GoDaddy Receives Patent On 'Announcing A Domain Name Registration On A Social Website'

from the no-joke dept

Another day, another crazy patent. DomainNameWire has the story that GoDaddy has successfully received a patent on “Announcing a domain name registration on a social website.” The patent, 8,276,057, was filed back in September of 2009. Take a look at the claims for yourself to understand exactly what’s being claimed, but reading through them, I’m at a complete loss as to how this is considered worthy of a patent. It has been common practice that after you do something online that options be presented to allow that action to be posted to a social networking site. It’s done so often that I actually find it kind of annoying these days. But basically any programmer could implement variations on that, and nothing in what GoDaddy describes appears to be anything unique or special or out of the ordinary. Thankfully, with StackExchange’s new prior art crowdsourcing effort, folks are already finding prior art. Unfortunately, that effort is supposed to be for patent applications… and this patent has already been approved for reasons that defy any logic.

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Not That Chris (profile) says:

Holy Crap

Really? They must hire some “special” folk at the patent office if they granted a patent on “announcing x on social medium y.” I’d have to assume something like wedding announcements in a newspaper would be prior art, but maybe not since they’re not domain name registrations and not “on the internet.” Totally different, I guess.

Good grief.

bob says:

Re: Re:

not if you re-release your site, but if you register a new domain. sadly, I an’t bring myself to read through the whole thing, but I imagine it might have something to do specifically with auto-announcing the new domain as part of the registration process, to make it easier to ‘spread the word’. anyway, that’s the only way it makes sense to me, but it’s still not novel enough for a patent.

Anonymous Coward says:

If you are serious about trying to understand why this patent issued, I suggest you start with its file wrapper, available from the USPTO, and study its prosecution history starting with the application being filed and ending with the issuance of a patent. Until this is done the most that can be said is that the comments here are nothing more than speculation.

Pending Patent says:

There is a process for patent review called “reexamination” where anyone, even one who has no rights in the patent, can challenge the validity of the patent. Perhaps a concerted effort by a concerned community may convince the Patent board to revoke the patent.

For your interest:
See Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP) 2209 and 2204.

davnel (profile) says:

Follow the money.

First, what does it cost to apply for a patent, and what do the attorneys cost? Second, is there any additional cost for approval and/or publication? Third, how much is spent during the “search” phase (aparently a joke in itself)?
Patents have to be a very lucrative racket, even at the application end. Also, how much of that money goes to the USPTO, ie, how are they funded?

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