This is so scammy! The top of the page in bold states “REGISTER OF PROTECTED PATENTS & TRADEMARKS.” Yes the fine print notes that it is for publication in the worthless “PTMI Database.” This private database has not legal or practical value. The cost of $765 is outrageous – because the value is worth $0.

This “publication” for trademark applicants and registrants has no actual value. I have never met a trademark professional who relies on any such private directories for anything. They are incomplete and unofficial. They do not add to a trademark’s protection in any meaningful way.

If you have been taken by this scam, I suggest that you file a complaint with the FTC, write a letter to the USPTO Commissioner, and contact law enforcement.

At last week’s TPAC meeting, the Commissioner for Trademarks indicated that the USPTO is loading the Dept. of Justice two attorneys to work on the issues with the fraudulent solicitations targeting trademark owners. But perhaps more can be done? Shouldn’t the FTC, Dept. of Commerce, SBA, and more be cracking down?

Beware of such scams. Read the fine print. Contact your attorney. Report scams to the FTC and USPTO.

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