I recently found that someone has registered a domain very close to mine, and they've set up a search spam parking page on it. If my domain is www.wigetsofexample.com, the one with the search on it is www.thewidgetsofexmaple.com. My site has been up for about 10 months or so and I've just started a small traffic boom. The other site was registered last month, and the way the terms within the domain are set up I find it hard to believe that the other domain isn't a shot at getting some of my traffic. I had planned on eventually purchasing the www.thewidgetsofexample.com in the future in order to protect myself... I guess hindsight is 20/20.
I don't have a trademark on my name. Again, I had planned on getting one, but trademarks, even at the online legal sites, are very expensive and it just isn't the type of money I can justify spending at this point.
I really don't care that much about the other domain, I just don't want them copying my idea since I'm really the only place online that does what I do, and I'm just now getting popular. Even though I haven't registered a trademark, is there anything I can do to keep someone from copying my idea and using that site for it since I've been using those exact terms for almost a year?
Were I to get a trademark, would I have any power over what happens to that domain even though my trademark registration came AFTER their domain registration? I don't want to steal anyone's domain away, but I don't want someone milking my ideas and using my name for it either.
Not looking for legal advice, I know that YANAL, just hoping for some input on what my potential options are. My website and I are both in the US, as is the registrant for the other site.