01 Jun 09
02 Dec 10 2:43 am
I am reviving this somewhat-old thread as we have quite a number of new members who are registering their first domain names.
In addition to what Michelle has said above, if you have established a company and/or have settled on using a tradename, it would be a very good idea to register it.
This is regardless of whether you will use it as your domain name or not, although you will probably find that you want to use your tradename (company name or brand) as your domain name eventually.
Even if your company or business is offline, registering your tradename/trademark is recommended. In some locations, it's actually mandatory.