Another new trademark scam! This one is a change of name, from ITP and/or ITR to WTP. See image below for their “offer” sent to many trademark application or registration owners.

The offer, for $1348, is for inclusion in a publication. A publication with essentially no real value. I have never heard any trademark professional recommend inclusion in such a publication; nor any trademark professional use such a publication for any research.

They are incomplete and unofficial. They do not add to your trademark’s protection in any meaningful way.

WTP trademark scam

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.

For more on such scams, see:

In the video, below learn more about how to identify these scams:


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23 thoughts on “Beware of new trademark scam from WTP (formerly ITP and ITR)

  1. Our accounting department nearly fell for the same, since they sent it to at the same time as our other trademark renewal bills came due. I can only imagine how many companies have fallen for this, as the “small print” is still misleading even for many who take time to read it.

  2. Just received one in the mail today. Is there any way to report these people? This is so fraudulent and misleading. We need a ceast and desist!

  3. I received the same notice and at first thought why is it so expensive. I thought I paid everything due with the application. Then I read the small print at the bottom. The fee is just to be listed in their database????? I am sure many people believe it is a bill and pay it. This scam needs to be stopped. I’ll be writing the Florida AG.

  4. Similar to above, I received the same invoice. Luckily, I googled and found your article. Thank you! I’m putting this “invoice” in the shredder!

  5. I just got one of these from WTP today, for $1380! Haha I know the TM process, the $1380 goes towards nothing, since your TM is automatically published for opposition… How is this not illegal?

  6. What happens if I received two letters from WTP Each of them for $1380 , and I paid them both .
    Is there anything I can do to try to collect my money back .. I completely thought it was part of the transaction I was doing with my attorney I feel horrible and I can not afford that money that they took from me .

  7. I just got a letter too. I did a Google search and I wanted to thank you for this post. The USPTO site had some general information about scams but this site was specific to the letter I received. Again, many thanks for doing good.

  8. Wow. Thank you so much and thanks google. Was going insane when got a mail from them. Luckily googled right away and got to your website. Thanks again.

  9. I just received my WTP letter in the amount of $1380.00. When I looked the the envelope from the out side I automatically assumed it was junk mail, and actually was about to throw it out without opening it. When I opened it I new it was a scam!! Looked it up, and of course I was right B/C there was no way I was paying that amount..$1380 GTFOH!!!..LMBO!!!

  10. I just received my WTP letter in the amount of $1380.00. When I looked at the envelope from the out side I automatically assumed it was junk mail, and actually was about to throw it out without opening it. When I opened it I new it was a scam!! Looked it up, and of course I was right B/C there was no way I was paying that amount..$1380 GTFOH!!!..LMBO!!!

  11. They sent this to my client. FTP report made.

    SUGGESTION. Use the “other” type of reporting option so the FTC can categorize it themselves.. Nothing really seems to fit

  12. Got mine today. I read the fine print “… not an invoice” but I still Googled it. So thankful for this site. Good job!

  13. Just got one today.

    Looked at it and knew something was up immediately. Shame they didn’t include some kind of return envelope with prepaid postage. Would have loaded it with pennies so they had to cover the weight increase costs.

    What scummy people to try and take advantage of others with a sneaky “bill / fee”

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