GoDaddy Obtains Two More Patents – Domain Name Wire

The patents cover a social network and domain suggestions.

The US Patent and Trademark Office granted two more patents to GoDaddy (NYSE: GDDY) yesterday.

Patent number 11,244,331 (pdf) is for Domain name community network system and method. The summary reads as follows:

The systems and methods of the present invention provide one or more server computers communicatively coupled to a network and configured to execute, in active memory: a data collection module aggregating a plurality of domain name data; a profile generation module generating a domain name profile from domain name data including attributes associated with a first domain name; a graph generation module defining domain names sharing attributes with the domain name, a second domain name among the domain names sharing the greatest number of attributes with the first domain name and the closest, to proximity within a generated graph, of the first domain name; and a domain name policy suggestion module rendering a user interface including a user interface command that identifies a referral to an administrator for the second domain name and provides, in the user interface command, a link to contact the administrator.

It’s a bit confusing, but the gist of it is an idea to use user data to create a social network for individuals and small businesses:

The disclosed invention therefore creates a social network between like-minded entities, where individuals, companies, domain name registrants, website operators, market researchers, customers, suppliers, peers , consultants, investors, etc. share business strategies and ideas to expand business opportunities.

GoDaddy filed a patent application on September 23, 2019.

Blake Irving (former CEO), Rene Reinsberg and Tina Nguyen are listed as inventors.

Patent number 11,245,665 (pdf) is for Training a learning algorithm to suggest domain names.

The summary reads as follows:

Methods of creating training data for a training algorithm, training the training algorithm with the training data, and using the learned training algorithm to suggest domain names to users. A domain name registrar may store a user’s activities on a registrar website. Preferably, domain name searches, suggested domain names selected, and domain names registered for the user are stored as training data in a training database. Training data can be stored such that prior activities act as inputs to the learning algorithm while subsequent activities are the expected outputs of the learning algorithm. Once trained, the learning algorithm can receive activities from other users and suggest domain names to other users based on their activities.

GoDaddy filed a patent application on January 28, 2019.

Wei-cheng Lai, Yu Tian, ​​Wenbo Wang, and Chungweid Yen are listed as inventors.