COVID-19 tracing apps tech is patented by Blyncsy, Apple and Google may land in a soup
As the Coronavirus pandemic spread globally infecting millions with the dreaded COVID -19 virus, contact tracing Apps seem to be the need of the hour for those who want to stay safe. A contact tracing App warns the user about the nearest infected patient giving their location so the App user can totally avoid them. Contact tracing Apps are facing a lot of heat from privacy rights warriors because they use personal details of the users to give them exact data of the infected patients.
Every country has released its own contact tracing App. India’s Aarogya Setu, Singapore’s Tracing App, UK’sNHS contact tracing App are the prominent ones. Global tech majors like Google and Apple too have jumped into the contact tracing App bandwagon and have released their own Apps.
However, all these contact tracing Apps may actually be stealing the proximity tech from a patent holder Blyncsy.
Blyncsy is the patent holder for contact tracing tech
COVID-19 tracing apps are now under the threat of a software patent in the United States, granted to Blyncsy, a company from Utah. Blyncsy was granted a patent in February 2019 titled “Tracking proximity relationships and uses thereof” (US10198779B2), which claims “receiving data about a first-person and a second person, the first person having a contagion.”
As per the patent filed by Blynscy, it has the rights to the following tech :
Title: TRACKING PROXIMITY RELATIONSHIPS AND USES THEREOF
Filed: June 2, 2017
Serial No.: 15/612,844
Issued: February 5, 2019
Patent No.: 10,198,779
Title: SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONVERTING AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE INTO A TRACKING DEVICE
Filed: March 2, 2018
Serial No.: 15/910,782
Issued: April 9, 2019
Patent No.: 10,257,642
Blyncsy’s contact tracing patent also has all the privacy-related factors built in. All the above Apps could be violating one of the two patents of Blynscy opening up doors for litigation. Blynscy has already started a website to collect royalty from various contact tracing patent users.
We have launched the website to streamline the process to make licensing easier. […] We might have to sue people, if companies are making revenue off their app without getting licensed through Blyncsy.
CEO Mark Pittman
It remains to be seen when Blynscy will sue Apple, Google and the governments around the world for stealing its proximity tech.