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:
- How to avoid being taken by a trademark scam
- WARNING: Non-USPTO Solicitations That May Resemble Official USPTO Communications