June 5, 2007 (HOSTSEARCH.COM) Web hosting provider Web.com was awarded its twenty-first patent, the company announced recently. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office awarded the company U.S. Patent number 7,225,272 entitled "Method and Apparatus for Providing Name Services" which was filed in July 2002.
The invention relates to a software module that provides client software objects with the software object reference of other software objects in a software system. Look-up requests are made by the objects as ordinary synchronous procedure calls. If a client requests the software object reference of a software object and that request cannot be satisfied by the tables of the Local Name Service, a fake software object reference is returned to the client. This allows look-up requests to terminate within a given time frame. This invention allows look-up requests to complete within a time length similar to that of a local look-up, without requiring the entire Name Service table to be stored on every node, and without the complexity of sending an additional asynchronous message to the Name Service before each intended asynchronous message to another object.
Established in 1995, Web.com, Inc. provides website and web service solutions, offering do-it-yourself and professional website building, website hosting, ecommerce, web marketing, professional website design and email. More than 4 million websites have been built using Web.com's proprietary tools, services and patented technology.