use his patent to back himself out of his own sh*thole? Nice.

there's nothing wrong with asking for money from people that use your technology without permission.

I'm pretty sure Microsoft and other companies ask for money when we use their technology.

Is he really trying to claim having a patent on requiring a password & a txt message or email code? Thats like saying I didn't come up with peanut butter, and Jelly has nothing to do with me, but I own the rights to putting the two together... The patent system is broken. You actually need to invent something innovative to be able to patent something, not just own rights to it.

Nicholas Payne said,
Is he really trying to claim having a patent on requiring a password & a txt message or email code? Thats like saying I didn't come up with peanut butter, and Jelly has nothing to do with me, but I own the rights to putting the two together... The patent system is broken. You actually need to invent something innovative to be able to patent something, not just own rights to it.

he doesn't have to "claim" anything. It's a fact that he does infact hold the patent.

I do agree that the system is broken, anyone can pretty much own a right to any good idea they have.

just look at all the technology patents that get filed and never actually used.

Brian M said,
The patent system needs an overhaul. It's getting silly now.

Actually this is one of the more valid patents filed in 1998, NOT recently.

I don't disagree with the basic idea of the patent office, if you invent something then you should have protection against other companies copying your design. However, I think the patent office is WAY to quick to give out stupid patents. I seem to recall that someone owns a patent for "Using 3G data on a handheld device." Did they invent 3G? No, it already existed. Did they invent handheld devices that use wireless data? No, they already existed too. They simply took a blatantly obvious next step in technology and claimed it was theirs. That kind of crap needs to stop.

It just seems to me that patenting things like the vague process of two factor authentication is pretty silly. It isn't a novel invention or IP...

n_K said,

Actually this is one of the more valid patents filed in 1998, NOT recently.

1998 is pretty recent, two factor authentication existed long before then. It didn't use a text message as the 2nd form, but it existed. Many companies required a username/password and a physical token that needed to be plugged into the computer.

Brian M said,
The patent system needs an overhaul. It's getting silly now.

Even if was to happen. The lawyers needs to confirm what this lawsuit is used for. I'm still waiting to see what happening...