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"This important, first step in the launch of .biz is designed to help registered and common law trademark owners protect their valuable Intellectual Property (IP) rights. This service is available for a limited time - from May 21 to July 9 - during which owners of intellectual property can submit their existing, pending, or common law trademarks or service marks. The fee is US$90.00 for each submitted IP Claim."
Also, how about pre-registration?
"pre-registration will be chosen at random by the new domain registries"
After speaking to a few of the registrars the common thread I am getting is that they (the registrars, about 50) will all submit a batch of pre-registered names and one name will be drawn from each until the batch submitted names are exhausted. It seems to be FIFO for the first round.
I have seen pre-registrations ranging from $4-10, and prices on domains if selected from $30-?
Has anyone got a handle on this, anyone care?
They should handle it like the NFL draft, us folks with the worst record get first pick:)
You pretty much spelled it out there. I honestly don't have a trademark name to worry about so I haven't dug in too deeply on that subject. All I know is you gotta play the game by their rules.
It's about time they opened up some new turf, huh?