Originally Posted by Artashes
I am afraid that unless you have a trademark for that particular word that was registered prior to domain registration date, then you have no choice but to negotiate a deal with the buyer who owns the name. Just because you built the site around that name does not give you an authority to own that domain.
I once purchased a name that I really needed and wanted. It was not a dictionary name and was owned by someone else. I negotiated the deal myself from over $3600 to $1200. It took about 2-3 months of patience though.
I was checking out on the net on the trademark portion earlier on the net, and here's another question I'm going to throw out at you - what if they have their name with that a word for a long time yet it's not trademarked? Can you go and trademark it and then go up / contact them and say, "I have this trademarked so you can't use it"?
Like here's another dumb example like my Google example, "McDonalds" restaurant has been around for 3 years. They don't have the name trademarked. I want to make a company called "McDonaldsGames" (AGAIN THIS IS AN EXAMPLE) and this "McDonaldsGames will have nothing to do with their burgers or whatever. I go and trademark it. Can I contact them and say I have McDonalds trademarked. You gotta change the name."
Is this possible?