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 "member.group.tld" and "email@example.com" 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.
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