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I bought a domain name LittleAgreements.com four years ago.

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I bought it with the...
I bought a domain name LittleAgreements.com four years ago. I bought it with the intention of developing a mediation/agreement app for web and mobile. Recently I was invited to meet with a local mediation company. After meeting with them, they told me that I cannot enter into the mediation/tech space because they said that I knew of their intention to enter that space. While they have done nothing to date in that space - and giving their threat that I have crossed some sort of imaginary line, I am assuming that anybody can have intentions at any time and that this mediation company has overstepped their boundaries in stating that I am infringing upon their rights with any effort in this space. Is this correct?
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If they had the app developed and a patent filed, you MAYBE would be barred from developing the app depending on the similarities of design and function. But you are correct that, no, another company cannot just claim they are developing a product ergo you have to stop developing yours of a similar function...it just doesn't work that way. Only a valid patent with enough similarity to your product would stop you from developing your product.

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