Hello, I have a question about a website domain, and trademark
law. Here are the details:
Several months ago, I purchased a domain name, starting with www.the__________
After that, I spent some months, and a lot of expense building a website for the domain. Before that, I did some searches, and found no company with any similar name. However, just recently, a deeper search has revealed that another company has filed an "intent" to use the name, and an application for a trademark. Their initial application pre-dates my ownership of the domain. However, they have not been granted a trademark yet, and have actually filed 2 extensions on their application. My question is this:
If they eventually are granted a trademark, would I have to then remove my website, and stop my ecommerce business? I have registered the name in my state as a dba also. Previously I was told that if I purchased a website domain, that I had every legal right to build a website with that domain name. However, I am confused now, regarding a possible conflict with trademark law. Can I continue with the website and ecommerce business, or do I need to stop, because of a possible conflict down the road?