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September 18, 2019 18:19

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Why getting patents is smart for domain name companies

Patent programs help employees focus on innovation and create a good defense against patent infringement cases. Last week I was reviewing some of GoDaddy’s recent patent applications. When I write stories about patents, people often say that the patent is a joke or the invention is obvious. That may well be true in some circumstance. […]

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GoDaddy wants to patent “Determining Status of a Domain Name Registration”

Patent application describes way to speed up domain lookups. Domain name registrar GoDaddy (NYSE:GDDY) has filed a U.S. patent application (pdf) for “Determining Status of a Domain Name Registration”. Yes, we’re talking about figuring out if a domain name is available to register. In fairness, the title of the patent makes it sound simpler than […]

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GoDaddy gets patent for “Suggesting domain names based on recognized user patterns”

GoDaddy adds to patent arsenal with another domain search patent. GoDaddy gets another patent. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted patent number 9,787,634 to GoDaddy today for Suggesting domain names based on recognized user patterns. The patent describes ways to make domain name suggestions better. According to the patent: Many current-available solutions to finding […]

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Donuts files patent for system to handle restricted domain names

Application describes ways to handle domain registrations that require validation. New top level domain name company Donuts has filed a patent application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a “Whitelist Domain Name Registry” (pdf). The application describes ways to handle registering domain names that might require some sort of validation or pre-approval of […]

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Frank Schilling files patent application for domain marketplace

Application covers aspects of Uniregistry Market. Frank Schilling has filed a patent application (pdf) with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to cover certain aspects of his company’s domain name marketplace, now called Uniregistry Market. The application was filed in June 2016 and just published today. Schilling previously filed a provisional application in 2012 and […]

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An everlasting domain name registration?

Patent application describes a way to ensure enough income to renew a domain name long term. Willy Wonka will protect this formula! You can’t register or renew a gTLD with the registry for more than ten years in advance. Why this policy is in place, I don’t know. But some people would like to secure […]

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Verisign files patent apps for using DNS for Internet of Things (IoT) devices

Verisign wants to patent a couple ways to use the DNS for the internet of things. Verisign, the domain name registry that operates the .com top level domain name, has filed two patent applications for applying DNS to internet-connected devices, i.e. internet of things (IoT). The two applications were filed in January 2015 and published […]

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Interesting GoDaddy patent applications and data

Could these ideas increase aftermarket domain name sales? GoDaddy has filed two patent applications that contain interesting concepts and data. If fully implemented as described, the systems could increase aftermarket domain name transactions. The applications are number 14/591778 (pdf) for “Notifying users of available searched domain names” and 14/591758 (pdf) for “Notifying registrants of domain […]

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GoDaddy files patents for Domain Title and Fast Transfer

Company wants patents for verifying a domain’s title history and for its Fast Transfer system. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published two patent applications today that were filed by GoDaddy. The first is for a way to determine title of a domain name and the likelihood that it has a bad title, either due […]

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BrandShield files patent application covering its brand protection tools

Application explains inner workings of BrandShield’s technology. Last week Angie Graves, writing for Domain Name Wire, told the story of brand-protection company BrandShield. Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application (pdf) BrandShield filed covering its systems. It is one of the most in-depth patent applications I’ve seen covering a brand protection […]

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