Would the use of a purported trademark solely on a Web site satisfy the “use in commerce” requirement for trademark protection?
The best databases for business issues like this include Lexis-Nexis, ProQuest Business, and the business and communications parts of the EBSCO databases (all of our business databases are linked on this LibGuide).
In any of these databases, try a search like this (sample EBSCO search):
"use in commerce" AND (trademark OR copyright) AND (web OR internet)
Several of the articles from this sample search seem to speak to the topic of web trademarks and how they interact with the Use in Commerce clause, such as Ownership of Domain Name Grounds for Civil Contempt and Use It or Lose It.
For reference, Use in Commerce is defined in the United States Code at 15 U.S.C. § 1127.
Explore these articles, and similar ones from the other listed databases, to understand the legal issues in play around web trademarks. Let me know if I can be of any further assistance.