Patents Assigned to VeriSign, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20240129290
    Abstract: A method, system, and computer-readable memory containing instructions include receiving a DNS request containing authentication information, validating the authentication information, determining an appropriate action to take based on the validating status, and taking the appropriate action. Actions may include responding with an individualized network layer address or service location address, delaying sending a response message, sending a network layer address or service location address corresponding to a site containing authentication information, and sending a response with a network layer address or service location address with a web address configured to mimic the website related to the requested resource.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2023
    Publication date: April 18, 2024
    Applicant: VeriSign, Inc.
    Inventors: Danny MCPHERSON, Joseph WALDRON, Eric OSTERWEIL
  • Patent number: 11943197
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to systems, devices, non-transitory computer-readable storage media, and computer-implemented methods for resolving DNS requests by receiving a first Domain Name System (DNS) resolution request, extracting first contextual data from the first DNS resolution request, determining to apply a first resolution rule based on the first contextual data and a contextual condition, forwarding the first DNS resolution request to a DNS resolver based on applying the first resolution rule, receiving a second DNS resolution request, extracting second contextual data from the second DNS resolution request, determining to apply a second resolution rule based on the second contextual data and the contextual condition, and retrieving a resource in response to the second DNS resolution request based on applying the second resolution rule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: VeriSign, Inc.
    Inventors: Danny McPherson, Eric Osterweil
  • Publication number: 20240095767
    Abstract: A method and a computer system for performing the method of determining an initial value or lifetime value for a domain name is provided. The method for determining an initial value includes obtaining, over a communication network, a domain name from requestor; obtaining, over the communication network, one or more inputs from one or more domain name data sources; applying the one or more inputs and the domain name to an initial lifetime worth computer model, wherein the one or more inputs comprise data related to comparable historical domain names, data from a linguistic model analysis, data from a linguistic frequency list, and data related to a second-level domain to top-level domain relationship analysis; determining, by a hardware processor, an initial lifetime worth for the domain name based on the initial lifetime worth computer model; and providing the initial lifetime worth for the domain name to the requestor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2023
    Publication date: March 21, 2024
    Applicant: VeriSign, Inc.
    Inventors: William Carroll, Galileo Mark Namata, Andrew Simpson, Scott Walker
  • Patent number: 11924161
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer products for providing fractional control of a domain name by a plurality of entities enable operations that may include: providing an executable program for storage on a blockchain, the executable program configured to store a representation of the domain name in association with a plurality of identifications that each correspond to an entity that has a fractional control of the domain name; indicating, to the program, that the domain name is available for fractional control; receiving a message that includes the representation of the domain name and indications of a plurality of blockchain addresses, which are stored by the program as the plurality of identifications; and storing, in a domain name registration database, a representation of a fractional control status of the domain name. Each fractional control of the domain name may enable an authorization or a refusal of a modification related to the domain name.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: VERISIGN, INC.
    Inventors: Andrew Kaizer, Swapneel Sheth
  • Patent number: 11902265
    Abstract: Techniques for provisioning a key server to facilitate secure communications between a web server and a client by providing the client with a first data structure including information on how the web server may obtain a target symmetric key are presented. The techniques can include: provisioning the key server with a second data structure including information on how the key server may generate the first data structure; receiving a request on behalf of a web server for a third data structure comprising information on how the client may obtain the first data structure from the key server; and obtaining the third data structure, such that the third data structure is published in association with an identification of the web server, and such that the client uses the third data structure to obtain the first data structure and uses the first data structure to communicate with the web server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: VeriSign, Inc.
    Inventors: Burton S. Kaliski, Jr., Glen S. Wiley
  • Publication number: 20240039885
    Abstract: Systems and methods for out-of-band communications in the domain name system (DNS) are disclosed. Embodiments include a system for negotiating DNS services in the DNS. The system includes an in-band communication channel connecting a first party and a second party, and one or more out-of-band communication channels connecting the first party and the second party. The first party performs messaging for the DNS services with the second party using the in-band communication channel. Further, the first party advertises terms of the DNS service offered by the second party using the one or more out-of-band communication channels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2023
    Publication date: February 1, 2024
    Applicant: VeriSign, Inc.
    Inventors: Burton S. KALISKI, JR., Shumon HUQUE
  • Patent number: 11882109
    Abstract: A method, system, and computer-readable memory containing instructions include receiving a DNS request containing authentication information, validating the authentication information, determining an appropriate action to take based on the validating status, and taking the appropriate action. Actions may include responding with an individualized network layer address or service location address, delaying sending a response message, sending a network layer address or service location address corresponding to a site containing authentication information, and sending a response with a network layer address or service location address with a web address configured to mimic the website related to the requested resource.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: VeriSign, Inc.
    Inventors: Danny McPherson, Joseph Waldron, Eric Osterweil
  • Patent number: 11861306
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a domain-name based framework implemented in a digital assistant ecosystem uses domain names as unique identifiers for request types, requesting entities, responders, and target entities embedded in a natural language request. Further, the framework enables interpreting natural language requests according to domain ontologies associated with different responders. A domain ontology operates as a keyword dictionary for a given responder and defines the keywords and corresponding allowable values to be used for request types and request parameters. The domain-name based framework thus enables the digital assistant to interact with any responder that supports a domain ontology to generate precise and complete responses to natural language based requests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: VeriSign, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Fregly, Burton S. Kaliski, Jr., Swapneel Sheth
  • Publication number: 20230421449
    Abstract: A Domain Name System (“DNS”) package, a non-transitory computer-readable medium, and a method for providing domain name resolution services are disclosed. The system can include one or more built-in DNS hierarchy databases configured for deployment within a network, wherein the one or more built-in DNS hierarchy databases stores DNS records. The system can also include a recursive name server, wherein the recursive name server is configured to query the one or more built-in DNS hierarchy databases during domain name resolution, the recursive name server configured to select the one or more built-in DNS hierarchy databases based on a policy indicating a preference for the one or more built-in DNS hierarchy databases over a domain name server located outside of the network. Furthermore, the system can include a recursive name server database configured to store DNS records for the recursive name server.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2023
    Publication date: December 28, 2023
    Applicant: VeriSign, Inc.
    Inventor: Danny MCPHERSON
  • Patent number: 11841930
    Abstract: A technique for verifying an origin of a digital object in a digital object architecture is described. The technique includes the steps of receiving, from a handle registry, handle information for a digital object that includes an attestation that references the handle identification value for the handle and origin identification information; verifying the authenticity of the attestation; after verifying the authenticity of the attestation, using the origin information in determining authorizations applicable to the digital object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: Verisign, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Fregly, Najmehalsadat Miramirkhani, Swapneel Sheth
  • Patent number: 11831597
    Abstract: Systems and methods for out-of-band communications in the domain name system (DNS) are disclosed. Embodiments include a system for negotiating DNS services in the DNS. The system includes an in-band communication channel connecting a first party and a second party, and one or more out-of-band communication channels connecting the first party and the second party. The first party performs messaging for the DNS services with the second party using the in-band communication channel. Further, the first party advertises terms of the DNS service offered by the second party using the one or more out-of-band communication channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: VeriSign, Inc.
    Inventors: Burton S. Kaliski, Jr., Shumon Huque
  • Patent number: 11824829
    Abstract: Systems, devices and methods for a Domain Name Data Networking (DNDN) content delivery system are disclosed. Embodiments perform operations including obtaining a content object having a unique identifier. The operations also include storing a local instance of the content object in association with DNS resource records and the unique identifier. The operations further include providing the local instance of the content to a client in response to receiving a request from the client including the unique identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: VeriSign, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Osterweil, G. Craig Murray, Abedelaziz Mohaisen, Danny McPherson
  • Publication number: 20230370284
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer products for associating a top level network identifier with a blockchain address on a blockchain enable operations that may include: obtaining, from a root network segment file, an identification of a server that stores network infrastructure records associating network identifiers under the top level network identifier with network addresses and a signature on the identification of the server; obtaining, based on a first network infrastructure record, an association of the top level network identifier with the blockchain address; obtaining information sufficient to validate a trust chain, wherein the trust chain extends from a trusted authority to the association; and sending the association and the information sufficient to validate the trust chain to an executable program on the blockchain. The trust chain may be validatable by the executable program, and the association may be storable on the blockchain by the executable program.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2023
    Publication date: November 16, 2023
    Applicant: VeriSign, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew KAIZER, Swapneel SHETH
  • Publication number: 20230362050
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a zone resiliency application indicates that an authoritative name server is in a degraded state. In operation, the zone resiliency application determines that the authoritative name server is in a degraded state. The zone resiliency application then generates a status record that indicates the degraded state. Subsequently, the zone resiliency application associates the status record with a domain name service (DNS) response to a DNS query. The zone resiliency application then transmits the DNS response and the associated status record to a requester.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2023
    Publication date: November 9, 2023
    Applicant: VeriSign, Inc.
    Inventors: Burton S. KALISKI, JR., Eric OSTERWEIL, Duane WESSELS, Frank SCALZO, Glen WILEY, Shumon HUQUE
  • Patent number: 11797655
    Abstract: Techniques for transferring registration of a domain name from a first registrant to a second registrant for cryptocurrency in a blockchain network and in the Domain Name System (DNS) are disclosed. The techniques can include receiving a purchase request message comprising the domain name, at least one purchase parameter, and a second registrant network identifier, and sending a purchase instruction message to an executable program on a blockchain for the blockchain network, the purchase instruction message including the domain name and the second registrant network identifier, such that the executable program writes at least the domain name, the second registrant network identifier, and an identifier of a gaining registrar to a deed contract for the domain name and emits an event representing a request to transfer registration of the domain name.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Assignee: Verisign, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Kaizer, Swapneel Sheth
  • Patent number: 11792079
    Abstract: A Domain Name System (“DNS”) package, a non-transitory computer-readable medium, and a method for providing domain name resolution services are disclosed. The system can include one or more built-in DNS hierarchy databases configured for deployment within a network, wherein the one or more built-in DNS hierarchy databases stores DNS records. The system can also include a recursive name server, wherein the recursive name server is configured to query the one or more built-in DNS hierarchy databases during domain name resolution, the recursive name server configured to select the one or more built-in DNS hierarchy databases based on a policy indicating a preference for the one or more built-in DNS hierarchy databases over a domain name server located outside of the network. Furthermore, the system can include a recursive name server database configured to store DNS records for the recursive name server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Assignee: VeriSign, Inc.
    Inventor: Danny McPherson
  • Publication number: 20230327888
    Abstract: A method and a computer system is provided for executing the method for providing a registration data directory service (RDDS). The method includes obtaining, at a RDDS, a RDDS query comprising a location assertion from a RDDS client from a RDDS client; providing, by the RDDS, a request for personally identifying information (PII) for the RDDS query from a privacy provider, wherein the request comprises the location assertion; obtaining, by the RDDS, the PII for the RDDS query; and providing, by the RDDS, a response to the RDDS query to the RDDS client, wherein the response comprises PII.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2023
    Publication date: October 12, 2023
    Applicant: VeriSign, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew FREGLY, Swapneel SHETH
  • Patent number: 11785114
    Abstract: A digital object architecture infrastructure includes a handle system that stores handle data and a proxy server that caches handle data for rapid access. A client connects to the proxy server to request access to the handle data. When the handle data does not have access restrictions and is currently cached, the proxy server returns the handle data to the client without accessing the handle system. When the handle data does not have access restrictions and is not cached, the proxy server obtains the handle data from the handle system, caches a copy of the handle data for future access, and provides the handle data to the client. The proxy server may cache encrypted handle data that is subject to access restrictions, cannot be decrypted by proxy server, and can be provided to a client determined to be allowed access. The client can then decrypt the encrypted handle data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Assignee: VeriSign, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Fregly, Najmehalsadat Miramirkhani, Swapneel Sheth
  • Patent number: 11750401
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer products for associating a top level network identifier with a blockchain address on a blockchain enable operations that may include: obtaining, from a root network segment file, an identification of a server that stores network infrastructure records associating network identifiers under the top level network identifier with network addresses and a signature on the identification of the server; obtaining, based on a first network infrastructure record, an association of the top level network identifier with the blockchain address; obtaining information sufficient to validate a trust chain, wherein the trust chain extends from a trusted authority to the association; and sending the association and the information sufficient to validate the trust chain to an executable program on the blockchain. The trust chain may be validatable by the executable program, and the association may be storable on the blockchain by the executable program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2023
    Assignee: VeriSign, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Kaizer, Swapneel Sheth
  • Publication number: 20230275870
    Abstract: A method of providing domain name system (“DNS”) eligibility is provided. The method includes obtaining, at an eligibility service comprising at least one electronic server computer communicatively coupled to a computer network, a request of an eligibility proof from a DNS client; validating, by the eligibility service, the request; providing, by the eligibility service, the eligibility proof to the DNS client; obtaining, by the eligibility service, the eligibility proof, wherein the eligibility proof is related to a registration of a domain name by the DNS client with a DNS registry; validating, by the eligibility service, the eligibility proof; applying, by the eligibility service, a promotion credit to an account of the DNS client; and providing, by the eligibility service, a confirmation of the promotion credit to the DNS client.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2023
    Publication date: August 31, 2023
    Applicant: VeriSign, Inc.
    Inventors: James GOULD, Karthik SHYAMSUNDER