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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78 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?

    • Sorry not us, we are not even in the US.
      Guys this is not US. We are based in Portugal since 2 years, we never scammed anybody. It seems some people are using our identity, but we are the same three partners from the beginning.
      How can you be scammed, our phone, email and address is on our website.
      Geoffrey BOYER

  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 .

    • why don’t you read what you get in the mail? It’s 1 page and is less than 200 words to read and it says it’s a fee to be published in their database. Doesn’t seem like a scam, just a crappy service; perhaps some people like having their TM published in an obscure website directory, that’s up to them. New York Times also wants you to pay to be published in their classified’s section, but you don’t call them a scam. You should blame yourself for randomly paying without reading.

  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”

  14. I also just received one such letter from WTP. My question is how the hell were they able to get my application number registered with USPTO, the filing date and the logo file itself? Are all these become public information once the application is filed or the USPTO is selling the information?!

    • All trademark application info submitted to the USPTO is generally publicly available. That is generally a good thing so that anyone can review other records for potential conflicts, and much more. Obviously, the scams are not a good thing!

      • Thanks for the great info Erik, due to I’ve just received one of these bogus notices today as well. How in the heck did they get our detailed information and knew that we’d file Trademark applications? Is that information made public prior to the Trademark actually being approved?

        Please advise!

  15. Thank you Erik for this blog! I received a letter from WTP today to pay them $1,380 for a publication fee. I will absolutely not pay it—the letter doesn’t even make sense.

  16. I just received this this morning. I had a hunch. Thanks for confirming
    Crazy with so many people seeing this, no one does anything about it and it continues to go on, right?

  17. Thank you Erik for this blog! I received a letter from WTP today to pay them $1,380 for a publication fee. I will absolutely not pay it

  18. Thank you for your comments and advise…why this company continue in business this can be reported to authorities. I also received the letter from the same scam company
    8345 NW 66 Street Ste 2000
    Miami, FL 33166

  19. Thank you Erik! Same as the others received this $1380 scam and as you recommended I have reported to FTC. Hopefully everyone posting here will keep you tops on google search page.

  20. Received an “invoice” from this company today for $1,380 for a trademark application filed by our lawyer. I have received notices like this for other TM applications we filed in the past, so I already knew it was a scam.

    You are doing a great service to others.

  21. Your first post about the WTP scam was early February 2019. I received the WTM letter this week, mid November 2019. Does it really do any good to report this to the FTC? The FTC has had over 9 months to stop this scam and these crooks are still going strong.

    • Yes. These government investigations take time – especially when the perpetrators are good at hiding. Addresses and bank accounts change. Which is why reporting the latest that you have received might be helpful for them. Thank you for sharing.

  22. Well, I got one today! How did WTP get my Trademark details? Is USPTO website hacked or USPTO leaks information to the scammer? Mine was just submitted very recently and is under early reviewing, has not published yet.

  23. I just received a letter from WTP, asking me to pay $1420. Thanks for your info- confirming this is a scam. Their address is 176-25 Union Turnpike Fresh Meadows, NY 11366.

  24. Thank you so much for sharing this info & providing a copy of the letter w/logo – we just received a similar letter asking for payment of $1,420 so appreciate the heads up to avoid getting scammed! I’ll also report it like everyone else is doing on this thread so they can be stopped.

  25. Hey – can I join the party? Just got my “offer” for $1,420. Gee, should I send them the money? Great deal I can access their database! They must have some degree of scam success. I’m sure that a few people will blindly pay thinking that it is part of the registration process.

  26. Can all of you guys understand that my company BOYER SERVICES using the commercial Name WTP-SERVICES (for welcome to portugal) has nothing to do with trade mark services or any services provided in the US to you.
    We are a Portuguese company based in Portugal and Malta, offering number of services but not Trade Mark.
    Our email, telephone and address are available and mentioned on our website.
    So please do not do amalgam between us and so fraudulent people.
    Thank you

  27. The big question here is how are they getting all of our information for our trademarks and address and everything? Why would the trademark Office allow this?

  28. Just curious, had anyone else just applied for Brand Registry on Amazon prior to getting their letters? I’m just trying to figure out who is obtaining this information and from where? I started to wonder if it was via an Amazon employee in the Brand Registry area? Any thoughts would be appreciated.

    • All USPTO filings are public records and the data is easily available. So I don’t believe this is likely to have anything do with applying for the Amazon Brand Registry.

  29. thank you so much for this information, i have to say when i typed WTP your blog was the first thing that came up. i called my husband and told him and he was so grateful that we didn’t owe anything else on our trademark. thank you so much for this.

  30. I just received this same letter today (June 17, 2020), expect it was *telling* me to pay $1420.00 without any reasoning as to why, except to register “privately” under them.

    Under law, from my understanding, when you register, it must be made public, but that’s not what made me feel it was a scam (I won’t say why here, just for the fact they shouldn’t learn from this to make it better).

    Anyway, thanks for posting this. It saved me time from making calls to check it out. I will be reporting them.

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