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Beware of scam from GLOBAL PATENTS & TRADEMARKS (GLOPAT)

Posted by ipelton on: March 7th, 2017

A client was kind enough to forward me this recent offer he received from GLOBAL PATENTS & TRADEMARKS. The offer is to be published in their private database of trademarks for a cost of $2,890. Ironically, their offer contains a warning that their clients may receive offers from other companies who are not connected to GLOPAT. Just like US trademark applicants and registrations may received offers with little or no value from companies who are not connected to the USPTO.

This “publication” has no real value to trademark owners. I have never met a trademark professional who relies on any private directories for anything. They are incomplete and unofficial. They do not add to your trademark’s protection in any meaningful way. The offer is not cheap, and it is a complete waste of funds. Interestingly, their feature at least one of my trademark registrations in their ‘directory’ although I have certainly never paid them a cent. See http://glopat.net/Trademark_Detail?KNDID=1006644.

I have published their solicitation below. Their address is in the Slovak Republic.

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 better investigate and halt these blatant scams targeting trademark owners.

 

The notice below from PATENT & TRADEMARK RESOURCE CENTER is not from the government, not from the USPTO.  I received this offer  last week regarding my registration for TTABULATOR®.

Note that the USPTO does have several “Patent and Trademark Resource Centers” around the country which makes the name of the service provider extra confusing.  See USPTO page here.

The fee is not cheap. And it is not clear what services they provide? Is this a Section 8 renewal, or 8 and 15? Do they provided legal advice about which renewal is appropriate, whether the mark is in use or in use for all the goods and services in the registration, and what type of evidence of use is appropriate? Are they attorneys and members of the bar? What happens in the Section 8 filing is rejected, are there additional fees to respond? Their address is listed as a PO Box.

Their website contains misinformation. For example, it states that ” the USPTO will never contact you directly.” That is no longer true – if a registrant has an email address in the record for correspondence, the USPTO will send a reminder when the Section 8 declaration filing window begins.

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

For more information, see:

PATENT & TRADEMARK RESOURCE CENTER solicitation

 

This offer from “United States Trademark Maintenance Service” raises as many questions as it does answers.

  • Are they attorneys providing this services who are bound by the professional rules of ethics, attorney-client privilege, and such?
  • Do they help their clients understand the declaration to be signed?
  • The USPTO Section 8 filing fee actually just changed, effective January 14, 2017, to $125.
  • What is all the goods and services in the registration are no longer in use?
  • Why does their form look so simple?
  • Why does their form look and sound so much like it is from the USPTO?
  • Who will sign the filing?
  • What about Section 15 affidavits – do they file them? Do they advise what the benefits are or whether one is appropriate?
  • Furthermore, it contains a falsehood, that the “USPTO does not provide any reminder of the section 9 requirement beyond the information of the original Certificate of Registration…”  The USPTO began sending email reminders of the Section 9 period about a year ago.

Recently, I received a new trademark solicitation regarding a trademark registration renewal. The company calls itself “Patent & Trademark Office” with an address in New York, NY. See the image of their mailing that I scanned below.

The document could easily be mistaken as coming from the government – the “Patent & Trademark Office” name, the look and feel of the document, and the official looking bar code. 

As a result of their use of the name “Patent & Trademark Office,” this solicitation is striking. On top of that, the services offered and the costs indicated are questionable.

Their “fee” of $1690 is not cheap. And it is not clear what services they provide? Is this a Section 8 renewal, or 8 and 15? Do they provided legal advice about which renewal is appropriate, and whether the mark is in use or in use for all the goods and services in the registration? Are they attorneys and members of the bar?

Note that when I last blogged about this offer, 16 months ago, the fee was $975.

If this was a legitimate service at a reasonable value, why would they mask who they are, and why would they choose the clearly deceptive name of “Patent & Trademark Office”? Why would their address have moved from “555 Madison Avenue, 5th Floor” to “299 Park Avenue, 6th Floor” in New York? Note that the address appears to be a rented Regus office space.

Their website appears to be patenttrademarkoffice.us, but the domain was not working when I checked it this week.

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

For more information, see:

Scam solicitations mailed to trademark registrants and applicants in the US continue to proliferate. A client this week forwarded me the offer below from “Trademark Edition Ltd.” and their “International Catalogue of Trademarks – 2016.”

The cost for a listing in the scam publication is a mere $1,650.00.  This publication has no legal or other significance. There is no telling how many (or how few) of these “catalogues” are published or to whom they are distributed. Their website doesn’t explain much in detail about the purported use and value of their service, and the website has horrible grammar: “Today advertisements are in focus; therefore we consider that protection of trademarked intellectual property is of high importance. We also reckon that market participants who guarantee quality by means of trademarked intellectual property should gain more ground in the international market.”

If you have any questions about this or any other solicitation related to a trademark, consult your attorney at once.

This scam apparently used to go by the name TM-Edition, because the address used hasn’t changed and the cost is the same. See my post from 2012 here.

For more information, see:

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 better investigate and halt these blatant scams targeting trademark owners.

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