Network Solutions and Register.Com Sued for Infringement of Key Internet Naming Patent

Nizza Group Claims That Registration of .Name Domain Names

and E-mail Addresses Infringes Newly Issued Patent

Jan 12, 2004, 00:00 ET from Nizza Group

    LOS ANGELES, Jan. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Nizza Group, which last week
 announced that it had been issued a key internet naming patent, today
 announced that it has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the
 Central District of California against Network Solutions, Inc. and
 Register.Com, Inc. for infringement of that patent.
     U.S. Patent No. 6,671,714, issued on December 30, 2003, covers the
 issuance of URL's and e-mail addresses to members of groups in the format of
 "" and "member@group.tld" such that the URL and e-mail address
 differ only in that in the URL the "@" of the e-mail address is replaced with
 a "." in the URL.
     Nizza Group's complaint (Civil Action No. CV04-0119 GAF (CWx)) claims that
 Network Solutions and Register.Com are infringing the patent by offering
 registrations of domain names and e-mail addresses under the ".name" top-level
 domain.  The complaint seeks monetary damages and an injunction against
 further infringement by the two domain name registrars.
     The principals of Nizza Group and the co-inventors of the patent are Troy
 K. Javaher and Frank M. Weyer, who have been involved in domain name and
 internet businesses since 1998.  Mr. Weyer is also an attorney specializing in
 intellectual property litigation.

SOURCE Nizza Group