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In January, I posted about the scam from an outfit (not the government) deceptively called “Patent & Trademark Office.” At the time, they were in New York, NY. Now they have an address in Jersey City, NJ 07302.

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 $890 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?

It says that the registration is “about to expire.” But the renewal deadline is 10/23/2018, with a grace period until 4/23/2019 — more than 18 months from now. Also, it says the next renewal will be due in 5 years. That is not quite accurate; the ‘next’ renewal would be due during the 10th year of the registration.

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, and now to “101 Hudson Street, 21st Floor” in Jersey City, NJ? Note that the address appears to be a rented Regus office space.

Their website appears to be patenttrademarkoffice.org.

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

Perhaps the USPTO should be working with Regus to help stop scammers from using their address services?

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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.

Scam solicitations mailed to trademark registrants and applicants in the US continue to proliferate. A client this week forwarded me the offer below from “IPTA”, the International Patent & Trademark Agency.

The cost for a listing in the scam publication is a mere $2,356.00. This publication has no legal or other significance. Their website is under construction. The disclaimer doesn’t even make complete sense or have proper grammar.

Note that the USPTO will hold a roundtable covering scams that prey on trademark filers on July 26th.

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