Please forgive me if this topic has been covered....i actually have been absent from Craftster for awhile (my life got really bust recently). I've done a bunch of searches but can't seem to find what I'm looking for.
Anyway, my question is, what do I do about a company that has the same store name that I do and I believe I was using the name first. My store name is not officially trademarked, but I believe/thought if you could prove you'd been using something like a name/logo publicly that you could claim it as being yours. (Does that make sense?)
I know when I began using my shop's name a number of years ago, that there was no other crafty store online with that name (I researched it to no end), and now there is. I researched how long the site with the same name as mine (http://www.networksolutions.com/whois/index.jsp
) has been in business and it seems it only began about 9 months ago. (Had they Googled the name they would have come upon heaps of hits for my store).
The other issue is that my shop name is PinkBird Creations, where PinkBird is one word, this other company is Pink Bird Creations, where Pink Bird is 2 words. Does that matter? Also, I am in the US, and it appears this shop is in the UK.
Now, do I send them a cease and desist? Do I kindly email and explain that I had the name first and recommend that they change theirs so that our customers aren't confused? (I really don't want to tell people the name of my shop and have them go to that site accidentally--b/c even though we both make crafty things, they are quite different, and vice versa, I'm sure).
Any suggestions or advice would be fantastic!
Thanks, Create a great day!