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.

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8 thoughts on “Beware of latest trademark scam from WTMR, LLC

  1. I was just about to email you to ask about this. After taking a breath, I actually assumed it was a scam as I remember receiving this type of BS re our website too. Thanks for staying on top of this crap.

  2. Yes, I got my letter today. No explanation of what/who they are. I googled the name to see, and your website is the first thing that popped up. Thanks fo rthe tip!!

  3. Just received two letters from them – one for my business name, the other for my business logo. Had I not already had lawyers taking care of all of this for me I would’ve been completely duped. The letters look extremely official. Fortunately, I decided to follow the website URL they had in their letter (WTMR.org) and it takes you to a Wikipedia page about a radio station with those call letters – nothing about trademarks. Then I did a Google search for “World Trademark Register” and that’s when I saw this article about this whole thing being a scam. (Whew!) I almost forked over $980 TWICE for something that wasn’t even legit.

  4. Why did I get one today i new it was a scam I’m like why I need you to post my company it already posted uspto but so happy you have this because a lot of people would think they need this

  5. Just received this in the mail today thank god I did a Google search for “World Trademark Register” because it lead me to this article about this whole thing being a scam. Thank you again for writing this and helping us all avoid being taken advantage of.

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