Ok, I think I'm going to give up my company name (see here: Trademark infringement - does it really sounds that bad?)
Given my situation I need to make sure:
- Nobody will go after me again (it is not my intention to copy after someone)
- I will be able to get the trademark for the name.
I found a pretty unique name. It's actually a latin word, it has good abbreviation, it sounds like the previous name, it will be somewhat memorable. It is 100% unique in the trucking/transportation industry, which is what I need. Even parts of it have not been used.
.com domain is taken (of course because it is short) but .net is available. I don't see this as a problem because the .com domain is not used for a website by whoever holds it and the name does not come up in Google searches.
There is a police department in one of the states that has this word as part of their name. Their name is 2 words and trademarked. I'm planning to use 1 word.
Can you imagine a problem trademarking such a name later on? My lawyer says it should not be a problem because businesses are different and there's no correlation, but who knows? Do you see a problem with using the .NET domain name?