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In astonished postings to Web hosting discussion forums last week, several hosting providers announced that they had received letters from a party representing Stateline, Nevada-based Ideaflood Inc. (ideaflood.com). The letter stated that Ideaflood has patented the idea of assigning users subdomains, such as AutomotiveWidgets.hostingcompany.com.
http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/4/36707.html (where I initially found it)
Patents gone too far?
If this has been posted, sorry ( I did a quick look)
mm damn.. it mentions WHT.. means it already been covered.. how did i miss it? must have died quick :/
There was a huge discussion about it a month ago.. Many companies (including us) got the letter and some paid the liscencing fees..
Patent law is nowhere as crazy as in the US. But even there, I was unable to find a patent or even a patent application for subdomains.
If you want to check yourself:
US Patent and Trademark Office
Forget about trademarks in this case. If you want to license technical applications, its got to be a patent.
Last edited by FPCrusius; 04-16-2004 at
This is a very worrisome issue which was discussed. amelen, if you have any more information about what has gone on, I would be very interested in hearing it.
FPCrusius.. they do have an official patent which they send out with the letter. I have looked it up and its official.. when i get back to boston i can get you the patent number.
Kohashi.. nothing new for now.. i mean i am "working" on it.. if you need any info you can email me at .. [email protected]
Only hope we are not going to get software patents in Europe. The patent lobby argues they would spur innovation. Is there any idea trivial enough not to qualify for patent in the US?
amelen, I'd be very interested.