I came up with a name I really liked and obtained the domain. I just found that a company exists with the same name but with a different ending. Will I be infringing on their trademark if I do business? They do web design as well.
For example, let's call them Carrot Studios. If I am Carrot Media, would there be any issue? I don't think it will cause any confusion and it's not like I'm using their name 100%.
This particular firm also goes by just the first part of the name (Carrot, as an example) and have a TM sign next to it presumably thinking they will own that word which is just a noun ie a real word. I don't think they have any right to it.
But then again there is Apple, but I guess they would be an exception due to fame.
Anyway, if anyone has any feedback or advice I'd REALLY appreciate it. I don't have money for a lawyer. Thanks in advance!