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Verisign gets patent for showing contextually-relevant domain names in SERPs

It’s a neat idea that will never be adopted by large search engines. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted patent #10,764,245 (pdf) to Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) for “Domain name determination”. The idea behind the patent is that a website owner can maintain multiple domain names and, depending on what someone searches for at […]

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Verisign proposes adding Uniform Rapid Suspension to .com domain names

Proposal surprises working group members. Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) has proposed making Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) a consensus policy that would apply to legacy top level domains such as .com and .net. Uniform Rapid Suspension is a quicker, dirtier version of the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP). It was introduced along with new top […]

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Verisign extends price freeze through Q1 2021

.Com price hike delayed. Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN), the registry for .com and .net domain names, announced today that it has extended its price freeze on .net and .com domain names through March 31, 2021. The registry instituted the freeze on prices it charges registrars in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. While the company generally […]

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Verisign gets blockchain patent

.Com registry gets patent for domain name blockchain user addresses. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted patent number 10,721,060 (pdf) to Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) for Domain name blockchain user addresses. The abstract reads: Techniques for DNS registry facilitated assignment of a DNS domain name registered to a registrant as a blockchain user address […]

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GoDaddy and Verisign get more patents

Companies keep building their patent war chests. The United States Patent and Trademark Office granted two patents to GoDaddy (NYSE: GDDY) and one to Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) today. The two companies are the most prolific patent filers in the domain name industry. GoDaddy has only used its patents defensively to date. Verisign previously said it […]

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.Com prices are going up after Verisign pays off ICANN

Verisign will put $20 million in the kitty in return for multi-billion dollar windfall. Last year I made a prediction in my annual predictions podcast: ICANN would let Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) raise prices on .com, but Verisign would pay it extra money for the right to do so. That’s the crux of a proposed agreement […]

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One year later: Verisign threw domain investors under the bus

The day after announcing a deal to hike .com prices, Verisign threw domain investors under the bus. Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) supplies .com domain names by maintaining the registry for these domains. That’s essentially its only job. Over the past couple of decades, it has worked hand-in-hand with domain name registrars to promote .com to customers. […]

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ICANN is about to give Verisign its .com price increases

Verisign CEO’s comments suggest price increases are on the way. Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) held its quarterly investor call yesterday, and it seems that ICANN is about to give Verisign the price increases it wants for .com. The U.S. Department of Commerce updated its agreement with Verisign last year, allowing it to raise .com prices by […]

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Verisign gets domain backorder patent

Last year I wrote about an intriguing patent application from Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN), the company that runs the .com namespace. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has now issued patent #10404650 (pdf). The patent describes ways to change up the expired patent game. One way would be to issue encoding domain names that give people […]

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