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GoDaddy’s patent portfolio still growing, but no offensive action yet

December 22, 2011Domain Registrars, Domaining, Domainnamewire, go daddy, GoDaddy, godaddy patentsComments Off on GoDaddy’s patent portfolio still growing, but no offensive action yet

Domain registrar continues to apply for patents but hasn’t gone on the offensive yet.

Will GoDaddy’s patent strategy change now that it has taken an investment from three private equity giants?

It’s an important question for the domain name and web hosting industries because of the size of the company’s patent war chest.

A search with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office shows 65 issued patents for The Go Daddy Group and close to 200 pending.

These patents cover a broad range of technologies and business processes, ranging from whois privacy services to domain name suggestion spinning and domain hijack protection.

But to date the company hasn’t sued any competitors for patent infringement.

Karl Fazio, Associate General Counsel – Patents for Go Daddy told Domain Name Wire that might not change despite the new investment by KKR, Silver Lake and Technology Crossover Ventures.

“We do have plenty of patents in our portfolio that are powerful and could be monetized if we chose to do that,” he explained, but added that he’s not aware of any plans to go on the offense.

“The new partnership [investment] doesn’t change the fundamental principles of why you have a robust patent portfolio,” he said.

The patent portfolio protects the company’s products and gives it “room to operate”. A strong patent portfolio also discourages other companies from suing it for patent infringement.

One company has tried. In 2006 Web.com sued Go Daddy for patent infringement. The settlement in 2009 included a cross-licensing agreement of the companies’ patent portfolios. The lawsuit was settled before Web.com acquired both Register.com and Network Solutions.

Although Fazio is not aware of any plans to go on the offense, you shouldn’t expect the company’s patent filing machine to slow down any time soon.

“As we are developing new products and services we intend to aggressively protect in the patent space our new technology,” said Fazio.


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GoDaddy Files Patents for Domain Appraisals and Domain Spinning

August 25, 2011Domain Registrars, Domaining, Domainnamewire, GoDaddy, godaddy patentsComments Off on GoDaddy Files Patents for Domain Appraisals and Domain Spinning

Four patent applications provide method of domain name valuation and domain suggestions.

Domain name registrar GoDaddy has filed four patent applications related to domain name appraisals and spinning.

The applications list Paul Nicks, who is Director of Product Development for GoDaddy’s auction service, as inventor. They were filed in February 2010 and just published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office today.

The domain name appraisal portion (pdf) of the patents describes a system of valuing a domain name based on “5 Ps”:

Precision – may include the number of distinct keywords found, the length of the name and the number of keywords found in the dictionary.

Popularity – may include various search engine search result metrics and tracking of words searched per month.

Presence – may include the age of the domain, and the rank of the web site according to web ranking services or software.

Pattern – may include the number of premium characters, the part of speech (such as noun, plural noun, verb, adjective, etc., possibly considering if the domain is a one word domain), the relationship of vowels and consonants etc. (possibly considering if the domain is a 4-5 character word).

Pay-Per-Click – may include the maximum number of pay-per-click bids from various advertising tracking services or software, and the number of ads returned within search engine searches.

Then a “dynamic multiplier” based on registration statistics for each of several top level domains (TLDs) may then be applied to the domain evaluation to determine domain scarcity.

The spinning portion of patents is for taking a domain submission, extracting its elements, and suggesting a number of available domain names.


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