Unstoppable Domains Accused of Patent Appropriation
Unstoppable Domains has been accused of appropriating the open-source advancements of the ethereum Name Service (ENS) by filing a patent named “Resolving Blockchain Domain Names” in January. Lead developer of ENS, Nick Johnson, has raised significant concerns about this in an open letter.
Debate on Patent
Unstoppable Domains’ first patent, US11558344, granted in January, is said to be based entirely on innovations developed by ENS. The letter claims that the patent lacks original innovations and questions the irony of supporting open innovation while pursuing patents mirroring ENS’s work.
The open letter also highlighted Unstoppable Domains’ ongoing pursuit of additional patents. Frustrated by unsuccessful attempts to communicate with Unstoppable Domains, the ENS developer stressed the importance of permissionless innovation and open standards in the Web3 ecosystem.
ENS expressed skepticism regarding Unstoppable Domains’ pledge of its patents to the Web3 Domain Alliance, noting that press releases lack legal binding. The letter urged UD to reinforce its commitment by making an unconditional and irrevocable patent pledge.
CEO of Unstoppable Domains, Matthew Gould, responded to the letter and noted that the focus on the Web3 domain platform could shift to patents or trademarks from companies in other regions. He invited ENS to join the Web3 Domain Alliance as a founding charter member, fostering a proactive discussion forum.
Unstoppable Domains and ENS are the two most prominent Web3 domain providers in the space.
In July, Unstoppable Domains announced extending support for .ETH domains, allowing users to make purchases directly through the official website. Traditionally known for offering domain extensions like .crypto, .blockchain, .nft, etc., Unstoppable Domains expanded its services to include .ETH domains, a space previously exclusive to purchases through the ethereum Name Service (ENS).
### News source: cryptopotato.com