Easy “proof” of using a .tld for domain registration services.
A lot of companies have tried to “frontrun” the new top level domain name process by filing trademark applications for .whatever.
Many of these applications start out as “intent to use”, but ultimately the applicant comes back saying it’s using the term in commerce. Their proof? Usually a screenshot of a Wild West Domains reseller account using .whatever.
Wild West Domains is GoDaddy’s reseller program. It costs as little as $8.99 a month to get a domain sales site with the company.
The latest example: ad network Scoop Interactive and its request for a .cpm trademark. (CPM is a popular advertising term, but I’m not sure of the company’s exact intent.)
Scoop Interactive filed its trademark application as 1A, meaning it claims to be using the term in commerce right now. Here’s its proof:
This proof will look very similar to the specimens provided by Asif, LLC for .secure. And .bank. I’ve seen it used many times in an effort to trick USPTO examiners.