A client recently forwarded me a scam solicitation that I had yet to see. GLOTRADE s.r.o. offers to publish the client’s trademark registration in their directory or “private database”. For $1,230!

According to the back of their offer, customers can search their database for similarities. But is their database reliable? What is in it? What type of search features are offered? What does it contain that is not publicly available information (for free) already?

This “publication” has no real value to trademark owners. 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 your trademark’s protection in any meaningful way.

I have published their solicitation below. It is possible there is some monitoring they provide with the service, but the offer is vague about the nature of it and whether it is included or separate.

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.

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

It continues to astound me that the USPTO, DOJ, FTC, and others refuse to do more to investigate and halt these blatant scams targeting trademark owners.

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