We hear from purchasers frequently who obtain fraudulent notices pertaining to their U.S. federal trademark purposes, and since we’ve seen an uptick in these scams during the last month, we thought it will be prudent to publish a PSA on the subject, along with what to look out for in case you are a trademark applicant or proprietor.
These trademark scams usually come within the type of an official-looking letter or bill requesting cost associated to the trademark software. These letters can come by way of mail or by way of e mail, are formatted to seem like an official authorities doc, and record particular particulars about your trademark software, together with a picture of your trademark. All of that is public info and available, for higher or worse, to potential scammers.
A shopper of ours just lately acquired a letter from an organization known as Trademark Choice, Inc. that requested a “Registration Payment” of USD 1,360. The letter additionally supplied wire directions to an account in Florida, and in very positive print on the backside acknowledged, “By paying the indicated quantity you settle for this provide that can approve itemizing this info within the ‘TM SELECTION 2018 / The Worldwide Commerce Marks and Service Marks’ catalogs.” This letter is a rip-off.
For purchasers that make the most of our agency for his or her trademark filings, all correspondence associated to these filings come straight from us. We pay submitting charges and bill our purchasers accordingly. No official U.S. federal trademark-related correspondence will ever come from an company aside from the USA Patent and Trademark Workplace (USPTO).
A few of these third-party letters embody official-sounding phrases, like “Trademark,” “Patent,” “Registration,” “Company” or “Workplace.” Most of them, if you happen to learn the positive print, present for nugatory companies like these acknowledged above within the Trademark Choice letter, or could provide to supply you updates on renewal deadlines (one thing you’ve most likely already paid your trademark legal professional to do). A few of them record no companies in any respect.
Sadly, as a result of these notices can look fairly official, some firms find yourself paying them, believing they’re authentic. In the event you do obtain third-party correspondence, it’s at all times finest to verify in together with your trademark legal professional, however likelihood is, you may and will disregard it.
Listed below are a number of of the businesses we’ve seen fraudulent notices from these days:
- Trademark Choice, Inc.
- Patent and Trademark Institute
- Register of Protected Patents and Emblems
- ITP Service
- S. Trademark Compliance Workplace
- ITR Register
- Trademark Version Ltd.
- TPP Trademark & Patent Publications
And this record solely scratches the floor of what’s on the market by way of trademark scams. Once more, official correspondence will come from the USA Patent and Trademark Workplace (USPTO) with an tackle in Alexandria, Virginia, or will come straight out of your trademark legal professional. In the event you obtain any official emails, they’ll come from the area “@uspto.gov.” In the event you ever obtain certainly one of these suspicious notices, you need to contact your mental property legal professional instantly. The USPTO can also be out there to reply questions relating to the standing of your software.