Location: Scotland, UK. Company names changed for the purposes of this question. I registered a company called SLAM GRAPHICS LTD in July 2013. Recently I found the domain name SLAM.GRAPHICS was registered by a company registered in December 2014 called SIMPLE LINES AT MOST LTD. So they're basically using an acronym of their registered company name, i.e. S.L.A.M. On their website they state "SLAM.GRAPHICS is the trading name of SIMPLE LINES AT MOST LTD". Both companies offer the same services. Am I right to be alarmed at this? The companies are only 15 miles apart. Surely this is against company formation law?
Update: I also own the trademark SLAM for all online usage in our industry. This was registered in April 2015.
Thank you for your reply.
I was under the impression that 'trading as' names fell under the same rules as Limited company names, i.e. if you can't register a company name due to foreseeable objection, then you can't just use the same as a trading name?
Regarding your other points:
1. Would you foresee a problem with my trademark given that it was registered 4 months 'after' they registered their company?
2. Makes sense, thanks.
You mentioned transfer of domain ownership. Would this also apply to their 'SLAM GRAPHICS' facebook account, twitter account, etc?
Thanks for the further information. Looks like I'll be contacting the solicitor in the morning.