Frank Schilling domain sale applies to register the matching mark

Right2Buy, Inc., operators of the domain name, have filed for the registration of the matching mark, ZIPTIE.COM.

The application was filed for several classes as seen below:

  • Metal cable ties; Tamper-evident metal security seals. FIRST USE: 20200930. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20200930
  • Hand-operated cable tie tension tool. FIRST USE: 20200527. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20200527
  • Electrical tape; Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) thread seal tape; Tamper-evident non-metal security seals. FIRST USE: 20200903. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20200903
  • Non-metal cable ties; Bungee cords; Non-metal cable tie mounts. FIRST USE: 20200903. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20200903
  • Hook and loop fasteners. FIRST USE: 20151217. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20151217
  • On-line retail store services featuring security seals, cable ties and other wire management products. FIRST USE: 20200930. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20200930

The mark consists of the phrase “” with each of the lowercase “i’s” being represented by a cable tie.

The mark’s earliest use is from 2015 and that’s when the domain was sold for $25,000 dollars via the Uniregistry Market. Source: NameBio. was registered in 2003 by none other than Frank Schilling. πŸ™‚ is a former Frank Schilling domain name.

It’s an ongoing trend among owners of generic domain names, following the decision by SCOTUS on the trademark application.

Since then, dozens of generic domain names have been applied to be registered as trademarks, inclusive of the TLD.

As of January 5th, 2021, BOOKING.COM is a registered trademark with the USPTO.

Will these applications become the new norm? Watch this video from NamesCon Online 2020.

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