Patent covers bulk checking and registration of country code top level domains.
Verisign has been granted U.S. patent number 8,356,081 for “Automated Domain Name Registration”.
This patent, applied for in 2005, is a divisional patent of 7,000,028, which was filed back in 2000.
Which will take you down memory lane…
The genesis of this patent is actually idNames, a company founded by Pinky Brand and Marc Ostrofsky. Network Solutions bought the company in 1998. Network Solutions was acquired by VeriSign in 2000 (and sold three years later).
Although it’s not clear in the patent title, the invention is related to the registration of idNames’ bread-and-butter of country code top level domains.
It covers near-real-time bulk checking of availability of ccTLDs coupled with automated registration of these domain names. Basically it gets fast availability information and then automatically formats the necessary information for each ccTLD registration as required by the registries.
You can read the patent here (pdf).