This is so scammy! The top of the page in bold states “REGISTER OF PROTECTED PATENTS & TRADEMARKS.” Yes the fine print notes that it is for publication in the worthless “PTMI Database.” This private database has not legal or practical value. The cost of $765 is outrageous – because the value is worth $0.

This “publication” for trademark applicants and registrants has no actual value. I have never met a trademark professional who relies on any such private directories for anything. They are incomplete and unofficial. They do not add to a trademark’s protection in any meaningful way.

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.

At last week’s TPAC meeting, the Commissioner for Trademarks indicated that the USPTO is loading the Dept. of Justice two attorneys to work on the issues with the fraudulent solicitations targeting trademark owners. But perhaps more can be done? Shouldn’t the FTC, Dept. of Commerce, SBA, and more be cracking down?

Beware of such scams. Read the fine print. Contact your attorney. Report scams to the FTC and USPTO.

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5 thoughts on “Beware of scam from PTMI (Patent and Trademark Institute)

  1. The company I work for has gotten a couple of these in the mail this month. The invoices are well-formatted and professional looking. The invoice draws your eyes to the alarming information (making you think your trademarks are at risk) and buries the truth in fine print. I consider myself fairly world-wise to scams and it still made me hesitate and double-check things. Further web research suggests that this PTMI organization is a Russian operation running out of Ukraine. This is definitely a savvy scam.

  2. Thank you for sharing this information. I was going to email to see when the renewal was due. It was not clear on the letter. Your post came up and we received exactly the same letter. You saved our business $815.00. Thank you very much!

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