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Patent filed for “SafeMode” transitioning of top level domain names

Patent describes a method for transferring top level domains from one registry operator to another. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has published patent application 17/126103 (pdf) for “SafeMode management of domain transitioning.” The patent application describes a way of transitioning top level domains from one registry operator to another. One aspect of the patent […]

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GoDaddy gets two more patents

Patents cover a social network and domain suggestions. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted two more patents to GoDaddy (NYSE: GDDY) yesterday. Patent number 11,244,331 (pdf) is for System and method for domain name community network. The abstract reads: Systems and methods of the present invention provide for one or more server computers communicatively […]

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Verisign gets sweeping patent for dynamic and variable pricing

Patent covers dynamic domain pricing, registration requirements and more. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted patent number 11,244,368 (pdf) to Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) for Adaptive control of domain name registrations via dynamically variable registration requirements. It’s a sweeping patent covering many aspects of domain pricing and allocation. It broadly covers four areas of […]

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GoDaddy gets customer support patent

Patent describes and easier way of authenticating and helping customers. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted patent number 11,223,617 (pdf) to GoDaddy for a customer support system. The patent is titled Domain name registrar database associating a temporary access code and an internet related activity of a user. Here’s the basic idea: Someone […]

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Nokia gets Blockchain DNS Patent

Company gets US patent for a way to secure DNS with blockchain technology. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted patent number 11,196,573 (pdf) to Nokia Technologies (NYSE: NOK) for “Secure de-centralized domain name system”. A lot of companies have applied for blockchain-related patents for domain names. This one is quite broad and seems […]

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Verisign patents anomaly detector for domain registries

Patent describes way to track unusual registration activity. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted patent number 11,190,479 (pdf) to Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) for “Detection of aberrant domain registration and resolution patterns.” The patent describes a system that checks for anomalies in domain name registrations and resolution. On the registration side, it could track […]

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IBM files another combosquatting patent application

Application describes a way to find linkage between combosquatting domains used for nefarious purposes. IBM has filed a patent application for Combo-squatting domain linkage (pdf). Combosquatting is when a person uses a famous brand name combined with another word, such as IBM-login .com. These domains are commonly used in phishing attacks. The company filed a previous […]

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GoDaddy files new patent for “recommending domains from free text”

Patent describes a way to suggest domains based on user-supplied text. GoDaddy (NYSE: GDDY) has filed a patent application (pdf) for Recommending Domains from Free Text. The company filed a similar application in 2018 but abandoned it. The new application is a continuation of that application. The basic idea is that a system can suggest […]

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Verisign gets patent for GDPR-compliant Whois privacy

Patented methods help Thick Whois registries handle privacy law compliance. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted patent number 10,979,384 (pdf) to Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) for Systems and methods for preserving privacy of a registrant in a Domain Name System. I wrote about the patent application in 2017 after it was published. The patent […]

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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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