This scam showed up in a client’s mailbox this week. WTMR is back. They were going by WTRM. And now they want your scam check mailed to a PO Box in Fort Lauderdale.
I am sick and tired of these scammers. And I am tired of waiting for the government to do something about them. How many businesses need to lose money, and how much attorney time needs to be lost before more is done? The various scams are undermining trust in the entire trademark system by causing doubt and spreading misinformation.
This latest iteration from WTMR, LLC is for $980.00. (See below.) Trash it. Or better yet report them to the USPTO, the FTC, and for mail fraud and scamming at the US Postal Inspection Service at https://www.uspis.gov/report.
It seems to me that this is clear evidence of an intent to mislead and defraud consumers who own trademark filings with the USPTO. When will the USPTO, Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC), Fair Trade Commission (FTC), Department of Justice (DoJ), and U.S. Postal Service (USPS) ramp up any investigations and crack downs on these scams. Of course it is not easy to track the catch those behind these offerings, but is enough being done? Not in my opinion.
The “Word Trademark Register” is not any official database or directory. It has no real benefits. It was essentially created for the purpose of taking people’s money. According to their website, “Our main business activity is to publish the World TradeMark Register Catalog, which is an annual, unofficial, international catalog of registered trademarks.” In essence, they acknowledge the directory has no real value or purpose.
I have never once met a trademark attorney that uses such directories for any searches or other purposes, or one recommends to his or her clients that they pay these fees. The address provided is a shared virtual office space.
Don’t be taken for this scam to the tune of $980.00 USD.
Beware of such scams. Read the fine print. Contact your attorney. Report scams to the FTC, USPIS, and USPTO.
- How trademark scams work: WTMR changes name to WTRM
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- How to report trademark scam mail to the FTC