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Domain registrars sued over URL patent.

Two Internet entrepreneurs are suing Network Solutions and Register.cgm for allegedly infringing on their e-mail and domain naming patent. Troy K. Javaher and Frank M. Weyer, operating under the newly formed company Nizza Group, have filed a patent infringement lawsuit in U.S. District Court in California against the two domain registrars.

The suit accuses Network Solutions and Register. coin of selling rights to Web URLs and e-mail addresses that infringe on a patent that was granted to Javaher and Weyer on Dec. 30, 2003. The patent covers the method of assigning URLs and e-mail addresses of members of a group such that the "@" sign is the dot in the URL. For example, if a group used a so-called third-level URL, www.john.smith.com, the e-mail address would be john@smith.com. In the complaint, Nizza Group specifically indicates that Network Solutions and Re&ter.com are infringing the patent by selling rights to URLs and e-mail addresses under the .name domain. The name domain is called a third-level domain, because it uses an extra dot, as in the case of john.smith.name. Even though the database of name domains is owned and operated by Global Name Registry (GNR), it was not named in the lawsuit.
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Title Annotation:Database & Network News and Products; cases
Publication:Database and Network Journal
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Apr 1, 2004
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