I received a new “notice” (see below) in the mail this week regarding one of my registered trademarks. A client contacted me who received one as well. According to the solication, Official Registration, Inc. recommends recipients “take this registration which provides a notice to others that the above trademark/service mark is already taken.” And they offer to do so for a fee of $950! The logo of “Official Registration, Inc.” looks like a pseudo-official government “seal” and is another part of the attempt to mislead recipients.
A registered U.S. trademark is already a public record. It can be found in the trademark database at the USPTO website (www.uspto.gov). This ‘offer’ is a scam just like the many others that prey on trademark owners. Publication in this type of “registry,” assuming one even exists, is worthless and offers no legal protection and no value.
I hope the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) investigate this and other scams. And I hope that JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A. which is listed for payment wiring instructions, dissociates themselves from this behavior.
If you have been victim of one of these trademark registry scams, you may contact the FTC here: https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/