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    Re:Prior Art
    by jberryhill on Tuesday May 13 2003, @06:26AM (#11607)
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    The critical date for prior art under 35 USC 102(b) is difficult to determine. The application is based on a provisional filed on August 15, 1997. On the assumption that the provisional supports the claims, then the 102(b) bar date would be August 15, 1996. That's one of the things that makes the patent people more fun than the trademark people - it takes us a lot longer to show up.

    Gopher did not:
    (a) accept user input containing a domain name and a plurality of domains (i.e. a requested SLD and a selection of TLDS)
    (b) transmit a request for a search of the domain name to each of the DNS servers associated with the plurality of domains
    (c) receive search results from each of the DNS servers associated with the plurality of domains indicating, for each of the specified domains, whether a domain name record exists for the domain name in the specified domain; and
    (d) display the search results.

    Gopher did searches and displayed results, but you have to be a lot closer than that that. And, of course, we are looking at only one claim of a number of claims of varying scope. Gopher certainly did not display such results as an HTML formatted checklist and allow the user the option to purchase any of the displayed domain names, as noted in other claims of the patent.

    Do you remember what Domain Name registration looked like in 1997! [archive.org]

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