Patent covers providing IDN translations and transliterations of ASCII searches.

.Com registry Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) has filed a U.S. patent application (pdf) for searching for internationalized domain names (IDN).

An IDN is a domain name that includes at least one non-ASCII character. Many top level domain names allow people to register domain names in languages with non-ASCII character sets, such as Arabic, Japanese and Russian. These domains can be registered in .com, and Verisign now offers some transliterations of .com to the right of the dot. (A transliteration of .com is essentially something that makes the same sound as ‘com’ in the language.)

The patent application describes a way to search for a word and see various translations and transliterations. For example, I might enter a search for ‘house’ in ASCII and the search would return translations and transliterations in other languages. I can see if the domains are available or registered.

It’s essentially a namespinner with a translation element. The graphic to the right is from the patent application.

Sumit Daryani and Craig Davies are listed as the inventors. The patent application was filed in March 2017 and published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office today.

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