I understand that none of what I get here from the forum is legal advice but I do have an interesting question concerning domain names and trademarks and wonder if anyone can help me out. I purchased a domain name on October 1, 2011 and created a website. The site was about a local topic that grew in popularity quickly where I got around 2000 visitors per day. Everything was going great until this morning. I get a letter in the mail which is a cease and desist notice about the domain name. A group of individuals filed for a trademark on my EXACT domain name a week ago and the lawyers have contacted me charging me in violation of trademark. I was the first to get the domain or use the 2 words together. There are no records of any company, group, or even exact matches online for these 2 words on Google prior to me making it up on October 1, 2011. What do I do? I feel it's my creation and someone is abusing the concept of trademark trying to seize a domain that should be mine as I created it. What would you guys do? Has anyone been in this situation before? Can you lose a domain to trademark if the trademark is created after the domain is purchased?