I recently received a new trademark solicitation regarding a registered trademark that I own, and an offer to publish it in a private database. The company calls itself “Patent & Trademark Association” or “P.T.M.A.” with an address in New York, NY. See the image of their mailing that I scanned below.
I have never heard of this register. Of course! Because all of these private registers are worthless. No trademark profession I have met uses them (assuming they can even be used.) They are scams. And the cost is $755 for 2 years. I wonder how many people have been duped?
Also note that the address listed on their website appears to be a UPS store in New Jersey.
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 better investigate and halt these blatant scams targeting trademark owners.
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