Patent covers using your voice to register domains, do Whois lookups, etc.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted patent number 11,451,511 (pdf) to Verisign for “Audio-based systems, devices, and methods for domain services.”
Yep, we’re talking about using devices like Amazon Echo or Google Home to register domains, look up Whois information, etc. From the patent:
Technology has been rapidly evolving in the area of voice-based communication and interaction with smart devices. This opens up doors for new ways to access, store, and retrieve information. Illustrative voice-based communication devices may include Amazon’s Alexa (Echo/Echo Dot) and Google Home. Having the capability of interacting with these voice-based communication devices opens new avenues for providing domain name services. Domain name services may be or include providing domain name suggestions, WHOIS data, Registration Data Access Protocol (RDAP), and the like.
So next time you’re up late drinking with friends and coming up with business ideas, you won’t have to pull out your phone to register those great domains you come up with. Just make sure to speak clearly.
“And by the way, did you know I can register this domain for you through Amazon AWS?”
Verisign applied for the patent in 2017, and it was granted today.