I created a software application in the transportation space in 2016, and I applied for a trademark for a variant of the name (same sound, extra letter at the end) with an Intent to Use application in May 2018.
Another transportation startup applied for a trademark the same name in June 2018, with a use of commerce date in April 2018. Their mark was published for oppostion on May 14, 2019. This startup is well funded (100M+) and is based in SF, I’m in LA.
What should I do?
A. Apply for a trademark today for the original name with a use of commerce date of 2016. B. File a Letter of Protest with the USPTO C. Contact the lawyer from the application and try to work something out D. File a request for a declaratory judgement too clear the air E. ???
Any advice would be appreciated!
I’m willing to spend only 5-10k to take this to court, so I’d rather settle outside or come to a licensing agreement.