Mike Mann saw a need for an efficient system to generate new domain names, facilitate domain registration and transfer domain names to new owners when domains are sold.
Mann created a system called WhoisPlus/NameFind. The program generates domains while simplifying the registration and transfer of domain names. In September 1999, Mann filed a U.S. patent for his unique system.
In October 2001, Mann was awarded a patent for a program that generates new domain names while catching expiring domains and registering them. When Mann sold the majority of his interest in BuyDomains.com in 2005, the WhoisPlus/NameFind patent was part of the package. Today the system is used or copied by most domain companies. Since its creation, WhoisPlus/NameFind has helped facilitate millions of domain registrations.