Here`s the issue at hand. I`ve registered a domain name, and this is also the brand name for my site, which is almost about to be launched. I have not registered a trademark for this domain name.
The name itself uses a word that typically ends in "ty", but because "ty" also makes the sound of the letter "T," I`ve simply left out the "Y..." in the end it works. So that`s the first word, and it is then followed by a second word.
The domain name that is also registered that ends in ty[secondword].com, is not an actual website (at this time). But I`m wondering, how much protection over my domain name do I actually have?
For instance, if whoever owned the corresponding domain (ty) seeked to register their trademark and was granted it, would I have to relinquish control of my domain name? Or would that person be infringing upon an already established web presense (something I would have in my favor), by creating a confusingly similar site, or simply registering that name as a trademark?
While my situation may be unique with the "ty" and "T" thing, the greater issue here is somewhat of a worse nightmare. Establishing a web brand, but because my domain and company name was not registered as a trademark, losing control of the name to someone who registers the trademark (in this case of the actual word), maybe even in a concealed effort to blackmail.
The root of my confusion seems to be not fully understanding the power of the registered trademark, vs. the simple establishment of a brand and product.
Thank you all for you input.
I want to know, if I can live with what I know. And only that.