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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.