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05|05|2008 08:52 am EDT

VeriSign receives SiteFinder patent

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Registries

As part of VeriSign’s (VRSN) 2001 purchase of eNic Corporation (operator of the .CC registry) the company became the owner of a patent application, which has now been granted on March 4th of this year under patent number 7,337,910 b2.

While the original patent application, at the time written by eNic’s CEO Brian Cartmell and eNic’s CTO Jothan Frakes, was used in order to resolve and offer non-existent domain names for registration, it would also cover Verisign’s Sitefinder application, implemented in September of 2003, causing any unregistered .COM/.NET domain to resolve to a parked page. VeriSign, was ordered by ICANN to cease the practice shortly after they introduced it.

The patent could potentially be used in order to request licensing fees from the operators of the .CM wildcard or DNS providers and ISPs whose nameservers respond to failed DNS queries.

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