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Whitserv says it’s coming after domain registrars for sending renewal notices

August 10, 2012Domaining, Domainnamewire, GoDaddy, Policy & Law, whitservComments Off on Whitserv says it’s coming after domain registrars for sending renewal notices

Company claims it has patents related to sending renewal notices.

Whitserv, a company suing Go Daddy for alleged patent infringement related to sending renewal reminder notices, says it has put other domain registrars “on notice” as well.

Last year Whitserv filed suit against Go Daddy for how it sends reminder notices to renew domain names.

The company apparently got a victory related to the same patents against another company, so it just sent out a press release:

[Whitserv founder] Mr. Whitmyer stated that the Federal Circuit’s confirmation of validity and claim construction for WhitServe’s Professional Service Reminder Patents strengthens WhitServe’s position in its
pending litigation against domain registrar GoDaddy.com, Inc. for infringement of these same
patents. In addition to GoDaddy, WhitServe has put many other domain registrars on notice of
their infringement, as well as companies in the field of electronic subscriptions (Amazon, Zinio
and others) and the field of medical appointment software (RelayHealth, AthenaHealth and
others).


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Go Daddy Sued for Sending Domain Renewal Notices

June 15, 2011Domain Registrars, Domaining, Domainnamewire, GoDaddy, whitservComments Off on Go Daddy Sued for Sending Domain Renewal Notices

Does sending renewal reminders violate patents?

This isn’t meant to be a shock headline. It’s true.

WhitServe LLC has filed a patent infringement lawsuit (pdf) against GoDaddy.com based on the renewal notices it sends to customers. WhitServe says the method by which Go Daddy sends these notices and allows customers to renew their expiring domain names violates two of its patents:

-US Patent 5,895,468 for System Automating Delivery Of Professional Services

-US Patent 6,182,078 for System For Delivering Professional Services Over The Internet

WhitServe has sued numerous other companies over the same patents.

While Go Daddy itself has filed a number of patents that may seem a bit questionable, I’m not aware of any time it has tried to enforce them — except against a company that had sued it over other patents.

By the way, I own PatentTroll.com and PatentTrolls.com.


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