17 Persona-Based Patents Behind Anonyome Labs’ Products

Feb 2, 2022 | Product

As you probably know, Anonyome Labs has created two popular products based on personas or digital identities we call Sudos:

  1. A persona-based application (MySudo consumer app) 
  2. A persona-based services platform (Sudo Platform), for enterprise developers to include persona-based services into their consumer products (MySudo also uses this). 

Having multiple personas (digital identities or Sudos) means the user can compartmentalize (silo) their daily activities and gain greater privacy protection. (Read our popular deep dives on compartmentalization as a data privacy protection strategy, why data privacy matters, and what consumers want.)

To give you some insight into the innovation and expertise we bring to persona-based products, here are 17 of the patents filed during the creation of MySudo and Sudo Platform.

Persona System

Apparatus and Method for Masking a Real User Controlling Synthetic Identities, Patent #: US9372987, June 20, 2016 (Issued)

This patent outlines the design of a persona application and persona services that allow a user to create personas for their own use and where only they know the identity and can operate the personas that they own. The persona services do not have the information to relate users to personas.

Apparatus and Method for Administering Proxy Identities, Patent #: US10356052, July 16, 2019 (Issued)

This patent outlines the design for the persona services. Each user can have multiple personas, each persona fitted with identity attributes such as phone number, email address, virtual payments information, contacts, and avatar, and with capabilities such as communications, browsing, anonymous payments, and reputation. The persona services also allow for a marketplace of personas so that personas can be bought and sold between users.

Apparatus and Method for Building, Extending and Managing Interactions Between Digital Identities and Digital Identity Applications, Patent #: US10931650, February 23, 2021 (Issued)

This is a more detailed examination of the design of the persona applications and persona services, including verifying the distribution of applications built from the persona services.

Persona Anonymity with Recourse

Apparatus and Method for Enabling Owner Authorized Monitored Stewardship Over Protected Data in Computing Devices, Patent #: US10963582, March 30, 2021 (Issued)

This is a design for an anonymity with recourse system that allows a user to maintain complete anonymity, possession of cryptographic keys, possession of encrypted communication and so on up to the point where a legal process allows uncovering of that data. The blockchain-based system records the implementation of the process steps so that any collusion or misbehavior by participants can be uncovered.

Apparatus and Method for Managing Digital Identities and Controlling Their Correlation to Legal Identities, Patent #: US11159578, October 26, 2021 (Issued)

This builds on the generic anonymity with recourse system in the above patent to focus on the use of personas for anonymity and how under legal due process the identity of the user can be uncovered. Again, a blockchain-based system ensures that any misbehavior is uncovered.

Persona Usage with Decentralized Identities

Digital Wallet for Digital Identities and Interactions with a Digital Identity Services Platform, US16/821,181, March 17, 2020 (Filed)

This patent outlines the design of how to enhance personas with decentralized identity such that each persona can access a full range of compartmentalized decentralized identity services, such as DIDComm encrypted messaging, verifiable credentials (request, hold, present), passwordless login and so on. Each persona has a decentralized identity wallet holding encryption keys, DIDs, verifiable credentials and other information specifically for that persona. 

Persona Reputation

A Decentralized Reputation Service for Synthetic Identities, Patent #: US9703986, July 11, 2017 (Issued)

This defines a system and method to calculate ongoing persona reputation. It also uses a block chain as an immutable store of the reputation calculation.

Apparatus and Method for Establishing Trust of Anonymous Identities, Patent #: US11177937, November 16, 2021 (Issued)

This disclosure is an extension to the reputation design outlined above. This disclosure presents a method whereby a reputation score can be calculated for anonymous online users (personas) by analyzing their public activities performed in online settings, analytics gathering, and/or other disclosed or discoverable data points. Inputs to the reputation score may come from the ratings or reviews submitted by other parties of verified transactions where an online user has participated, such as purchases, rentals, enrolments etc. 

Persona-Based Anonymous Payments

Apparatus and Method for Processing Virtual Credit Cards for Digital Identities, US 16/985,962, August 14, 2020 (Filed)

This patent outlines a design for allowing anonymous payments by providing personas each with virtual payment cards. The system outlines how these cards are created, managed and closed.

Persona-Based Browsing

A Persona-Based Privacy Browser, US16/877,976, May 19, 2020 (Filed)

This describes the design of a persona-based browser application system that allows for improved anonymization and compartmentalization of persona browsing by allowing the creation of an individual browser configuration/instance for each persona.

Apparatus and Method for Persona Based Isolation Browsing, August 15, 2019 (Filed)

This patent extends the persona-based privacy browser application design above by allowing the creation of an individual isolation browser configuration/instance for each persona.

Persona-Based Email

Email Application for Synthetic Identities, Patent #: US9729519, August 8, 2017 (Issued)

This outlines the design for an email system for users with multiple personas. This provides compartmentalized email for each persona. The email communication is encrypted between personas.

Method and System for Automating Secure Email for Multiple Personas, Patent #: US10382211, August 13, 2019 (Issued)

This patent extends the above patent to describe the design of a standards-based S/MIME persona-based email system to allow encrypted persona-to-persona email, or encrypted persona-to-third party S/MIME email.

Apparatus and Method for Managing Digital Identities, Patent #: US10511493, December 17, 2019 (Issued)

This extends the above patents to specifically describe the management of multiple email accounts for each persona. These are machine-generated random email accounts such that a single persona could have an account for each service that the persona interacts with, giving the user very fine-grained control of email accounts for each persona.

Persona-Based VPN

Method and System for Providing Persona Masking in a Computer Network, Patent #: US10320753, June 11, 2019 (Issued)

This describes the design of a persona-based VPN system that allows for improved anonymization and compartmentalization of persona traffic by allowing the creation of a VPN configuration for each persona.

Persona-Based Telephony

Apparatus and Method for Supporting Telephonic Synthetic Identities, Patent #: US9374689, June 20, 2016 (Issued)

This outlines the design for a telephony application system for users with multiple personas. The telephony communication provides both SMS/MMS and voice calling, with each persona having one or more telephony numbers. This provides compartmentalized telephony for each persona.

Persona Protection

Apparatus and Method for Identifying and Warning of Synthetic Identity Behavior that Reduces User Privacy, Patent #: US10178106, January 8, 2019 (Issued)

This patent defines methods for protection from unwittingly disclosing the relationship between a persona identity and user identity, or between persona identities. The aim is to keep strong compartmentalization and to not reduce user privacy.

Explore our products based on personas or digital identities:

MySudo consumer app

Sudo Platform services platform

Photo By Mark Van Scyoc

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