Identity Digital gets patent for multi-TLD domain management system

System makes it easier for registrars to interact with registries that have multiple top level domains.

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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted patent number 11,570,141 (pdf) to Afilias (now part of Identity Digital) for Coordinating transactions for domain names administered using a domain name portfolio.

When companies began launching hundreds of top level domains a decade ago, this created a challenge for domain registrars. Previously, they only dealt with a couple of dozen of top level domains (in addition to ccTLDs). For each top level domain, they had a single connection to the registry that supported it and a single pool of funds for that top level domain.

That doesn’t scale when you have hundreds of gTLDs. And in some cases, many of those TLDs were with a single registry. So it didn’t make sense to have a separate login and fund or payment method for each top level domain.

Enter the idea behind this patent. It describes a system for pooling these. Basically, a registrar has one connection or login to a registry operator’s system (e.g., Identity Digital). There, it can coordinate all transactions for all of the registry’s domains and have one deposit or payment method to handle all transactions for its top level domains.

I have to assume that all larger portfolio TLD operators have a system like this, but I don’t know for sure.

Afilias Limited applied for the patent on May 2019, and it was issued yesterday.

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