Patent describes ways to score domain names based on how easy it is to type them on different keyboards.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted patent number 9,195,316 to Verisign for “Evaluating typeability of domain names.”
The patent describes a way of taking different inputs, namely the layout/type of keyboard, and then figuring out how easy it is to type a particular domain name.
For example, a domain name might be easy to type due to where the letters are on a standard QWERTY laptop keyboard. Typeability might be different on an iPhone keyboard and Blackberry.
Typeability scores could be useful information for domain name registrants, especially as the web moves to mobile phones. Beyond the context of the domain name I’m considering, and its length, how easily can someone type it on an iPhone?