A client recently forwarded me a scam solicitation that I had yet to see. GLOTRADE s.r.o. offers to publish the client’s trademark registration in their directory or “private database”. For $1,230!

According to the back of their offer, customers can search their database for similarities. But is their database reliable? What is in it? What type of search features are offered? What does it contain that is not publicly available information (for free) already?

This “publication” has no real value to trademark owners. 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 your trademark’s protection in any meaningful way.

I have published their solicitation below. It is possible there is some monitoring they provide with the service, but the offer is vague about the nature of it and whether it is included or separate.

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.

It continues to astound me that the USPTO, DOJ, FTC, and others refuse to do more to investigate and halt these blatant scams targeting trademark owners.


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28 thoughts on “Beware of scam offer to trademark owners from GLOTRADE s.r.o

  1. I received an offer from GLOTRADE s.r.o. so happy I googled and found your information regarding them. Wonder why they think someone would pay them $2,890.00 to “publish”my trademark? I guess people will try anything. Thanks for your blog.

      • I too just opened an envelope with the same offer of $2,890!! Scared the hell out of me because I cannot afford this. I originally thought it was an official invoice and am relieved to know that it is a scam.

        • I also just got a letter from GLOTRADE s.r.o asking me to send them a cheque for $2,525! They stated it be forwarded to their Montreal headquarters. I googled them to get a phone number to contact them with so I could understand what they were offering and this post popped up. Glad I found it!

    • I got one too. It’s a disgrace, & that should be stopped. Not only is Glotrade stealing our money, the isotope,the FTC & doj is f- ing us. Bend over. Our government has failed us again. The problem is everyone of our leaders in Congress & senate are lawyers. Do you know an honest law. For every law there is a way out. Oh, I back our president 100 per cent.

  2. Just received this GLOTRADE s.r.o scam in the mail.
    Initially it had me pretty worried I owed money regarding my trademark. However, the more I looked at it things did not add up. They did not even know my trademark name and it was talking about the U.S. patent and trademark office and my trademark is only for Canada.

    I am so glad to find out from the internet this is a scam!
    I wish someone would track these low life scammers and lock them up for trying to swindle other peoples hard earned money.

    Thanks for the heads up on this!
    Jimmy

  3. Thanks so much for making this site to raise awareness… I knew it was a scam right away. There is another entity out there that had done this… but it was pertaining to state matters (not a trademark). I quickly discarded it for my person. Now that this second one has come… It dawned on me to start making a list of such entities. I feel sorry for those out there that get these correspondences from entities soliciting funds and end up unknowingly giving it away under false pretenses.

  4. I have received two of these for separate trademarks our company filed for. I was handed them to pay. Glad I read the fine print and looked it up. SCAM

  5. This company also just tried to run this on us, for $2,890. I guess that means my Trademark for zerocares.com is finally registered. Another company called Trademarkedition.com runs the same exact scam, and they sent me a request for $2,450, to ‘publish’ the trademark. No thanks.

  6. Received one in the mail today! Wanting $2890.00 Glad I always Google! Thanks for posting! You’re posting was the first thing that popped up!

  7. Thank you – I also received a bill for $2890. I actually emailed them for some information prior to reading this post. This would otherwise be very easy to overlook and take for an invoice. Here’s the response I received:

    To begin with, let us please explain that for now there is no record on any invoice sent to you on our part. The correspondence you have received from us is a proposal to register your trademark in our private database. As far as the correspondence sent is concerned, the quotation in question includes the services and the prices charged for those services provided on our part. In this case, there is no need for filing any forms or documents.

    The registration fee provides a user of services with extensive access to the database administered by us, use of all of its functions including the searching and comparative ones. The objective of our database is the creation of a system which enables to preventively avoid interference with other rights based on a trademark as well as monitoring other possible interferences with the very trademark. Last but not least our database enables monitoring and assessing the current situation in the market of developmental trends.

    Our system gathers open information on the published trademarks in the database which enables protection thereof and prevention of possible undesired interference without thus interfering unlawfully with the rights of the owner of the trademark.

    Access to that private database is in general reserved just those parties that will pay the registration fee to make use of the services of the database. We of course also provide limited access to the public to enable our potential customers to acquaint themselves with the basic functions of the database. Time of publication is the same as the up-to-datedness of a trademark.

    Please note that the quotation submitted was to present those services and products to you that we expected you to be interested in. The price offer has been sent to your company in general

  8. Wow ;’I … First I’m not surprised ,at the level of deception to take monetary advantage..It appears lucrative enough ,because they continue.I simply say if you are solicited for a fee for a service BE AWARE.Yep I received a generous offer of $2890.00 …Right now I don’t see the value of such an exchange offered by glotrade… if it is a business your brand is taking a hit…

  9. I also received one for $2525.. best part was it didn’t even have my company name or logo on it. Pretty piss pour attempt to steal my money. Hope Karma burns these theifs well.

  10. I receive an invoice from to Glotrade sro to protect my trademark. They do not mention my registration number nor any official information.

    Thanks to this site for the information provided and the testimonials about the Glotrade sro scam.

    Cheers

  11. Good day,
    I received the same invoice for payment from Glotrade S.R.O. today.. I was pretty certain it was a scam since we do business with a local trademark lawfirm.. but I am glad I found this information. They were trying to request $2,525.00 dollars from us.

  12. They’re still at it. I received two at our company for $2890 each. I registered them as a scam on the BBB, which I’m sure others have done too. Maybe one day they’ll be stopped.

  13. This is quite unfortunate that things like this could go on without any action against these scammers. I got $2,890 and was planning to pay but thank God I came across this site tonight through google and discovered the truth. Big appreciation to you this blogger.

  14. I got the same scam today. I immediately distrust any business operating out of Texas, and especially Houston Texas. Home of Enron and so many other scam companies throughout the decades.

  15. Unbelievable! My letter for $2,890 just came in the mail today… is the world becoming that treacherous??? Thank you for your blog and I hope things like this get the justice it deserves.

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