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    Prior Art
    by CapnB on Tuesday May 13 2003, @02:25AM (#11605)
    User #3567 Info | http://www.joel.co.uk/
    There's *shedloads* of prior art for this. I mean, just take a look at CentralNic's 'Ferret' application which we've had since late 1999 (see here [centralnic.com]).

    CTO, CentralNic Ltd. [centralnic.com]

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    Re:Prior Art
    by michael (froomkin@lawUNSPAM.tm) on Tuesday May 13 2003, @04:32AM (#11606)
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    If the patent was filed in 1998, why is a 1999 event relevant?

    That said, why isn't gopher relevant prior art?

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    Re:Prior Art
    by jberryhill on Tuesday May 13 2003, @05:49AM (#11608)
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    Too bad you didn't have it in 1996, when it would have some relevance to the validity of this patent. Yes, your 'Ferret' application is a prime example of an infringement of this Verisign patent.

    Since you immediately recognize the relevance of the patent claims to your "Ferret" application, but you don't seem to appreciate that "late 1999" is well past the effective date of this patent, this could be the first time I have ever seen anyone admit patent infringement on a public bulletin board.

    For willful infringement, you can multiply monetary damages by 3X, and pay Verisign's attorneys' fees.

    But don't feel too bad. It is beyond clear that pretty much every registrar performs the patented method, so it may be a while before Verisign gets around to suing you.

    Of course, turning back to 1997, one might have thought, "Hmmmm.... I have a monopoly business that someday might be opened to competition... Now, what might I do to 'welcome' the competition but eventually gain an advantage..."

    This, by the way, is hardly the only Verisign patent application that has been in the pipeline. If you think about everything they were doing in the late 1990's, and the fact that they were the first and only ones doing it...
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