Hi, I have spent considerable amounts of time and money to find a domain and finally got the domain arura.com through SnapName Snap-Back service, and I have spent lots of time and money to develop it to a community with active members with subdomains hosted for free at my domain. I have just paid someone to create a mascot for my website and consider to develop cms system for it. Arura is considered my online identity, since I register as Arura on the internet.
Today I received this email:
> Please change the name of your domain. We have a German brand registration
> for that name. This will lead to complications!
It is not a very formal email, so do I have to be concerned? And what should I reply back to keep my domain and not make an enemy.
Give me good advice please.
Also want to add that I have looked up in trademark search engines for Europe and US that Arura is not trademarked.
Given the expense and time you have put into this, I would spend another $200 and talk to a lawyer about your potential liabilities with this domain.
Personally though, and do note that I am NOT an international trademark and intellectual property attorney - - but I would assume given that your site being a small community and even if they have a trademark on it in Germany - I think it has to be confusingly similar to be something that you could risk losing the name for.
So, maybe your lawyer will tell you to register a trademark here. Maybe he will tell the other party to get lost, who knows..