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    Multi-lingual Domain Names IETF Multilingual DN Project Hits Patent Snag
    posted by michael on Tuesday March 27 2001, @03:57PM

    CNN reports that the IETF's plan for multi-lingual domain names, which currently relies on using Unicode translation into the DNS, may have been patented by a Michigan company called "Walid". According to CNN, the IETF is not prepared to challenge the patent claim [although one could be forgiven for thinking that this translation method is so obvious as to be unpatentable, and there may be prior art -mf].



    CNN also reports that if Walid won't give a free license to the patent, the IETF will choose a different standard, either UTF or a directory service overlay. Neither would be as easy or straightforward, both would at least cause delay in implementation.

    No word yet on what this patent might mean for the various multi-lingual domain name initiatives already being deployed by VeriSign and others.

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