Certain aspects of abuse monitoring and management solution for top level domain names is now patented in the United States.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark office granted U.S. patent number 8,938,801 (pdf) to Architelos today for “Managing domain name abuse”.
The patent is related to the new TLD services company’s NameSentry product for monitoring domain name abuse within a top level domain name.
As described in the patent and marketing materials, NameSentry is a sort of dashboard for managing abuse. It pulls in abuse feeds from various providers. Users can create workflows for handling different types of abuse and set up rules to quickly home in on abuse that must be addressed.
The majority of new top level domain names that have been launched use NameSentry.