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DomainTools lawsuit dismissed for lack of jurisdiction

July 19, 2012Domaining, Domainnamewire, domaintools, lawsuits, UncategorizedComments Off on DomainTools lawsuit dismissed for lack of jurisdiction

Preemptive case against New Jersey man can’t go forward in Washington, judge rules.

DomainTools’ preemptive lawsuit against Russ Smith has been dismissed (pdf) with prejudice for lack of personal jurisdiction and improper venue.

Russ Smith had threatened to sue DomainTools for copyright infringement and try to get its trademark canceled. Among Smith’s complaints: DomainTools’ archival of snapshots of his web site home pages were copyright violations.

Instead of waiting for Smith to file his suit, DomainTools filed a suit against him in its home state of Washington. The suit asked the court to rule that DomainTools wasn’t violating copyright, among other requests.

Smith asked the court to dismiss the case because he believed Washington was an improper venue.

The company provided a handful of reasons why it felt Washington was an appropriate place to file the lawsuit. One of the reasons was a forum selection clause in the terms of service on DomainTools web site. The company claimed Smith was subject to the terms when he submitted his threats via the web site’s contact form.

The company’s claims failed to impress judge Marsha Pechman. She dismissed the case with prejudice.


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DomainTools gets two trademarks

January 4, 2012Domain Services, Domaining, Domainnamewire, domaintoolsComments Off on DomainTools gets two trademarks

Domain and web hosting data company gets trademarks for “DomainTools”.

DomainToolsRemember when DomainTools was called (the much less desirable) whois.sc? It was shorter, but running a domain name business on a Seychelles ccTLD is no bueno.

It changed its name in 2006 to DomainTools and today was awarded two trademarks on its brand.

Trademark registration number 4,079,040 covers “DomainTools” for several uses, including “Downloadable computer software for providing access to internet domain registration and hosting data” and “advertising services in the field of internet domain names; services related to the analysis, evaluation, and sale of domain names.”

Registration number 4,079,041 is for the DomainTools logo.


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DomainTools and Estibot are Domainer Favorites

March 10, 2011Domain Services, Domaining, Domainnamewire, domaintools, estibotComments Off on DomainTools and Estibot are Domainer Favorites

Domain investors share their favorite tools.

What are your go-to tools for domaining?

I’m guessing DomainTools is one of your most frequented sites.

45% of people who took this year’s Domain Name Wire Survey said DomainTools was the “software or hosted application that is most valuable to their domain name business for research and management.”

Nearly 14% said the same thing about domain pricing and sales system Estibot.

After that usage drops off significantly. Between 4%-6% of survey respondents selected one of the following:

Domain Research Tool
Wordtracker
WatchMyDomains
Fresh Drop
NameBio
DNSalePrice

No one system seems to manage everything that a domainer needs for business. Perhaps that’s good; most tools focus on a core competency and do it rather well.


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DomainTools Gets Patent for Reverse IP Method

September 14, 2010domain patent, Domain Services, Domaining, Domainnamewire, domaintoolsComments Off on DomainTools Gets Patent for Reverse IP Method

DomainTools granted patent for reverse IP method.

DomainTools‘ parent company Euro Convergence, SARL has been granted a patent for “Reverse IP method and system”. U.S. patent number 7,797,410 was invented by company founder Jay Westerdal.

The invention is for a “new and improved domain name searching method and system” comprised of the following steps:

(1) downloading all zone files, public and/or non-public, associated with one or more host names
(2) performing reverse DNS on IPs associated with said host names in associated root servers and name servers
(3) crawling websites associated with said host names and seeking new hosts on known websites in different TLDs
(4) indexing all new host names found
(5) resolving the associated IP address with each host name, and with optionally appending “www” thereby
(6) storing DNS entries and indexing same while logging their association with host names
(7) repeating any of steps (1) through (6) one or more times.

The patent application was filed in 2004.


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DomainTools Takes Investment, Forms Advisory Board

June 8, 2010Domain Services, Domaining, Domainnamewire, domaintools, eurodnsComments Off on DomainTools Takes Investment, Forms Advisory Board

Whois data service takes outside investment.

DomainToolsFile this in the category of “happened a while ago, but no one knew about it”.

During yesterday’s DomainTools Open House, DomainTools CEO Tim Chen said that the company had taken on outside investment and formed an advisory board. Here’s an official statement from the company:

As part of Thought Convergence’s goal to expand the DomainTools brand, products and services globally, we have taken on a group of strategic investors, including EuroDNS and a European investment fund. In addition to moving Tim Chen into the role of CEO, DomainTools has created an Advisory Board comprised of prominent domain industry professionals, including Xavier Buck, Slavik Viner, Richard Lau, Paul Keating, Ray Bero, Kevin Vo and Ammar Kubba.

The investment was made last year. Thought Convergence remains the majority shareholder of DomainTools.


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DomainTools Shows Off New Office in Seattle

June 8, 2010Domaining, Domainnamewire, domaintools, UncategorizedComments Off on DomainTools Shows Off New Office in Seattle

Whois company holds open house to show off new office.

Seattle is one of my favorite cities. So when I heard that DomainTools was holding an open house Monday to show off its new office in Seattle, I knew I had to make the stopover en route to TRAFFIC in Vancouver.

DomainTools didn’t need a moving truck to get to its new offices; they are directly upstairs from the old digs. But it’s a big improvement. The former radio studio downstairs in the two story building wasn’t designed just for the company. Upstairs is a different story: a nice, open working space in the center, surrounded by a game room, kitchen, and offices and meeting rooms on the sides.

DomainTools’ Tim Chen said that the team did a lot of the work, such as wiring, by itself. That makes sense given that 13 of the company’s 15 employees are technical.

About 60-70 people came to the open house, including a number of DomainTools’ customers, employees, and advisors. Google’s Matt Cutts, who is in town for the SMX search engine conference, stopped by as well.


Crowd listens to DomainTools’ Tim Chen.


The main office area at DomainTools.


Adam Strong of DNN and Ammar Kubba.


Spinning logos were cool on web pages in the mid-90s. Now they’re only cool if they’re real spinning logos, like this one designed by DT VP Susan Prosser’s dad.


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The Week Ahead: Seattle, Then Vancouver

June 7, 2010Domain Services, Domaining, Domainnamewire, domaintools, targeted trafficComments Off on The Week Ahead: Seattle, Then Vancouver

Stay tuned to DNW for reports from TRAFFIC.

I’m headed up to the Pacific Northwest this week, and the timing couldn’t be better. It’s getting hot in Austin. It’s near 100 degrees, which is hot enough that I’m asking myself why I live here.

My first stop will be Seattle on Monday (high temperature 71) to visit DomainTools’ new offices. I checked out their old digs a couple years ago, and they were nice. But word is the new offices are a nice improvement. I’ll tweet some photos Monday evening from their offices, so be sure to follow me @DomainNameWire to get a first look.

Then it’s a short trip to Vancouver, British Columbia (high temperature 65) for the TRAFFIC conference. The conference agenda includes some local flavor, such as a fireside chat with John Demco, who was instrumental in bringing the Canada ccTLD .ca to market. There will also be a panel about the .ca domain. Tickets and hotel rooms are still available if you can make the trip.


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DomainTools Selected as Top Domain Research and Management Tool

February 15, 2010Domain Services, Domaining, Domainnamewire, domaintools, estibotComments Off on DomainTools Selected as Top Domain Research and Management Tool

Whois service gets MVP.

Perhaps it’s only fitting that the top domain tool is, well, DomainTools.

The popular whois service was selected as the “most valuable” software or hosted application for domain research and management, according to respondents in the 5th Annual Domain Name Wire Survey.

39% of those surveyed picked DomainTools, nearly three times as many as the next highest vote-getter.

Here are the top five results:

1. DomainTools (39%)
2. FreshDrop (14%) – expired domain evaluation system
3. Estibot (14%) – domain appraisal and sales system
4. Domain Research Tool (5%)
5. Watch My Domains (4%) – domain portfolio management

What’s interesting about the top five are that none of them are really “competitors” of the other. From expired domains to domain sales to domain prospecting, each helps domainers with a distinctly different part of their business.

A handful of write-in votes were received for Google’s free keyword tool and Valuate.com.

More survey results are available here.


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Thought Convergence and Jay Westerdal Settlement May Be in the Works

January 12, 2010Domaining, Domainnamewire, domaintools, jay westerdal, lawsuit, Policy & Law, thought convergenceComments Off on Thought Convergence and Jay Westerdal Settlement May Be in the Works

TCI and Westerdal getting closer to resolution.

A settlement between Thought Convergence and Jay Westerdal over the former’s acquisition of DomainTools’ parent Name Intelligence is closer to reality, court records show. As a result, both parties have requested a postponement (pdf) of deadlines and the trial date.

The parties held a mediation session with the Hon. George P. Schiavelli (Ret) on January 6, of which Schiavelli wrote (pdf):

“…during the mediation, I found The Parties’ counsel to be exceptionally realistic concerning the strengths and weaknesses of the case and able to work well to seek resolution.”

Schiavelli noted that amended pleadings with narrower claims will be filed this week. He believes a brief discovery is necessary to reach a potential settlement:

“Though the case did not settle, I believe the Parties made substantial progress identifying the issues and obstacles to settlement and seeking solutions to them. I agree with the parties that further discrete discovery is needed on key issues before a further attempt to reach resolution would be practical.”

In his sworn statement to the court, Schiavelli notes that a settlement is a “realistic possibility”.

A second mediation date is set for Jan 27. If the court grants the extension and a settlement isn’t reached, the new court date will be May 11, 2010.


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DomainTools Launches MyWhois

November 23, 2009Domain Services, Domaining, Domainnamewire, domaintoolsComments Off on DomainTools Launches MyWhois

New MyWhois feature is a big usability improvement.

DomainToolsA month or two ago DomainTools changed the way it displays whois data. Whereas whois records and associated domain data used to be displayed on one page, it switched to a tabbed view to make it easier to read.

But some people are stuck in their old ways and (understandably) didn’t like clicking between multiple tabs to get the data they needed. DomainTools has figured out a solution that provides the best of both worlds: if you want tabs, you’ve got them. If you want to see specific data all on one page, you’ve got that too.

The feature is called MyWhois, and it lets you customize a single page view. This is better than the old one page view, because MyWhois lets you select only the data you want to appear. (Of course, if you want all the data you can just select everything). You can even select the order the data are shown.

You can default to MyWhois as long as you are logged into your DomainTools account, regardless of how you arrived at the site.


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