Calvin Ayre, a fugitive Canadian entrepreneur who allegedly made his fortune from the illegal online gambling business, is reportedly backing the discredited self-proclaimed inventor of Bitcoin, Craig Wright, in his efforts to dominate cryptocurerncy and blockchain development via patents.
Ayre is financing Wright, who has been filling over seventy blockchain-related patent applications in the UK – more than all other people and firms in the world combined. All this is according to a special investigative report from the Reuters new agency, which reviewed documents revealing the connection.
The fact that the real inventor of Bitcoin left his breakthrough in the public domain allowed for rapid development of new derivative projects, in cryptocurrencies as well as blockchain solutions for banks and other financial institutions. If Wright and Ayre can take control of it as their exclusive intellectual property all this could change.
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Back in May 2016, just a couple of days after coming out to the world as Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto, Craig Wright tried to disappear off the radar by deleting his blog and saying that he intends to no longer appear in public ever again.
The reason for the move was allegedly his inability to handle the scrutiny that comes with claiming to be one of the most important inventors in the history of modern financial technology.
After greatly damaging the reputations of Gavin Andresen and Jon Matonis who vouched for him, he only offered them his apology instead of simply providing the proof that he is who he claims to be and that they were not duped along with the BBC, the Economist and GQ.