Trademark applications at the USPTO are public records. Many companies take these records and send solicitations. By itself, this is not a problem.
But because these solicitations in my opinion are almost entirely worthless and possibly fraudulent because they (i) are artfully crafted to look like official government requests, many trademark applications, and (ii) the services offered are of little or no value, are not described in detail, and are not performed by an attorney. These offers come from companies with names like “United States Trademark Registration Office.”
Those who have received or been subject to such scams in the U.S. can file complaints with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and leave comments here with details so that we can warn others.
Below are some of the recent solicitations received by my office or my clients: