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This appears to be a new scam. EUPAT, with an address in Washington, DC and an official government looking form. With a cost of $1760.00 (or 1760,oo $) that gets you absolutely nothing of value. Certainly not of value for trademark legal protections in the United States.

What a joke: “for the publication of the trademark in the internet” it states on the header of the form!

Here is language from their webpage, which makes little if any sense (and comically misspells ‘intellectual’):

Patents, trade marks and other intellectual property rights are recorded as separate fields. There are several web pages for each intelectual property that describe this issue, as well as various organizations involved in intellectual property registration, whether in the U.S., Europe or other part of the world. The actual registration process is quite complicated, preceded by thorough search operations, whether an intelectual property is not already registered. Hence, there is the EUPAT Database, which uponfee, enables users the detailed access to the registered patents and trademarks list.

You can see their ‘terms and conditions’ here: http://eupat-register.com/files/gtc_eupat.pdf

Will the USPTO and FTC take action against them promptly? Let’s hope.

I love a good cup of coffee in the morning (and sometimes in the afternoon). New York has many good coffee shops. When I visit New York, I can’t resist getting a bagel. The bagels in New York are superior. Maybe its because they have so much more experience with bagels in NYC, maybe its the water, maybe its is because I’m away from home.

A few months ago, I discovered a wonderful bagel shop around the corner from my hotel in midtown. It was great. As soon as I arrived back in Manhattan earlier this month, I was looking forward to waking up the next morning and getting a bagel from this wonderful shop. But I couldn’t remember name. I remembered what the store looked like. I remembered that it had a very bland name.

So I searched on my phone on Google Maps for bagels nearby. Countless options came up. None of them sounded right. I couldn’t remember the name, and I couldn’t remember what street it was on. I was literally stumped.

As I spent the day in different parts of midtown, I would occasionally check Google Maps and search bagels to see if a name popped up that sounded like the store I remembered.  I checked once.  A few blocks away, I checked again.  Finally, it came up – Best Bagel & Coffee.  No wonder I couldn’t find it!

Even if I had known the name, it might not come up. Do you know how many bagel stores want to appear in the search results when you look for “best bagel new york”?  All of them!

A quick search right now shows these top three listings:

Best Bagel Shops in NYC – Thrillist

Jun 14, 2017 – Tompkins Square Bagels. East Village. Bagel Oasis. Fresh Meadows. Sadelle’s. SoHo. David’s Bagels. Stuy Town. Terrace Bagels. Windsor Terrace. Russ & Daughters. Lower East Side. Brooklyn Bagel & Coffee Co. Astoria/Chelsea. Best Bagel & Coffee. Midtown.

Where to find the best bagels in NYC, at delis and bakeries – Time Out

Nov 23, 2016 – Bagel Pub. The Park Slope bagel counter specializes in hand-rolled, kettle-cooked bagelsin 17 varieties (cinnamon raisin, pumpernickel, garlic), which you can trick out with flavored cream cheeses (mixed berry, guacamole), smoked fish or with those corner-deli staples, bacon, egg and cheese.

The Best Bagels In NYC: Gothamist

Mar 17, 2016 – I was teethed on H&H Bagels, and it’s no secret that the heartbreak I experienced when my beloved bagel shop shuttered in 2011 was worse …

Best Bagel & Coffee, does eventually show up in the listings. But it is not easy.  And with such a bland name, I wouldn’t normally even be sure if that was the same place I had been to and enjoyed.

The USPTO records tell the same story: there are 7 live trademark registrations with “BEST” and “BAGEL” in the name, including BAGEL BEST, BEST BAGELS IN TOWN, BAGEL’S BEST, and BESTNEWYORKBAGEL.COM logo.  There are more than 20 companies with USPTO trademark registrations featuring “BEST” and “COFFEE” in the name.

In short, Best Bagel & Coffee has great bagels and great coffee.

But it’s brand name is far from the best, both in terms of legal protections available and in terms of practical use for its customers.

Domain name scams continue

Posted by ipelton on: August 7th, 2017

I received this today via email, and several clients have contacted me recently regarding similar solicitations. This is almost certainly a phishing scam. I  suggsest ignoring it.

 

Dear Sir/Madam,

We are a domain name registration service company. Today we received an application from XXXXXX International, and they applied for registration of tm4smallbiz as their Brand Name and some top-level domain names ( TLDs). The main bodies of these domains are the same as yours. We are not sure whether your company has any relationship with that company.

Now we need to confirm whether the application is authorized by your company. Please let me know as soon as possible so that we can deal with the problem in time. We are looking forward to hear from you.

Regards,

XXXXXXXXXXX
Tel: 0086-551-6349-1193
Fax: 0086-551-6349-1192
Building 2,Zhidi Square,No.288,Huaining Road,Hefei Anhui

TPAC Meeting Summary – July 28, 2017

Posted by ipelton on: August 4th, 2017

I was unable to attend last week’s meeting of the Trademark Public Advisory Committee. However, our firm attended the public meeting and obtained a copy of the slides from the presentations. See below.

Discussion topics included:

  • TMNG / IT enhancement progress
  • Pendency and performance
  • Upcoming rulemaking regarding an expedited cancellation proceeding on grounds of abandonment and/or nonuse
    • comments on on 82 FR 22517 due by August 14
    • Stakeholder roundtable will be held on September 25
  • USPTO budget forecasting

Trademark Public Advisory Committee – meeting slides July 28, 2017 by erik5733 on Scribd

 

Last week, the USPTO held a round table hearing on this issue of scams targeting trademark owners. While I was unable to attend, our firm made a statement in the public record at the hearing.  In addition, Law360 covered the hearing and the issues involved. Their article, Trademark Law’s Scam Problem Not Getting Better, quotes me and others discussing the relevant issues.

“Many public records are available online, but these scams target consumers in a way that is more tricky and deceptive than most other gimmicks,” Erik M. Pelton, a Washington, D.C.-area trademark attorney who has written extensively on the issue, told Law360 ahead of Wednesday’s hearing.

“I am optimistic that they can be stopped,” Pelton said. “While I commend the USPTO for spreading information about them in recent years, that alone clearly isn’t enough. If these scams weren’t profitable, they wouldn’t be proliferating.”

Do you have any fresh ideas for stopping these scam operators? Let me know!