Preregister a .eu domain

Instructions for .eu domain preregistration. In the two periods referred to as the "Sunrise Period", priority will be given to those who have previous rights to register the corresponding .eu domain name.

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Preregister a .eu domain

These days, there is a great buzz around the new and long-awaited European extensions - everyone has been waiting for them for years - and here we will take the opportunity to clarify some points that may escape the less careful customer who, willingly or not, surfs too fast and risks not understanding what a preregistration really is.

The basic concept is simple: Protecting Rights Acquired in the Past (prior rights)

With the phenomenon of cybersquatting, many companies have lost their domain and have been faced with having to file cases or seek arbitration at international bodies (or tribunals) to try to retrieve a name because its usage has put them under a bad light and has harmed their image.
It is also true that these companies could have moved before to protect their name, brand, service and product, and for this reason BRAND PROTECTION was born, but this is another matter.

Since June16, 2005, it has been possible to apply for accreditation with the EurID in order to be able to directly act as authorized subjects for the registration of .eu domains.

So, we are a big step ahead, but there will still need to be another 6 months before the registrations become public.

Returning to preregistration, we must consider three fundamental periods that go from "today", to when anyone can freely request a .eu domain.

1) Sunrise period : first phase
2) Sunrise period : second phase
3) Live Registry

In the two periods referred to as "Sunrise period", priority is given to those who have prior rights to register the corresponding .eu domain name.
Prior rights means, for example, the ownership of a registered trademark of a famous brand name.

In the second phase, however, you will try to register the names protected by the national laws of the member countries, such as brand names, or names related to pending requests of trademark registrations, family names.

The third period corresponds to public registrations.

Preregistration in the strict sense is therefore the one that will be submitted to the registry in the first two periods and will then be accompanied by documentary evidence and for this reason will have a higher cost than the public registrations that will follow, due to the manual nature of the assignment procedure.

The preregistration that is usually seen on many sites now, is however permitted if the proposer is accredited by the EurID, but it is good that the end customer knows that such a preregistration request will be filed only at the beginning of the third phase and is therefore not intended to protect prior rights or previous rights.

All preregistration requests are forwarded by the accredited subject to the EurId.
If a preregistration request for a .EU domain turns out to have been made multiple times (by different entities), the automatic log system will decide which will be filed, based on first come, first served.
Attention: the rules set up by the EurID do not require accredited subjects (Registrar) to limit the acceptance of a preregistration request.

In conclusion:

If the preregistration you are requesting is not based on a registered trademark (or based on any other prior right recognized in the first or second phase of the sunrise period), this will only be sent when it is actually possible for everyone to register a .EU domain.

The operation should therefore be interpreted more as a request rather than a preregistration, at least if it is intended as an action to protect someone's rights.

The fees are still indicative. The preregistration procedure, both for previous rights holders (sunrise period phase 1), and for those who will be in the categories identified in phase 2 of the sunrise period.

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